The Tailored Tunic

May 25th, 2015

As the seasons change and the weather warms up, menswear tends to get a little less structured and a little more casual. Come Spring/Summer we prefer a looser garment in a lightweight fabric (like linen or silk) with an open neckline to keep a cool breeze.

An ideal casual look in a warm climate is a little “flowy” off the body, but still has elements of classic tailoring. For example, lately we’ve really been into tunic-style tops (think breezy fabric, deep open neck, and slightly oversized body).

Here’s some inspiration.

Hippie Chic

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A tailored hopsack trouser is a must-have in your wardrobe. If you already have one, you know what I mean. If you don’t, well have some soon. No fabric breathes as well and also offers that versatile high/low texture that can be dressed up or down.

This heather grey pair (part of a suit from my first collaboration with MAB years ago) works as well with a shirt and tie as it does with a tunic and chelsea boots. That’s how we like to build a wardrobe.

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This baja tunic is one of the cooler pieces we’ve seen this Spring. In fact, Alejandro‘s entire collection this season has been spot on, including this military-inspired trench in a dusty salmon cotton.

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  • Mauve military trench by Beautiful Ful ·
  • Baja tunic by Beautiful Ful ·
  • Vintage Ralph Lauren sunglasses via Kings of Past ·
  • “Benjamin” suede chelsea boots by Cobbler Union

Safari Styles

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A linen safari jacket (or military jacket), like this dusty blue number or my off-white version, is going to be my go-to outerwear this summer.

You already know I love lightweight outerwear (especially cut from a rough and sturdy linen like this 14.5 oz) and the functionality and storage offered in a M-65 Fatigue style jacket is unmatched.

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Here the short-sleeved linen tunic provides a neutral base layer, similar to a simple t-shirt or henley. Without a jacket and trousers, this top is also perfect for the beach.

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  • Vintage Hugo Boss sunglasses via Kings of Past ·
  • Linen M-65 jacket by Beautiful Ful ·
  • Linen short-sleeved tunic by Beautiful Ful ·
  • Brown waxed suede loafers by Martin Dingman

Not Your Grandpa’s Suit

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It takes some major cojones to rock a tunic under a tailored suit. This is one for the “tailored for the love of tailoring” crowd.

It also goes to show that it’s easier to take “fashion risks” if your garments are properly tailored and tastefully coordinated.

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Why not offset the fashion-forward big city vibes with an old-school country feel, as provided by the burgundy/mustard shadow stripe, felt fedora, and suede ankle boots.

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  • Brown Felt hat by Stetson ·
  • Suit ·
  • Olive popover tunic by Beautiful Ful ·
  • Suede ankle boots by Jack Erwin

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

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