Spring is here which means that it’s going to get warm out. I am all about warm weather, patios, runs outside, t-shirts etc. However this also means that for us dapper guys we have to adjust our suiting fabrics so we won’t die of a heat stroke. A fabric that I love to wear is cotton, cotton suits are the best for spring and summer style, khakis and other lighter colors are also popular. My good friend Steve over at Straight Function and I decided to collaborate to bring you guys some great looks in two different colors of cotton suits.
Cotton suits became popular sometimes in the 1800’s after British soldiers decided to get rid of their red coats and opted for a more natural color that would blend with their surroundings (smart guys). Thereafter it became popular in the states after WWII where troops loved the fabric so much that they kept it an turned it into the mainstream civilian staple that we know now.
Both suits that you will see here are from Express. Express has some really great options when it comes to suiting, they are relatively affordable, and have great classic styles. Let’s dive in!
In my looks I dressed the suit two ways, formal and casual. This khaki suit is perfect for a night out or even for work. That being mentioned for my first suit I paired the suit with a nice light blue oxford, a navy tie with red emeralds, and some double monks. This is such a classic look, I skipped the socks just because when it gets warm long socks are definitely a no go, (unless your going to a business meeting).
Here’s my Khaki Cotton Suit
My second look is more laid back, remember gents that you can always sport the suit jacket and pants separately get the most out of your garments. I decided to use the suit jacket and throw it over a nice white tee shirt, green chinos, and my air force ones. Its so simple to pull this look off that its almost a no brainer to try. This is my weekend or go out outfit for spring and summer.
Now, lets see how Steve wore his cotton suit:
Wedding season, graduations, special dinner occasion we want to look our best! Summer suiting is all about light fabrics, the stretch and keeping it versatile. I am wearing a suit with stretch and cotton which makes it easy to wear in hot conditions. Ivan and I both live in the Midwest where humidity is a killer! The way I wear my suit is somewhat different than Ivan wears his. I myself have a fun short-sleeve dress shirt and polo. These are my favorite looks when wearing a suit in the summer and to have a little more fun.
Heres the link to this Blue Cotton Suit
With a polo you can take the jacket on or off. A polo is a nice way to keep it business casual or formal if you’re going on a date. I picked a grey and blue trim polo, it has stretch as well so it’s easy to move when tucked in. With the trim details you can have it play off the suit color. A solid black or white polo will also work as well.
As for the floral shirt, I like mixing pattern shirts with a suit. Wear the shirt with jeans or with the suit pants you can’t go wrong! I myself always wear neutral colors but when the summer comes I wear warmer colors. Show your fun side like me and grab this shirt! YOU WONT REGRET IT!
There you have it gents, 2 cotton suits worn 4 ways. We hope you enjoyed this article. Please go and follow my good friend Steve over at @straightfunction and on his website here.