The Go-Anywhere Outfit: Suit + Sneakers

April 10th, 2011

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The other day I received an interesting, thought-provoking, question from a reader: if you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your days, what would it be?

After giving it some thought, I decided that it would have to be a suit with sneakers. It’s the ultimate go-anywhere, always-appropriate (or maybe, never-inapropriate) outfit.

A look similar to these would work for just about any occasion you could imagine (date, class, business meeting, dinner, sporting event, church, brunch, traveling, bar, museum, wedding, movies, family get-together, bike ride, night club, concert, shopping, to the gym, opera, walk in the park”¦you name it). There is virtually no situation where you would be completely out-of-place wearing a (correctly styled) suit with sneakers.

Here, 3 examples to go from day to night, to anywhere and back.

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1. Chino + Whites Mids

This olive cotton suit, now part of my first Ready-to-Wear collection (with a few minor tweaks) releasing later this Spring, has been getting tons of wear (as you can see, it could use a press). It just works with everything, from casual to dressy. Also, the more I wear it, the more unique (but still wearable) I realize it is. Guys just don’t wear olive suits, it’s a shame.

Pair it with a neutral henley and a hoody in an accent color and you have a comfortable, style-forward outfit that a wide variety of people can appreciate.

Just don’t step on my fresh whites!

Bonus Tip: This fabric is 98% cotton, 2% Lycra (for stretch). This tiny amount of stretch makes all the difference in the world from a comfort and mobility perspective. I’ve actually put this thing to the test and played a brief street basketball game in it. Admittedly I didn’t take (or make) many jumpshots, but was able to take it to the rack just fine :)


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  • along

    i like all post,i really want to try all of that,,,

  • Badger

    I can’t tell you how much I love the pocket square/hoodie together here. Items from the opposite ends of the formality spectrum but beautifully harmonious in this outfit. Very clever.

  • Jim

    Jerry Seinfeld called – wants his outfit back. Seriously, the first outfit makes you look like Jerry Seinfeld. It’s not a good look. The latter two outfits are more relaxed and the lower-profile, canvas sneakers suit the outfits much, much better. I’d wear the latter two outfits but the first one is better left in the 1990s where it belongs.

    • Joseph

      I’m inclined to agree with you, I don’t really dig bright white sneakers either.

  • dre

    Awesome shots. Good looks as usual.

  • Jerry Serna

    Hi, Those Outfits That I Saw Are Awesome, I always like to Wear those outfits with sneakers, even If I like to Go To The Mall, I like Your Outfits, Really Good Outfits!!! :-)

  • Ian

    I really like these looks, especially the 2nd suit and van’s pairing, but I’m afraid of looking like Ellen myself. You pull it off though.

  • Tony Berg

    Unlaced Nike sneakers? I know fashion is about self expression but I thought you were more grown up when I first read your article months back from now. That look takes me back to middle school…

  • paul fredrick

    You couldnt have said it any better about gfs, trying to dress men

  • Chris

    What are the name of the white Nike’s I want to grab a pair..Are they blazers?

  • Jamie

    I like suits, and I like those sneakers. I even have the blue Jack Purcells (and black, white, and gray versions of them). But, I HATE sneakers with suits.

  • Charles Ravndal

    I love the first one. I never thought of pairing a suit with a hoodie, but it looks so good on you :)

  • don’t need one

    i still think they are too tight…haha ;)

  • Ken Tran

    Ahh no suit pairing with the Jordan 3′s?

    Now that’d be dope! Still a great post though, Dan ;)

  • Monica

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  • JC

    At this stage in my personal fashion evolution I can’t rock the suit/sneaker combo. Not my steez. HOWEVER, I completely co-sign the Bonus Tip, LOL…

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      hah. well said. gotta know what works for you

  • Cami

    OMG Super-hyper-mega-great work… Lovin’ it specially the second one, so cool.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      hah thx

  • Dave

    While you shouldn’t let another person choose the contents of your wardrobe, getting your girlfriend’s advice on which out of several items to throw on (“Should I wear this tie or this one?”, “Hey, which of these shirts do you like?”) shows you consider her when dressing yourself and drastically increases your chances of getting her to wear that favored slinky number to dinner that night.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      WELL SAID

  • Matt F

    Great post, the versatility of suits is definitely under appreciated. Nice to see you showing how the suit can be more fun than the odd jacket and trouser and doing it with style.

  • SEO

    I love this look. It adds fun to attitude.
    Hubby tried it on Saturday but thought it was too early in the season to pull it off. But it’s coming out again especially after this great post. Mayor Eddie Francis has you on his like list…the big league…
    I just love the pic of you jumping….it shows your humorous side.The pics are very well done from the artist
    in me, shot set up,texture and shadows awesome.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      THX!
      Hope all is well in Windsor!

  • Mondiggler

    I’m waiting for the track-suit with dress shoes post.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Hmmm…

  • Cory

    As usual, awesome post! I want that cotton/stretch suit! These days, I prefer to wear slim jeans and chinos with 1% or 2% stretch; they’re so much more forgiving and comfortable. I’ve been watching and waiting for someone to make a suit like this, so thanks!

    • Anonymous

      One of Nordstrom’s house line calibrate has a slim fit cotton khaki suit right now that has 1 or 2 % stretch to it. You should check it out.

      • Cory

        Thanks for the info. I will!

        • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

          Or you could wait about a month and a half… :)

  • Lyricist

    I am really digging the MAB by Dan Trepanier signature.
    You killing it playa….dollar bill dollar bill yo.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Hah. Thanks brother. More on this coming soon!

  • fergal

    dan ,

    considering we are coming into summer months and the sockless look is in how does one approach this look without suffering smelly shoes?

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Look back through the archives. We covered/discussed this issue in a few posts last summer.

      A few tricks: have a few pairs in rotation to let them air out between wears, keep cedar shoe trees in them, a little powder, keep the outfit cool and breathable.

      Best,
      SB

  • Mark

    Many of your suit combos look so obvious, so easy! Like all magicians and artists–making it look effortless. You’re very young to con that ladies can mess your style. I am at least a generation and two wives ahead of you but I find lots that’s worth ttying. You’re playing mean ball, burning your brand hard on the Big Apple! You’ll move everything you put out there!

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Thanks Mark! Appreciate your support!

      All the best,
      Dan

  • Osman

    I start using this style after watching 500 days of Summer, the main character suit plus sneaks was flawless

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      J Gordon-Levitt got style

  • JMRouse

    Your last Bonus Tip may be one of you best yet and should hit home to a lot of guys. Ha! Keept up the good work Dan!

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Hah. Thanks – took a little heat from the females on that one. Prob should have reworded the last couple paragraphs. Sometimes I write a little too off-the-top, but I think the point got across

      -SB

  • Mike

    I don’t really have many occasions, if any, to sport the suit/sneakers look but I do like it. I’m wearing the same Purcells today, without a suit however.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Really? Hmm. Maybe just try wearing it anyway…

  • windsorite

    nah this is a great post Dan. Very true about a women’s take on men’s clothing. I’ll take an olive suit too ;) .

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      :) thanks for the love from Windsor. My boys are taking bets on how quickly the first 60-piece collection will sell out… Flattered and excited.

      -SB

  • John Ryan

    Not feeling this post at all. You usually do a great job, but this is an affected melding of up & down that doesn’t work.

    As long as you feel comfortable though, more power, good sir…

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      I couldn’t disagree more. But hey, we all have our own style.

      Thanks for reading.

  • Maurice

    I think you are brilliant and you are helping redefine how men dress. I think the olive suit is a great universal piece.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Thanks for the compliments

  • ciara

    your tweed suits and the olive one are my favorites. I know your brown tweed suit is a 3-piece, is your grey one a 3-piece too? how do choose whether a suit should be a 3-piece or 2-piece when you are designing it? good tip about the girlfriends. Usually it doesn’t end well…

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Haha. Nice to have a women’s opinion :)
      I usually add the waistcoat to all my suits, unless they are one-season, summer-only

      Cheers,
      SB

  • Les Frères JO’

    The second look is the best ! Chic & cool, love it
    The Matsuda eyeswear : a slaughter !!

    If you like french men street looks : http://les-freres-jo.blogspot.com/

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Matsuda eyewear is my new go-to

      Thanks for reading!

  • Carter

    SB,
    Look 2 is awesome! Time to get the all-whites out for the season change. Couldn’t agree more with you on the GF issue. In some cases I feel as if the GF’s are playing cruel jokes on their mates with some things i’ve seen them select while working retail.
    Be Well,
    Carter

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Haha. In some cases.

  • EB

    I like these looks, the texture and color combinations are original, yet they look really good and versatile. Your ‘thinking outside the box’ inspires me!

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Thx!

  • Miguel Ramalhão

    This season I’m in love with the Jack Purcell’s …
    I really like your blog. Cool tips, amazing photos, real interesting content… Perfect!!!!
    You’re one of the male fashion blogs that got me hooked and stimulated me to start my own blog, its http://www.ramalhoni.com, if you wanna check it out…
    Thanx for the inspiration
    Cheers
    Miguel

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Thx Miguel

  • dre

    the cotton suit looks killer! When it’s out, any chance of it reaching the west coast (LA or Seattle) per chance? I am in for one if so.

    and I love the bit about the girls trying to make the style decisions for us. Ive heard em too. We still love you ladies!

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Once the line releases, it will be for sale here and we plan on shipping to as many places as possible – considering last month we had readers from 146 countries.

      Thx for reading!

      SB

  • Marco

    those vans sneakers look awesome,
    got a name for those?

  • The Arrogant Male

    Great post. There’s a lot of great tips in here, not the least of which is not letting your girlfriend pick out your clothes. I’ve read WAY too many articles that suggest bringing a girl with you when you go shopping, because they ‘just know better’. This is a dangerous tip.

    I’m a big fan of the cotton suit in the top 3 pics. Very nicely designed. And you’re right about its versatility; I have a very similar Burberry one I was able to pick up at an outlet in Barcelona that I wear ALL the time (at least in the warmer months).

    • D KNOTT

      i agree but bringing my girlfriend or a female friend has proven to be beneficial quite often. sometimes you need a another set of eyes for another perspective. in the case of girlfriends, when i take mine with me its understood that they are purely in an advisory roll and the final decision is always mine. often i get clothing that she doesnt agree with in the dressing room but loves it when she finally sees it in action. it also helps talking to sytlish chicks

      • The Arrogant Male

        D KNOTT, IMO, that’s exactly how you need to do it; ask for opinions, but retain final say. Too many people blindly follow others’ recommendations. Sounds like you’ve got the ideal situation there with your GF; I’m envious.

      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

        Well said. I should have mentioned – if your girl/friend does happen to have a general good sense of style – and understanding of you – then certainly take her advice. That goes for any friend.

        Thanks for reading,
        Dan

  • Kristopher

    Doin it big as usual. Your gonna have me on your side 11 times out of 10 when a pair of jack purcells are involved. and that donegal suit is just fire. Im a big supporter of thicker, heartier suiting fabrics so lovin it. Slow down Dan ur killin ‘em.
    -Much love comin your way via Kingston, ON

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Thanks Kris. Hope all is well in Kingston!

      -Dan

  • Swashbuckler

    Thank goodness. Sneakers + suit done right. So refreshing.

    Especially after Bieber’s red carpet chunky sneaker raids (not to mention Josh Duhamel’s high school winter formal get up in the most recent GQ’s week in style).

    They all look awesome, Dan. Can’t wait to hear more about the new collection!

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Hah. Thanks for reading!

  • D Knott

    Another great post. All dope but first look is my favorite. I admire your bravery in mentioning that you have a girlfriend and not worrying about the effects it could have on your female followers (i think you have a more than you realize, i put a few lady friends onto your site and they love it). I look forward to seeing your MAB line.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Haha.
      The funny thing is, in my experience anyway, women only want you more when they found out your taken – perhaps just more secretly lol.

      Also, I think most of my female readers are looking to help out their lesser halves. Which is great. I didn’t mean to come off so harsh at the end of this post. If your women does happen to have good taste in men’s clothing, you should totally take her advice (after all, she’s the one you should be out to impress anyway).

      -Dan

  • Tarun Suri

    A sudden shift towards cuffed hems?
    Is your cotton suit design going to keep the same shoulders? They seem to have quite a bit of padding.

    Looking forward to seeing the whole collection.

    • Matt F

      Dan would certainly know better, but I assume the “padded” look results more from having the hoody on than much actual shoulder padding.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      I’ve been wearing cuffed hems, occasionally, for a while now
      This suit is structured – medium shoulder pad, full sleeve head. All of the pieces in my upcoming Spring/Summer collection, however, will be unstructured.

      Thanks for reading,
      SB

  • cam

    killed it here…u must’ve carried those nikes to the shoot dan bc they are crispy ;) look 3 just goes to show ur style truly is timeless

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      The advantage of having several shoes in rotation – since you wear them some rarely, they stay fresh looking much longer.

      Thanks for reading Cam