The Casual Suit

January 25th, 2016

The beauty of an unstructured suit in a seasonal cloth; it becomes a go-to garment that instantly expands your wardrobe.

Personally, I love wearing suits in non-business environments, for a number of reasons. 1) It’s easy; the top matches the bottom, just pick a layer in between. 2) It’s flattering; bespoke suits are cut to literally to make the wearer’s physique look more attractive. 3) It’s functional; I’ve become accustomed to the convenience of jacket pockets. 4) Everybody loves a gentleman.

With that said, here’s some easy ways to take your tailoring to the casual side.

Cashmere Crewneck


The navy flannel suit is an office staple, of course, but with a trim-but-not-skinny fit it’s also the perfect garment for a date or a night out.

Leave the shirt and tie at work, after dark reach for a cashmere crew-neck and a pair of sleek chukka boots.

  • Grey cashmere crewneck sweater by Nudie Jeans ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Sunglasses by John Varvatos ·
  • Black pebbled leather kilted chukka boots by J. FitzPatrick
  • · Navy Flannel Suit by Articles of Style

Wool Flannel Suit in Navy

Flannel & Denim


Not all button-down shirts are dress shirts; meant for ties. Flannels, denims, corduroys…these are casual shirts.

Pairing one (open collared) with a flannel suit and a suede boot is as smart as a casual look gets. If it’s cold outside, complete the look with a scarf and/or overcoat – both are investment pieces that you can also wear to the office, of course.


Hollywood Flannel Suit

Weekend Donegal


This look is a little old west inspired; perfect for handling the LA “Winter”. A band collar shirt, a linen cardigan, a tailored tweed suit, a pair of roughed-up leather boots, and a vintage felt hat.

Again, it all starts with the suit here. Once you’ve decided on something like the forest tweed 2-piece, putting the other pieces together is straight-forward and virtually fool proof.

A suit that fits properly in a versatile fabric takes 80% of the guess work out of getting dressed. That’s the main reason I wear suits so often – aside from the other “social benefits”.

  • Brown felt hat by Stetson (Vintage) ·
  • Band collar shirt Vintage ·
  • Brown wool/linen cardigan by Club Monaco ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • “Morley” Horween Leather Boots by Wolverine
  • · Forest Tweed Suit by Articles of Style

Forest Tweed Suit

Thanks, as always, for reading. If you have any questions about our online custom menswear, feel free to contact us anytime. We look forward to serving as your personal tailor and stylist. 

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier