Spring & Summer Women’s Suits: Fresh Cuts for Sun-Drenched Days

Written by: Christine Alcalay

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Time to read 8 min

The temperatures are slowly picking up, the trees are blooming, and the pollen is doing a serious number on your sinuses: it must be spring! As you stow away your winter coats and reach for the allergy medicine, it’s the perfect opportunity to take stock of your warm-weather wardrobe. Do you have a wedding to go to and nothing to wear? Perhaps you started a new job and want to dress to impress? Maybe you’re looking to transition to a capsule wardrobe made of timeless, versatile pieces.


Enter the summer suit. The epitome of elegance composed of three beautifully tailored pieces, the suit in summer may be the solution to all your warm weather fashion woes. Iconic women wearing suits such as Bianca Jagger and Katherine Hepburn have always sported such timeless looks. A structured menswear-inspired womens suit set is eternally sexy and sophisticated and can take you from the boardroom to a beach wedding with a few styling tricks. 

Spring and Summer Suit Ideas

Invest in the Vest

The key component of women's summer suits may be the most surprising: the vest! Long underrated, vests are making a sexy comeback. A versatile layering piece that looks great over a crisp fitted shirt or puff-sleeved blouse, we love styling our Diane and Annie vests all on their own, especially on hot days. The fitted silhouette with an adjustable tie-back highlights your feminine figure and the v-neckline shows just enough summer skin. 

Skirting the Issue

While a three-piece pantsuit is a truly timeless look, it’s not the only option. If you’re looking to try out this menswear-inspired trend but don’t love pant suits for women, a matching midi skirt is an elegant alternative. Our Christine skirt, named after the designer herself, matches our linen suiting collection to give you a three-piece look with a more feminine feel. 

Must Have Suits for Spring and Summer

Suits to Wear in Hot Weather: Choosing the Right Fabrics


The wearability of a summer suit lies in its fabrication; and while we love a cozy wool or corduroy suit for colder months, who wants to wear a heavy blazer or suit in hot weather? However, when made in breathable, lightweight fabrics like cotton and linen, a three-piece suit is perfect for even the hottest of days. Choose a roomy pant style, like our pleated Sophia Linen Pant or wide-leg Katherine trousers to keep things breezy: the fine weave will drape beautifully while keeping you cool and comfortable. A matching linen blazer is the perfect layer for moving in and out of air conditioning while looking tailored and professional. 


Colors and Patterns That Elevate Your Summer Wardrobe


When choosing a suit, color is an important consideration. For most of us, it’s not often that we wear a single shade head to toe, but we choose to see this as a fun investment into your style. Do you gravitate towards dark or light? Bright seasonal colors or year-round neutrals? Just because the temperatures are rising doesn’t mean darker shades for your spring and summer suit colors are out of the question: try a slightly softer neutral like dark olive or navy if you prefer deeper tones or work in a more conservative environment. And if monochrome isn’t your thing, we suggest choosing a matching pant and blazer and using the vest to break things up. 

Accessories for Summer Suits

Versatile Suit Designs for Every Occasion


The function of your suit also plays a factor: think of the places you want to wear these pieces and the shoes and accessories you already have. Are you looking for casual suit outfits or something a bit more formal? A white linen suit screams effortless summer elegance and can take you from the office to the altar, but if you’re thinking of wearing your summer suit to someone else’s wedding (or if you’re a little too messy to trust yourself in all white) you might want to go for something more saturated like lilac or carnelian. 



How to Style a Women’s Spring Suit

The Power of the Perfect Shoe


Shoes play a major role in styling your suit, helping you take it from elegant parties to important meetings or casual weekend brunches. A fun pump or a heeled sandal elevates a pantsuit for evening looks, while a sneaker or a chunky loafer  can make things a little more comfy and casual. Adding some sparkle is another way to show your personality or dress up your summer suit style for more formal events. We love the way a layered necklace looks with the deep V-neck of the Diane vest and are huge fans of vintage gold chains from our friend Samantha Knight or the sculptural pieces designed by Oblik Atelier




Still of Gemma Pumps in Conchiglia - Christine Alcalay

Accessorizing for Impact


Playing with accessories allows you to make your summer suit your own. We love to compliment our summer linen suit or cotton suit with our matching Forager Collection Narrow Belt here at Christine Alcalay and use leftover fabric from our suits to make accessorizing a breeze. A lightweight scarf adds an elegant touch, and our collection of square silk scarves based on paintings from the Rijks Museum are wearable works of art. Let the long ends blow in the breeze for a vintage French vibe, or lean into menswear summer suit looks and tuck a knotted scarf into the neckline of your vest for a nod to the classic ascot. A scarf also looks elegant when tied around the brim of a sun hat for beach days, strolling sunny streets in your linen pieces, or with your linen suit for a beach wedding. 


The Art of Mixing and Matching


Possibly the best thing about women's suits for summer is its versatility: while you may be shopping for one unified look, you’re going to end up with three individual pieces to mix and match. Once you start breaking up your pieces, we’re pretty sure you’ll become a vest evangelist like us: the pointed hem looks perfect over flowy or full skirts like the Christine or Erica Skirt in Summer Cotton , and the fun boyish feel is accentuated when paired with shorts or straight leg pants like the Piper Pant in Herringbone


Layer Up With a Linen Blazer


A lightweight linen blazer is possibly the most useful piece in a woman’s summer wardrobe, as it can be thrown on over just about anything. Keep your blazer on your desk chair to wear with your summer sundresses when they crank the work AC or you have to run into a last-minute meeting. Going to an outdoor wedding? Bring your blazer to wear over your formal attire so you can keep dancing all night long. We love the look of a sharp blazer over a slinky slip dress , giving a soft and sexy look a sharper edge. Needless to say, a suit jacket for hot weather always comes in handy when choosing women's suits for summer.



Comfortably Cool Summer Trousers


A linen trouser is a summer staple and looks as lovely with an airy blouse like the Katherine Blouse , Betty Blouse , or Livia Blouse as it does with its suiting counterparts, giving the menswear-inspired pants a more feminine feel when reaching for suits for hot humid weather. The comfort of our linen blend cannot be overstated, and we speak from experience when we say you’ll be reaching for your trousers for weekend errands and school pickups, pairing them with easy t-shirts and tanks (might we suggest our Pima cotton Belle tee ?). 



Discover the Christine Alcalay Difference

A Focus on Quality and Individuality


We’re so passionate about women’s suiting at Christine Alcalay that it’s become our calling card. With a keen eye for detail and a love of vintage tailoring, we are obsessed with creating timeless, elegant pieces for the modern woman. Designed at our atelier in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and handmade in Manhattan’s Garment District, keeping things local allows us to give each piece the care and consideration it deserves, working with the best fabrics and tweaking our classic suiting styles year after year for the perfect fit. 


Tailored to Perfection


As a woman-owned and operated brand, we know that creating the perfect woman’s suit is a lot more complicated than simply borrowing from the boys. By designing for (and on) real women’s bodies, we have created menswear-inspired pieces that not only fit but highlight the female form, with defined waists, bust darts, and the perfect v-neckline. We know firsthand that shopping for women’s pants can be frustrating, and the multiple pant styles in our summer suiting collection account for different body types and personal preferences: from high-waisted and tapered to flowing wide legs, each with ease through the hips and seat for comfort and practical deep pockets. 


Find Your Perfect Hot Weather Suit


As the temperatures start to rise and you begin looking ahead to your summer plans, consider the suit and its myriad styling possibilities. Shop our summer suiting collection to see the range of classic and seasonal colors and styling suggestions, or stop by our boutique in Park Slope to work with one of our stylists to find the best suit for you. Even if you start with just one piece, we promise the sophistication and elegance of our summer suiting will elevate your warm-weather wardrobe. 


Women's Suits For Summer

Frequently Asked Questions

What suit material is best for hot weather?

A lightweight, breathable fabric like linen is best for keeping you comfy and cool. Both soft and structured, linen has a classic vintage feel, will never go out of style, and is a great suit material for hot weather.

Can women’s summer suits be worn to both casual and formal occasions?

Yes! The beauty of women’s summer suits are its ability to transition between more elevated and informal looks. Summer suit ideas can include a fun heel and beautiful jewelry for a formal look or sneakers or Fisherman sandals for something more casual. You can also break up your pieces and wear the trousers with a tee shirt or try the blazer over an evening dress. 

What are the latest trends in women’s suits for summer?

Vests are having a major moment in women’s suits for summer, often worn as a top for a sexy, feminine take on the masculine style. Wider, more voluminous, and pleated trousers are also very on-trend, so don’t be afraid to take up space with a suit in Summer!

What should I look for in quality women’s summer suits?

Details such as bust darts, multiple pockets, waist shaping, and ease through the seat and shoulder are signs of thoughtful design. Natural materials like linen, cotton, and mother-of-pearl buttons are also signifiers of the quality of a women’s summer suit