The Gentleman in the Olive Suit

March 15th, 2016

There was a time when olive and taupe suits were commonly worn by gentlemen all around the country, along with the usual suspects navy, medium grey and charcoal.

The thing is, that time (around the late 80s and 90s) was also a time associated with boxy, oversized suits with low gorge lines, huge armholes, and no vents. It was a tough time for tailored menswear, as there weren’t many resources available for the average consumer to learn about proper fit, quality fabrics, etc. Since then tailoring has grown tremendously, thanks in large part to menswear blogs educating consumers on quality and custom menswear now being offered to all markets via the web.

Needless to say, we feel much differently about an earth tone suit when it’s properly tailored. An olive fabric has an old school gentleman vibe that’s flattering on anybody. It’s also rare but surprisingly versatile; a great match for any shade of brown shoes, and very chic with black shoes as well.

With that said, I encourage you to consider adding some olive to your long-term wardrobe. Here are three of the many, many ways to style our Olive Worsted Suit.

Style Inherent


The beauty of an earthy olive is that you can wear it year-round, with just about color combination. You can go with whites, blues, creams, tans, browns, greys, even purples and pinks in the Spring/Summer.

And you don’t need a bold shirt & tie combination, even the most simple pairings will look tasteful and stylish. The key is to keep the rest of the fit simple and let the tailoring shine.

A gentleman’s style is easy and effortless, because he invests in quality, fit and lasting design.


Olive Worsted Suit

Waistcoat Statement


An olive suit doesn’t scream “business” and is a suave garment to wear casually as well. Think about a classic white oxford shirt with no tie, or a cashmere sweater in camel or a shade of brown.

Of course, we also love the use of the contrast waistcoat, like here with our Cotton/Silk Herringbone. Think of this fabric like a cotton suiting but with a softer hand feel, a smoother drape, an open breathable weave, and a slight sheen thanks to the incredible natural properties of silk.


Olive Worsted Suit

Cotton Silk Herringbone Vest

Lightweight Layering


This is an example of how a 3-piece suit (and earth tones) can open up new styling opportunities in your wardrobe, especially in terms of lightweight layering.

Speaking of lightweight layering, I’m very excited about this pure silk donegal mac… More on that shortly.


Pure Silk Matka Coat

Worsted Wool Vest in Olive

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Olive Worsted Suit

Olive Worsted Jacket

Olive Worsted Waistcoat

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

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