May has rolled round and has very kindly brought with it bright, hot days with lots of sunshine. Here’s hoping that it stays. I don’t know about you but I’m still desperately scrambling back and forth to the gym to find my Summer body and time is showing no signs of holding up for me to do so… Now with that in mind, I am aware that with the weather improving the last thing you want to think about doing is putting on a suit but bear with me.
Summer not only brings a transition in sartorial choices but also a social calendar for most people. Drinks with friends after work in a bar, park or garden, for example. For others it could be festivals or weddings. For me personally, it will be graduation from university. I imagine that my Summer will also hold job interviews and meetings, so definitely no t-shirts and shorts for months on end.
You can never have too many suits and Summer is the perfect excuse to add another to the collection. As we are heading into warmer months, I believe that this calls for lighter and brighter colour palettes to come out to play. Greys, pastels, nude tones and even white. These are all colours that look great on a suit and are readying themselves for the season ahead.
For this post, I have chosen to wear the Paul Costelloe ‘Mason Slim-Fit Checked Suit’ from House of Fraser. Admittedly, it is a wool suit which, yes, can be difficult during those hot days, however I believe that this way it doesn’t have to wait to be used from May/June to September. It can be using regardless of the season. The grey is a perfect backdrop on which the checked pattern creates a strong look without being too in your face. In fact, the Mason suit is a perfect introduction to patterned suits for those looking to try the look yet avoid being too loud.
The Mason Checked Two Piece Suit is contemporary yet an instant staple in the wardrobe of the modern day gentleman. Woven from 100% wool at Italian mill, Reda, this suit can be dressed up, as seen above, for occasions such as graduations, weddings or job interview, or could even be worn with a plain, white t-shirt and white sneakers to give a more youthful, smart-casual look. Both will be a statement thanks to the Mason Checked Two Piece Suit.
With it being single breasted, the suit is more forgiving meaning that it will flatter your body more so than a double breasted. That of course does not mean never go near double breasted suits, just to bear in mind that single breasted suit more body shapes and can be sized up or down to suit particular parts of the body without looking strange or unflattering. Don’t forget that there are a range of fabrics that your suit can come in too. You could go for cotton or linen for example.
A few extra features that the Mason Slim Fit Checked Suit has up its sleeve is a full lining, notch lapels, flap pockets – as seen in the above photos – two vents in the back, four buttons on the sleeves – again, seen in the above photos – and taped finished hems on the trousers. It is on the higher-end of the price scale at £399.00, but for an impeccable looking, high quality garment, it’s worth the investment. It won’t be going out of fashion any time soon and exudes a luxe feel. The suit is also quite lightweight which is a great feeling both when carrying the jacket and when wearing both pieces. Don’t get me wrong, it feels well made and great quality, it’s just a massive pro to not be weighed down by a suit, especially in warmer weather.
The Mason Slim Fit Checked Suit by Paul Costelloe is just one of the many suits stocked at House of Fraser, catering to a wide variety of personal style and taste. The store also carry names such as Hugo Boss, Ted Baker, Skopes and Kurt Geiger – where the above shoes are from! To have a look at all the different suits available at House of Fraser, head over to their suit and tailoring section. And for those of you after a suit in lighter fabrics such as linen, head over to the store’s site, for a more specific search through House of Fraser’s expansive range of suits and tailored pieces. I highly recommend trying the suits on in person to see how they fit and how they feel, and with an easy returns and exchange programme, you can do it all in your own home!
Photography by Josie Phillips
*This post was sponsored by House of Fraser, however the opinions shared in this post are mine and not those of the brand.*