The Suit in Summer Weather

Sure, in a couple of weeks I’ll need to buy some swimsuits and face the unflattering lighting in those tiny dressing rooms with the fun-house mirrors that make me look short and squat (and don’t bother telling me that’s all in my mind – it’s my party and I’ll lie if I want to).  But right now, I’m focusing on the more office-friendly summer suit.

wearing a suit in the summer

First of all, to paraphrase:  if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the wool.  In other words, choose your fabric wisely.  Look for light-weight, breathable fabrics such as silk blends, cotton or linen (if you can handle the wrinkling and inevitable ironing task).

Along this same vein, fabric color is key.  If you’re mostly inside the office, you can still wear darker colors.  But if you’ll be outside a lot, choose lighter hues that will reflect light and keep you cooler.  (Such as white, beige, ivory, light grey.)

Remember:  just like our mothers told us on those days in high school when we moaned that our face was breaking out or our hair was in the dreaded growing out stage: “It’s what’s inside that matters.”  Your summer suit should be unlined or half-lined.  Avoid any extra padding or heavy lining that doesn’t breathe.  You won’t be able to either.

suits in the summer

There are a variety of brands that carry wonderful options, and they can be found in a range of prices.  These are some of my favorites, from economical to eek!:

  • H&M offers inexpensive separates, that when combined can make a wonderful summer suit alternative.  With blazers, pants, and skirts starting at $25, you can end up with a $50 suit if you’re shrewd.

  • Jones New York has adorable seersucker suits in the $200 range.  Consider mixing up the jacket and skirt/pant so that you don’t look too much like a bar-code.

  • Ann Taylor carries a variety of summer suits in the $220 range (once you figure in the price of the jacket and skirt/pant together).

  • Theory sells linen-blend and cotton twill separates at Nordstrom that run in the $600 range (or less on sale) when combined to create a suit.

  • Burberry if you can splurge, because they are in the $1500 range.  These classically elegant clothes can be considered investment pieces.

summer suits

Have fun picking out some comfortable, chic summer suits.  Come back in a couple of weeks to see what I’ve discovered about the best swimsuits – that’s right, I’m taking one for the team and heading into the racks to investigate.  If it’s traumatizing I may need you to send chocolate.  And kittens.



  • Arianne says:

    Thanks for sharing your favorite places where to find the best summer suits. There;s nothing more rewarding than wearing suits that are comfortable and apt for the season.

  • Nicky says:

    Actually during summer, I prefer wearing clothes that are soft and light to the skin, I’d like to be able to breathe. Most of my outfits for the office are skits and casual cut-outs and even sleeveless types, although once the AC goes on full blast, I wear a jacket or button down shirt with longer sleeves.

  • shauna fox says:

    I like those suits you posted on this article, Heidi, especially the black and white!

  • Sophie says:

    I actually love wearing suits in the office, whether it’s summer or spring or winter, I just feel more comfortable wearing suits.

  • Gabrielle says:

    I could never afford Burberry suits, but thanks for the other links you posted above. I’m thinking of those Ann Taylor suits, they sure look comfy to me!

  • Serena says:

    I love the fashionable and seemingly lightweight “menswear” styled summer suit that I saw a day ago at Elle’s website. I wish I could pull off that look.

  • Wynona says:

    I got this one a few weeks ago from Lord&Taylor , it’s a very cool suit, as in literally cool to the skin. and the skirt is kinda lacy, which is a breeze 🙂 Thought you might want to check it out.

  • kylie rachel says:

    I actually like that colorful mix-and-match suit-skirt ensemble. It looks fantastic!

  • Helga says:

    Been wearing my comfy sundress at work. It’s breezy and light. I don’t get to wear suits, though, because my office likes us to wear whatever is comfortable to us.

  • Susan Armstrong says:

    Those colorful outfits are really my type (the last picture with 3 different suits on one girl).

  • Mikaela says:

    One of my favorite outfits to wear when going to work is my pencil cut skirt paired with colorful elegant sleeveless blouse .

  • Blue says:

    I got my office suits at H & M, so far, I’m satisfied with the cost and the fabric they used, really cozy for the summer.

  • Magenta says:

    Ann Taylor suits are definitely my favorites. I’ve got three suits from them, actually.

  • Claire Oritz says:

    Interesting. You’re talking about Summer suits, and its September? You are spot on. As September is still Summer, I simply don’t get why retailers continue to shove Fall/Winter clothes onto their floors.
    The days of shopping months before wearing are over. People want to buy it, wear it, and repeat. As global warming continues to throw us further off course, we all want to have beautiful clothes for right now. A Summer Suit is needed through October in most parts of the country.
    Great call on this timely article.

  • Janet Cumberland says:

    I like those summer suits, especially the colorful ones. I won’t mind buying 5 pieces of those colorful jackets (pictured above) so I can wear a different one everyday!

  • Aaliyah Jane says:

    the black & white combo summer suit sure looks stylish.

  • Hazel Ann Santos says:

    Well, here in Canada, it’s already autumn but these suits would still look fresh and comfortable to use whatever the season is. I love those colorful styled suits 🙂

  • Krissy says:

    I love those colorful outfits. It’s fall already but I think, wearing those suits can still make you and me look cool and professional.

  • Lindsay Warren says:

    I bought myself those colorful suits a month ago, and now even though it’s already fall, I still love wearing suits.

  • Taylor G. says:

    I love those outfits, I think those can still be worn in cold months, but with extra layer of clothing underneath…

  • Mine would have to be a pair of free-flowing pants over a cotton-cutout blouse. I’m fortunate because we don’t have dress code in the office, I can wear whatever I want.

  • Blue says:

    I love the choices here, such colors and breeze. Although now winter is nearing, I have to use thicker ones. But I really liked the colorful suggestions here, thanks Heidi!

  • Nancy says:

    Much thanks for the suggestions for those gorgeous suits!

  • Angeli says:

    THose are indeed gorgeous suits. I love colorful outfits, so these are a must have for me. Thanks for sharing them.

  • Leigh says:

    Oh how I miss the summer already! Now that winter is here, I’m wearing layer over layer of clothes and coats; I also have one of those summer suits that I still wear today on top of everything else. Winter can really be cruel sometimes.

  • Thelma says:

    Just happened to see this post and I’m absolutely thankful because I’ve been thinking of buying a suit that is perfect for this hot weather. Thanks so much for this Heidi1

  • Desiree Lynch says:

    In my line of work, we’re not required to wear office clothes. We can wear whatever we pleased. During this hot summer days, I never thought of using suits, but those stylish and colorful coats are making me change my mind. They look uberly cool and fantastic!

  • Ramona says:

    These suits look comfortable. I gotta get my hands on the colorful one to wear in this kind of weather. Thanks for these recommendations 🙂

  • Pamela says:

    I need to wear suits even if it’s summer and I couldn’t really have an idea which suit to get. Now that I read this, I finally have an idea where to purchase mine. Thanks for sharing the links, Heidi!

  • Jasmyn Kurt says:

    I didn’t know Ann Taylor have these suits. Perfect for the currently warm weather.. Thanks for this tips.

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