Comfortable but Not Sloppy – A New Way to Wear Sweats

November 7th, 2011

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4. Okay – If You Must Go Full-Sweats

If the situations calls for supreme comfort, you can go full sweats - once in a while.

Again, just keep the items fitted, the silhouette classic, the color palette neutral and the accessories light – as well as the mood.

Bonus Tip: Aside from looking much better, slim sweats have other advantages over looser, baggier ones. They are sleeker to the body so there’s less chance of excess fabric getting in your way or getting snagged on things. Also, the heavy contents of your pockets (wallet, phone, keys, etc) won’t cause them to sag off the body as much.

Bonus Tip II: I keep this outfit on the back of my bedroom door, for those quick 3am runs to the deli.

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,



Photography by Jenilee Thorton (yes, we shot this over a year ago – just never got around to posting it)


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    • rikiy

      The Knit Blazer is very cool!I love this, very interesting concept rich in ideas. thanks a lot for the connections, pleased to be entering your site. i want buy the knit blazer?

    • Anonymous

      The Knit Blazer is very cool!I love this, very interesting concept rich in ideas. thanks a lot for the connections, pleased to be entering your site.

    • Karissa

      Love that navy knit blazer :) Great blog!


    • Anthony

      Where did you get the sweater vest in the first section of photos? I want one!

    • Ruggine

      Functional and very comfortable

    • Min.Q.Cho

      Cool & looks so comportable!!

      Can I get the model number of Polo Ralph Lauren Jean?

    • Mountain Dandy

      I’ve been wanting a nice knit blazer to wear in the classroom…a little less formal than a regular blazer.


      SO COOL

    • James Schwartz

      I just bought a knit blazer prior to reading this post, was very inspired to see the one and only Mr. Trepanier sporting one! Nice job, man!

    • Maurice

      Fantastic post! Great job.

    • Ali
    • Big Jon

      You can wear socks with boat shoes? I thought you weren’t suppose to.

    • MikeN

      Very interesting stuff here. By the way, ever considered doing a “must-have” list? 5-10 things every guy should have in his wardrobe? It’s the hot thing to do for store websites (popularized by J.Crew i think) but yours, I believe, would have a certain flare to it that the other websites lack. Keep up the great work! -M

    • Aldrin of

      Thanks for the tips! Veryyy informative! That’s why I love this blog <3

    • George Dunhill

      Great post and creative use of items that are typically seen as more “lazy” or “overly casual”. Especially love the shawl collared cardigan and can see it making its way into more formal looks & styles.

    • Julian

      This time I can’t agree with you Dan. Sweatpants are ALWAYS sloppy. The first and the third look would look so much better with some grey chinos.

      @Every Man’s Closet: Band of Outsiders made a pair a couple seasons ago. But they we’re 400$…

    • A Norwegian

      Thanks for great tips! I like the style of this site.

    • Every Man’s Closet

      Wow, the fleece trousers are a great find! I’d be interested to know what other brands make the same type of pant. Has anyone seen others with a similar cut?

    • Windsorite

      Thats the same rugby jackin’ i’ve been rocking and catching so much flack over for the last year Dan! hahaha.

    • AAJR

      Glad you posted this. This season I bought two knit blazers, one in grey and one in navy. Let me tell you, they were the best buys this season. They are great for in between seasons. I’ve got a slim sweat pants in grey as well. Love to look put together and extra comfortable. So knit blazers are great!

    • vikflo

      Loved the piped knit jacket & the fleece shawl cardigan look. The sweat pant look seemed a reach for me though.

    • Anonymous

      I love your blog!

      Congrats on your continued success.

    • Ambyr

      That knit blazer is fantastic. I love the white trimming and the ease it has with only 1 botton closure. So chic and comfortable looking.


    • Plain T-Shirt

      Good to see some sperrys.

    • HarrisonK

      Most of the pictures dont work when clicking on them. Example, the first pictures in looks 2 and 3.

      This is a really great post though. I really like the casualness of each look, they are all perfect for a college campus in DC.

    • balls

      Your hair looked a lot cooler in 09.

    • Dorian

      Amazing post! However, I’m probably biased since most of the items you are wearing are from my colour palate ;D

    • Khalid

      Are the Woolrich pants still available? Can’t find ‘em on the Woolrich website.


    • Tim

      Where did you get the socks in the mentioned sb-daily post? They are badass indeed.

      Best wishes

    • Marc

      I love your blog!

      Johnny-The jacket is on RL Rugby com and it’s on sale.

    • Johnny

      Nice post! Is the piped knit blazer still around anywhere? Really like it

    • Zach

      Fantastic post! love the versatility.

      Question, where can you look for sweats like this without spending a fortune?

      • Arron

        I got a pair of nice fitting sweats that are fitted at forever 21 for about 23 dollars. Also club monico has some nice ones that usually go on sale.

    • tom

      What is your normal chest size and sleeve? I was thinking about picking up that Rugby blazer, but they don’t have measurements on the site. trying to decide between the M and the L.