“Whipcord”: The Younger, Sexier Seersucker

August 13th, 2011

If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen that I wore each piece in my new collection MAB by Dan Trepanier for a week straight before we released them – testing the quality, comfort and versatility of my new designs.

This one, the “Khaki Whipcord Suit”, is a lightweight and breathable cotton in a brown/cream micro-seersucker stripe. This is my take on the everyman’s essential khaki cotton suit.

As with all the pieces in the collection, the cut is slim and updated without being too tight or skinny for “regular” guys. (As a former athlete, at 6’1 190 lbs, I hate to be be swimming in Brooks Brothers, but also don’t want to be busting-out of Dior.)

Here, I styled the khaki whipcord for three different occasions.

1. Office Ready

With a blue shirt (solid, stripe or check) and a solid tie (navy, brown, burgundy, etc.) it’s a quick and easy, just-unique-enough summer business look.

Tip: The jacket is 1/4 lined, so even with a shirt and tie it stays cool. It’s literally one thin layer of cotton on your back, so you can save the sweat for the business issues.

Tip II: It’s a subtle spin on a classic wardrobe piece in a soft neutral tone, so it works with almost any shirt and tie combo.

Tip III: The beauty of whipcord is the tight vertical “ribbed” texture. It’s effective in bouncing-back against wrinkles and doesn’t stick to the skin.

Tip IV: Keeping your hair short (especially on the sides) is a clean and comfortable look that is appropriate for summer.

  • Blue gingham cotton shirt ·
  • Navy linen pocket square by Armstrong & Wilson ·
  • Sterling Silver tie bar by Tiffany & Co. ·
  • Tortoise shades by Persol ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Navy wool tie by Thom Browne ·
  • Brown leather wingtips by Gucci

2. Business Casual

Take just about any shirt from your closet, loosen up two (or three) buttons and you have a smart business causal look for just about any occasion in the Spring/Summer.

Tip: This is another tonal/monochromatic look. All shades are in the brown family, which ads a nice depth.

Tip II: As with any off-the-rack suit purchase, I recommend having it tailored to your specific dimensions/preferences. We purposely left additional seam allowance in our suits, to make life easier for you and your tailor to achieve the perfect fit.

  • Brown poplin shirt ·
  • Tortoise shades by Matsuda Eyewear ·
  • Brown alligator belt by Ralph Lauren Purple Label ·
  • White pocket square with brown tipping from TheTieBar.com ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Burgundy penny loafers by Bass

3. Tailored Day Off

The beauty of a cotton suit is how easy it is to to dress down. The texture of the whipcord looks just as appropriate with a polo or t-shirt as it does with a spread collar.

Tip: Not all sandals are flip flops. Pick up a pair of quality leather strap sandals, like these handmade Italian versions, and you’ll find yourself wearing them all summer. The tiny heel and leather sole give them the sophistication of a genuine leather shoe, but with a more easygoing and “summer chic” vibe. I get compliments on these from women all the time – it’s not often you see a man in a well-made sandal.

Tip II: The trick to keeping the sleeves up: push (don’t roll) them up over the elbow, balance the fabric bunching at the bicep, then turn in/under the sleeve hem at the bottom so that it holds itself up (it’s like the opposite motion of a traditional sleeve roll).

Tip III: $2 “pocket square” from the local vintage store.

  • Tortoise shades by Matsuda Eyewear ·
  • Red bandana Vintage ·
  • Brown leather strap sandals by Mercanti Forentini ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Striped polo shirt by Brooks Brothers Black Fleece

Thanks for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier


Photography by Westley Dimagiba.