To be appreciated as a man a fashion, you have to understand the rules. For some, these rules seem to be learned naturally or by instinct; seems to be common sense. For those whose sixth sense isn’t fashion, let’s talk about how to dress based on the season. We’ll consider seasonal fabrics, seasonal colors, and seasonal construction that will help take anyone from novice to nobel in the fashion world!
Rule #1: SPRING & SUMMER fabrics
Because the fabric is the largest component of a suit, the weight and weave of the fabric are the are the largest factors to consider. For the warmer months, you’ll want a lighter weight fabric that breathes well and keeps you cool.
The quintessential casual summer fabric is linen. Made from flax plant, linen is a natural fiber that is incredibly light weight. It breathes well and has the perfect summer look. Don’t worry about the wrinkles, that’s supposed to happen.
Cotton, obviously made from the cotton plant, is again a really light weight fiber. It’s a crisp fabric that will wrinkle, but its light characteristics make it breathable and great for spring/summer wear.
Seersucker is a type of cotton that is woven in stripes. The white part is woven looser so that it puckers up. It’s light weight and will wrinkle, but has a distinct look that screams spring/summer wear.
Last, but certainly not the least, wool can actually be a great summer fiber. A wool fiber’s interior is hygroscopic, meaning it absorbs water. This feature keeps you cool even in blazing heat. Wool comes in many classifications so you’ll want to look for a light weight wool that will be classified as a super 130’s or higher, and if you can find a tropical (looser single-ply) weave, you’re golden!
Rule #2: SPRING & SUMMER colors
Summer is the best time to introduce more color, vibrancy, and boldness into your wardrobe. Popular summer colors are khaki, light blues and light grays. These colors, aside from looking dapper, will help reflect heat instead of absorbing it.
RULE #3: Fall & Winter fabrics
As cooler weather rolls in, it’s important to properly prepare yourself to stay warm! The fibers and weight used in milling will determine the suit’s ability to keep you warm. Unlike summer suits, winter fabrics are better at retaining a suit’s shape and structure exceptionally well, so you won’t have to worry as much about wrinkling or wear and tear of material.
Tweed is a rough, woolen fabric, of a soft, open, flexible texture. It is usually woven with a plain weave. A desirable fabric for colder climates as it is moisture resistant and durable.
Next we have flannel, one of the most fashionable fabrics to wear during the colder months. Flannel is heavier woven wool that is extremely soft and comfortable. Warm yet breathable, flannel can add a casual or professional look to your winter wardrobe if accessorized correctly
Cashmere, made from the fleece of a Cashmere goat, is a highly sought after fabric. Cashmere is the most valuable natural product because it’s such a fine fiber that offers an extremely soft finish and a luxurious silk like feel. Cashmere provides the warmth without having to be wrapped in layers and layers of it.
Contrary to popular belief, Wool is not always scratchy and rough. Quality Wool is actually quite comfortable. Wool fabric is a proactive fiber which means it reacts to the change in your body temperature; it will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It can also absorb moisture and repel water, wicking it away from your skin for that comfortable and cool feel. For winder months, we suggest a super 110s - 120s weight, and any variation of the twill weave will help keep cold air out and warm air in.
Rule #4: Fall & Winter Colors
Winter colors are typically darker. For more flashy winter colors try a dark red or plum. You can also use accessories to accent a more stylized look for a more classic suit, contrasting with bolder colors or complementing with dark gray or black tones. Stay away from linen or cotton ties - silks are better for formal events, but try a wool tie for semi-casual, yet appropriate look.
Rule #5: CONSIDER THE CONSTRUCTION
The construction of the suit can also determine its seasonal practicality. Here we’ll discuss lining construction.
The most popular and most basic style that is best for colder climates is the standard lining. This adds an extra layer in between the wool and your body and of course layers are best to keep you warm. Another benefit of the standard lining is that it protects your wool. If you’re buying a delicate this is a must.
Unlined style is the lightest and coolest option we offer. It’s great for the spring/summer months and the warmer climates. Additionally, it’s beautiful and will certainly turn heads when you open the jacket up!
Quarter lining and Half lining are very similar, providing a happy medium between the standard lining and unlined style. They are recommended to make a summer jacket lighter, or a heavier weight wool jacket slightly cooler in the fall.