Summer Suits – On & Off Duty

August 10th, 2012

A well-tailored, seasonally appropriate suit is one of the best investments a man can make for his wardrobe.

It can have you ready for the office, a wedding, a date, a night out, or just about any other occasion.

Here are three examples (dressed up, and down).

    1. Office Ready

    Brown suits. Linen suits. Both underrated.

    Put them together for a garment that you can wear two or three times a week all summer (as a suit, a blazer, or a pair of trousers).

    Summer is the best time to have a little fun with color and pattern at the office.

    Don’t be afraid to break out pastel colored shirts (like lavenders, pinks, yellows) and cotton ties with a little more personality (like this Liberty floral print).

    Keep it lighthearted with the smaller accessories too – like a grosgrain watch strap, patterned pocket square and cufflinks with a little personality.

    2. Matinee Ready


    Come the weekend, you can split up the linen suit and wear just the jacket (with chinos, jeans, shorts, etc) or just the trousers (with a patterned blazer, polo shirt, light sweater, etc).

    Or, you can keep them together and dress the suit down with casual basics like a striped polo and driving shoes.

    The texture and drape of the linen give the suit a casual edge that doesn’t look overly “corporate”. That’s the ultimate advantage of seasonal tailoring (on top of regulating your body temperature, of course).

    I’ll admit, when it gets sweaty out there I’ll sometimes dab-dry with my pocket square.

    It’s a piece of cotton (or linen), use it to keep fresh then throw it in your hamper.

    • Chocolate brown linen suit
    • Brown plastic frames by Warby Parker
    • Floral pocket square Handmade
    • Alligator grain leather drivers by Martin Dingman
    • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
    • Striped polo shirt by Brooks Brothers Black Fleece
    • Nato Striped grosgrain watch strap by Corvus

    3. Strictly Business

    The light grey tropical wool suit is a three-season staple (Spring, Summer, Fall).

    It’s a blank canvas that will work with almost any shirt & tie combo, as well as black or brown shoes.

    4. Summer Date Ready

    Same jacket, this time with white jeans, a dark-based check shirt and slip-on loafers.

    Sharp and put-together, but not overly stiff or serious. Perfect for a summer date.
    • Tortoise shades by Illesteva
    • Light grey wool suit jacket
    • Brown waxed suede loafers by Martin Dingman
    • Brown check shirt
    • White denim jeans by Helmut Lang
    • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
    • Nato Striped grosgrain watch strap by Corvus
    • Brown alligator belt and silver buckle by Ralph Lauren Purple Label

    5. New AgeΒ Power Suit

    Sometimes in the boardroom you need a suit that displays confidence and says you mean business.

    6. After Dark

    The best part is, that “bossy” suit can make for a confident nightlife look too (sans shades, of course).

    Great for getting by those judgmental doormen at the club if your name isn’t on “the list”.

    You know what they say…looking the part is half the battle.

    • Blue/black check suit jacket
    • White shirt by Thomas Pink
    • Black velvet tassel slippers by Stubbs & Wooton
    • Black aviator shades by Persol
    • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
    • Black alligator watch band by Montblanc
    • Black denim jeans by Rag & Bone

    Thanks for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier

    Photography by Alex Crawford.

    • Nabakov

      Light and/or two-tone shoes with a dark suit? Just not on.

    • marcus

      hi dan! great article as usual.

      just 1 question! should linen suits be cut looser as they’re more fragile than cotton? or i can keep the measurements the same as with my other suits? thank you! :)

    • Ben

      Mate why are you wearing pants without a belt?? How about a suspenders blog or something? How do your pants stay up?

    • Erin

      I LOVE the summer date ready look! Great tips Dan. Now if only my next date will dress like that…. :)

    • Juan Pablo

      I just got to your blog, but getting late is better than never!
      I’ve been reading the latest posts and I notice a very common practice: “no socks” (with a few exceptions).
      I’ve being raised in a world where “formal” needs socks. What is your point?
      Great blog!

    • Jarrod King

      The check on that power suit is nice!

      • Jarrod King

        Also, I’m curious. Where do you get all the clothes for these shoots?

        • SB

          The clothes are from my personal closet, and the brands are listed in the credits under the photos.

          Thanks for reading,

    • Falcon

      That first suit is so sharp!

    • Anonymous

      Time for some new content. Oh wait, rolled up sleeves? You wouldn’t dare…

      • SB


        Sorry for the delay…we’re working on the new site, not shooting much these days. It’ll be worth it, I promise.

        Thanks for reading,

        • TO

          If there is one thing I have learned about The Styleblogger in the past 3+ years it is that he doesn’t disappoint! Eagerly awaiting your newest project Trep!

      • Adyna

        Patience is gold. Everybody waits.

    • fresshhh

      Dan, you are on another level!

    • m

      enough suits, more boots

    • DJ

      Look 6 is Bad-ass!

    • UrsTruli

      The ‘Summer Date Ready’ look goes h.a.m.

    • Jose

      I love the summer date ready look. You put together the most amazing looks. Thank you for always inspiring me!!!

      • SB

        Thanks Jose. It’s really simple…all about fit, proportion and simple color stories.


    • madstylez

      Sick Persol shades in look # 6! Which model are they?

    • cam

      dan, im counting more than “three examples” ;)
      love the velvet tassel loafers!

      • SB

        Thank Cam…I meant three suits.

    • Alan

      Over here in the UK, there have been Liberty print ties in TK Maxx being sold at some very nice prices. for a few online ones, but you may find better in store. I think I got 6 of them in the end.

    • John

      dan, i noticed the blazer appears to be wrinkled, faux pas? or acceptable based on the material/weather?

      • SB

        I like my linen with a little wrinkle. Its the charm of the fabric.

    • JK

      Nice to see the italian twist. Quite a bold way to wear a tie.

    • raj

      Hey SB,

      i totally agree with you. a well fitting suit can change a mans personality completely. i live in India (Mumbai) we are not blessed with a weather to don a suit that often. i like your collection and the combinations.

      i noticed that u wear most of ur pants a little shorter. Is that a trent you follow there. Coz i never see men wearing pants that short in India. Well honestly guys here dont pay much attention to fashion and clothing. its very hard to find someone well dressed or someone in touch with fashion or understanding of wearing what looks good on them.

      I visit ur blog quite often and i keep making a note of ur style tips. I love shopping and i like to dress up well and right for each occasion.

      Thoroughly enjoy your blog. keep posting.


      • SB

        Thanks Raj! Yea, I prefer a pant hem with no break, especially in the summer – it breathes better, looks cleaner, and shows off the shoe :)

        Thanks for reading, I hope all is well in Mumbai


    • Adyna

      Luv the floral print. All the looks are great.

      • Rick

        The summer date look is really spot on. I have a question for you Dan about ticket pockets. Some of your suits i’ve noticed have a full size ticket pocket like a normal pocket where as others I’ve seen the standard smaller one (like that gray one in the date pic). Is there any reason you decide on one over the other? I’m having some more suits made soon and would be curious to know. Thanks!

        • SB

          A ticket pocket flap is generally the same height (north-south) as the other pocket flaps on the jacket (though sometimes it can be a little shorter). It is always narrower (east-west) than the full pocket below it.

          From one designer/manufacturer to another they can vary.

          Hope this helps.