Outfit Inspiration

Outfit Inspiration: The Linen Suit

A lightweight summer favorite

Yesterday we detailed the ways you can wear a grey suit to all your spring and summer weddings. However, if you want to really have some fun this summer at your friends and fam’s less-formal matrimonial shindigs, consider a linen suit.

While a breathable wool suit is definitely a year-round closet staple, adding a linen suit to your repertoire may be the refreshment your wardrobe needs during this sweaty season (oh hey-y-y, humidity!).

What to look for in a linen suit

The lightweight feel and soft texture of linen makes the fabric your high-temperature hero. Luckily, gone are the days of shapeless, pure white linen suits à la 1980’s Miami Beach. Today, you can easily find suits that are slimmed down in how they fit and how bold the hue.

When to wear linen

You’ve got options. While this elegant suit is not appropriate for most corporate settings, you can break it out for more casual affairs such as after-work events, weekend getaways, your next date, and – yes – summer weddings.

Sure, it wrinkles easily, but consider it part of the charm and just go with it. Pair a well-tailored linen suit with a slim dress shirt or polo for a laid-back look that will keep you looking and feeling cool in the summer heat. Whenever that gets here.

Check out these #SGapproved linen suit looks:

via Blake Scott

SG Says: We love how fashion blogger Blake Scott makes a material we often associate with drawstring pants worn by an actor in a Sandals resort ad feel so goddamn polished. Note the sock-free penny loafer look, barely-there break, and peak lapels on the jacket. Very chic.


SG Says: Shout out to Suitsupply, which always styles its models so impeccably. This lighter blue suit is tailored to within an inch of its life in a slim fit from a blend of silk, linen and wool. The spread collar and repp tie show you can pair laid-back and stylishly stuffy together just fine.

And yes, sock-free again. Good on you for noticing.

Chris Pine, via GQ

SG Says: Look at how happy that girl in the back is to see such a dashing linen look…

Okay, okay, as worn by internationally-renowned movie star Chris Pine. But I’m almost positive it’s the slightly rumpled yet still chic linen suit she’s eyeing. The Star Trek actor ups the degree of difficulty on this number with an equally rumpled shirt. If you’re going to pull off a similar look, just be sure every piece fits just right. Rumpled and oversized is not the look you’re aiming for.

Oh, and the shoes? Yeah, you see where we’re going with this.

via Yummertime

SG Says: Okay, the fellas from fashion and lifestyle blog Yummertime are actually wearing chambray suits (left, right) here, not linen, but they fit the overall vibe so well, we had to include them.

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