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The Six Cotton Suits to Consider

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You’ve probably noticed your office commute getting gradually warmer by the day. And while the weather is partly to blame, so is your suit.

The answer: a trusty cotton suit. Choose the right one and you’ll have the most versatile thing in your closet this summer—in addition to wearing it when you’d otherwise be sweating in wool, you can also throw the jacket into your weekend mix of polo shirts and chinos when the occasion calls for it.

Herewith, the six cotton suits to consider this summer.»

The Buy Line: $500 Suits

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Menswear has come a long way in the past decade.

Even as recently as five years ago, you’d be hard-pressed to find a well-cut suit sourced from an Italian mill without knowing the right tailor and spending at least a grand. But nowadays, thanks to a generally more sophisticated generation of suit wearers (we’d like to take some of the credit for that), globalization and a re-booming business sector, you can get a pretty darn good suit for about 500 bucks. It’s the number we’ve noticed that market forces have settled upon—something we like to call “the buy line.” The same way a good pair of bench-made shoes or a tailored broadcloth dress shirt no longer requires a trip to Savile Row or a small fortune (more on those later down the line).

But first, let’s get to the suits.»

The Weekend Sales Report Card

1115SalesHeaderWe’ve filtered through all of the online sale noise and graded your best options out there, should you feel inclined to do any menswear browsing this weekend...

For Dapper Leftovers: Quality-meets-price purveyors Suitsupply steeply discount “last season’s last pieces” in their new online outlet, which you can check out with the code EARLYACCESS. Discount: A- Sizes Available: A Selection: A

For a Strong Footing: Peter Nappi is offering up to 50% off a selection of their mind-numbingly handsome leather boots for what we can neither confirm nor deny is the first time. Discount: A Sizes Available: B Selection: B+

For Further Layering: As the temperature dips even lower, Wittmore is taking 25% off all sweaters and sweatshirts when you use the code SWEATERS25 at checkout. Discount: B Sizes Available: A- Selection: B+

More of the good stuff on sale from favorites like Hugh & Crye, Ovadia & Sons and others, after the jump.»

Considering the Unlined Blazer

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The trick to spring-summer dressing is pretty much the opposite of fall-winter: the less layers, the better.

And one way to remove a layer while still pulling off a tailored look is to opt for an unlined blazer—preferably in the airiest weave you can find.

The giveaway of a good unlined blazer is the taped seams (our bearded friend here is doing a good job of demonstrating this, by showing the neon-taped interior of his blazer). Most blazers don’t have finished seams because they’ll never see the light of day once the lining has been sewn in. It’s a neat trick—the taped seams—but mostly a good sign of what you should be looking for in a lightweight blazer.

And we have taken the liberty of rounding up the eight finest unlined blazers on the market right now.»