Why summer suiting has become this season's sartorial saviour

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Pastel-coloured summer suits are trending, and for good reason.

Getting dressed on a summer’s morning can feel like a dilemma on the best of days. But getting dressed for the office on a hot summer’s day is enough to leave you sweatily standing next to a pile of discarded clothes, contemplating if telling your boss that you ‘have nothing to wear’ will get you out of going into the office.

Sure, you may have moaned in the depths of November that you hated all your clothes. Come July, though, you’re longing for those days of chunky knits, because anything is better than having to deal with dresses that feature strange cut-outs. 

There is, however, a summer sartorial saviour… and it has shaved at least 10 minutes off my morning routine. 

Step forward the summer suit, in an array of saccharine shades.  

Gucci spring summer 2018
Gucci spring summer 2018

It all started (as usual) on Gucci’s spring summer 2018 runway when Alessandro Michele showed a millennial pink suit. Cue a string of Gen Y and Z influencers – Harry Styles and Solange included – bagging a version of their own and ’gramming themselves in it.

Naturally, it didn’t take long for the highstreet to (sorry) follow suit, and they quickly began churning out a host of pink styles. Indeed, the fashion platform Lyst says that searches on its site have increased 69% over the last three months, with searches for pink trousers up 32%. Light pink has also been the most viewed pastel shade on the site in 2018. And now, with Beyoncé choosing to rock a pink suit in the debut music video “Apes**t” (the version she chose is from London the London based design duo Peter Pilotto), it’s clear that the penchant for pink suits is showing no signs of slowing down.   

Beyoncé and Jay Z in their new music video for Apeshit filmed in the Louvre
Still from Beyoncé and Jay Z's music video for Apeshit

But if the strawberry-pink milkshade isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other sugary shades to tempt you over to the world of summer suits. Think parma violet versions at ASOS and Victoria Beckham, alongside pistachio sorbert and sherbert lemon hues at Topshop and Zara.

Styling wise, keep it chic by teaming it with a plain cotton tee and white trainers. Add this image of Jameela Jamil, coverstar of this week’s Stylist to your inspo board. 

They also look great worn with a slider, especially with a wider leg trouser.

Feeling inspired? Scroll down to shop our favourites now… 

Lemon yellow suit, total price £79.99, Topshop 

Wool blazer, £1975, Trousers, £900, The Row at Net-a-Porter

Blazer £39.99, Trousers £19.99, Zara 

Jacket £921, Trousers £410, Victoria Beckham at 


Blazer £690, Trousers £380, Racil at Net-a-Porter 

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