Why You Need to Wear a Linen Suit

Impeccably suave without
sweating your apples off

Written by Janet Hu[Feature image by Michelle
Tirronen, Ties.com Studios]
Withstanding the cruel summer
heat can be a losing battle. It is possible to look cool, calm, collected, and
tailored to perfection while braving it though.
What is linen?

linen suit what is linen
Linen is a natural textile
made from flax plant fibers. Though lightweight, it is highly durable, so much
so that linen is used in paper money to keep bills from tearing. Some people
know linen to be the strongest natural fiber in the world.
Linen for Summer

line suit for summer

Linen is the perfect summer
clothing fabric because of its light weight, its breathability, and its
naturally moisture-wicking properties. The fabric has high conductivity,
meaning it absorbs sweat and remains cool to touch even in humid climates. Fun
fact: a higher conductivity is also what allows for some metals to stay cooler.
Linen is stronger than cotton,
and it’s heavier but more porous, which allows for greater airflow. Though be
wary–this fabric is notorious for wrinkling easily. If you want to wear a linen
suit, you’ll have to iron it and make your best attempt at avoiding sitting for
prolonged periods, which can cause more creases and impressions.
When to Wear Linen Suits

That being said, the linen
suit is still a masterpiece in achieving tailored excellence in spite of humid,
blistering heat. You’d far rather endure a few wrinkles than bake in a
full-wool sauna. Here are some occasions to wear your magical, forever cool
linen suit:
Linen Suit for Summer Weddings

linen suit for summer wedding
This artfully nonchalant suit
is the perfect match for summer wedding attendance. If the ceremony is in a
palace garden or villa type setting, opt for a formal polished look. Wear a
tan, beige, or khaki linen suit with a floral tie or bow tie. You can even try
cream-colored linen or a blue linen suit. Stick to lovely pastels, and pull out
all the best accessories, pocket square and lapel pin included.
If you’re attending a beach
wedding, feel free to incorporate a bit of Havana style. Perhaps you’ll choose
brightly colored accessories or go tieless. Roll up your sleeves and top it all
off with a dress hat.
Linen Suit for Work and Office

linen suit for work and office

Having immensely sweaty pits and
being just generally irritated hurts performance, of course. To feel clean,
energized, and focused at work during heat wave months, try a linen business
suit. We suggest a linen-wool blend suit for professional offices so you’ll
keep cool while looking impeccably sharp. Mohair is a fine wool that is both
high-quality and lightweight.
As for colors, darker tones
give the impression of formality, so opt for a dark navy, dark grey, or even a
tobacco-colored suit if you’ll be meeting with clients all day. In addition to
appearing more professional, dark colors also hide any sweat stains you happen
Casual Linen Suit for Leisure

casual linen suit for leisure
A lowkey laidback way to
flaunt your sartorial finesse. Linen suits are hot. Are you too helplessly
opulent to flounce around in board shorts and flip-flops? Well, you’ll
certainly be giving off that impression.
The beauty of casual linen
suits for summer is that they handle, in fact, they embrace, a little
roughhousing. You won’t have to worry about having a pristine and wrinkle-free
suit because the creases give character.
Go tieless and sport a cotton
v-neck under your linen jacket. You can even wear your suit spezzato style,
treating the jacket and trousers as separate clothing items and wearing them
individually or mix-matched.
If you want an even softer,
more casual look, go for a linen-cotton blend suit. This fabric is less likely
to wrinkle, and it’s also less expensive than pure linen.

Janet Hu – Editor of The GentleManual

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.