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Summer Suiting | Linen & Pinstriped

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The linen suit has been revamped over the years. Moving away from the baggy island version of itself, the new linen suit is tailored for the modern man. Something that stood out to us about many linen suits in the past is how drab they were. Most often these suits were off-white or navy, but there was no pop to them. Instead of going ham and jumping right into a plaid, gingham or tartan linen suit, we decided to bring your three versions of the classic pinstripe linen suit.

 (suits by Hackett London, Indochino & Dragon Inside).

1. All Business with Hackett London (the Wool/Linen Blend)

Hackett London Wool Linen Double Breasted Suit on Men's Style Pro

Double Breasted Pinstripe Linen & Wool Blend Suit by Hackett London from their Mayfair Collection

One big problem with the older style linen suit was the structure of the fabric. You don’t want to be the guy suffering from potato sack syndrome, you do want to look cool and literally be cool. Of course, linen wrinkles as you wear it, so if you are a guy that has to wear suits to work during the summer months skip linen during the work week and save the wrinkles for the weekend. This particular suit is a 50% wool, %50 linen blend. The wool gives this suit the structure and body of a traditional all wool suit and you get to stay cool due to the light quality of the linen fabric. 

Style Tips:

  • A pinstriped suit is bold. A double-breasted, pinstriped suit is bold as hell. You’ll need to pick and choose when and where you’ll throw this on. 
  • A navy suit really makes your pinstripes stand out. Pair down this suit with a neutral shoe and a pastel shirt.
  • A suit of this build is meant to be broken into separates. You know the drill. Mix it up!
  • For a bit of a twist, switch out the black buttons for darker horn options.

Hackett London Wool Linen Double Breasted Suit on Men's Style Pro

Pink Custom Shirt by Enzo Custom Philly Location | Pocket Square by Bo Clothing for Bespoke Post | Pindot Silk Tie by Frank & OakHackett London Wool Linen Double Breasted Suit on Men's Style Pro

Silver Dial Watch by Timex 

Hackett London Wool Linen Double Breasted Suit on Men's Style ProTassel Loafers by Zara | Lavender Socks by Uniqlo

2. The Full Three Piece – Dragon Inside Ecru Linen Suit

Men's Style Pro in Dragon Inside Linen Three SuitLinen Three Piece Custom Ecru Suit by Dragon Inside |

2. The Full Three Piece – Dragon Inside Ecru Linen Suit

Of course we can’t give up on the classic beige linen suit, but, we did find one with a very subtle sky blue pinstripe. Even though the modern linen suit is more tailored, don’t forget it can still be worn casually. Ditch the traditional pointed collar shirt and get summer fresh with a band collar. 

Style Tip:

  • If you’re going custom or you’re lucky enough to find a well fitting suit off-the-rack, opt for peak lapels. Peak lapels are dressier, which will give you the option to wear this suit to summer weddings or outdoor parties.
  • A subtle pinstripe like the sky blue one in this look, will make your beige linen suit stand out just enough. 
  • Rocking a full three piece of any kind can be a cumbersome task, however, the breathable fabric and light color of this suit will keep you cool.

Men's Style Pro in Dragon Inside Linen Three SuitBand Collar Shirt by H&M | Persol Havana Brown Sunglasses via Coastal.com |

Men's Style Pro in Dragon Inside Linen Three SuitGingham Cotton Pocket Square by Merona via Target

3. The Waist Coat & Trouser by Indochino

Custom Brown Pinstripe Linen Suit by IndochinoCustom Pinstripe Brown Linen Waist Coat & Trousers by Indochino

Plain and Simple…..Don’t Forget The Power Of Brown! Brown is one of the most underrated suit colors and when paired with linen, the combination is sleek and business ready. The texture of the linen is a great complement to the brown color too! Keep the pinstripes as subtle as possible because you may want this suit as a work option. People shouldn’t notice the pinstriping unless they are standing right next to you.

Style Tips

  • Brown linen pairs best with pale pink, blue, purple and yellow shirts. 
  • A tailored chambray shirt is a good option as well.
  • If you decide to wear a tie, don’t shy away from mixing patterns. Just be mindful of the proportion and scale of your tie to suit pattern.
  • This suit is a great option for the office in the summer because it doesn’t give off the vacation outfit vibe.

Custom Brown Pinstripe Linen Suit by IndochinoRay-ban Tortoise Sunglasses via Coastal.com

Custom Brown Pinstripe Linen Suit by IndochinoKnit Tie by Club Room | English Spread Collar Oxford Shirt by Trashness.com

Photography: Marina T. Peele @CantWinkLefty

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.

  • William

    Man I’m glad u did this post because I want to invest into some summer friendly suits & being a loafer fan these suits are perfect for them whether going with or w/o socks

    • http://www.mensstylepro.com Sabir M Peele

      Hi William,

      Thanks for dropping by. There’s nothing better than a linen suit with structure. IMO, linen suits are made for loafers.

      Best,

      Sabir

  • AAA

    Do you have close up photo of the Dragon Inside suit jacket sleeve? buttons / buttonholes. Thank you.

    • http://www.mensstylepro.com Sabir M Peele

      AAA,

      I don’t have a close up up the buttons/button holes, however the buttons are laser etched with my name on them. That etching option is available at purchase.

      Best,

      Sabir

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    Great post! Mixing patterns and fabrics are definitely this year’s hit. Just be careful to pick the right style for the right occasion.