Linen suits are essential summer wear. They’re light, airy and comfortable – not to mention, they look fantastic. Cream is perhaps the most versatile color when it comes to linens; they can look smart; they can look casual; you can wear a linen suit as one or you can split it up and rock the jacket with a pair of dark jeans and a white tee for that summertime-suave look. The possibilities are endless.
Linen-cotton is particularly nice as the cotton softens the slightly rough texture of the linen, meaning you’ll feel as good as you look when you’re out and about enjoying a nice summertime cookout; or an outdoor wedding; or even a day at the office. Linen has a timeless quality: synonymously harking back to the good old days – the swinging 60s or even the roaring twenties – whilst still being a fashionable and modern choice of attire here in 2017.
Lightly colored linens go nicely with darker shades of shirts, shoes and belts. Why not try a dark denim-blue colored shirt with no tie and a couple of buttons open? Coupled with a pair of dark brown suede loafers, this outfit will appear casual and approachable whilst retaining just the right amount of gentlemanly grace and decorum; a brown – to match the shoes – leather belt will top this look off. Another option is black shoes – maybe even oxford lace-ups – with a black belt if you want to be a tad smarter but beware: blacks and browns do not mix very well.
Body-type & Fit
For linens, you’ll want a pretty snug fit, especially around the shoulders and the waist of the pants. The reason for this is to avoid looking too boxy: go too loose around the shoulders with the jacket and you’ll put yourself at the dangerous of looking like a Miami Vice extra– the shoulder-pad look is a definite no-no!
Light linens look good on most body-types if done correctly. If you’re lucky enough to be tall and slim then the complete suit with the aforementioned fit will look great no matter what. If you’re a little wider around the waist, you might consider a nice fitting open jacket with a dark polo-shirt and a pair of jeans for a more casual look. Having said that, the full linen suit can be worn a little baggier and still look presentable just remember to watch out for creases and maybe avoid buttoning the jacket up if it feels too constricting.