Cotton Suit Cut-off Date?

January 28th, 2011

Reader:

Hey Dan,

Love the site. Check it everyday, and all that. Quick question: like you, I love the look and feel of cotton suits – I’m also Vegan and therefore don’t wear wool…so how far into the year can you wear cotton suits, are they summer appropriate only? (I also live in the North East)

Thanks and please keep it coming!

-Andre

1. Dress for the Calendar

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Dan:

Hey Andre, firstly thanks for reading.

As I’ve advised in the past; don’t dress for the calendar, rather dress for the current weather. There isn’t a specific date that I would stop wearing seasonal fabrics like cottons, seersuckers, linens, whites, flannels, cashmeres, etc. I leave my entire wardrobe out all year long, because you never know, there are warm days in the winter and cool ones in the summer. If the weather is appropriate for the fabric, go for it!

With that said, because I love the look and feel of cotton suits, I try to wear them as much as possible.  On those sneakily warm days in late fall/early winter, for example, I have no problem throwing one on (with or without an overcoat, scarf, gloves, etc).

A good trick to making a cotton suit feel more Fall/Winter appropriate: go olive green. It’s a surprisingly versatile and fitting for colder weather. Something about olive looks very wintery, even in a chino cotton. Also keep in mind that there are several winter-weight cotton fabrics such as corduroymoleskindenim and velvet, for example.

SHOP THIS LOOK


Olive Worsted Suit

  • 1″ tie bar from TheTieBar ·
  • Brown bengal stripe shirt ·
  • Brown herringbone tweed tie ·
  • Brown leather wingtips by Gucci ·
  • Brown woven leather gloves by Hilts and Willard ·
  • Nato Striped grosgrain watch strap by Corvus ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
  • · Olive cotton suit

2. Olive & Camel

Bonus Tip: an olive suit also looks great under a camel (colored) overcoat. Look for one that hits at mid-thigh for greatest versatility. Post on topcoats coming soon.

Bonus Tip II: lapel accessories are the new pocket squares! Plenty more on this coming soon as well…

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Classic Camel Hair Coat



Olive Worsted Suit

Thanks for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

 

Photography by Alex Crawford.