The sun is out and beaming all across Canada.
Here at Tip Top, we love the summer like every Canadian. But annually, around June we start asking ourselves, “How can we wear our favourite suits in the middle of this heat?”
Nothing about wearing a jacket and pants in the summer sounds appealing.
But it doesn’t have to be like this. After all, you’re a fashionable man - there’s no reason why that needs to change in the summer.
Whether you find yourself at a wedding, family reunion, the office, or you want to dress up for someone special, you can stay cool.
This is why we put together a quick guide to finding the right summer suit. You’ll be dry, comfortable, and confident even in a balmy 30 degrees.
Added bonus: you won’t have to worry about pit stains or body odour.
“Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things.”
- George Carlin, comedian -
Lightweight Suit Fabrics
If you stopped reading at this point, just know - the materials make the suit.
You should have the appropriate materials for every season. So what makes the best material for a summer suit?
The most versatile materials are natural. If it's good enough to withstand nature’s elements, they’re good enough for a boardroom without A/C.
Our money is always on linen as an everyday go-to. It’s affordable, breathable, and durable.
Linen goes down as one of nature’s most breathable materials, as far as the ancient Egyptians. If it was good enough to keep the sweat off a pharaoh's back, it's perfect for your foldable patio throne.
Cotton is also a great option. The key is finding the perfect weight. Some cottons are heavier for durability but result in less breathability.
Just make sure to wear an undershirt. Once you begin sweating, cotton tends to stay wet longer than linen.
I know, we said natural materials but we can’t talk about sweat without mentioning synthetics, such as rayon or polyester.
Affordable, durable, and breathable, synthetic fabrics are a great option if you’re on a budget and looking for something versatile.
Polyester even has the same luxurious appeal as silk, and no one needs to know that you paid half the price!
Wool - Simply a Misunderstanding
There’s a common misconception that wools are overly hot, but in reality, wool is great for both winter and summer. Depending on the thickness that you choose, you can find a wool suit perfect for the sweltering heat.
It’s antibacterial, moisture-wicking, breathable, and protects your skin from UV rays.
The reason why it’s so good? Sheep often live in regions that face huge fluctuations in temperature - ranging from over 30 degrees to below zero.
One could even say wool is the granddaddy to performance shirts.
Take that Nike.
“Don’t sweat the technique”
- Rakim, musician -
Watch Your Tone: Lighter Colours
Summer is the time your light-coloured suits can really shine. Nothing says summer more than a light-coloured suit and a gingham plaid shirt.
This sort of combination is perfect for ringing in the summer. Try something bold like a pastel green or blue, or even a chambray denim.
Khaki slim-fit suits are also a great way to add a neutral tone while wearing a brighter shirt.
Not only will you stand out from the crowd but it serves a functional purpose as well.
Lighter colours reflect sun rays away from you. This means that you don’t have to worry about your suit heating up while your cousin Ricky’s hour-long vows are being read.
Conclusion: Stay Cool and Stay You
It’s hard enough staying cool during the summertime. Your wardrobe shouldn’t be another cause to sweat.
Simply: find a suit that complements your personal style. A big reason to dress for the weather is to stay comfortable and confident. And the best way to do that is to have your wardrobe reflect you!
See you on the patio for happy hour!
Whether you find yourself running between meetings or at a beach wedding, Tip Top Tailors has been keeping Canadians cool since 1909. Feel free to shop online or swing by one of our locations across Canada.