Lighten up with suit jackets that look cool and feel cool.
Hang up the black and navy jackets, guys, and lighten up for spring. Here are five of note.
1. Maiden Noir Suit Jacket in Tan ($375 at maidennoir.com). The Seattle company’s Japanese cotton poplin jacket comes in the perfect shade for warmer days. Soft shoulders keep it casual while a satin lining adds a little luxury. Pair it with the Suit Pant ($240) for an easy summer suit that goes anywhere.
2. Tom Cridland 30-Year Jacket (about $280 at tomcridland.co.uk). Young U.K. designer Tom Cridland is releasing long-lasting garments with 30 years of mending covered for free (including shipping). The jacket is 100 percent cotton with reinforced elbows and seams, and bright, fun colors make it a great pick for spring.
3. Ted Baker Bigband Mini Design Cotton Blazer ($519 at Ted Baker, Bellevue). Intricate details, such as subtle print, built-in pocket square and contrasting lapel detail, make this a very special piece that can be found at the designer’s first Seattle-area store now open in Bellevue.
4. Combatant Gentlemen Summit Grey Endurance Slim Fit Suit ($240). Companies that sell well-made clothing for less by selling direct via the Internet are popping up all over. One of the latest is Combatant Gentlemen, which sells Italian wool suits for $140–$320. The Summit has a slim fit with a bit of stretch and breathable lining, and comes with flat-front trousers.
5. J.Crew Ludlow Suit Jacket in Italian Cotton Piqué ($358). A stone-colored cotton jacket pairs as well with work trousers as jeans on casual Friday. A subtle texture keeps it matte and prevents it from becoming stuffy.