1 Piece/3Ways: Oxblood Tassel Loafers

April 18th, 2011

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More versatile than you’d expect: the oxblood/burgundy/cordovan tassel loafers.

With 60+ pairs of shoes in my rotation, it’s hard to say that I wear any pair very often, but as you can see from these close-up shots, I’ve worn these loafers plenty.

They’re dark & neutral (making them appear formal), with a rounded toe, tassels and tassel strap (making them appear casual) – so they work with a variety of outfits, for a variety of occasions, year-round.

Here, 3 completely different outfits, built around the tassel loafs.

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1. T-Shirt & Jeans

These are casual enough to go sockless with a t-shirt and jeans, but because they’re made of distinctive leather and have a sharp silhouette, they add just the right touch of formality (similar to the effect of the unstructured cotton blazer) – making this an outfit you can now wear for a broader range of occasions.

Where I wore this: shooting the final scene from video episode 3 (then lunch and watching the game at a local bar).

Bonus Tip: The term “jeans” has nothing to do with denim fabric. A “jean” is a pant style (think western front pockets, patch rear pockets, top stitched in & out seams, etc.)  that can be made out of any fabric. Therefore the term “denim jeans” is not redundant.

Bonus Tip II: These pants, with a modern cut and a subdued camouflage print, are much easier to pull-off then their vintage army-issued counterparts, as featured here.

Bonus Tip III: Another example of how an unstructured blazer (no canvas, no lining, no shoulder pad, no sleeve head, etc.) is more “weekend chillin” than “office grind” – especially with rolled sleeves and a t-shirt.

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  • Ty

    My office has jean Friday. I like to wear my Carhartt work jeans with burgundy Alden tassel loafers and a bow tie / blazer for a casual look. I love mixing things that ordinarily wouldn’t go together.

  • Philip O.

    Hey SB,

    I’ve been following your blog for a while now, I love it, but I never left a comment. Now I have a question; I recently turned 18 and I have somewhat of an obsession with tassel loafers. I finally found a pair that I like (Adolfo Dominguez, dark blue suede, white sole) but I think it’s a big step to go out an buy them and actually wear them casually.

    Blue suede, tassel loafers – Do I have to be older to pull these off? Will they catch on like boat shoes?

    Regards,
    Philip

  • Rob

    I LOVE the J&M Tassels, so sad because I almost got them but opted for a standard lace up.

    Great post, love your style

  • Anonymous

    Great post! This shoe is a personal favourite of mine. I really like how you’ve displayed its versatility from dressy to casual. It goes with anything!

    I posted some today as well in black though:
    http://www.shoesdepierre.com/2011/04/sale-of-day-mezlan-bradner-black-tassel.html

  • Nick

    The suit is amazing, I love double breasted suits, I had to buy a vintage one and then get the tailor to alter it to achieve a modern fit, was well well worth the price. I’m looking forward to checking out your new range on the site too. Keep up the good work.

    Cheers Nick

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Thx Nick!

  • Victor

    I can’t get over how sick that suit is. I am even thinking about taking this picture to a tailor to have one made for me. But I know that I wont be able to get the same exact cut, and hue, and fabric of this suit.

    This suit is great because it is elegant, as a db suit should be. I is also laid back cause of the fabric, and no cuff on the pant. The length of the coat is perfect, not too short like modern suits. I also like how the lapel is peak, but does not interfere with the breast pocket. The cut makes you look comfortable. Something about the way this suit drapes is just right.

    If I had to change anything about it i would probably make the pant a tad longer, just a tad. But the cut of the pant is such that I would’nt mind wearing it like you do.

    Two questions,

    Does this suit have side vents?

    Does this fabric wrinkle easy or does it pretty much stay as seen on the photo?

    Thanks for your answers, great job on this unique suit.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Thanks Victor.

      1. Yes, side vents
      2. The beauty of hopsack is that the loose weave barely wrinkles at all

      Other things to note for your tailor: the jacket is handmade, full canvas, completely unlined (with hand-finished seams throughout) with no shoulder pad and minimal sleeve header.

      If he can’t make it, MAB certainly can.

      Cheers,
      SB

  • Identity

    Great work as usual.
    Ever thought about changing your name to Andrews?

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Thx.
      No
      ?

  • sincere

    Excellent work as usual Trepanier. Love the first pic by the bastketball court. Very pro look bro. I am digging it.

    I cant wait for the MAB by Trepanier line to come out. When is it coming out? Is it going to be nationwide or more like just New York?

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Thx.

      It will be realeasing this May and sold here online. It should be available worldwide (or just about).

      More on this soon.

      Best,
      Dan

  • RUSSBHEEZ

    THE SUIT IS AWSOME!!!

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Thank you!

  • WM

    Amazing post! love look three – the loafers and washed jeans are a match made in style heaven!! I totally agree that shopping retail is conservative and stylish. One question – I see you’ve introduced the linen clothing at this point, are there any other spring/summer friendly fabrics besides cotton and linen? Thanks

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Yes, several. More on seasonal fabrics coming soon.

      Best,
      Dan

  • Miguel Ramalhão

    The Loafers are gorgeous, but the texture on the brown db suit is AMAZING .. you have to start selling them!!!!

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Soon Miguel, soon!

      Thanks,
      Dan

  • Gyun

    good

  • David Hoggatt

    Hello absolutely love your work! Been a big fan for a while now.

    I do have one negative comment though, though I do like the wooden bracelet ensemble you often put on in you outfits I often think it is overdoing it or over accessorizing. After all Coco Chanel did say “When accessorizing take off the last thing you put on”

    Many times I think the outfit would look much better and much more classic without the extra bracelets, but that’s just me. Keep up the good work!

    • David Hoggatt

      Sorry said though twice there.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Thanks for reading, and sharing your opinions David.

      All the best,
      SB

  • James

    Thank you for introducing me to Hopsack!!

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Trying to do my part.

      Thanks for reading,
      SB

  • iis of faith

    Great shoes! Great look! and I especially like the leather bracelets! Very masculine, trendy and yes VERY KOOL!!
    …thanks for the time and effort you spend on each post!

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      THANKS!

  • Bosun

    Yet again, another lovely post. Coincidently, i recently purchased a pair of suede handmade tassel loafers from U.K retailer ASOS. Mid night online shopping got me a £120 pair of shoes for £36!!… but was struggling on how to rock them in different styles,up until now!

    undoubtedly the sleekest blog out there, brilliant!

    thetastelevel.blogspot.com

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Thx!

      • Yeniffer

        I love your cute little smile. I would be simling like that too if I hit the vintage jackpot. I love it when vintage finds its way into my life from unusual ways. It makes me think that me and whatever amazing piece I find were destined to be together, you know? You look just darling in your little hat and cameo broach. Sweet!XOXO

  • Ken Tran

    Perfect post – just in the nick of time. Recently thrifted a pair of brand new Burgundy Bass Weejuns, so these looks are giving some good ideas of to pull them off right.

    More fiyah! More fiyah!

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      :)

  • alan m.

    Style icon in the making.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Thank you sir.

  • Victor

    Suit is great, the color and design are very unique, I wish you were a designer so that I could actually buy it.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Good News!

      Stay tuned…

  • MX

    Great work mate. And like everyone else I agree – marvellous suit.

    Quick q though – aren’t suit pants supposed to reach to the top of your heel?

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Thx.

      The hemline of the pant, from a fitting and pattern-making perspective, has nothing to do with the “fit” of the pant. The amount of break is personal, subjective and an individual preference.

      I like my pants with no break – to show that I’m a stylist/designer, not a banker.

      Cheers,
      Dan

      • MX

        you are a sartorial god among men. respect, from australia.

  • House Of Style – England

    Absolute killer suit. Website is always right on the mark.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Thanks for the love!

  • Swashbuckler

    One of the greatest suits I’ve ever seen. Your own design too? Unbelievable.

    The things I would do to own it…. unforgivable.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Haha.

      The good news is, after this feedback, there may be a similar suit in my Fall/Winter collection. But let’s focus on Spring/Summer for now…

      Best.
      Dan

  • paul

    I will now be picking up the camo pants thanks to you! LOL!

    Please check out my fashion blog too!
    http://lavish-livez.com/blog

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Haha. They should be paying me commission!

      Thx for reading.
      -SB

  • D KNOTT

    i echo all preceeding thoughts of course…so without being redundant i will say the usual, great job. more importantly, and i may be breaking some man code here, but 60+ shoes! what do you do, how, and how can i be down?! current gig isn’t affording me 60+, i need to make it to your level dude. the thought of having access to 60+, freaking insane!

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Haha thanks man. You should’ve seen my sneaker collection :)

      The irony is, I preach quality over quantity when it comes to footwear (although you do need a few pairs in rotation to give them some R&R after a hard wear).

      Thanks for reading,
      SB

  • sarteaga0408

    Dan, that suit is beautiful! Just wow at that suit! What is Brown hopsack?

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Thanks!
      Hopsack is a coarser, looser-weave worsted wool (making it a heavily textured fabric, that has a slight natural stretch and a great drape).

      Cheers,
      SB

  • TO

    Great tidbit about jeans! And that db suit is truly exceptional…

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Thx TO!

  • Vadims

    Yeah, gonna pick up a pair of loafers too.
    P.S. That suit looks like a million bucks.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      One of my favorite designs to date (although, of course, still a thing or two I might change about it :)

      Thanks for reading,
      SB

  • http://MensStylePro.com Mr. Sabir P.

    Hey Dan,

    I have those same loafers (assuming these are the J&M Deerfield Tassel). I wear them all the time. My shoe rotation isnt as high as yours (30+) but I swear by those loafers man. It’s suprising how well they work with jeans.

    Bests,

    Sabir

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Thx Sabir!

  • Paul

    Love tasseled loafers.. I wear them with everything… my “go to” shoe.

    Best wishes —