Tan suits are a soft and warm suit made perfect by their versatility. The welcoming hues, ranging from lighter beiges through to a darker tan colour, create a friendly and approachable demeanour for a suit. They are great for a summery or relaxed wedding, the neighbourly and hardworking businessman, and the stylish, casual dresser.
While tan suits are generally worn as a spring and summer outfit, the look is not so strictly bound as other light and summery hues. Tan can be worn throughout the year as it is not as delicate as beige and cream colours so long as you choose the right shade of tan for the season. Since it is such a warm colour, tan suits best worn in weather to match and, with the right styling and fabric, they can provide great versality. A great example of this is pairing a tan suit with a black turtleneck and shoes for autumn or winter and with a white shirt and brown belt and shoes for spring or summer.
The beauty of a tan suit is its ability to transform from day to night. It can make a great linen or woollen summer wedding suit or a fantastic corporate suit; can be dressed down for a more casual daytime or after 5 outfit; and, can make an excellent suit for the races with a nice check or pattern.
While they are less formal than grey and blue suits, they are a fantastic way to brighten up your warm weather, summer rotation both in and outside of the office. The formality of a tan suit can depend on the choice of fabric as well. A linen suit will be fantastic casual lounge suit or spring/summer wedding suit, a cotton is a slightly dressier material, and a wool is the most corporate and arguably versatile option.
There is a wide range of tan colours and materials to choose from but there are a few iconic combinations that make it easy to choose the perfect look. For a summer wedding suit, a lighter, golden toned tan like 1/1Q from Piacenza is a great choice. This is a suit that can easily be re-worn as separates for casual wear and as a suit for semi-formal and corporate occasions. To go for a casual but luxurious and versatile suit, a linen fabric in a light tan towards the beige end of the spectrum is the perfect choice. Solbiati’s S04020 is an excellent, opulent linen that makes an incredible suit. To pull off tan in colder weather, getting a sports jacket or coat made in Scabal’s checked 802841 made from wool and cashmere is a fantastic option.