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The Summer Suit feat. REISS

June 14th, 2013

As I mentioned earlier this week, summer can be challenging if you are a guy like me who tends toward a more formal style. What can I say? I love a great suit. And with the temperatures rising, even my favorite cotton suit can be a little too warm. Thankfully, REISS hooked me up with a fantastic lightweight summer suit to keep me cool and comfortable this summer.

Summer Suit feat. REISS - He Spoke Style

Before I get to the suit, I am excited to tell you that this post is part of a collaboration with REISS, who are holding their first ever blogger battle. I was one of four international menswear bloggers invited to participate and style some items from their SS13 collection. Definitely a huge honor.

What does this mean for you? How about an opportunity to win a £500 (that’s currently $781) Reiss gift card. All you have to do to enter is vote for your favorite look by clicking here.

Summer Suit feat. REISS - He Spoke Style

When I think about the color of a summer suit, I usually think of tan and white. But I also like to think a bit outside the box whenever possible. Any color can work if the fabric is lightweight enough, even a dark brown. I happen to really love this light blue color. It’s unique and definitely stands out.

Summer Suit feat. REISS - He Spoke Style

One of the things that really impressed me about this suit were a few details usually reserved for custom garments and not typically found on ready made clothing. The two and a half button jacket is a really nice touch, as are the working sleeve buttons. And I am a big fan of side adjusters in place of belt loops on trousers.

Summer Suit feat. REISS - He Spoke Style

Linen, of course, is a great fabric for summer. If you don’t already have a linen shirt, make sure one finds its way into your rotation. Though I am generally a slim fit guy, I like my linen shirts to fit a bit looser; not so I’m swimming in it, but just so there’s a little room to move and for a summer breeze to find its way through. It keeps you cool and looks relaxed.

One important point about linen: it wrinkles. No way around that. My advice is to not stress over it and to embrace it. It’s just the fabric doing it’s thing and I actually think linen looks “right” with some wrinkling.

Summer Suit feat. REISS - He Spoke Style

Summer Suit feat. REISS - He Spoke Style

This Look: Airforce blue linen suit c/o REISS – Peach slub linen shirt c/o REISS – Floral printed silk pocket square c/o REISS – Sunglasses by Ray-Ban (Clubmaster) – Watch with brown leather band by Timex – Tan suede double monk strap shoes c/o REISS

A special thank you to the Four Seasons Baltimore for opening their spectacular pool deck up to us for the shoot and also to Jared Morgan, who helped Rob and I wrangle the rooftop sunlight.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style

Photography by Rob McIver Photo.

Brian Sacawa

Brian Sacawa is the Founder of He Spoke Style and one of the original men’s style influencers. Since 2013, his goal has remained the same: to provide men the advice and inspiration they need to dress well, develop their personal style, and gain more confidence. Brian’s interest and passion for men’s style and luxury watches has led to his writing for The Robb Report, The Rake, and Sotheby’s and he has been quoted on menswear in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,, Brides Magazine, and the Huffington Post. He lives in the woods north of Baltimore with his wife, Robin, kitties Nick and Nora, and German Shepherd/Collie mix Charlie.

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