Early Spring Go-To: Light Grey Denim

March 22nd, 2013

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It’s that weird time between Winter and Spring. Technically it’s Spring, but most days are still feeling more like winter.

A go-to transitional piece for this time of year: lightweight grey denim.

Here’s three ways to wear them.


1. Business Casual


Not all denim is created equal, the staple fabric comes in many different washes and weights.

There’s denim for winter, like 14.5 oz unwashed rigid selvedge, and there’s denim for spring, like the 10 oz soft-washed jeans featured here.

When the weather starts heating up, the right denim can make a big difference – both in your comfort and in the consistency of your outfit.

A slim lightweight pair in a neutral wash, preferably hemmed, is a great way to slip jeans into your “business casual” rotation, without drawing too much attention from the dress code police.


I love the texture of a raw silk scarf, and it’s perfect for this time of year.

This beauty was hand-woven and hand-dyed on a silk farm in XienKuong, Laos.


A serious, well-made shoe is a nice way to offset the casual vibe of denim.


  • Navy unlined cotton topcoat by Theory
  • White oxfordcloth shirt by Thom Browne
  • Navy silk knit tie by JCrew
  • Navy/grey striped cardigan by Rag&Bone
  • Burgundy raw silk from Mulberries silk farm in XienKuong Laos
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
  • Black woven leather gloves by Hilts and Willard
  • Slim lightweight grey denim by 7 For All Mankind
  • Black leather/suede spectator wingtip shoes by Barker Black
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  • Mike

    I’ve been looking for the perfect blazer. I found it on slide 3. Where can I get one?

  • Professor Black

    Great post! I got a lot of ideas from this one. Did you leave the collars unbuttoned on purpose in look 1? Is this a style statement or personal preference (the two may be the same)?

  • Peter

    Diggin’ the seasonal influence, Dan. Can’t look at a single one of these outfits without thinking of Fabolous:


  • Shawn

    Really nice serie, the varsity jacket and look 3 with the pink shirt are my favorite!

  • Shad

    #3 – definitely one of my favorite looks on this site so far. Those monks!!

  • Richard

    DAMN, that’s a nice blazer

  • Marshall Mulherin

    Hittin’ em with that flex on slide 2
    I see you sir

  • Ian K

    Superb looks. Have to say the varsity look is excellent. Consistently excellent content

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Thanks Ian. Appreciate your support.

  • GoKingsGo

    Anybody know of similar shoes to the Black leather/suede spectator wingtip shoes by Barker Black? Did a google search for those exact ones but nothing really popped up.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      The wingtips linked in the Shop This Look section are essentially the same, just all leather.


  • Mike

    7′s are the best jeans/pants I’ve ever owned. Great quality and fit that’s not super flashy.

    Are you wearing the Slimmy line?

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      The pair I’m wearing is linked in the Shop This Look column.


  • John

    Nice varsity jacket! And of course, you’re right about look #3!

  • Michael

    Great looks. So on a related note – is going commando a “thing” now? Like going without socks?

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Haha going commando has nothing to do with socks, at least where I’m from…

      But yea, sockless for spring has become fairly mainstream.

  • Randy

    I love the Black and Blue composition of look 1. I’m definitely taking notes :)

  • Bob P

    Look #3, in my best Christoph Waltz impression: “That’s a BINGO!!!”

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier


  • Sam

    Look number three might be my favorite look you’ve ever done. I really think you’re at your best in a simple outfit comprised of perfect fitting classics – especially that perfect blue blazer. I’m definitely going to do something like this as soon as my new custom navy suit arrives. Just got some white selvedge denim as well.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Thanks Sam. I agree, a simple outfit rooted in classics will always appeal to a wide range of tastes.

  • http://undefined TimL

    Great combo in all three looks Dan.

    Love the Varsity Jacket colors too.
    That’s a keeper.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Definitely a keeper…at least for now :)

      • Marcus Forlan

        Ya man – don’t give it up. Its a classic.

  • Chris

    Great outfits. I was just starting to hunt for an off-white denim to wear this spring. Very timely post.

  • http://www.twitter.com/electroross electroross

    That blazer is perfect. I’m really struggling to find something similar just now. Any recommendations?

  • Brady

    Love all 3 looks. That varsity jacket is sick wit it! The simplicity of the third outfit is great, simple isn’t easy. Great post

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Simple. Not necessarily easy. Thx Brady.

  • TO

    That varsity IS perfect. I don’t usually go crazy for em, but that is one of the best I’ve seen.

    Great reminder re. Lighter-weight jean options-> warmer weather. I always forget this! Now, just gotta find a pair that fit… Look 3 is exceptionally on point, btw.