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We are now approaching summer suit season. Since there really isn’t such a thing as spring weather any more, we have come to grips that the temperature jumps from Antarctic chill to the mouth-of-hell in a matter of weeks, it’s time to start thinking of ways to keep cool while suiting up this summer. Famously known for their amazing pants, Bonobos has stepped into the world of suits and this year in particular “summer suits”. In my opinion, every man should own what is considered a summer suit. A seersucker, cotton or linen suit would be what is considered a summer fabric suit.

This post will show you a few ways to mix a seersucker suit into your wardrobe this summer. For those of you that are not familiar with seersucker, let me enlighten you. Seersucker is a cotton fabric that gets its puckered textured from the way the threads are sewn close together. This puckering in the fabric is intentional, so please to don’t take your suit to the cleaners to get the “wrinkles” out. This puckering quality is the main reason that seersucker suits keep you cooler, because it allows the suit to sit a bit away from your body for better airflow. Seersucker suits are synonymous with southern style garden parties, weddings, the Kentucky Derby (which is coming up this Saturday May 5th), graduation and now hopefully with your summer wardrobe.

There may be a fair amount of you out there that are thinking, “I don’t live in the south where seersucker is a common thing, so how do you expect me to pull this off if I live in a metropolitan areas?” The answer to this question is, “just put the suit on and man up!” It doesn’t matter if you live in southern cities or West Philadelphia, when the summer heat is scorching and you have to wear a suit for an occasion, a seersucker suit will be your best and coolest option (besides a linen suit). Below are four ways to break up a seersucker suit this summer. Hopefully, these looks will inspire some of you to suit up, the seersucker way.

Summer Suiting to Work

Charleston Seersucker Suit by Bonobos

Going with a seersucker suit as a summer business option might scare the hell out of some guys. The key to putting together a business look is keeping the shirt and tie combination rather simple. Add a solid white or pink shirt to your seersucker suit (which can traditionally come in blue/white or grey/white). In terms of ties, add a solid tie or a tie with minimal pattern.

Things not to wear with a seersucker suit for work:

  • Leave the bow ties at home.
  • Go easy on the pattern shirts. You’re already wearing an out of the ordinary suit.
  • Save the white bucks for the garden party or wedding (unless you are rocking this suit on a casual Friday)

White Oxford Button Down Shirt & Navy Pindot Silk Tie by Frank & Oak

Leather Captoe Shoes by Giorgio Brutini via DSW – Leather Notebook by ARC

Weekending & B’Sing!

Charleston Seersucker Pants part of Bonobos suit – Chambray Espadrilles by Asos – Grey Polo Shirt by H&M – Nylon Belt by BDG for Urban Outfitters

Keep it light and breezy this summer by pairing your seersucker suit pants with a polo shit. Play around with your footwear by adding a warm weather appropriate pair of espadrilles like these or a canvas sneaker (preferably in navy, white or grey). Ditch the leather belt and pair a nylon or woven belt with a look like this.

Ways to dress down a pair of seersucker pants:

  • Add a polo, v-neck t-shirt, or henley.
  • Canvas sneakers or espadrilles are awesome footwear options.
  • Go beltless! Or if you decide to wear a belt, go with a ribbon, nylon or woven belt (try a pop of color)
  • Ditch the socks.

Watch by Timex – Seersucker Watch Band by J.Crew – Grey Wool Bead Bracelet via NYC Street Stand 

Wedding Fresh

Charleston Seersucker suit by Bonobos - Cotton Oxford Blue Bowtie by Onassis ClothingCustom Shirt by J.Hilburn - Cotton/Linen Pocket Square by Armstrong & Wilson

If your summer calendar calls for an outdoor wedding with a more casual atmosphere, it’s time to pull out your trusty seersucker suit. More of a southern tradition, the seersucker suit can be formalized for a wedding by adding a bow tie and a pair of white bucks or brown Oxfords.

Things that will complement a seersucker suit for weddings:

  • White or pink dress shirt
  • Bow tie (preferably solid or pindots)
  • White buck shoes
  • Maybe a yellow flower on your lapel (if you’re ballsy enough)
  • Mason jar with a whiskey-lemonade

Italian Suede Off-White McPherson Wingtip Shoes by Johnston & Murphy

Seersucker & White Denim

Seersucker blazer part of Charleston Suit by Bonobos – White Chinos by Bonobos

Get the most out of your seersucker suit by pairing your blazer with white chinos or white jeans. This is a great option if you are trying for that summer look in between casual and dressy. Places to wear this look; summer happy hour, a night out on the town, and possibly the next morning after a wild night on the town (get my drift?).

Rocking the In-Between Look:

  • White chinos or white jeans act as a blank canvas that pair well with your seersucker jacket
  • Break up the white from the jacket and pants by going with a solid color shirt.
  • Keep it light. A chambray, linen or light cotton shirt will be just fine. Leave the heavy Oxford fabric at home.

Chambray Shirt by J.Crew – Rose Gold Watch by Michael Kors – Blue Bracelet by AldoPocket Square By Armstrong & Wilson

Cabarris Penny Loafer by Johnston & Murphy


Photo Credit : Marina T. Peele

Special thanks to Bonobos for letting me drop by their NY headquarter and rummage through their inventory like a mad man. Follow Bonobos on Twitter @Bonobos or interact with their awesome staff at @BonobosNinjas.

Best,

Sabir (@MensStylePro)

Editor In Chief/Creative Director of Men's Style Pro, Sabir has a deep passion for menswear and all things manly. Selected as one of the "5 Best Dressed Men In America" by Esquire Magazine in 2010 & as #GQFall 2013 Best Dressed Man, Sabir finds his way around the web in an attempt to seek out "the cool" of #menswear. Stay updated on Men's Style Pro doings on Twitter & Instagram @MensStylePro.

  • Jose M.

    I know the seersucker suit is a summer staple but i just can’t pull myself to even attempt to sport one. Call it the Colonel Sanders Phobia. I’ve owned seersucker pants before which i would do again and pretty much wore them the exact same way you posted on your second look (w/ a polo). Good looks all around though. I need to get myself some hooks up like yours! lol.

    • http://mensstylepro.wordpress.com Sabir Peele

      Jose,

      Take the plunge and go full seersucker. After you do that get some crispy chicken from KFC and a whiskey lemonade. Enjoy!

  • Zulhilmi Rahman

    That’s one hell of a statement for a big gigantic bowtie.
    Very inappropriate, however, very distinguish!
    Haha

  • klstreet

    Sabir, this probably means nothing, but you get a seal of approval from a real southerner on this post. Seersucker is a great fabric and it’s great to see them neighbors up north are embracing it. Nice job.

  • BB

    This is a great post — new to your site, and thankful for it.

    • http://mensstylepro.wordpress.com Sabir Peele

      Hi BB,

      Thanks for the dropping by and welcome to Men’s Style Pro.

      – Sabir

  • Tony

    Sabir, what is your opinion on the navy seersucker? Do you think that as a darker hue, it is more versatile and can worn in more situations, such as more formal or spring/fall events? Or should seersucker just stick to casual summertime?

    • http://mensstylepro.wordpress.com Sabir Peele

      Hi Tony,

      I think the Navy Blue Seersucker is the most versatile (which can also be said about a navy wool suit too). You will be able to get of the styling benefits of a wool or non-puckered cotton suit and take advantage of the light fabric.

      Best,

      Sabir

  • Nasir’s Dad (Tony J)

    First of all, Sabir looks good probably in anything that he rocks. So that’s not fair.

    This link what sent to me from my son, which, btw they both almost ironically have the same name – Nasir.

    I am trying to assist him in dressing for an event.

    Trendy – those hideous brown gator shoes. why? Because no shoes should be worn that are darker than the pant you are wearing. If you keep that in mind, you will always be safe. Now, if you want to insist, then try wearing a dark brown seersucker. Again, right now, it’s only TRENDY.

    The Classic – the off-white wingtip or back in the old days, known as ‘bucks’. This you can rock, or even a white tennis classic Jack Parcel with the navy stripe at the top….or again, if you insist, a chocholate loafer, as almost featured.

    The Ultimate – If you really want to rock the seersucker at a Hampton lawn soirée, or here in the hot humid ATL wanna be parties, then the classic off-white and navy or off-white tan/brow spectator shoe shoe is the way to go. But here’s the big question, where do you find them? Churchill? Edmonds? Good luck!

    I enjoyed forum

    Take care

    • http://mensstylepro.wordpress.com Sabir Peele

      Hi Tony J,

      Thanks for the kind words. In terms of the particular type of shoes that you are looking for, Allen Edmonds will probably have them and you can link to them through Men’s Style Pro homepage. Secondly, Cole Haan & Johnston & Murphy carry them as well. If you want to gator up (but not look like a pimp), Magnanni for Neiman Marcus carry some spectacular shoes.

      Best,

      Sabir

  • Bill P

    OK…fashion dilemma, and found your site…nice. Going to a wedding in Houston Tx next week…have a Brooks Bros blue searsucker and white bucks….question 1. belt color?? Can I go tan, or do I need white to match shoes?? 2. Pants are cuffed, should I have cuffs taken out?? Suit is older, and cuffs were in then….
    Thanks a ton. Bill

    • http://mensstylepro.wordpress.com Sabir Peele

      Hi Bill,

      Belt – blue or tan. I would go with a woven belt in my opinion.

      Keep the cuff

      Rock the bucks

      – Sabir

  • http://bit.ly/V1M2gq Daniel Ford

    On purpose. A seersucker jacket with white slacks, white dress shirt, and madras tie is a very dressed-up summer appearance. For more casual outings, pair the same coat with jeans and a white polo.