Cord Suits Part II: Dressed-Down

February 27th, 2013

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2. Casual but Sharp

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As I mentioned, I wear this double-breasted cord jacket more often as a “tailored peacoat” than a full suit. It’s extremely warm and tougher than it looks.

As Towni mentioned, the subtle popped-collar under turleneck is a micro-trend that we have been diggin’.

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All about them Winter Whites.

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  • Peter

    Hey Dan,

    Big fan of the site and the first look here (unlike most of the other people who commented on that outfit–haha).

    About the third look: I can’t quite tell from the photos or description how you’re mixing black and brown here. It looks like the boots (or the laces, at least) are brown and all the other leathers (gloves, watch, and jacket buttons) are black. Am I getting that right?

    Thanks.

  • Miguel

    Really dig look number 3, that looks very practical, warm and well put together.

  • Amit

    Your watch is always visible. Mine never, although I follow the rule saying your sleeve should reach the base of your thumb when standing straight. :(

  • Joe

    I’ve always done the bandanna as handkerchief thing, but most bandannas are huge, do you cut them into fourths or trim down? If so, do you need to sew up the edges? Great post.

  • Kiel

    I have never considered a turtleneck (despite all the props they get on here) before seeing the popped collar underneath. I don’t know why it makes such a big diff, but it does.

  • http://chicthestyle.com Dustin

    The blazer in the 3rd look is excellent! I am definitely going to keep an eye out for a grey cord jacket now.

  • http://undefined Nick

    Look 3 is great while walking around NYC. Love the mix of “nice” clothes with simple fashion.

  • Daniel

    Look two is sharp as f*ck! The beard’s looking good too.

    Side note: two necklaces, two bracelets, and a gold watch = minimal jewelry? Oh menswear…

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Thanks Daniel. Only one bracelet here, but I was referring more to the simplicity of the pieces.

  • SAJ

    Very, very, nice – both parts I&II. Love look #2 here.

    For anyone questioning the popped collar underneath, its very subtle and you can pull the same look sans collared shirt. The #1 piece of advice given on this site is to turn looks into your own.

    Great work as always.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Amen

  • Henri

    The second look is one of the best I’ve seen in a while – exeptional. And where did you find that fine, old Volvo which appears to have been imported from Finland?!

  • Tyler

    I hate the suit-with-sneakers look. Absolutely terrible.

  • Don Pierre

    Japanese Excellence: Iconic Matsuda shades. Lanvin trainers are truly the most sophisticated and classic. Clean post. #Tsbmen #Timeless

  • Mick

    I think looks two and three are perfect. I also love the suit in look one. However, the sweater in look one-with the lower collar and symmetrical sloping pattern on the top-gives an unflattering illusion of gynecomastia (a.k.a. man boobs). Notice I said illusion.

    • Alan

      I was thinking that too – Love the outfit, but I’d look seriously in need of a mansierre in that sweater.

  • Adam Rapoport

    Dan, looks 2 and three are phenomenal, great looks my friend! I now know why you emphasize versatility, it’s hard to believe you can make a suit look so casual and natural!

  • In Seoul

    I like look 2, but agree that the popped shirt underneath seems superfluous, and look 3, although the cord’s vertical ribbing and the horizontal striping took a little getting used to.

    I agree with the previous commentators who did not like look 1. I think a solid v-neck under a jacket/pants combo looks fine, but a patterned v-neck with a suit seemed to clash a bit to much for me. But as you always say, to each one’s own. I’m sure you own that look, even more in person.

  • http://undefined undefined

    Well…….

    Hate to say it but I hate look #1. I don’t like sneaker with any kind of suite. Don’t like the knit sweater and I think you have too much bling on your watch hand. (sorry)

    Love everything about look #2.

    I like most of look #3 but your channeling your inner pirate. Aarrghh… ( love the boots though).

  • Borel

    Those Lanvin shoes are just plain awesome. They are very classy for a pair of sneakers. Aside from that, great post. All three looks were very nice.

  • Anonymous

    F-ing LOVE this site!!

  • http://undefined Mathieu Lavoie

    Very Nice! Do you think look no2 could work with a velvet blazer or is it too much?

  • Kris

    One of the best post so far. Not so sure about the popped collar under the turtleneck, though. Seen a lot of guys doin it latley, but it looks weird in my opnion.

    Anyways, three solid looks. Thumps up.

  • John

    I’m seriously considering a grey corduroy suit instead of the grey tweed I had in mind. I blame you for that!

  • Jake

    Don’t love the use of the word ‘bipolar’ in look one. (bit of a sensitive issue). Everything looks great though.

    • http://tsbmen.com Townsend

      Thanks for pointing that out!

  • cam

    dan, i really like the use of the saint james cotton top in the winter as it adds a certain something unexpected.

    when you wear a look like 1 or 2, do you opt to leave the jacket on at all times? i guess im not sure how it would look with a tucked-in sweater sans jacket. your thoughts?

  • Carter

    Dan,
    Killing it as always. Love that DB corduroy suit. Thanks again for your time at the studio. It was a true pleasure. Readers, the TSB team has a vision for the site that will change the game! Continue to support and learn from Dan and the crew! I know I will!
    Respect

    • Brady

      Word!

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Thanks Carter, for the nice comment and your continued support. It was great meeting you the other day, always inspiring to meet our readers. All the best to you and Colleen!

  • http://undefined Shawn

    Love looks 2 and 3! Very sharp! Never been a fan of the knit in look 1 but I guess that you feel confident in it and that’s the key to success!

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Well said Shawn.

  • Brady

    Looks 2 and 3 are amazing, don’t love the collar under the turtleneck, but to each his own. That peaked DB jacket has style for days!! Corduroy suits look so sharp, understated, and sophisticated.

    How far into spring is acceptable for a cord jacket? Whenever it’s too hot to wear I guess? Or is corduroy a no go in the spring time?

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Thx Brady. Generally, I’d say dress for the thermometer, not the calendar – especially with the unpredictable weather this time of year.

  • Lothar

    Did you wash that car before you sat on it with white jeans? Cars are DIRTY. Sitting on them is a better idea than a practice.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      haha I probably dusted it off before sitting…but it’s not that serious.

  • mmac

    volvo 244!

  • Ali

    What’s the rule about tucking sweaters in?
    Always, sometimes, never?

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Depends on the sweater, and the waistline. A thin/fitted sweater, on a thin/fit guy looks very sharp tucked.

      I’d say it’s a case by case scenario.