BONOBOS - Menswear - Summer Suits 2014


SUMMER 2014 - MEN - WHAT to WEAR??


Weddings, Garden Parties & Date Night...


 The Suited Occasion  




What Exactly do "The Gents" Wear? 

 Exceptional Quality and at the Right Price?


The Summer Suit 2014
The Summer Suit 2014

Summer 2014

Summer 2014 is here along with the hot sunshine, cool breezes and long glorious days.  Weddings, parties and evenings out often require men to step out in a stylish suit rather than a of pair of jeans or khakis.  Bonobos has the answer with a tailored and refined Summer Suits 2014 collection of lightweight Seersucker and Cotton suits. 


Background: Bonobos, Inc., an apparel company based in New York was launched exclusively online in 2007 by Andy Dunn, founder and CEO of Bonobos and Brian Spaly.  After years, of struggling to find a flattering pair of pants that fit perfectly without always having to go to the nearest tailor, these Stanford Business School grads designed and marketed the ultimate pant that fits the silhouette of a man's body.  The waistband is not the standard level waistband and instead has a curve for a better fit along with less material and a comfortable tailored thigh without being loose. Many of the styles have a contrasting lining in Hawaiian flowers, polka dots etc. prints adding a touch of fun. The well crafted and high quality apparel line includes pants, suits, denim, shirts, shorts, swim and outerwear.  My husband is a huge fan of Bonobos and owns several pairs of shorts.  The quality and fit are exceptional. Additionally, the price point does not break the wallet.   In 2012, Bonobos, Inc., expanded the brand's presence developing e-commerce stores called, "Guideshops" and by partnering with the customer service retail mogul - Nordstrom


The Suit Fit Guide


“Fit is the most important detail for a suit. Marry that with classic color options and quality fabric, and you have a great looking, versatile suit for every occasion.”

-Dwight Fenton, Bonobos VP of Design.


Men's Suit Fitting Requirements

  1. Starts with the Shoulders: The jacket should grab your shoulders snug but not be overly tight. If the shoulders fit, pretty much anything else can be adjusted.
  2. Length Matters: To determine the appropriate length, you should be able to cup the bottom of the suit with your arms by your side.
  3. Show Some Shirt: A flexible but general rule of thumb is to have a quarter-inch of your shirt cuff showing. If you’re wearing a heavier cuff, like a French cuff, you may want to show a little more.

Men's Wedding Dress Code

  1. Informal (morning or afternoon):  Navy, Grey or Striped Gray suit & tie
  2. Formal Daytime (up to 6:00 p.m.):  Navy, Black or Oxford grey with grey vest, gray striped trousers and tie
  3. Formal Evening (after 6:00 p.m.): Tuxedo or Dark Suit - Navy, Charcoal grey, black and tie
  4. lack Tie Preferred or Requested: Tuxedo, waistcoat, tie or bow tie.  If do not own or cannot rent - wear a dark suit.  Well shined shoes.
  5. Black Tie Optional:  Host suggests wearing a Tuxedo but not required.  Well shined shoes.


Men's Must Have Suits in Wardrobe

  1. First and Foremost: Navy Blue Suit
  2. Second:  - Dark Grey Suit
  3. Third: Pinstripe Suit
  4. Shirts:  Own several well fitted shirts - white, French blue & black
  5. Shoes:  Purchase a pair of wingtip shoes in Black. Spend the most one can afford.
  6. Ties:  Own a selection of ties.
NOTE:  Additional Men's Tips on Suiting - BuzzFeed:  27 Unspoken Suit Rules Every Man Should Know by Peggy Wang

Become Christian Grey...


Or Cary Grant of Yesteryear...


 “One pretends to do something, or copy someone or some teacher, until it can be done confidently and easily in what becomes one’s own style”.

- Cary Grant
The Summer Suit 2014


The Summer Suit Collection



 The Foundation - The Summer Essentials

I. The Foundation Slim Wool - Blue Micro-Stripe:  Great-fitting, tailored and made with Italian Super 110's wool at a lighter tropical weight.   Breathable for the hot weather though suitable for cooler climates too.  Visions of Channing Tatum come to light.
The Foundation Slim Wool - Blue Micro-Stripe - Jacket & Pant: $710


Cool in Cotton

II.  The Foundation Cotton - Navy:  Required lightweight tailored suit for every man's wardrobe.  The suit can be worn separately, for work or out on the town or on date night.  The design and construction is similar to the Italian wool Foundation Suit only in breathable cotton.  This summer suit will delight in keeping the gentleman cool and comfortable on a hot night at a glorious summer wedding.  Envision being David Beckham on the move in a stunner suit with ease and elegance while music and wedding bells are in the air.

The Foundation Cotton - Navy - Jacket & Pant: $450

The Foundation Cotton - Navy - Jacket & Pant: $450
The Foundation Cotton - Navy - Jacket & Pant:  $450


III. The Foundation Cotton Suit - Stone:  A lightweight cotton tailored suit meant to be worn together or separately.  Ideal for summer business events, travel and affairs where the sun is shining and the heat is ever present.  Classic hue that is adorned by the famous during the dog days of summer.



 The Southern Seersucker

IV.  The Foundation Slim Suit Seersucker - Navy:  Classic, comfortable and superb for warm southern climates. The seersucker fabric brings forth the essence of the south.   Sip on a mint julep and relax in the summer heat.
Bonobos Summer Suits 2014
The Foundation Slim Suit - Seersucker - Navy:  Jacket $275 - NOW $175; Pant $125 - NOW $75
The Foundation Slim Suit - Seersucker - Navy:  Jacket $275 - NOW $175; Pant $125 - NOW $75



V.  The Foundation Seersucker - Blue & White:  Sleek, classic and the epitome of a Southern gentleman on a stroll, attending an sultry evening event of relaxing with a cocktail or coffee.  The seersucker fabric is essential in the hotter locales. Or perhaps at The Kentucky Derby!

The Foundation - Seersucker - Blue and White - Jacket $275 - NOW -$200; Pant $125 - NOW $100

The Foundation - Seersucker - Blue and White - Jacket $275 - NOW $200; Pant $125 - NOW $100

The Capstone - Top of the Line  

VI.  The Capstone Suit & The Capstone Slim:  Top of the line suiting in Navy with impeccable craftsmanship and constructed in the finest traditionally-woven wool from the Italian mill of Reda.   This suit is bound to stop traffic, stand out in business and essential for a summer gathering or day wedding.  Again, images of Jon Hamm as Don Draper on Mad Men come to mind making a memorable impression.  Matching Capstone vest available.


The Capstone Suit - Italian Super 130s Wool - Navy - Jacket & Pant: $890 

The Capstone Suit - Italian Super 130s Wool - Navy - Jacket & Pant: $890 

Note: Bemberg Lining: Bemberg is a lining that breathes and can be washed and dried by machine. It is engineered to be anti-cling and it resists wrinkles. It wears well and has a soft silky hand.



VII.  The Capstone Suit - Double Breasted:  Handsome and dignified in cut made with 100% Navy Italian wool.  The double-breasted suit is meant for a man of substance.  And, exceptional for any occasion. Mmmmmm....Roger Sterling from Mad Men perhaps?
The Capstone Suit - Double Breasted - Jacket & Pant: $920

The Capstone Suit - Double Breasted - Jacket & Pant: $920

XIII.  The Capstone Tuxedo - Black Tux:  Everyman requires a black tux and Bonobos Capstone Tuxedo exudes classic style and elegance for a Black Tie wedding or any evening event.   Leonardo Dicaprio as Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby (2013) captures the essence of the "Black Tuxedo".  Do the same in the Bonobos Capstone Tuxedo.  

 "Here's to you Old Sport"  Jay Gatsby

The Capstone Tuxedo
The Capstone Tuxedo - Polka Dot Print
IX.   The Accessories - Ties and Pocket Squares:  Any suited summer ensemble is not complete without a handsome tie and or a pocket square.  Italian silk and cotton selections.



”A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.”

- Oscar Wilde



Where to Purchase Bonobos Summer Suits?


"Largest Clothing Brand Launched on the Internet in the United States" - Bonobos

1. Bonobos Collection Online:   Bonobos Men's Clothes - Pants, Shirts, Suits:

2. The Guideshop:  All suits are available for fitting at Bonobos Guideshops.  The Bonobos Guideshop is an e-commerce store for men to shop the brand in person.   The shops displays  Bonobos full line of apparel with sizing samples to try on.  The staff works closely with the individual on fit and style and provide an email with sizing and fit after a visit to the Guideshop. The customer can order on-site at the Guideshop through the website. List of  Guideshop locations.

3. Nordstrom: Select suits are available at Nordstrom locations across the country. 

"Bonobos makes great fitting product and customers are clearly responding to their energetic sense of style.  They are a pioneer in leveraging the Internet to build great relationships with their customers, a common focus of both organizations.".
Jamie Nordstrom, President of Nordstrom Direct
4.   Free Shipping & Discount:  Bonobos offers free shipping in the U.S.  New customers can receive 20% off their purchase using the discount code NEWCUSTOMER20



 “Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance."
- Arthur Ashe


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