You’re probably going to end wearing it most of the year too!
Intense Blue Hopsack Blue Three Piece Suit (constrasting waist coat) & Brown Knit Tie – Oliver Wicks | White Crew Neck T-Shirt – Uniqlo | Cargo Green Pronto Sneakers – Greats | Camo Sunglasses – Diesel | Blue & White Dotted Pocket Square – Drakes (via Tobox Philly)
Blue suits are a dime a dozen, so finding one that stands out from the navy crowd can be somewhat of an insurmountable feat. This summer, trying turning up the saturation and finding the in-between hue of cobalt & electric blue is the sweet spot. At this point, this isn’t rocket science, but, you’ll finally find a suit that will give you some much needed juice (that’s what the kids are calling it).
Outside of the refreshing color, it’s time to talk fabrics. You might be reaching for your favorite linen number as the heat turns up outside, but, think about investigating hopsack. By definition hopsack is: a loosely woven fabric (cotton, wool), often displaying a weave given a patterned square appearance. Technically speaking, think of hopsack as a rigid version of linen that is office appropriate.
- Brand: Oliver Wicks (custom |
- 9 oz Hopsack Angelico Intense Blue wool fabric | Highly Breathable
- Design Details: Jacket – wide peak lapel, half-lined, self-fabric elbow patches, pick stitching on lapel, patch pockets
- Design Details: Pants – Side Tabs (no Belt Loops), 1.5 inch cuffs
Give it the sneaker + t-shirt remix. But, remember to keep the look simple. This isn’t the time to rock you favorite vintage band t-shirt. A trusty white, crewneck will get the job done — just be sure to tug on the collar a little.
Jacket + Contrasting Vest
Intense Blue Hopsack Blue Suit Jacket (contrasting waist coat) – Oliver Wicks | Burgundy Striped Tie – Oliver Wicks | Cutaway Collar Shirt – Trashness | Oxblood Tassel Loafers – Johnston & Murphy | Slim Fit Distress Jeans – Gap | Reversible Leather Folio – hook+Albert
With a loose weave texture, you’ll finally have a suit jacket that you can wear as a blazer. Adding a pair of slightly distressed jeans will break up the formality of the look and is the perfect pairing for a date night or “Casual Friday” kit. If you’re not sure how to make this look work, here’s a few tips:
- If you’re going to wear a tie, go with a knit (silk/wool) or woven one. The textures will add to the casual vibe
- When wearing a jeans with a blazer, make sure they are as tailored as your suits pants. The silhouettes should match up to complement each other
- Lastly, a pair of loafers is a great way to ground this look without being too formal
Fully Suited | Dodging Rain Drops
Intense Blue Hopsack Blue Three Piece Suit (constrasting waist coat) & Brown Knit Tie – Oliver Wicks | Light Blue & White Striped Spread Collar Shirt – Trashness | Floral Pocket Square – CMMP | Chocolate Brown Captoe Shoe – Paul Evans | Camo Galoshes – SWIMS | Camo Umbrella – Uniqlo
Learning how to tame a heighten blue suit will be your key to making it work without feeling like a walking lightening bolt. When in doubt, add brown details to pull the look together (see knit tie & suede shoes). There are two directions to go with your brown details – chocolate or cognac.
Work Ready = Chocolate Brown
Extra Panache = Cognac
To lessen the severity of the suit, pair a blue shirt in a lighter shade of blue.
Founder & 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. As of 2014, Sabir serves as a freelance brand ambassador & executive stylist for GQ Magazine & GQ Report. Outside of that partnership, Sabir serves as an independent brand consultant as well. Reach me directly at SABIR@MENSSTYLEPRO.COM