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All Black Everything!

February 22nd, 2013

As you may have picked up from our WIWT features, I’ve been on an all-black kick for a couple months now.

I think it’s a winter thing, or an NYC thing. Either way, it seems that as American #menswear has become more and more European-influenced, guys have been shying away from black in exchange for browns, blues and lighter shades.

Thing is, black is so powerful. It’s classy, edgy, and intriguing, all at the same time. Black can make even the most sophisticated clothing look tough and gritty.

Here’s three looks that I hope will inspire you to get some black-on-black in your rotation.

1. Casually Tailored


Mixing tailored and casual pieces is a big part of my style, and often a theme on Articles of Style.

I love wearing a super formal piece, like this black double-breasted hopsack suit jacket, layered with go-to weekend pieces like a shawl poll-over, black jeans and lace-up boots.


It’s not all black. The sweater is charcoal, and the overcoat is midnight navy (and black).

Mixing black with other dark tones is an easy way to add a little depth, while keeping the look dark and mysterious.


Best part is, a look like this transitions seamlessly to a late night out.

  • Charcoal shawl-collar pull-over by JCrew ·
  • Black hopsack double-breasted suit jacket ·
  • Black linen pocket square by Armstrong & Wilson ·
  • Black woven leather gloves by Hilts and Willard ·
  • Black denim jeans by Rag & Bone ·
  • Black leather wingtip boots by Paul Smith

2. Weekend Layers


Every shade of black is different, and every fabric has a unique texture.

Here, for example, the cotton topcoat has a slight sheen, the ribbed sweater is a touch deeper, and the jeans are a dusty faded black.

Even within the same “color”, there can be interesting contrasts.


This old cashmere cardigan actually belongs to my girlfriend. She wears it like a housecoat, or at least she used to.

It’s the same length as this unlined cotton overcoat, making it the perfect cozy liner. The big shawl collar also serves as a built-in scarf.


Loafers are casual shoes, and a good pair should be very comfortable after you break them in.

I often find myself slipping-on a pair like this even in the most casual times.

  • Black/Grey shades by Matsuda Eyewear ·
  • Black unlined cotton topcoat by Theory ·
  • Black cashmere shawl cardigan by Lauren ·
  • Black cotton henley by Burberry London ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Oxidized cuff bracelet by Men in Cities ·
  • Black faded “thin finn” jeans by Nudie Jeans ·
  • Black leather tassel loafers by Allen Edmonds ·
  • Black shrunken leather backpack by Frank Clegg x Dan Trepanier

3. Villain Formal

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All black formalwear is awesome. Call it villain chic.

When everybody’s wearing the old-school white shirt and bowtie, stand out from the crowd in a black turtleneck under a badass dinner jacket.


The secret here is that this mock-neck “sweater” is actually a spandex-blend workout piece with Uniqlo’s “heattech technology”, probably meant for jogging outdoors.

Ironically, the fitted torso and fabric sheen make it look formal. It’s also super comfortable and keeps you cool and dry – perfect for a long night of drinking and dancing. Who knew a $9 shirt that comes in a ziplock bag could be so versatile?

Also, don’t forget the cummerbund! Even if you’re not wearing a traditional dinner shirt, it’s a sleek way to keep the waistline/gut in check.


Black plain-toe loafs are a great investment.

A pair like this can be worn for formal events, to the office, or on the weekend.


Midnight Wool Coat

Essential Charcoal Trousers


Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier


Photography by Alex Crawford