Favorites Remixed: Dressing One Cotton Suit Three Ways with EJ Samson

Inspired by his dad’s love of suits, EJ Samson, Director of Content Strategy for Hearst Digital Media’s Men’s Group, wears a suit every day to feel taller and more empowered. Learn three new ways to style a cotton suit for everything from the office to a BBQ, and shop EJ’s picks to create looks of your own!


Every guy should own a navy suit. The classic color gives plenty of room to experiment with different shirt and tie combos of all colors and patterns.


The Foundation Cotton Suit


I try not to take the way I dress too seriously and always encourage guys to have fun, too. If you want to play around with patterns, start small with a pocket square.

Brunello Cucinelli

Pocket Square


When your suit is classic and understated, it gives you the freedom to go bold with your accessories. A floral tie is a fun contrast to a simple navy suit.

Bo Clothing

Fielder Tie


A white dress shirt should be a staple in every man's closet. A spread collar gives your look a little extra flair.

J. Crew

Ludlow Button-Down


These guys are my secret weapon. It allows me to pull off the sockless look while keeping my feet dry all day long.

Taft Clothing

Black Polka Dot Socks


The slim fit of this shirt goes great under a suit, and the textured fabric will give the entire look a cool edge.

Carson Street Clothiers

Blue Stripe Button Down Shirt


A striped tie is another classic men's accessory, but pair it with a striped shirt to give your look a more modern feel.


The Hill Side Neck-Tie


A solid pocket square slightly tipped with a pop of color around the edges adds a nice contrast when folded up.

The Tie Bar

Pocket Square with Borders


This polo, with its slim fit, soft shoulders and lightweight fabric, would work perfectly under a suit.

Ovadia and Sons

Knitted Ivory Polo Shirt


When the weather starts transitioning, a lightweight scarf is a great accessory to keep on standby.

Carson Street Clothiers

Lovat And Green Brown Flag Scarf


Slip on sneakers that have minimal detailing look just as chic with a suit as dress loafers.

Opening Ceremony

Canvas Slip-On Sneakers


A dyed t-shirt has a nice broken-in look. Make sure it's not too tight under a suit to avoid any Miami Vice comparisons.

Carson Street Clothiers

Green Dyed T-Shirt


Swap out your suit trousers for equally slim-fitting chinos for a more casual vibe.

J. Crew

Essential Chino


Esapadrilles are great for a day at the beach, but when the canvas upper has a luxe pattern and texture, they can easily be paired with a suit.

Carson Street Clothiers

Zabattigli Navy Espadrille


If your suit and shirt are solid colors, a striped pocket square adds a fun little detail to the entire look.

J. Crew

Oxford Cloth Pocket Square


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