What is it about a crisp cotton suit? The appeal is part JFK sipping gin and tonics on a wooden sailboat, part Fellini hero cutting through Rome’s summer heat on a Vespa. There’s no doubt about it: A man who takes care to look sharp when the weather heats up—while lesser men submit to baggy shorts and flip flops—is a man we respect.
Luckily, some of our favorite designers sent some top-notch cotton suiting down the runways for spring. Below, we’ve picked out nine of our favorite looks, ranging from traditional to statement-making. Follow our lead, and you’re guaranteed to be well-suited for whatever spring throws at you, whether it’s an outdoor wedding or a rooftop potluck. Look cool, stay cool—that’s our motto for the upcoming season.