The Case for the White Linen Suit

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There may have been snow on the ground last week, but on Monday we enjoyed the Early May Bank Holiday which means we are now officially on count down to summer. With that in mind, we wanted to use today’s blog post to put forward a reasonably controversial fashion opinion: we love a bespoke tailored white linen suit.

Of course, this statement comes with caveats. To really carry off this look you will need:

  • A high quality suit that’s beautifully tailored
  • Appropriate weather
  • Carefully chosen accessories
  • The ability to avoid mud, ink and spilled foodstuffs
  • A heavy dose of suave confidence

We love linen for a number of reasons. Firstly, it’s an immensely practical summer fabric. It’s light, breathable and cool, and when it’s used in tailoring it makes formal clothing pleasant to wear even on the most sweltering summer days.

We also love the linen look because it’s classic, elegant and makes us think of James Bond. Done right there are very few things cooler than a gentleman in a white suit. Don’t believe us? Have you not seen Daniel Craig in Casino Royale?!

If you’re as much of a fan as we are, you may be wondering when is the right occasion to try out the look. White linen suits are excellent between the months of May and September for:

  • Weddings
  • Garden parties
  • Christenings/Naming Days (just don’t offer to hold the baby!)
  • Smart casual business events
  • Date nights
  • Uber stylish sightseeing

Once you give this look a go, we think you’ll be hooked. Just make sure you opt for a suit that’s fitted rather than billowy, choose a white or pale pastel shirt, and pair it with light brown loafers.

Starting to think about your summer wardrobe? Read more tips on keeping cool in office-appropriate tailoring.