Pale Blue Layers for Early Spring

April 28th, 2011

It’s finally starting to feel a little like Spring. It’s not quite warm yet, but the sun is shining.

This time of year, when it’s sunny but still a little chilly, is the perfect time to introduce lighter colors while layering – to create an outfit that looks lighter than it truly is.

Here’s two early Spring outfits to show you’re gradually “lightening up” but staying warm too.

1. Pale Blue Blazer


Wool/linen jacket, oxford shirt, wool scarf, brushed cotton chinos, suede shoes…not a very “lightweight” outfit, but the color palette here makes it look almost “beach-y”.

Bonus Tip: White chinos (in most cases) aren’t any lighter-weight than khaki ones, but they immediately make an outfit look more sun-friendly.

Answer to a question I get all the time: The ideal shoe color for a white pant (hopefully cotton or linen) is a very light brown to cognac. Or even tan. Leather or suede. Loafer, driver, lace-up, brogue, wingtip, driver, monk. For example, see Bill White here.

  • White cotton trousers ·
  • Brown Suede Loafers by Ralph Lauren ·
  • White cotton button down shirt by Uniqlo ·
  • Tortoiseshell sunglasses by Persol

2. Seasonal Trench


Trench coats might be my favorite thing to buy. I have one for every season now, and have my eye on another.

Bonus Tip: Never regret the purchase of a trench with a classic design – it’ll be worth it in the long run.

Bonus Tip II: Wear brown! (and blue, of course).

Bonus Tip III: Here’s those versatile tassel loafers again.

Bonus Tip IV: Pants from one suit, vest from another, chic casual.

Bonus Tip V: As I’ve written numerous times, the key to pattern-mixing is differentiating the size/proportion of the patterns.

Chocolate Performance Hopsack Trouser

Brown Gingham Shirt

Thanks for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier


Photography by Alex Crawford.