Trends in Small Doses: Southwestern Print

September 23rd, 2012

I’m generally a strong supporter of classic men’s style. A “well dressed man”, in my opinion, has a certain timelessness to his look that is not trend-specific.

With that said, however, strict trend-free style can be boring and predictable.

Subtly incorporating a fashion direction can keep your look fresh and gives you an opportunity to express your point of view by putting your own spin on a popular theme.

The key is applying trends occasionally, in small doses, and tweaking them within your own aesthetic.

Native American inspired prints are currently trending. Here’s three ways to pull-it-off.

1. Overshirt

A heavy shirt is the perfect layer for early Fall days, when it’s still too warm for jackets.

Let the bold pattern of the shirt stand alone by pairing it with solid neutral items – like the grey henley, white jeans and natural suede boots.

Yes, you can wear white jeans after labor day. Just avoid wearing them with bright pastel color.

Slowly breaking out the boot game, starting with the light chukkas first…

  • Gold Plated hand-engraved shades by Matsuda ·
  • Vintage navajo print shirt by Ralph Lauren ·
  • Grey henley by Rag&Bone ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Khaki grosgrain watchstrap from ·
  • White denim jeans by Helmut Lang ·
  • Suede chukka boots by Scarpe di Bianco

2. Shorts

This time of year I like to pull out those summer pieces that I didn’t have enough chances to wear, like these awesome shorts.

It’s warm out, but it’s not summer. Pairing the shorts with darker colors makes the look more early-September and less mid-July.

If you’re wearing a jacket with shorts, it needs to be lightweight and casual like this cotton unstructured number. In full disclosure, I wanted to shoot this look with a black cardigan…but it seems one of my friend’s got me for mine.

My favorite accesory for Fall so far – a big ol’ beard!  Keeps you warm and ads a masculine edge.

Boat shoes are super versatile and can take you through most of the Fall. And yes, you can wear them with socks when it gets cooler. Post on this coming soon…

  • Grey tortoise shades by Matsuda ·
  • Black unlined unstructured cotton blazer by Theory ·
  • Grey scoop neck t-shirt by Alexander Wang ·
  • Necklaces from NYC Street Artist ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Nato Striped grosgrain watch strap by Corvus ·
  • Aztek print shorts by Burkman Bros ·
  • Black leather boat shoes by Rogues Gallery

3. Vintage Polo

In the “business casual” or “casual Friday” world, there are plenty of options for men. You don’t have to be average Joe in the khakis and blue shirt.

This is an example of a look that is very “unique” but would still fly in most laidback office environments because the pattern is subtle and surrounded by non-flashy earth tones.

The best part is, this look can take you right from the office to a weekend getaway, and you only need a couple more pieces in your carry-on to mix and match throughout your vacation.

Also the time of year to start breaking out the suede shoes. Gotta love Fall textures.

  • Round hand-engraved metal shades by Matsuda ·
  • Chocolate brown linen suit jacket ·
  • Burgundy linen pocket square ·
  • Navajo Print Polo Shirt by Ralph Lauren (Vintage) ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Khaki grosgrain watchstrap from ·
  • Olive cotton chinos ·
  • Brown Suede Loafers by Ralph Lauren ·
  • Brown leather duffle by Frank Clegg Leatherworks

Thanks for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

Photography by Alex Crawford.