[dropcap size=big]T[/dropcap]he Navy Suit. You probably have one in your closet and it almost only sees the light of day at the office. Rather than sticking to your Oxford shirts and rep ties, it’s time to show your trusty navy suit some summer love. Adding floral patterned, tanks and band collar shirts to your navy suit look will change the way you look at your wardrobe.
This post features a navy hopsack fabric suit from Philadelphia-based custom menswear brand Damari Savile from their ready-to-wear line.
Navy Suit + Tank Top + Sneakers
First Up — The Navy Hopsack Suit
Lighter fabrics are a no brainer on the sweltering days, especially the days where you’ll need to “suit up”. Rather than opting for a linen suit, which can come off as too formal, a hopsack open-weave fabric is your best bet. It holds its shape quite well and the open weave it lets the breeze right on in.
For their first ready-to-wear collection, Damari Savile (which you can shop in store in Philly 709 Walnut Street), produced a run suits ranging from traditional grey & navy to more sartorial pieces like their brown pinstripe suit. Regardless of being rookies in the suiting game, their selection is damn near perfect. I’m a huge fan of an all patch-pocket suit, so I’m slightly smitten by this one.
First and foremost, I Iove the construction, fabric and overall shape of this suit — however; jacket is fully lined. To take this suit from a 90 to 100, the jacket should be half-line. Other than that — GREAT Job team Damari Savile. I guess, since they offer custom, I could get a suit made unstructured of half-lined.
Now On To Summer Styling
Adding a tank top shirt to a suited look is not common place in menswear styling because tanks are Bro-ed out as hell. To get this look right, here are a few tips (see Steph Curry in GQ for an example):
- Keep the colors neutral and complementary to your suit
- Stripes! Striped patterns, specifically a large chest stripe makes your chest look broader
- Save the neon for the beach! You’re not sporting your favourite festival transition tank with a tailored suit
- Lastly, finish your look with a pair of low profile sneakers in a white or grey colorway to add a sporty pop because Oxfords won’t complement this look
Tropical Office Vibes
Location: Philadelphia Magazine Offices
Sometimes you can’t get around the office dress code during the summer months where suiting is a must. Luckily, many offices have a summer casual dress code that allows for short sleeve shirts and polos.
Let’s save those polos for the golf course and add some aloha vibes with a short-sleeve button down Hawaiian floral print shirt.
- Ditch the tie
- Make sure the sleeves of jacket are tapered
- Opt for a shirt with a neutral base color
- Keep your shoes classic with a cap toe Oxford in Chestnut brown
Band Collar + Short Sleeve + Linen = WIN
Rocking a suit on the weekend is reserved just for wedding season. You might have a date, maybe the rest of your clothes are dirty or you just want to look damn good. Style your navy suit look the same way with a pair of jeans.
- Ditch the collar and opt for a band or Mandarin collar shirt
- Lighten up your fabric to linen
- Bring out your all white sneakers to contrast your suit and complement your shirt
- Since the look is more casual, add a patterned square for a nod traditional suiting
- Add a fun ribbon belt. They’re sporty and add some life to a suit
Photography by Austin Horton of @sight.beyond.sound