Linen often gets a bad rap as the worst of summer fabrics. Known for being wrinkly, linen suits are typically avoided for office wear. But this can be a mistake, especially if you are interested in a summer vibe and willing to wear a more casual, relaxed look into the office.
How to wear a linen suit
- Choose a colored linen suit, light blue or even a darker navy for a more professional look.
- Be sure to have it dry cleaned and pressed before wearing it. The suit will wrinkle but a good dry cleaning will help keep it looking fresh longer. Be sure when you’re sitting down at your desk to hang your jacket on a hanger (never on the back of your chair).
- Pair with a cotton men’s dress shirt. The mixture of fabrics will add depth and texture to your outfit.
- We also recommend ditching the tie unless you work in a very traditionally conservative office. Instead add a touch of sprezzatura with a polka dot pocket square and spectators.
- Remember that you are going for a light, casual summer look. If you have to wear an overcoat to stay warm, it’s too early in the season for linen. Also, a panama or boater hat can add a bit of flair but are more appropriate for late afternoon garden parties or evening barbeques.
Linen is a great way to add texture and interest to an otherwise conservative look. If you aren’t comfortable with a full linen suit, consider wearing a linen jacket in a darker color paired with chinos or blue jeans for casual Fridays. Don’t forget a fine men’s watch, pocket square and a shoeshine for a polished look.
Ask a Knot Standard stylist to help you choose the finest linen fabric for your custom made suit.