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Suited Summer Style: Colors, Trends, and Ideas for Summer 2023

By Lily Ertischek on 2023-06-20

Man outside showing what to wear with a tan suit, including a blue button up shirt, a brown tie, brown socks, and white loafers.

A summer in style is a summer well spent. Warmer temperatures (plus schedules packed with summer weddings, vacations, meetings, rooftops, and more) call for a wardrobe refresh to keep cool. It’s not just about beating the heat–though breezy materials like cotton, blended, stretch, recycled, and linen suits are helpful choices for both comfort and fashion. 

How to wear a suit for summer is defined more by aesthetics than fabrics, though. Find everything you need to know, from where to wear and key guiding summer outfit-building principles to the shades that go best with the sun and the best, most relevant summer 2023 menswear trends. 

Whether you're attending a wedding, a job interview, or a formal event, wearing the right suit and styling it how you like will help you look and feel confident and stylish. So land your looks of the season with these 3 easy tips plus plenty of ideas and details, and get inspiration for summer suit style.

Man wearing summer black tie wedding style in a black tuxedo, metallic men's jewelry, and a white boutonnière by the pool with palm trees.

Occasion Equation 

Summer is full of events. And events require–or are significantly improved by–suited style. The key to dressing for success through every calendar appointment and date is sticking to the dress code, whether it's the preferred party attire, office policy, or simply cultural and situational standards. 

Heading to weddings near or far, more casual or all-out? Keeping it professional with (fashionable) office days, interviews, al fresco lunch meetings, and conferences worth the travel? Going for anytime, everyday dressing on the go and to and fro, or nights out, with a date or on vacation? 

Lead with the dress code–expressed or implied–and then pile on the personality through your choices in color, cut, accessories, and details. More on of-the-moment options for all of that below. And don’t forget, the season is part of the context of your events, so feel free to add summery lights, brights, and more to your dress code parameters.

Man kneeling on New York City street in style wearing a bold dark teal suit with black and white loafers.

Life in Colors

Summer is the season of warmth and adventure, so let those themes guide your summer suit color choice. With a soft look, light blue suits are getting the spotlight this summer. Still firmly within a color family that’s classic in suiting, light blue offers a version that’s unexpectedly sunny but just as appropriate as its darker cousins, and just as easy to pull off.

Tan suits are another great option for summer, especially for daytime events. They're light and airy, and they add a touch of warmth and sophistication to the look. Tan suits pair well with earthy tones like olive green and brown, as well as brighter colors like coral and turquoise. Pair your tan suit with a white shirt and brown shoes for a classic look, or mix things up with a patterned shirt and a colorful tie.

This is the time to experiment with saturated colors, pastels, or intense hues. Whether you opt for a bright suit or simply pair a more traditional suit with exciting, loudly-colored accessories, there's always a way to use color to pack in more of that summer feeling.

Man sitting outside wearing tan suit pants with a brown suit belt, beige t shirt, lots of men's accessories like a watch, chains, and glasses, and holding a light tan blazer.

Trend Time

The perfect way to get your suit outfit fresh for summer is to keep the styling current by layering in trendy elements.

Make it metallic, and don’t shy away from jewelry. For everyday looks and special occasions alike in summer 2023, bolder men’s jewelry is trending. Go for chunky, shiny touches in your accessories like watches, bracelets, chains, and reflective sunglasses to add a cool, detailed look to your summer suit. 

On less formal days, experiment with the wider cuts making waves right now. Go for a boxy, longer, and looser T-shirt under your suit or on its own with just the suit pants. Wear your suit blazer with loosely tailored jeans or chinos for a relaxed look that can take you pretty much anywhere. To take it a step further, swap in workwear pants and really nail the casual-cool suit look.

A less expected way to feel relevant right now? Go retro. Try adding vintage pieces and vintage-inspired elements in with your suit. Think old-school aviators, funky 60’s and 70’s prints like paisley or floral on a button-down shirt, bow tie or necktie, or even socks. Draw inspiration from the 80’s and 90’s with color-blocked shirts or even a polo layered under your suit jacket.

As always, prioritize your personal style preferences and you’ll get a suit or tuxedo look that’s perfect for the summer and for your taste.  These suits capture the season at summer weddings, events, and beyond. To get started, take a peek through some of the looks inspiring us.

Three men at a mountain wedding wearing blue suits, floral ties, and sunglasses on a chairlift.
Two men wearing suits laughing, one in a light grey suit with paisley patterned dress shirt and one in a navy blue men's suit jacket.
Man in destination wedding black tie style wearing a black tuxedo and bow tie at Italian wedding with lemon decor.
Man wearing pastel preppy suit style for summer with light blue suit and green gingham tie and matching pocket square in garden.
Man's professional headshot outfit wearing dark teal suit with lilac purple dress shirt.
Father of the groom outfit ideas with man wearing dark green suit, floral tie, green and orange wedding color combination, and holding a signature cocktail.
Wedding guest outfits of simple light blue suit and navy blue suit next to groom's white tuxedo at a garden party.
Man in navy blue suit and dark floral neck tie holding a dog at a summer wedding.
Man in a navy blue suit heading to a special event or work.
Man tightening his suit tie wearing a green men's blazer and matching green dress pants with orange accessories.
Man wearing red suit with no tie and white dress shirt leaning on hood of a sports car.
Fashionable group of men and women on New York City street in style wearing suit separates and mix and match suit colors for summer.

Getting the suit style you’re after for all your summer weddings, events, and fashion-forward days starts with the suit itself. Find your perfect fit with SuitShop.

About the Author

Lily Ertischek

Having always been obsessed with storytelling, Lily graduated with degrees in English and French from the University at Buffalo Honors College. After completing a publishing certificate from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she began her career in books and editorial. Lily joined the SuitShop team as the Content Specialist and Customer Communications associate, building out the copywriting program, growing and developing brand voice, editing, ideating alongside marketing, and working to maintain supportive communications with our customers. Lily is constantly reading, keeping up with the latest TV series, redesigning her apartment, and seeking out the best bites. She lives in New York City.