Wedding season causes enough migraines as it is—booking flights and hotels, finding the right gifts, making sure nothing too nefarious happens at the bachelor parties—before you even start to consider what you’re going to wear. So how about we go ahead and strike that from your to-do list altogether? Below, we’ve rounded up eight superior lightweight suits that’ll help you to keep cool in the face of outdoor nuptial heat waves and late-night dance floor wildness. Tailored from breathable fabrics with minimal lining, all of these are neutral enough to handle a summer’s worth of fit combinations—from aloha shirts to vintage polos to good ol’ fashioned button-downs and ties—so they’ll never see you in the same thing twice. Oh, yeah, and did we mention they all clock in well under $1,000? Save your dough for the post-reception bar.
The Leveled-Up Linen Suit
In the wrong hands, linen suits can be all kinds of terrible: baggy, sack-like, as unflattering as it gets. You know exactly the type we’re talking about, because your swagless cousin Dale probably got married in one at a resort somewhere in the Caribbean, and his wedding photos all look like this. Well, Todd Snyder has just about the surest hands in menswear, with a knack for making clothes that are reliably handsome and accessible, splitting the difference between of-the-moment and timeless. Applied to a linen suit, that means a trim two-button cut that’s structured enough to wear to work, while still embracing the texture and character of the fabric itself. If only Dale had copped one of these instead.
The Lived-In Chino Suit
Here’s the thing about summer suits: it’s not only OK if they’re a little rumpled and imperfect—in some cases, it’s actually preferable. For the most part, these garments are made from textiles like cotton chino and linen, which tend to naturally crease and wrinkle and wear in. Learning to live with those wrinkles—to zen out about ’em because, hey, it’s gorgeous outside and you’re dressed to the nines—is all part of having real style. No suit on this list leans into that DGAF attitude more than this one, with an elegant Parisian silhouette contrasted by a beautiful garment-dyed fabric that appears like it’s been through a couple of spin cycles. It’s relaxed and lived-in, descriptors not often associated with tailored wear, and you’ll look all the more sophisticated and confident as a result.
The Italian Summer Suit
Ever been to Milan in the summertime and marvelled at all the perfectly sprezzed-out dudes whizzing by on Vespas without even a bead of sweat on their foreheads or a single hair out of place? This is the suit those guys are wearing: immaculately tailored from a luxe silk-cotton mix in timeless navy blue, with no padding to speak of and slightly wider-than-normal lapels. To go full Italiano, pair it with a crisp white shirt, a subtle tie, and a piping hot shot of espresso.
The Updated Khaki Suit
For years, if a magazine like ours was writing about summer suits, that meant one thing and one thing only: a cotton khaki two-piece. They’re still as essential as ever (if you’re curious, here’s a video we made back in 2015 explaining why), but if you’ve been on the khaki suit train from the jump and are getting kind of bored of ’em, we don’t blame you. That’s where this Mr P. number comes in: a touch browner and more caramelly than your average yellowish-tan chino, it’s just enough of a change to feel fresh without losing any of the versatility you’ve come to love.
The Southern Prepster Suit
No warm weather suiting roundup would be complete without some seersucker, the puckered, ultra-light cotton that natty Southern lawyers and buttoned-up Ivy League kids have worn to keep cool for generations. And J.Crew’s take—an unlined, unstructured version of their classic Ludlow suit—is even breezier than normal. If you have any reservations about pulling off those blue-and-cream stripes (you absolutely can), the mind-boggling sub-$300 pricepoint should at least make it easier to take the leap.
Three More Suits We Love
There’s no reason you can’t rock a black suit in the summertime—as long as it’s fashioned from a light, breathable cotton blend like this one, that is.
Theory calls this fabric their “Good Linen,” meaning it’s got all the airy, crepe-y goodness you expect, only crisper and eco-friendlier with a bit of stretch for comfort.
A workwear-inspired blazer and an elasticized waistband on the trousers make this a killer option for laidback weddings and non-dressy offices.