Our Favourite Summer Suiting Styles Courtesy of Cannes 2021

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Do it up for your next special event with pops of colour, unique pinstripes and more.

Odessa Paloma Parker

Date July 16, 2021

We’ve all been hidden away for many months, but lockdown restrictions are lifting. With this encouraging news will come invites to all sorts of socially distanced fêtes where you’ll want to leave an impression. Make the most of your entrée back on the scene by taking summer suiting cues from Cannes 2021 festival jury president and film icon Spike Lee, and other chic attendees like Karidja Toure and Tilda Swinton. That’s right, it’s time to ditch the sweats and start dressing like you mean it.

Whether you’re heading to an intimate wedding or reconnecting with pals on a patio this summer, add some spice to the occasion with these updated takes on tailoring, from full suits to cool separates.

Glorious colour

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Working with Virgil Abloh, Louis Vuitton’s creative director of menswear, Spike Lee made a splash on the Cannes red carpet with an array of peppy suits. For the opening ceremony, Lee donned a hot pink double-breasted number that he accessorized with matching sunglasses, a pair of Air Jordan 1s, beaded bracelets and a porkpie hat. For your own grand post-lockdown entrance, look to a rainbow of choices to give any occasion a juiced-up boost.

Get the look:



Wool pants

($850.00, Fendi)



Exra-long pants

($380.00, BOSS)

Cool pinstripes

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Consider this classic tailoring with a twist. We loved that Karidja Toure’s glittery pinstripe pieces from Tommy Hilfiger had a touch of unexpected whimsy while still looking put-together. Achieve the same allure with pieces that are tweaked just enough that they’re delightful, not dowdy.

Get the look:


Maison Margiela

High-waisted trousers

($2,235.00, FarFetch)

Eye-catching fabrics

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It was hard to take our eyes off of Timothée Chalamet’s striking silvery jacquard suit by Tom Ford, which the actor accessorized with Chelsea boots and a classic pair of frames. You’ve been wearing loungewear for a long time, friend — time to get wild with metallic, floral and other punchy fabrics. Style simply or with out-there accessories as you wish.

Get the look:


Saint Laurent

Slim-fit silk-blend shantung suit jacket

($3,760.00, Mr. Porter)

Novel jackets

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Meanwhile, Timothée’s bff Tilda Swinton upped the red carpet ante, of course, by wearing not only a boldly coloured suit but one with a pleasingly quirky jacket. The ensemble — designed by Haider Ackermann — said stately but not stale, and the vibe can be caught by wearing toppers boasting unusual details and silhouettes.

Get the look:


Heliot Emil

Harness blazer

($1,550.00, WDLT117)



Asymmetric jacket

($1,815.00, Coperni)

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