Capsule Wardrobe: The Whipcord Seersucker

July 3rd, 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 look great and get the most out of your investments. 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 sixth installment in our “Capsule Wardrobe” series, where we give an example of a capsule wardrobe built around, what else, a tailored suit in a seasonal fabric. Today we highlight the whipcord cotton suit. With its tight pinwhale “ribs”, consider it seersucker’s younger, sexier cousin.

Here’s 10 pieces (with a couple accessories) to make 5 different outfits for 5 different occasions.

The 10 Pieces

  • One whipcord seersucker suit
  • One white poplin cotton dress shirt
  • One navy silk knit tie
  • One madras patchwork button-down
  • One linen blend waistcoat
  • One pair of light blue chinos
  • One pair of medium brown captoe lace-ups
  • One pair of white low-top leather sneakers
  • One straw panama hat
  • One slim dress belt

Summer Business

A whipcord suit can be a little more business minded than a traditional seersucker fabric, which is usually reserved for leisurely social occasions. Sharpen it up with a white poplin shirt, a pair of shoes that means business (like these alligator captoes), and summer versions of your go-to accessories (like tortoise shades, a straw panama hat and a grosgrain watch band).

Summer Cocktails

Multiple shades of blue always looks cool in the summer. Just remember to mix up the fabric textures as well – here we have the cotton whipcord jacket (with physical “ribs”),  a silk/linen herringbone waistcoat (with physical “slubs”), and a pair of stretch cotton chinos (2% spandex blend).

Business Casual

It’s getting hot out there, which means the office dress code probably has a little more leeway. On hot days this is a great way to suit up – leave the jacket at home and use the waistcoat (from another suit) to give the torso some shape and structure.

Summer Social

A suit doesn’t always have to look like a “suit”, especially if it’s unconstructed (no shoulder padding, light chest canvas) and unlined. I love dressing-down suits for casual social occasions, like this whipcord with a patchwork madras shirt and a pair of crisp white low-tops.

4th of July BBQ

In the spirit of the Fourth of July here’s a clever “casually tailored” approach to working some red, white & blue into your wardrobe this weekend. God bless America, and good tailoring.

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

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