Spring Essential: The Lightweight Trench

May 6th, 2013

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Don’t go through rain season without one of the most timeless and commanding garments a man can own: the trench coat.

Here are three from my personal wardrobe.


1. Classic Khaki


The beauty of menswear is that it’s rooted in tradition and timeslessness is celebrated. Therefore, there are certain “classic” pieces that have lasted the test of time and can safely be considered long-term investments.

A well-made khaki trench is one of those pieces.


Yellow can be tough color to pull-off, especially for us pale-skinned folks.

I usually avoid bright yellow (not always) and gravitate toward deeper/darker versions; like mustards, ochres, and golds. These more saturated hues look great against browns and camels in the Spring, too.


I’m a big fan of monochromatic looks and using textures, rather than colors, to create depth and contrast.


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  • http://www.uniquegiftsformen.org Gary

    I love trenchcoats..it’s a great classic look but can also look very cool.

  • Tom

    Thought I’d ask once more, since the first time it wasn’t answered.

    Questions for the style blogger: What other blogs influence this blog? What blogs/tumblrs do you think are presenting good content? Noticed that you don’t regularly credit or mention any other blogs in menswear.

    • http://tsbmen.com Townsend

      We all read various blogs in our free time. To be honest though, once I started working for a blog full time, I stopped spending a significant amount of time checking out other sites… We’re all too busy working on TSB. Personally, I like Four Pins, Valet and The William Brown Project.

    • Joe

      There have been several features and dailies featured men from other blogs. Pay attention and quit slouching.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Our apologies Tom, we try to answer as many comments as possible, time permitting.

      I’m not sure what you mean by crediting other blogs…I’m not much of a blog reader, once the daily TSB hustle is over, I try to stay away from my computer.

      That said, I think The Sartorialist, Street Etiquette and Put This On all do a good job of creating content within their respective niches. Also, Simon at Permanent Style really knows what he’s talking about when it comes down to nerding-on about craftsmanship and the nuances of bespoke tailoring.


  • Jerome

    Very, very strong post.

  • Dante

    The Shoe Snob Shoes! You need to feature him. Awesome guy.

  • Sergio

    I KNEW IT! Those chukkas looked really familiar, was wondering if they were J. Fitzpatrick’s.

  • Nick

    I’ve always loved that trench. For some reason though I think the cardi looks a tad feminine under it this time around. I usually don’t think the belted knits come off that way but it is giving me that vibe today.

  • Ron

    What year (how old, approximately) was the military trench coat?

  • http://undefined Robert

    Remarkable use of texture in look #2. That is my clear favorite of the three. However, the kilted boots in the third look, make for some serious damage and hurt feelings…great overall post, Dan and Co.

  • Brady P

    The hop sack suit in look 1 is really nice. Can’t wait for my first trench.. TSBShop might just be the place to pick one up

  • Shawn

    Great look # 1, love the monochromatic look! And also pleased that you featured J. FitzPatrick shoes on your website, I love his new collection!

  • John

    Those J. Fitzpatricks are great. I have been a fan of his for a while. It is nice he is getting some recognition on TSB. If you had worn some earlier, I hadn’t noticed.

    You should feature him in a shoe special.

    • John

      He has worn them on the last wiwt.

      We have the same name and apparently the same opinions on this subject!

  • Ben

    Great looks. I’ve been have trouble finding the best way to make a trench coat fit — it would be great to see how these coats fit when you’re not leaning against a wall / putting your hands in your pockets!

  • BF

    There are Burberry Trenchcoats and then there’s everything else..

  • http://stylishbefore40.blogspot.com stylishbefore40

    All the outfits-great.

  • http://www.theseals.com.au Desmond

    This entire post knocks it out of the park.
    The hopsack suit in look 1 is a corker – might have to make it my business to acquire something similar somehow.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Thanks Desmond. The camel/tobacco color is where it’s at.

  • Ian K

    Nice. Recently picked up a dark navy trench. Getting a lot of wear out of it as it rains a lot in Ireland!

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Smart move!

      • Ian K

        It was! Doesn’t look aswell as yours but I am slowly getting there. Keep up the good work really enjoying the content more and more