Non-traditionally coloured suits can be tricky to navigate, but it does not have to be a full fuchsia assault. Here’s your guide to navigate the world of warmer weather suits.

Fabric Matters

The cornerstone of a summer suit is its fabric. Choosing the right material can make all the difference in keeping you comfortable.

Holland & Sherry have launched some beautiful new ranges to cover the summer months.

The Linen Collection – Known for its breathability and lightweight nature, linen is a summer staple. Its ability to wick moisture away from the body makes it ideal for high temperatures. The carefully chosen colour palette offers a wider variety of colours than before, including fashionable, contemporary tones to complement the well-known classics.

Whether it is for smart tailoring or cool, laid-back casual wear, linen is quite simply the ultimate fabric to wear in the spring and summer seasons. Because of their unrivalled, durable nature, the fabrics in this collection are ideal for jackets, trousers, dresses and skirts.

The Mesh & Hopsack Collection – For this collection, the two qualities selected typify the modern blazer. Constructed from a traditional hopsack or open mesh structure, both qualities offer a relaxed and more comfortable approach to the traditional blazer. For the open structure to be appreciated fully, many prefer an unlined, unstructured garment that allows air to flow through the fabric more freely, making this collection the ideal choice for warm, humid climates.

The iconic and versatile blazer – recognised as the standalone jacket, is most frequently worn with “chino style” trousers typifying sartorial elegance all over the world. Its versatility allows for almost unlimited looks and styles – double or single-breasted front; black or navy blue in colour, or more fashionably, a bold exhibition of coloured stripes or prints. The extensive colour palette offers a wide range of soft tone-on-tone colour, from classic blue to contemporary teal.

Oceania Luxury Summer Jacket Collection – Oceania is a collection of lightweight summer jackets inspired by the oceans and ocean beds that lie deep beneath. Included in the collection are a range of blended fabrics with 2% elastane. Elastane offers a multitude of qualities that enhance the overall performance, comfort and wearability of the fabric. Garments retain their shape and their overall appearance is preserved. Unforgiving crumple zones are reduced and sagging elbows become non-existent.

Delicate hues of blue, teal, warm tans and coral, feature in this comprehensive collection of contemporary checks, modern gun clubs, windowpanes, and bold stripe designs. Each fabric represents the absolute epitome of luxury and embodies the very essence of bespoke tailoring. The delicate use of colour, texture and design reflect the true glory of this collection, making it one of the most sought-after collections for this season.

Summer Target, Super 120s Lightweight Suiting Collection – A new addition to the Holland & Sherry collection, Summer Target is set to be as successful as its counterpart, Target. Woven from a plain weave construction, Summer Target offers a diverse range of stripes, glen checks and small colour woven neat effects.

The colour palette reflects the true spirit of summer ranging from classics to more contemporary summer tones adding another dimension to this versatile quality. Summer Target fabrics have always been renowned for their quality, performance and understated appeal and this new addition continues the tradition. Discreet, non-imposing stripes and checks meet all the requirements of a traditional suit, making it timelessly elegant for years to come.

Characteristics of this collection: Merino wool has crimp and elasticity, creating unparalleled style, drape, comfort and performance for the wearer / Summer Target offers exceptional softness to the touch and with its superior handle and lustre, can be tailored into the finest quality and most elegant summer suit / The uniformity and consistency of each fibre give Summer Target fabrics added strength. / The plain weave construction offers a balanced design that can be matched and tailored with ease. / Plain weave fabrics are cool to wear making them ideal for warm climates.

Summer suits should offer a relaxed fit to allow air to flow more freely. Here are some tips to ensure you get the right fit:

  • Unstructured Blazers: Go for unlined or partially lined blazers. They are lighter and less constricting, providing better ventilation.
  • Slim Trousers: While still tailored, opt for trousers with a slightly looser cut around the thigh to enhance comfort without compromising style.
  • Shorter Jackets: A slightly shorter jacket can enhance mobility and offer a modern look that’s perfect for summer.

Summer is the perfect time to experiment with lighter and bolder colours:

  • Light Neutrals: Shades like beige, light grey, and khaki are summer classics. They reflect heat and exude a sophisticated, laid-back vibe.
  • Pastels: Soft blues, pinks, and greens can add a pop of colour to your wardrobe without being overwhelming.
  • Bold Patterns: Don’t shy away from checks, stripes, or even subtle florals. These patterns can add personality to your summer look and are particularly fitting in casual or semi-formal settings.

Accessorizing a summer suit can be fun and functional:

  • Lightweight Ties: Opt for ties made of cotton, linen, or knit fabrics. They are less formal and more breathable than silk.
  • Pocket Squares: A colourful pocket square can add flair to your ensemble without adding bulk or heat.
  • Footwear: Loafers, espadrilles, and lightweight brogues are perfect for summer. Consider going sockless or wearing no-show socks for a cooler, contemporary look.
  • Hats: A straw hat or a classic Panama hat can provide sun protection and a stylish touch.

Maintaining your summer suits ensures they look their best:

  • Regular Cleaning: Due to increased sweating, summer suits may require more frequent cleaning. Follow the care instructions, and consider using a steamer to remove wrinkles.
  • Proper Storage: Store suits in breathable garment bags to prevent moisture build-up. Avoid cramped spaces to maintain the suit’s shape.
  • Spot Cleaning: Handle minor stains promptly with a damp cloth to avoid setting the stain.

Summer suiting doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By selecting the right fabrics, embracing lighter colours, and ensuring a comfortable fit, you can stay stylish and cool throughout the season. Remember, summer is a time to experiment with your style and enjoy the versatility that modern suiting offers. So, step out confidently in your summer suit and make a statement in the heat.