Casually Tailored: T-Shirts & Trousers

July 31st, 2014

Since moving out West I’ve been trying to find clever ways to combine my east coast tailoring roots with the casual culture of sunny Los Angeles.

Last week I wore almost exclusively this: t-shirt, trousers, loafers, simple accessories. It’s a great in-between look that has a casual attitude, but an overall sharpness.

Here’s two quick examples we shot from my wardrobe last week.

1. Linen on Linen


With a look this simple, attention to detail makes all the difference.

Keep the t-shirt fitted and the trousers tailored for a look that’s perfect for those times when the attire calls for casual, but you want to portray an air of sharpness or professionalism. A good example is a weekend business meeting, a casual afternoon date, or a college/grad school class.


Don’t forget the extra ten percent: the accessories.

With a white linen blend t-shirt and grey linen trousers (part of this suit) I usually go with simple silver accents. The thin silver necklace, alligator/silver watch and vintage Ralph Lauren shades (from my guys at Kings of Past) are an almost perfect match. They look like they are from the same collection, even though they are each from different countries and different time periods.


The look is also extra clean with beltless trousers. Consider the metal side-adjuster just another one of those simple accessories.

The shrunken leather portfolio was from the collection I did with Frank Clegg, which sadly is no longer for sale. I told you they were limited edition!


The bamboo bit drivers have been through the wringer. After graduating college my best friend and I did a 3-month “backpacking” trip (we actually used Filson rolly duffle bags) around Western Europe, and I only brought these loafers and a pair of Chuck Taylors.

I bought them used on eBay in college and I’ve been wearing them for six years. Consider these a walking testament to the quality of Gucci loafers.


2. Brown in Town


Some traditionalist don’t wear “brown in town”, which I think is silly.

City, country, fall, summer…I wear earthy tones like browns and greens year-round. I find that they compliment my skin tone and are slightly more approachable and daytime-friendly than black, which is often my default.


If you’re wearing a t-shirt with trousers, tuck it in! The proportions and the waistline are the most important part.

The look is also more fluid with a quality t-shirt, like the linen-blend from above or this flowy pima cotton. A Hanes undershirt might seem a little out of place with some sharply tailored suit trousers.


Again, the accessories are what seal the deal and make such a simple outfit look polished.

The Stetson fedora, vintage Vogue frames (also from my boys at Kings of Past), and the suede watch strap (a nice complement to the loafers) all complete the look tastefully.


Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

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