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Sport Coats & Blazers

Men's Summer Suits

Here comes summer – the perfect time to thank an industry that understands the importance of looking and feeling our best regardless of the heat. I'm talking about summer suits and this year's awesome selection of these lightweight, lifesaving beauties!

Summer suits are nothing new, but this year's fashion offers more styles and colors than ever before. Gone are the days of the Seersucker suit being a guy's only option to staying cool when temperatures rise. Not that anything's wrong with the old standard, but even it has been brought up to speed to reflect today's modern, active lifestyle.

Fabric; it's all about the fabric. Lightweight and breathable are the goal when shopping for a warm weather suit. Suits weighing 7-9 ounces are ideal; however those ranging up to 12 ounces are feasible, as well, and can be worn year round. Old classic fabrics and newer blends offer styles that meet summertime requirements; assuring there's a suit for everyone.

Cotton: This classic material is still a popular suit choice, and can be found in various colors and styles that range from casual to dressy. Seersucker and poplin suits fall into this category, as do all-cotton khakis. 100% cotton suits, as comfortable as they are, do wrinkle, which should be taken into consideration, particularly when buying a dress suit. Those looking to avoid this typical characteristic should consider cotton blends made with Lycra or Spandex, which offer greater wrinkle control and flexibility.

Linen: Another natural fabric, linen is very lightweight and breathable. It does, however, wrinkle and stain easily. Considered a stronger fabric than cotton, it still does not wear as well as other fabrics. Linen is often associated with more casual suits and jackets because of its "tropical" look. Soft and smooth, linen is a great choice that can be dressed up or down depending on how it's accessorized.

Wool: Summer wool suits offer the same sensational qualities heavier wool suits do, minus the weight. Wool suits in the 10-12 ounce range are referred to as "three season" suits, since they're versatile enough to be worn spring through autumn. Depending on location, these wool suits can also be worn year round. For summer use only, look for "tropical" wool, which is extremely light and airy, yet dressy. Fresco is a type of tropical wool whose weave is loose, breathable, and recognized for summer comfort. It is prone to wrinkling, since it's so lightweight.

Wool/Silk Blends: This fabric marries two perfect materials, resulting in both comfort and elegance. Definitely a dressier suit, this blend is perfect for weddings and other special occasions, but is not limited to them. Silk not only adds a shine to the fabric; it enables the suit to drape and hang in a very flattering and sophisticated manner.

Silk: It gets no more elegant, and (based on quality) expensive than silk. Silk suits can be worn year round, due to silk's adaptability to temperature. The strongest of all natural fibers, silk keeps us cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It absorbs moisture and allows skin to breathe so well, it's referred to as a "second skin", which is why it's often used in jacket and trouser linings. Silk's natural sheen adds to its appeal, but limits its use. Not an everyday suit for most men, it is, however, a great suit for those special times: weddings, important office meetings, the theater, etc.

Microfibers: This synthetic fabric, similar to polyester, has some great qualities. It's lightweight, breathes, washes up easily, repels water, resists wrinkles, retains its shape, and is inexpensive. The downside is the price tag matches its quality. These suits are considered low-end; however, that's not to say there's not a time and place for one.

Warm weather is the perfect time to get creative with suits and accessories. The dark, solemn colors of winter can be put to bed, while lighter colors: white, beige, pale gray, cream, light blue, and tan take center stage. Subtle patterns, like the windowpane and Seersucker stripe, are popular choices that look great at the office or dinner party. Brighten things up with shirts and ties that make 'em grab their sunglasses. It's summer and time to play!

And because it's summer, opt for single-breasted suit jackets, which keep us cooler than double-breasted styles; making sure they have a liner, preferably silk, for added comfort.

For the ultimate warm weather indulgence, enhance your wardrobe and image with at least one summer suit. Regardless of the fabric, style, or color, a lightweight suit is worth its weight in gold during the dog days of summer!

by Aaron Marino

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Remove Stains from Suits, Sport Coats, Slacks -
February 11, 2013
Have you ever spilled something on your suit jacket or nice pants? If you have, you may have done more damage than good. Aaron Marino of alpha m. describes what to do if you stain your suit, sports coat, or slacks. The main point is to not freak out. Take it to the cleaner. Also take preventative measures. Read More»
Shop Around for a Tailor and Dry Cleaner | Save Money on Alterations -
February 4, 2013
Alterations store and the dry cleaners behind Alpha are two separate businesses. Why is he pointing this out?  Aaron Marino of alpha m. says you can save money and negotiate with alterations and dry cleaners. If you need a precise alteration, take your piece (such as a sport coat) to an alteration store rather than a dry cleaner. However, you take your pants to be hemmed at the dry cleaner to savRead More»
Every Man Needs a Lint Roller -
December 13, 2012
Hello black peacoat! What the... Piglet! The cat was all over it! Aaron Marino of alpha m. hates wearing dark clothes with hair and lint all over it. Every man should have a lint roller. No if's, and's, or but's about it... every man needs one! Before you go out, go over the entire piece of dark clothing. You will see that your article is free of hair and lint. Peel away the dirt piece on the lintRead More»
Suit Shopping for the Extra Tall -
December 6, 2012
Modern Tailor Is The Perfect Resource For Tall Men And Suits Alpha will never ever have to worry about this issue; however, Daniel is 6 ft 7 who wear a 42 extra long. This size is not common and is hard (if not impossible) to buy off-the-rack. He's found the 46 long fits in sleeve and jacket length but is big everywhere else. Should he get this size and have it tailored? Alpha says 'no' because thRead More»

Custom Clothing | Off the Rack, Bespoke, Made to Measure  -
December 4, 2012
Alright, so we talk a lot about custom clothing; however, there varying degrees on how custom your clothing can get. Aaron Marino of alpha m. covers terms when dealing with custom clothing. Three options are: off-the-rack: select the item and then get the piece altered bespoke: clothing is customized and made for you made-to-measure: use your specific measurements and then the pattern is modifieRead More»
Choosing a Tailor -
November 1, 2012
Tailors are the unsung heroes of fashion, who, behind the scenes, perform their magic to make us look our best in the clothes we choose to wear.  Their skillful craftsmanship transforms clothing from the ridiculous to the exquisite through custom alterations that result in perfectly fitted attire.  However, tailors aren't just limited to nips and tucks. Try a tailor on for size to experience theRead More»
Business Casual | What to Wear to Work -
October 12, 2012
Alpha starts with a story about business casual. If it were true, it would be an amazing tale of an incredible fashion significance. It all starts with the 1982 Docker khaki and the tactic for selling these khaki pants. A mass memo about business casual was passed around to all white collar workers encouraging men to toss the tie and lose the suit. Business casual was born. In reality, the corporaRead More»
Dapper Double Breasted Suits -
October 11, 2012
Denzel Washington is wearing a double breasted suit on the cover of GQ magazine this month. Aaron Marino of alpha m. talks about this type of suit that has been around for ages. It's a bit dressier than the two button suit. The suit creates a great silhouette for your body. They will probably go out of style in about two years. Investing in one double breasted suit is a great idea for those with aRead More»
Matching Jackets with Ties -
October 11, 2012
There's been a lot said on how to wear a tie.  We've covered topics from tie width and length to knot styles and fabric.  But, one thing we haven't discussed is which ties look best with the various suit and jacket styles.  A member recently asked this very good question, so let's take a look at another aspect of necktie etiquette to ensure perfection with every jacket and tie ensemble you wearRead More»

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