A linen suit is the one-stop-shop for any summer wedding that calls for something smart but a bit more relaxed than your usual silk suit. These tailored separates work well when teamed with a cotton dress shirt (try a patterned number for a more laid back look) and a light coloured tie, though the latter is not a must. A textured cotton pocket square will also add a nice finishing touch. Linen suits tend to wrinkle easily, but that’s part of their appeal; it gives them a lived-in feel. Plus, the fabric gets stronger when it’s wet, meaning it can withstand some wear and tear.
If you’re not planning any summer weddings in your future, the linen suit can still be worn for other events where smart attire is required but you’d rather not sweat to death. For instance, it’s a big yes for cocktail attire-style events and a resounding no to funerals or black tie occasions.
If you’re looking for a linen suit that’ll take you from office to evening drinks, try a charcoal shade like this one from Todd Snyder. It’s versatile enough to be dressed down with a grey or white tee and brown shoes during the day, then turned up with a pair of white calf-skin trainers at night. Linen suit