Your suiting deserves an update for summer. Jason Priestley, star of Private Eyes, shows you how to embrace pattern, texture, and a touch of shine.
Checks are classic for a reason — but as with anything, there’s room for improvement here. Case in point: this suit plays with the humble check, then adds a dose of texture, thanks to its linen-blend fabric. The result: a new classic.
Linen blend suit ($1,850), cotton shirt ($175), silk tie ($145), and leather sneakers ($395) by BOSS.
Mix and Match
Your suit is like a healthy marriage between trousers and a jacket. And like all good marriages, every now and then, it’s good to spend some time apart. Suits can be broken up and paired with different jackets or trousers to create a whole new look, like this windowpane check pant and dark grey jacket.
Wool jacket ($3,495, part of a suit), cotton shirt ($1,525), wool pants ($1,380), wool tie ($315), and cotton pocket square ($180) by Thom Browne, at Holt Renfrew.
Most men pair a dark suit with a light shirt, so flip the formula to make a stylish statement. A light suit with big lapels still has presence, while a dark shirt with a spread colour and patterned tie (with appropriately-sized knot) are the perfect match.
Wool jacket ($895) and cotton shirt ($225) by Munro Tailoring, at Harry Rosen; silk tie ($240) by Gucci; cotton pants ($250) by Re-Hash, at Harry Rosen.
Make It A Double
Double-breasted suits are pretty badass, but can sometimes feel a little severe, especially during the warmer months. Brighten things up by pairing the jacket with light pants, a patterned shirt, and maybe (okay, definitely) a pair of pristine white kicks.
Wool jacket ($800) and cotton pants ($335) by Thomas Henry Made; cotton shirt ($230) by Tiger of Sweden; silk tie by Canali ($175), at Holt Renfrew; leather shoes ($395) by BOSS.
Grey suits are the workhorse of any closet — good for the office, weddings, funerals, whatever — but ubiquity can be, well, boring. To jazz it up, pick one in a lighter shade of grey, where you can see the weave of the fabric, and maybe with a peak lapel for personality. Pair it with a knit tie for a preppy kick (and added texture).
Wool suit ($1,250), cotton shirt ($250), and silk tie ($235) by BOSS.
A micro-pattern is an easy way to breathe new life into your navy suit. But why stop there? Pick a patterned shirt and tie that compliments the pattern of the suit, and finish it off with a bold loafer — your new go-to dress shoe for summer.