Spring is finally upon us, which means it’s finally time to hang up your heavy tweed and flannel suits and opt for more season-friendly fabrics, such as cotton. Plus, after wearing black, navy, and dark gray business suits all winter, adding a little color is only appropriate.
Just keep the time of day in mind when dressing. Khaki cotton suits are inherently more casual, so they're well-suited to that Hamptons day party your girlfriend is dragging you to, but you'll want to change it up for the afterparty. Next-level styling tip: go sockless.
Acne Studios Slim-Fit Poplin Suit
This crisp poplin two-button suit by Acne Studios is light not only in color but also in weight. Style tip: Channel the runways of Paris and Milan by keeping the look simple, and to the point, by pairing it with something white on top—such as a scoop-neck T-shirt with a pocket for casual cool or a lightweight white turtleneck when you're feeling more serious. (Trousers, $320, mrporter.com; Blazer, $560, mrporter.com)
Atelier Scotch Peak Lapel Double-Breasted Suit
The best part about a good khaki suit is that the relaxed fabric is super versatile and can be dressed up or down easily—even in a more adventurous cut, such as this peak lapel double-breasted option by Atelier Scotch. Style tip: Elevate the eased-up vibe by wearing it with a good pair of sporty, rubber-soled shoes. Try boat shoes, drivers, or tidy sneakers, like this black leather pair by Common Projects. (Suit, $695, saksfifthavenue.com; Sneakers, $460, thecorner.com)
Suitsupply Patch Pocket Notch Lapel Suit
Sure you can wear a khaki suit as, well, a suit. But a unstructured version with casual details, such as a patch pocket and slim, notch lapels, like this one by Suitsupply, can also be worn separately to create even more dressed-down tailoring looks. Style tip: Cool down twice as much by wearing it with a classic Pima cotton polo (like this one by Lacoste) instead of another shirt-and-tie combo. (Suit, $499, suitsupply.com; polo, $110, lacoste.com)
J.Crew Italian Chino Ludlow Suit
This slightly yellow option by J.Crew is what I envision when I think of a true khaki-colored suit. It's modern in cut, but classic in taste, and with just the right amount of broken-in character. Style tip: When wearing all-over khaki, remember that a few wrinkles are fine, but anything more than a few is not. For those deep, hard-to-get-out creases, try a spritz (or two) of Downy Wrinkle Releaser spray. (Trousers, $158, jcrew.com; Blazer, $298, jcrew.com)
Bottega Veneta Beige Cotton-Twill Suit
Because cotton suits come off casual, it can be hard to find work-appropriate options. This sharply tailored one by Bottega Veneta does the job, though, with a clean, pleated leg that will never make you feel underdressed. Style tip: Falling into the "loaded baked potato" trap (i.e. one topping, or accessory, too many) is easy when you're trying to dress fancier. All you need to make this suit work is a pristine summer dress shirt (I like these from Hamilton), a silk knitted tie (here are five) and a pair of killer loafers. (Trousers, $650, matchesfashion.com; blazer, $2,200, matchesfashion.com)