Summer Outfits For Men & Women

How to achieve the perfect summer style

By: Kim Keller, Clothier - Dallas, TX
July 10, 2024

Summer is officially here which means the heat and humidity can make it challenging to maintain a professional and stylish appearance. As the temperature rises, it's time to refresh your wardrobe with stylish and comfortable pieces that keep you looking polished and feeling cool. With the right attire, you can stay cool and comfortable while still looking polished and professional. In this blog post, we'll explore the best Tom James custom summer suits and jackets for men and women, featuring lightweight, breathable fabrics and timeless designs.

Men's Must-Have Pieces

for a Stylish Summer Wardrobe

Creating a stylish summer wardrobe for men involves a few key pieces that are versatile and easy to mix and match. Let's explore three must-have items that will elevate your summer style.

First up, the unconstructed jacket. This lightweight and breathable jacket is a great alternative to a traditional sport coat, and perfect for warm summer days when you still want to look sharp. The unconstructed design gives it a relaxed and effortless vibe, making it a great choice for both casual and semi-formal occasions. Tom James offers a variety of textured cotton & linen blend fabrics that work best with unstructured construction. Pair it with a crisp white shirt, crew neck, or knit polo, chinos, and driving moccasins or white bottom lace-ups for a classic summer look.

Next, we have the half-lined jacket. A half-lined jacket is a stylish and professional option for summer. This jacket features a partially lined interior, making it even more lightweight and comfortable for hot summer days. The half-lined construction allows for better breathability, ensuring you stay cool and stylish all day long. Ask your TJ clothier about the half-lining coat option, or 1/4 lining that’s only available on Oxxford jackets. Dress it up with a tailored shirt and trousers for a sophisticated summer outfit.

Lastly, the overshirt is a versatile piece that can be worn as a light jacket or a standalone shirt. It’s great for layering during the summer, while keeping you comfortable and stylish. Made from lightweight fabrics like linen or cotton, the overshirt provides just the right amount of coverage for slightly cooler summer evenings. Ask your TJ clothier about the new cotton blend resort collection fabrics which make wonderful overshirts! Pair it with a plain t-shirt and shorts for a laid-back and effortlessly cool summer look.

At Tom James, we know the importance of having the right pieces in your summer wardrobe. Our collection of unconstructed jackets, half-lined jackets, and overshirts is designed with both style and comfort in mind. Contact a clothier today and discover the perfect pieces to elevate your summer style.

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Women's Must-Have Pieces

for a Stylish Summer Wardrobe


Summer Outfits For Men & Women Creating a fashionable summer wardrobe involves a few key pieces that every woman should have. From breezy dresses to chic suits, these items will keep you looking stylish and feeling comfortable all season long.


Dresses are a summer staple for a reason. They are effortlessly feminine and versatile enough to be dressed up or down for any occasion. A-line dresses with a fitted waist and a flowy skirt are perfect for hot summer days. Tom James has numerous sleeveless dress styles with different necklines that are ideal for the summer heat but also pair well with a jacket or sweater in cooler weather. Opt for lightweight, breathable fabrics such as our beautiful cotton blend Resort collection, wool/silk/linen blend fabrics, or of course, tropical-weight wool to keep cool on those hot summer days. 


If you want to make a statement, a short suit is a must-have this season. A short suit is a great alternative to a traditional suit, this trendy ensemble features tailored shorts paired with a matching blazer, creating a chic and modern look. The cotton & linen blend fabrics mentioned above are excellent options or consider our luxurious Holland and Sherry Boucle fabrics for an exquisite short suit. Pair with a silk top, Johnny collar shirt, or a crisp white blouse and low heels.


For a more sophisticated and polished look, consider a 3-piece vest suit. Offering both versatility and elegance, this ensemble includes a vest, blazer, and trousers. Opt for a skirt or shorts instead of traditional trousers for the perfect summer outfit. Wear the vest alone, or pair it with a shirt, either way, you’re sure to look chic. Ask your TJ clothier about our beautiful, metal Holland and Sherry buttons which are handmade in England. These buttons look fabulous on the vest & jacket and add a touch of flair & personality.


We understand the importance of quality and style, and our collection of summer outfits is designed with the modern woman in mind. From beautiful dresses to tailored suits, each piece is crafted with attention to detail and made from the finest materials. Discover your perfect summer ensemble and elevate your style with Tom James.

Tips for Creating the Perfect Summer Outfit 

When it comes to assembling the perfect summer outfit, a few key tips can make all the difference. By choosing lightweight and breathable fabrics, incorporating bright and vibrant colors, dressing appropriately for the occasion, and accessorizing with summer essentials like hats and sunglasses, you can create a stylish and comfortable look perfect for warm weather.


One crucial factor to consider in the summer is the choice of fabric. Opt for lightweight fabrics such as cotton blends, linen blends, or tropical-weight wools, which allow for air circulation and keep you cool and comfortable even on the hottest days.


To add a pop of color to your summer wardrobe, embrace bright and vibrant hues. Shades like coral, turquoise, and lemon yellow capture the cheerful vibes of the season. These colors not only look fresh and stylish but also help reflect the sun's rays, keeping you cooler.


Dressing for different summer occasions requires considering the dress code and level of formality. A more formal event may require a traditional suit or sportcoat, while casual events may allow for a nice dress or overshirt.


No summer outfit is complete without the right accessories. Protect yourself from the sun's rays with a stylish hat and a pair of sunglasses. Add a pretty piece of jewelry or a stylish belt or pocket square to elevate your outfit and add a touch of personality. These accessories add a fashionable touch to your look while providing essential protection for your eyes and skin.


Remember to keep it simple, avoid over-accessorizing, and keep your outfit chic and understated. A classic and timeless design is always a safe bet!


Beating the summer heat with style and professionalism is all about choosing the right attire. With these tips and recommendations, you'll be able to stay cool, comfortable, and confident while still looking polished and professional all summer long. 

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