Keep Your Cool in the Best Lightweight Summer Suits

Summer Suits
Summer Suits Andy Ryan


When it comes to dressing up as the temperatures rise, there are plenty of ways to keep things cool.

Here are three surefire ways to pull off the suited look this season—no matter where you’re headed.

Cotton suit by Canali
Cotton suit by Canali Andy Ryan

1. Cotton Casual 

The perfect combination of form and function, cotton suits are stiffer than winter wools but lighter and far more breathable. Dress them up with a button-down and loafers. Or keep things casual with a T-shirt and sneakers.

Canali Blazer ($1,595, canali.com); Canali Trousers ($540, canali.com); O.N.S Clothing Linen Village Crew ($88, onsclothing.com) Salvatore Ferragamo Ajustable Gancini Belt ($450, ferragamo.com); Tod’s Sneakers in Leather ($775, tods.com)

Seersucker suit by Brooks Brothers
Seersucker suit by Brooks Brothers Andy Ryan

2. Sir Seersucker 

When the heat index spikes and humidity soars, this southern staple stays cool and breathable, a stylish option at both work and summertime events Seersucker is also a lot of fun to wear, adding panache and personality to your wardrobe. No wonder it’s the go-to summer-wedding attire.

Brooks Brothers Regent Fit Stripe Seersucker Suit ($498, brooksbrothers.com); Dolce & Gabbana White Dress Shirt ($395, select Dolce & Gabbana stores); Thom Browne Classic Necktie, ($190, select Thom Browne stores); To Boot New York Capo in Cognac ($395, toboot.com); and matching To Boot New York Cognac Calf Belt ($150, toboot.com); Kane 11 Lemans Vapor Socks ($21, kane11.com).

Summer weight wool suit by Z Zegna
Summer weight wool suit by Z Zegna Andy Ryan

3. The Right Blend

Contrary to popular belief, you can wear wool in the summer—provided it’s the right wool. Look for a suit marked “summer weight.” The fabric is lighter and has a looser weave, making it as breathable and comfy as cotton or linen.

Z Zegna Wool Blend Suit ($1,395, select Ermenegildo Zegna stores); Club Monaco Slim Linen Shirt ($98, clubmonaco.com).