This week, the Times Thursday Styles section has a pretty good story that puts numbers to something we’ve been saying for a while now: Men are wearing suits again. Sales of tailored clothing are, apparently, up 11 percent since 2011.
More surprising, though, is that most of this growth is due to a new category of tailoring — a summer suit, one might call it, which can be thrown in a suitcase, and worn to lunch on Saturday, and rumpled, and mixed-and-matched, and “worn as separates,” a phrase fashion journalists love lately. These pieces aren’t too hot to wear for summer because, often, they’re unlined and unstructured while featuring the sort of soft tailoring that loosens up the shoulders on the jacket and frees the pants from their above-the-waist counterpart.
And while we’re discussing all this, allow us to suggest one such suit that’s caught our eye lately. It’s the new Aimon model, from Club Monaco, which has all the hallmarks of a great “summer suit,” yet comes in grey tone-on-tone seersucker. Distinctive. Different. And, yes, it can be worn as separates. In fact, that’s how it is sold.
Aimon sport coat ($329) and trousers ($149.50) by Club Monaco, clubmonaco.com