With Summer around the corner, it’s time to hang up our wool suits in favour of a lighter, more versatile fabric – Because, let’s face it guys, sweating in a suit before we’ve even arrived to work or a date is not the one! Now when it comes to linen suits, there’s the common misconception that they are only to be worn in sunnier, more Mediterranean climates and only come out of the wardrobe once in a blue moon. But, it’s time to think about linen suits in a different way – They are more versatile in spring/summer than a classic cotton men’s suit. So it’s time to invest in a linen suit.
When going for a linen suit, I personally think to create the ultimate summer look, lighter colours like beige and grey work best. But, with any investment, we want to get the most out of it. The suit I selected for this blog post is a Skopes Caulfield from House of Fraser, from the Heritage Collection the suit features slant pockets and tapered hems, and is 55% linen/45% polyester. The blazer costs £80 and trousers £40, so no need to break the bank.
House of Fraser carry and provide only the most superior labels, focused on craftsmanship and quality. Skopes not only offers this but a heritage spanning back 60 years, making it a British suiting staple. They also carry linen suits from designers including Howick Tailored, Gibson, Paul Costelloe and Baulmer.
So, without further ado here’s The Discerning Man’s guide of ‘How to style a linen suit four ways’…
The Classic White Shirt
We all know how good a crisp white shirt looks with a suit, opt for a revere collar for a resort style look which will come into its own when the sun comes out and you’ve got a summer glow or a grandad collar so the lapels of the suit sit more flush against the shirt. This look is complemented by white sneakers or a tan boat shoe/loafer.
The Bold Print
Make your linen suit come to life with a vibrant pattern, tucked into the suit for a more flattering silhouette. Don’t be afraid to play around with different patterns and bright colours as they can make your outfit pop! House of Fraser has various print shirts from designers including Howick, Linea and Criminal.
The striped Tee
Adding a striped tee to your linen suit creates a perfect summer casual look, perfect for dressed down Friday if you work in a corporate job or if you’re looking to create or more casual look without taking away the smart element. Forget the stripes go the wrong way rule! It’s all about selecting the right stripes for your body. As a rule of thumb, a thinner line will always look more flattering than a thicker stripe. Again, a look that works well with a white sneaker.
The Neutral Linen Shirt
Who said linen on linen didn’t work! Pick a complementing linen shirt in an olive or powder blue or pink and you’ve created an all linen look, both lightweight and looks super luxury. Add a pair of boat shoes, loafers or sandals to finish the look off.
My final thoughts are, don’t be restricted by seasons. Although predominantly linen is to be worn in warmer months, it’s the texture of linen which gives it such appeal. In the colder months, you can layer up underneath with a roll top knit or sweater, with a t-shirt underneath. Get the most out of your investment by giving it the versatility it deserves.
To check out the variety of suits on offer from House of Fraser and to check out the linen suits on offer. Of course, you can also head in store particularly if there’s something you see online, which you’d like to try on in store. However, sometimes it’s nice to try things on in the comfort of your own home and with House of Fraser’s easy return an exchange policy there’s no excuse not to!
*This is a sponsored collaboration with House of Fraser, although this is sponsored content, all opinions are my own and not those of the brand.