Another option to linen

There are many ways to approach a summer wardrobe but, as it is for most of their fashion choices, the options for men are more limited. Doubly so when the intention is to maintain a sharp look. On the hottest of days the desire to look as cool as one hopes to feel by way of a tailored suit often leaves linen as one of the few cloth options open to men. Linen isn’t always sharp.

This look isn’t linen, but sharp it is.

double breasted suit summer

Think of a double breasted suit normally and it’s likely you imagine it as a winter wardrobe option. It wraps the body, follows the modern silhouette, and generally seems to keep the warmth in. But long ago I learned that a double breasted suit does the opposite when it’s cut from a cotton cloth, as this gent’s very well could be. Mine, a suit from Ralph Lauren’s Purple Label, has the same worn look to its peaked lapels – they sit forwards, as if cut from the pages of a dog-eared book. It has the same plunge too – and herein lies more of the secret. Whether the suit is cut from a light wool thread count or an airy cotton one, a deep-v to the chest of the suit not only is cool, it looks it too. Doubly so when worn over an obviously casual shirt.

This look was captured during London fashion week.

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