All About the Classics feat. James Wu

March 20th, 2013

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We first met James Wu when he submitted to our January Giveaway with an email titled “OMG I Wanna Win Free Sh-t!”. He caught our attention, his outfit was on point, and he swiftly made it to the Top 10.

James is a medical student from Montreal with a knack for classic prep staples.

“TSBmen has really helped sharpen my look, which I would describe as collegiate prep. Classic pieces with pops of color… I’ve realized that in a classroom full of sweatpants and graphic t-shirts, throwing on something as simple as the classic combination of an oxford shirt with chinos can make you stand out, in a good way.”

Here James shows us a little about investing in smart classics.


1. Smart Casual


James sticks to the basics for a smart and clean casual look: navy quilted jacket, two-tone crewneck sweater, off-white denim, suede desert boots.

His whole wardrobe is very smart. What I mean, for example, is that every piece in this post can be mix-and-matched and he wouldn’t miss a beat.


“This is a nice transitional sweater – it’s a kind of cross between an L.L. Bean Norwegian sweater and a Saint James nautical t-shirt.”

As you can see, James is well versed in menswear classics.


“I have to admit that white denim can be a pain to keep untarnished.

Off-white denim is a great alternative. These are more of a subtle wheat color that doesn’t get dirty as easily as crisp white.”


  • Navy quilted jacket by Club Monaco
  • Sweater by Club Monaco
  • Off-white denim by Rugby
  • Desert boots by Clarks
  • Watch by Timex
  • Gloves by Lands’ End
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  • http://undefined Jeanscuffed

    Dude nailed all 3 looks. Looks as if he dreamt about these outfits and woke up and effortlessly put them on. Hats off!

  • Charles S. Durst


  • Zane

    Which thrift shops do you hit up in Montreal?

  • J Saltzman

    Now THIS man understands proportion. Everything is so well balanced it looks effortless. Someone has an artistic eye and uses it well! Props!

  • Sean

    reppin Cornell

  • Deacon

    Dudes on point, nice post

  • Michael

    Look 2 & 3 I like. I don’t get the whole untied-shoe-laces on boots look though.

  • Ben

    Prep to death, love the bean boots

  • Alex D

    From one med student to another, well done

  • John

    I’m not saying the looks aren’t great, but what really caught my eye was the blackwatch jacket!

  • Alan

    When I first saw Look #2, it was alongside a few other preppy looks and I was a bit put off – but it definitely looks a lot better in context. The Blackwatch Cotton Coat is a bit good too.

  • Bob

    One of my favorite looks yet – updating classics will never go out of style. And each outfit is attainable. Well done James.

  • http://undefined TimL

    Very sharp. Great classic look.

    Love the coat in look #3.

  • http://undefined Nick

    That jacket is on-point. Where can I get one?

  • Carter

    Much respect on all the kits featured in the post. Very well orchestrated. Medical student…look 2 looks like some attending sh*t bro!

  • Mustafa

    Great looks James, what are your measurements btw?

    • James W.

      I’m 6’3
      40-42L suiting
      32 x 34 pants

  • TO

    Fellow Canadian! Good stuff Mr. Wu! Fit is very on point.

    Love the shots of the tweed gloves- makes me wish they were a completely tweed outer…

  • Marshall Mulherin

    I love his style. I deffff voted for him in that giveaway

  • Alain Tse

    3 great outfits.

  • Warren

    Great Job! One of my favorite posts, classic for sure.

  • J Malle

    This is the best dressed series I’ve seen so far. He’s pulling it of so well, that it seems as if he’s not even trying!

  • Profound and Casual

    so proud of James <3

  • http://undefined Rob

    Dude’s straight killin it. Nuff said.

  • Tjay

    That Blackwatch jacket absolutely screams “stuntin’ on you peasants!” I love it. By the way it’s cool how it looks like he’s wearing tweed sweatpants.

  • Jerome

    Beautiful stuff.

  • ernie

    as a newbie to men’s fashion, I appreciate these posts on the classics

  • AK

    Every look is fantastic – outfits I would wear without reservation. I was really pulling for James in January, so of course I’m glad to see him get his due credit. A+ post.

  • Professor Black

    Great post. I admired James’ style in the initial giveaway and voted for him. I like the use of subtle color accents here and his choice of cut in clothing appears to be off-the-rack. I think his style speaks to those of us who want to dress well without heading to the tailor for every piece. These looks are a passion, a passion worked out in the shopping and trying on of each piece. I may be off base with my assumptions, fill me in if so.

  • Ian

    Some great looks there. Especially the vintage tweed trousers and the gloves