Brown in Town

December 24th, 2015

“No Brown in Town” was one of those old-school menswear “rules” created to help guys understand appropriate dress. The principle was that the color brown (especially in regards to shoes, but also clothing) should be reserved for the country, while a wardrobe consisting of black, grey and navy was more suited for city life.

Well some things, even in classic menswear, change with time.  Today brown is one of the most refreshing and invigorating colors that a man can add to his wardrobe, even within a big city lifestyle.

The best part about the color brown is that it comes in countless shades; from green-hued olive browns, to warm and rich chestnut browns, to dark eggplant-purple chocolates, etc.

Here are some wardrobe ideas to get you thinking about what brown can do for you.

Professorial Tweed

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Houndstooth Tweed Coat

Wool Flannel Vest in Cherrywood

Date Night Flannel


Cherrywood Flannel Suit

Leisure Suiting

  • Round sunglasses by Vint & York ·
  • Light blue Shirt by Angel Bespoke ·
  • Windowpane vest (part of suit) ·
  • Brown Taupe suit custom made by ANGEL | BESPOKE (fabric by Ariston) ·
  • Custom crocodile skin loafers by Scarpe di Bianco ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic

Holiday Shawl

  • Tortoise Shell & creme Sunglasses Garrett Leight x Waraire Boswell ·
  • White Woven Shirt by Waraire Boswell ·
  • Navy Velvet Slippers by Boswell x Del Toro
  • · Dusk Brown Tweed Suit

Cigar Linen Suit

A Classic Man


Houndstooth Tweed Coat

Cherrywood Flannel Suit

More Brown from the AOS Archives…


Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

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