The new suits and jackets are light, relaxed and versatile.
Traditional tailoring is loosening up, and the results are incredibly comfortable and flattering. Suits and jackets look and feel lighter, with minimal construction, softer shoulders and relaxed fits. Fabrics are lighter, too – linen, seersucker, mohair and silk-linen-wool blends feel feather-light, and they offer exceptional breathability and performance for spring and summer. Elegant yet easy-going, these garments look great dressed up or down, affording plenty of room for self-expression.
Canali’s Kei suit glides along the ideal meridian between soft and tailored clothing. With its natural shoulders and lightweight construction, the half-lined jacket has a contemporary Neapolitan silhouette. It can easily be worn as a sports jacket, especially when made in a fabric like this lively blue-checked blend of wool, linen and silk. Not only is keeping the jacket open acceptable, but it encourages air circulation and allows you to show off those suave, stylishly leather-tipped suspenders.
Here’s the future of the suit according to Z Zegna: completely unconstructed and unlined, with a slim-fitting Drop 8 silhouette. This example from the brand’s Wash and Go collection is made with Ermenegildo Zegna’s Techmerino wool, which offers breathability, natural stretch and temperature control. The sleek dress pants are updated with a drawstring waistband. When the suit needs refreshing, just pop it into its bag and drop it into the washing machine. The fabric is wrinkle-resistant, making it ideal for travel.
You can buy – and wear – BOSS’s classic blue-and-white seersucker jacket and pants separately, but how great they look as a suit! The lightly textured, stretchy cotton stays cool and breathable on warm days. The outfit looks great at the office, and it works beautifully for summer social events. BOSS suit available online soon.
Atelier Munro’s youthful, debonair, slightly iconoclastic spirit is on show in this kick-ass double-breasted suit. With the brand’s CustomMade program, you can create your perfect summer suit, with minimal construction and lightweight fabric. Choose a lining and tailoring details and you’re all set. Munro’s CustomMade is exclusive to Harry Rosen in Canada.
Canali’s Kei suit, shown here in an elegant blue check pattern, is an expression of Italian sophistication. The deconstructed jacket has a soft shoulder line that gently moulds to the body, and the trousers are streamlined for a flattering look. The dress shirt features Canali’s new performance fabric, Impeccable, which is treated to resist water, stains and wrinkles just the ticket for travel or long days at the office. Every Canali item is made in Italy.
Two English companies show how unstuffy a jacket can be.(Left) Hardy Amies offers a fresh perspective on men's tailoring while paying homage its prestigious Savile Row heritage. The storied British brand has upgraded the classic suit in a slim silhouette complete with sharp waist suppression and a classic notch lapel. The unlined two-piece is crafted from a lightweight cotton and wool blend to keep you comfortable throughout all-day wear. The pant is unique with its drawstring waist to help you feel even more relaxed in this casual, yet stylish suit. (Right) Harris Wharf’s unstructured jacket is woven in cotton so light it’s almost translucent. Houndstooth overlaid with a windowpane tips the wink to traditional British patterns.
Emporio Armani’s version of the modern suit includes a completely unstructured jacket and casual drawstring trousers in flyweight cotton. Wearing it with a fine-gauge wool-cotton hoodie adds an athleisure feel for a look that’s simultaneously relaxed and smart. Emporio Armani jacket, and knit available online soon.