The Capsule Wardrobe: Chocolate Linen

June 5th, 2015

Here at Articles of Style, we don’t want you to buy more clothes. We want you to buy the right clothes, so you can wear them comfortably and not have to replace them every year. A smart wardrobe is one that is built around versatility and longevity. Ideally, the majority of the pieces can be mixed-and-matched to create different outfits for different occasions.

To illustrate this point, here’s the third installment in our “Capsule Wardrobe” series, where we give an example of a smart wardrobe built around, what else, a tailored suit in a seasonal fabric. Here’s 10 pieces (with a couple accessories) to make 5 different outfits.

The 10 Pieces

  • One 3/4 length khaki trench coat
  • One chocolate brown pure linen suit
  • One washed selvedge denim jacket
  • One green striped oxford shirt
  • One chestnut brown patterned silk tie
  • One long-sleeved striped linen crewneck
  • One pair of stone grey chinos
  • One pair of chocolate brown suede chelsea boots
  • One pair of cognac brown leather loafers
  • One brown felt fedora

All Business

A lightweight trench coat is an essential for Spring, especially if you live in a rainy climate. It’s functional, versatile, and it’s never going out of style. Trench coats like this were invented by the military to keep soldiers dry and anchor their weapons, and they’ve been a staple in classic menswear ever since.

Date Night

We just highlighted the uber-versatile slim-fit denim jacket. The chocolate suede chelsea boots (by Cobbler Union) are part of our current Spring Menswear Giveaway. Sign-up for the new AOS Newsletter for your chance to win a pair in your size, along with $3,000 worth of our favorite items for the season!

Business Casual

A neutral chino, especially in light grey, is one of the best pieces you can invest your hard earned money in. Have them properly tailored and you’ll be wearing them for just about any occasion.

Dining Out

An unstructured suit jacket in a textured fabric, like this pure linen, is virtually identical to a sportcoat. It works just as well with chinos or jeans as it does with the matching trousers.

Weekend Chillin’

I really can’t say enough about unstructured suits in seasonal, textured fabrics. They are the foundation of my wardrobe, and the cornerstone of the upcoming Articles of Style tailoring collection. Just like the jacket, a well tailored suit trouser in a seasonal cloth can be a workhorse in your casual wardrobe too.


I hope this gets you thinking about adding some versatility into your wardrobe and getting the best bang for your buck by investing in quality menswear that you can rely on.

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier


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