Brown & Purple

September 8th, 2013

Thinking about color combos this Fall?

I’ve been rocking plenty of browns and purples together lately.

Here’s some examples.

Office Style

A trench, like a topcoat, can fit a hair snug over a suit jacket. That way it will still look slim and fitted over thinner layers.

A bold suit like this one (as feature Here in one of the site’s first posts including photography) is best paired with neutral classics like a pale blue shirt, solid dark tie and brown wingtips.

  • Burgundy trench coat by Burberry London ·
  • Shades by Persol ·
  • Brown knit tie by Ralph Lauren Black Label ·
  • Gray Windowpane Suit ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker ·
  • Brown leather wingtips by Gucci
  • · White cotton dress shirt

White Broadcloth Shirt

Summer Tailoring


A deep purple against a chocolate linen for a crisp summer look at the office.

Worsted Wool Vest in Coffee

Coffee Worsted Trouser

Business Casual

fair isle scarf

Gingham shirts and silk knit ties aren’t strictly for summer. Try them in a fall color palette and don’t be afraid to mix them with colder-weather fabrics like fair isle and tweed to make an interesting, fall-appropriate look.

  • Brown donegal tweed suit trousers ·
  • Striped knit tie by Gitman Brothers ·
  • Sterling Silver tie bar by Tiffany & Co. ·
  • Brown striped socks by Kenneth Cole ·
  • Burgundy tassel loafers by Johnston & Murphy ·
  • Fair isle knit scarf by Ralph Lauren ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
  • · Brown Gingham Shirt

Brown Gingham Shirt

Summer Separates


Yes, you can wear a suit jacket as a blazer. The only real difference is not wearing matching pants.


Brown is an often forgotten color. That is what I love about it. Although many men shy away from it, brown is masculine, conservative, looks great on a wide range of skin tones, combines well with many colors, and offers an awesome tonal play with khaki pants.


  • Brown suede captoe lace-ups by To Boot NY ·
  • Purple shirt with grey windowpane ·
  • Nato Striped grosgrain watch strap by Corvus ·
  • Tortoiseshell aviator sunglasses by Ralph Lauren Purple Label ·
  • Vintage paisley pocket square ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
  • · Brown Cotton/Silk Jacket
  • · Khaki cotton chinos by Ralph Lauren Polo

Chocolate Performance Hopsack Jacket

Khaki Cotton Trouser

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

Photography by Alex Crawford