Summer Nights Out: The Casual Suit

July 28th, 2011

If you’re a regular reader, you know that I love tailored wear. Leaving aside its amazing history, tradition, and sophistication, man simply looks good in a suit. Both masculine and refined.

There’s a reason why the men’s suit (the lapel jacket + trousers of the same fabric) hasn’t gone out of style, or changed dramatically (other than shape/size/proportion) in over 100 years.

A suit, however, doesn’t need to be accessorized formally or look “dressed up”. No matter its level of craftsmanship, a well-tailored suit cut from a textured, relatively solid, seasonal fabric, can look as good casually as it does dressed-up.

Here, using some of the pieces from my new suit collection MAB by Dan TrepanierI put together some summer appropriate tailored-casual looks.

1. Linen & Band Collar

  • Blue suede loafers by Scarpe di Bianco ·
  • Blue cotton plaid pocket square by Armstrong & Wilson ·
  • Twisted rope belt by Giles & Brother ·
  • Brass railroad spike cuff bracelet by Giles & Brother ·
  • Pinstripe chambray band collar shirt by Zara ·
  • “Stella” Watch by Brera Orologi ·
  • 14k gold hook with leather lashing by Giles & Brother ·
  • Tortoise shades by Persol
  • · Natural linen suit trousers


Sand Linen Trouser

2. Slouchy Tee, Sharp Suit

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I predicted this suit to be one of the best sellers in the collection, and so far it is. The grey hopsack has an amazing texture and it breathes better than any 3-season fabric I’ve ever worn.

On a side note, this slouchy t-shirt is one of my favorite purchase of the summer.

Tip: Pulling off a jacket with a t-shirt has as much to do with the quality and neckline of the t-shirt as it does with the fit, fabric, and drape of the jacket.

Tip II: A well-made pair of black leather boat shoes is a refreshing, slightly “dressier”, alternative to all the Sperrys and Sebagos swarming the streets.

Tip III: Grey pima cotton/grey wool hopsack/grey cashmere pocket sqaure…monochromatic puts emphasis on texture.

  • Grey scoop neck t-shirt by Alexander Wang ·
  • Grey cashmere pocket square by Armstrong & Wilson ·
  • Twisted rope belt by Giles & Brother ·
  • Brass railroad spike cuff bracelet by Giles & Brother ·
  • “Stella” Watch by Brera Orologi ·
  • 14k gold hook with leather lashing by Giles & Brother ·
  • Black leather boat shoes by Rogues Gallery

3. Dark Polo Tuck

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A tucked-in polo looks a lot better with a jacket over it.

Tip: In the market for an awesome new polo shirt? Look for one with a sturdier button-down collar. It stands up better, framing the face, and doesn’t creep under the collar of a jacket.

Tip II: A casual cotton suit looks more natural and easy with a slight wrinkle to it. Let it rock.

  • Silver silk knot cufflink by Tiffany & Co. ·
  • Navy polo by Brooks Borthers Black Fleece ·
  • Blue cotton plaid pocket square by Armstrong & Wilson ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Black leather driving shoes with bamboo bit by Gucci ·
  • Black aviator shades by Gucci
  • · Khaki cotton suit


Pure Cotton Suit in Khaki

4. Extra Breezy Neckline

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A deep neckline takes a little confidence, but can be very rewarding. This is a great beach city look…maybe I was dreaming of getting away (while working, working, working here).

Tip: You probably want to think about grooming a little before dropping a neckline this low. A tan helps a lot too…not that I was able to find one of those.

Tip II: This suit from the collection is a micro-hounstooth in wool/linen. A mutually beneficial blend that balances out perfectly – you get the drape and wrinkle-resistance of wool with the light weight and texture of linen.

  • Blue espadrilles by Aldo ·
  • Rope/Leather Sailing belt by Kiel James Patrick ·
  • White linen/silk henley t-shirt by Theory ·
  • Brass railroad spike cuff bracelet by Giles & Brother ·
  • “Stella” Watch by Brera Orologi ·
  • 14k gold hook with leather lashing by Giles & Brother ·
  • Aviator shades by Randolph Engineering

5. Whip It Good

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This is a seersucker suit, but not the type that that guy in your office, who you don’t like that much, wore to that party about a month ago.

This is my subtle take on the classic khaki cotton suit – a wardrobe staple. The micro-fine brown/cream ribs of this whipcord give the suit an updated, but still very wearable, look and feel.

Tip: Not all knits are for cold times. This raw linen cardigan is about as light as a shirt, and doesn’t stick to the skin.

Tip II: Ethnic/native inspired geometrical prints are being used often in fashion lately. As with incorporating any trend, it’s usually better to keep your overall look classic in nature and only hint that you know what’s going on.

Tip III: No, I wouldn’t wear a velvet jacket in the summer, but a velvet slipper is a summer-appropriate shoe. After all, velvet (pile-cut cotton) is lighter, more flexible and more breathable than leather…

  • Forest green velvet slippers by Del Toro ·
  • Brown linen cardigan by Club Monaco ·
  • White pocket square with brown tipping by TheTieBar.com ·
  • Needlepoint print belt by Urban Outfitters ·
  • White silk-blend band collar shirt by Hugo Boss ·
  • Aviator shades by Ralph Lauren Purple Label ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic

Thanks for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

 

Photography by Alex Crawford.