What Exactly is Sartorial Summer Style?

by Lex Ansley


When it comes to custom style and clothing, one need look no further than sartorial fashion .The great sartorialists of our time embrace tailored looks that still allow for self-expression. But what is sartorial style? And what does that mean for summer styling?


Sartorial is defined as: of or relating to a tailor or tailored clothes.

A young European man in a dashing navy sartorial suit. Photobucket photo courtesy of lgdglasgow.


More often associated with men’s clothing than that of women, sartorial encompasses the essence of clothing tailor-made or altered for the wearer. Even when discussing sartorial women, you often find women dressed in some form of menswear (below).

Greg Benjamin, local sartorialist and co-owner of the Style Brewing Company, defines modern sartorialism as “tailoring that implies personalization – where artistic liberty is taken with tailoring, both subtly and blatantly.”

Traditional sartorialists revel in the classic tailor-made garments that speak to one’s more refined nature. More contemporary sartorialists follow the rules of sartorial wear, but also find ways to embed unique qualities into their clothing.


A young European woman in a scarlet sartorial suit. Photo courtesy of


Sprezzatura Styling

The great sartorialists of today, gentlemen like Alexander Nash of New York and Angel Bespoke of Miami, have taken sartorialism to a new level with the use of sprezzatura styling. While sartorialism describes excellence in tailoring, sprezzatura describes “rehearsed spontaneity” in garment detailing, perceived as a “well-practiced naturalness.” The combination of these two styles allows the wearer to honor traditional looks while embellishing them with personal touches.

Summer sartorial style is the natural evolution of both sartorial and sprezzatura fashion for warmer seasons. In the summer, sartorialists focus on using light fabrics in their looks, including linen and cotton blends. They also work in unique textures and colors not otherwise used throughout the year. Sprezzatura details, such as buttons that allow for easy manipulation of the garment, can be used to enhance summer sartorial wear.


There are endless possibilities in the world of sartorial wear. The one requirement is that you have fun when choosing your summer sartorial style.

Do you rock sartorial style? Do you love it or hate it? Let us know in a comment below.


Image Sources:
Navy sartorial suit portrait courtesy of lgdglasgow on Photobucket
Women’s sartorial suit:



Alexis AnsleyAbout the Author:
Alexis Ansley is a Central Florida fashion blogger, fashion consultant and co-founder of Lex&Pooch Styling Co. An avid enthusiast for all things vintage, Alexis has made a name for herself by uniquely combining vintage and contemporary styles within her personal fashion choices and while styling clients. Alexis is a member of the Independent Fashion Bloggers (IFB) community and work towards bringing fresh and unique fashions to the forefront of all her style ventures.



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