Mr M had recently requested for me to put together a few looks that I would like to see him in. It seems like I had successfully
coerced persuaded him to experiment with fashion a little bit more. The timing of his request also couldn’t be more apt as I was about to put together a collage of my favourite summer suits for Bonobos, a men’s apparel brand that’s headquartered in New York (high up on my bucket list to visit).
Bonobos, whose success story is nothing short of inspiring focuses on better fitting clothes and a better shopping experience for men. Their website is clean, easy to navigate and contains the right amount of styles to satisfy the shopping needs of most men. Bonobos is very much about smart and sophisticated dressing. This brand is perfect for those who want to venture out of their t-shirt and denim territory and start looking a bit more dapper.
So what exactly are summer suits? Summer suits are made out of breathable and lightweight materials such as cotton, linen/linen blend, seersucker and light wool etc. They are usually unlined, in lighter hues hence imparting a general air of romance and personal taste. Personally, I haven’t seen many summer suits around in Sydney. Men here are relatively conservative and tend to stick to their heavy wool blend suits even when temperatures soar to the 30s-40s. I don’t know how they do it but I certainly can’t bear the heat!
Before you run off to purchase a load of light coloured linens, dear men (+wives/girlfriends), here are a few important suit and style fit tips by Dwight Fenton, VP of design at Bonobos that you might find useful:
#1. Fit is the most important detail for a suit. Marry that with classic colour options and quality fabric, and you have a great looking, versatile suit for every occasion.
#2. Fit starts with the shoulders. The jacket should grab your shoulders snugly but not be overly tight. If the shoulders fit, pretty much anything else can be adjusted.
#3. Length matters. To determine the appropriate length, you should be able to cup the bottom of the suit with your arms by your side.
#4. Showing some shirt. A flexible but general rule of thumb is to have a quarter inch of your shirt cuff showing. If you’re wearing a heavier cuff, like a French cuff, you may want to show a little more.
Ah summer suit, it should be worn with a certain amount of flair because you definitely deserve to look suave if you have the heart to wear it!
Ps. I have a feeling that Mr M may find summer suits a little bit of a stretch but I may be lucky!