While there's not much in in a gentleman's wardrobe that screams dignified power more than a well-tailored suit in a solid black or deep navy, summer events are the perfect time to let your personality shine with a range of fabrics, colours and prints that – while tailored to perfection – bring a little fun and celebration to any occasion. Whether you're preparing for Henley Royal Regatta or Prince Harry's Royal Wedding, New & Lingwood's Simon Maloney shows us how to fuse traditional tailoring with modern flair for the gentlemen's guide to summer suits. Read on to find your perfect fit...
"Dressing for Goodwood should be relaxed and elegant. While a jacket and tie is de rigueur for the Richmond Enclosure, this does not mean that an overly formal outfit is required. Timeless appeal and a sense of style is what you should look for," says Maloney. "New & Lingwood’s Edmonton linen suit is an exact facsimile of those used in suits worn for The Grand Tour by gentlemen travellers in the 1920s and 30s. Teamed with a crisp white shirt and a navy and burgundy boating stripe tie, makes a stylish outfit."
"The Henley Royal Regatta is a highlight of the British summer. Traditionally the vibrant classic striped regatta blazer was designed to make it easy for spectators to identify individual teams," says Maloney. "This season New & Lingwood have introduced two new traditional boating stripe jackets – Edward and Rannoch. Pair one of them with our cream Edmonton trousers for the perfect balmy day along the Thames."
"Hosting a variety of patterns, colours and materials, New & Lingwood offers gentlemen an abundance of options, whatever the wedding. In warmer seasons or climates, you’d be best advised to choose lighter weight fabrics for comfort. After all, you don’t want to look like you’re overheated and on the verge of collapse in the photos!" Maloney says. "Choose high-twist, tropical wools or linens, which are specifically made to keep you cool. Be it classic navy or cooler shades, a crisp shirt in white, pale blue, ivory or pink will set it off to perfection."
"Lighter colours, tropical prints and bold hues work well for outdoor parties," says Maloney. "New & Lingwood’s Paterson jacket (cover photo) in lime and burgundy finished with a colourful floral lining and paired with the Blond tartan trousers will bring a bold elegance to any English garden party." This season, checks are en vogue, with New & Lingwood's bold Duke (left) and Prince (right) patterns sure to catch the eye.
"Traditional weddings call for classic dressing and attention to detail," says Maloney. "Guests should opt for a timeless three-piece day suit in navy or grey whilst the groom should be dressed in a more formal black tails, perhaps with grey trousers and a light waistcoat – pale blue or cream works well." Whether your wedding calls for full morning dress or a classic three-piece, don't forget that tailoring is all-important.