The Best Materials for Light Weight Summer Men's Suits

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The Best Materials for Light Weight Summer Men's Suits
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During the summer months, you certainly don't want to be wearing heavy clothing, especially when it comes to everyday or formal suits. The best men's suits blend lightweight and soft materials, preferably in white, ivory, light brown or brighter colours like orange or green. There are several materials that can contribute to a lightweight summer suit for men.


Linen is one of the best fabrics for summer and Irish linen (which is woven using the skills, craftsmanship and technology in a spinning process established by the Irish) is especially coveted. Linen fabric breathes well and can actually absorb moisture while still feeling dry to the touch. Linen does not provoke allergies, it is anti-static, and it is antibacterial. It is also strong--up to three times stronger than cotton. Since linen breathes, it absorbs moisture and excess heat in the summer and always feels cool to the touch. Perhaps the only disadvantage to wearing linen is that it does wrinkle easily and more with use.


Seersucker, made from cotton, is another top-pick for the summer. The distinguishing feature of seersucker is that it is puckered which makes it one of the cooler fabrics since this puckering creates space between the fabric and the skin. Another reason for its popularity is that it doesn't require ironing due to its purposefully wrinkle-like appearance. Seersucker is made in plain colours, stripes, plaids, checks and prints.

Wool/Silk Blends

Wool/silk blends are a good choice for special occasions like weddings because they offer a shinier look. Wool is often perceived of as a winter fabric, but a summer-weight wool also keeps you cool and repels moisture (unlike cotton). The combination of elegant silk and wool offers a handsome suit at an affordable price, in contrast to suits that are made with 100 per cent silk, which are much more expensive.

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