How to wear a suit in the summer

Whether it's a day at the office or a smart event, sometimes you have to wear a suit during the hot summer months. Despite the extra layers involved, it is possible to wear your sharpest tailoring without overheating. Just think about how to style the suit, what it's made of and how it's constructed.

Blue suit and polo by BOSSBlue suit and polo by BOSS

A shirt and tie can feel restrictive when it's hot out, so one way to ease into the warmer weather is to adjust how you style the suit. Lighter options that don't feel as confining will work well. Choose one of the below.

  • Navy polo shirt by BOSSNavy polo shirt by BOSS
    Polo shirt

    Its collar and buttoned placket make the polo shirt look similar to a tailored shirt. But polos are made from fabrics that are more breathable and flexible, making them more comfortable.

  • White t-shirt by BOSSWhite t-shirt by BOSS

    With short sleeves and lightweight material, a T-shirt will feel much fresher worn under a suit if the occasion allows. Choose a plain one to keep the look sophisticated.

  • Linen shirt by BOSSLinen shirt by BOSS
    Summer shirt

    Sometimes, you have to wear a tailored shirt. In this case, choose one in a particularly lightweight fabric such as linen, and with a slightly looser fit.

Summer suit looks by BOSSSummer suit looks by BOSS

Most suits are made of wool, which is why they have a bad reputation when it comes to summer dressing. But there are other options.

  • Linen close up by BOSSLinen close up by BOSS

    The essential summer fabric, linen is highly breathable and naturally wicks away moisture to keep you feeling fresh. It's an effortless choice for balmy days.

  • Garment dyed fabric by BOSSGarment dyed fabric by BOSS

    BOSS garment-dyed suits are made from lightweight, breathable cotton that make them the ideal summer suit.

  • Seersucker fabric close up by BOSSSeersucker fabric close up by BOSS

    The light texture in seersucker allows air to circulate under the cloth, which will keep you fresh through summer.

Linen suit and close ups of fabrics by BOSSLinen suit and close ups of fabrics by BOSS

Although a suit looks simple from the outside, the internal construction can make a big difference to how it feels when worn. Pick tailoring with these features to tackle the heat.

  • Perforated lining close up by BOSSPerforated lining close up by BOSS
    Perforated lining

    It's a technique that's been used in performance outerwear too: add a perforated lining to a jacket and air will circulate more freely. It works just as well in a suit.

  • Unstructured construction of a jacket by BOSSUnstructured construction of a jacket by BOSS
    Unstructured construction

    Traditional suits have several layers of interlining to give them a structured look. Unstructured suits don't have any of this - meaning fewer layers and better breathability.

  • Half-lined construction close up by BOSSHalf-lined construction close up by BOSS
    Half-lined construction

    If you need a sharply tailored suit with traditional construction, it's possible to get one that's only partially lined in the body. This makes the whole thing lighter to wear.

Half-lined jacket and close up of suits constructions by BOSSHalf-lined jacket and close up of suits constructions by BOSS

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Watch: How to wear a suit in the summer

Take a look at our video overview of this guide, covering all you need to know to get it right every time.