Brown Means Business feat. the New Team

July 21st, 2014

I started Articles of Style, or The Style Blogger, as a hobby during my senior year of college. It started simply as an outlet for some creative writing and an opportunity to share my unfiltered thoughts on men’s fashion.  Thanks to all of you, I’ve been fortunate to watch the site grow tremendously over the past few years. It’s been wild to reflect back on all the different looks, names, site designs, and even faces that have come and gone in 5 years. Around here, it seems like the only constant is change.

With that, I’m very excited to announce yet another change, and welcome two new members to the Articles of StyleMen team. Pat and Will are good friends of mine from back in my Columbia days, and are two of the smartest guys I know. I couldn’t be happier to have them on board helping build the future of Articles of StyleMen. We’ve got some big plans in the works to bring you better content, and a better overall experience in the coming weeks and months; stay tuned.

For now, let’s take a look at one of the staples in my summer wardrobe: the lightweight brown suit. Brown might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of summer, but if you choose the right fabric (linen, cotton or hopsack), it can be a big time addition to your wardrobe. Check out a few of my favorite looks on the new crew for inspiration. If you don’t know, now you know…

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The chocolate brown linen is a real sleeper in menswear. It’s one of my favorite garments for summer; it works with virtually anything and always looks crisp and cool.

Pat throws a “City Western” vibe on the chocolate linen with a cutaway collar denim shirt, a felt Stetson, some vintage shades, and a pair of sleek suede Chelsea boots.

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Will keeps it clean, simple and continental.

A dark khaki/light chestnut hopsack is a great 3-season alternative to the chino cotton suit. With a light blue shirt, tortoise shades and oxblood loafers it’s a classic look that will never go out of style.

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The best shirt colors for a brown suit: light blue, beige/cream, pale pink.

The tie here is actually an official Columbia University rep stripe, as worn by the CU crew team to all their matches. So here’s to reppin’ our alma matter and keeping the Ivy League influence in menswear alive.

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Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier & Articles of Style

Photography by Alex Crawford