Dressing-Up Jeans

July 19th, 2011

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Official Style Blogger Store is scheduled to go LIVE this weekend with the launch of MAB by Dan Trepanier. It’s a very limited run to start, so if you’re interested be prepared to act fast. Official launch announcement to come.


If you’re denim has the right cut – think slim and straight – there is no reason you can’t dress it up.

Depending on your office of course, these looks may give you ideas for good Casual Friday looks that can transfer directly to a “fancy” weekend night out.

As a matter of fact, in a lot of professions you may not need to wait until Friday. If you can make your denim look sharp and presentable nobody will call you out on looking “not appropriate”.

Here, five different pairs of jeans dressed to the nines.


1. Breaking Up Your 3-Piece with Dark Indigo

I’m all about making tailored wear young and cool. I believe that a man, no matter his age, looks most put-together in a tailored jacket and waistcoat – they’re the two most striking elements of the 3-piece.

Bonus Tip: Dark denim is the easiest to dress-up. Probably even better with a shortened trouser-esk hem, although a clean even roll works okay too.

Bonus Tip II: Brown + Blue. Get with it.

Bonus Tip III: I love incorporating little quirky f-you touches to an outfit, like these vintage revolver cufflinks. Bang.

  • Jewel

    hELO! Nice post! ilove the dress and the jeans! Love alot!
    Great Job…

    - http://jandkretailer.webs.com/

  • Tom Schmit

    Some how jeans with a 3 piece suite does not work for me. Not quit sure about the pink jeans. The white jeans with a blazer has that G Q look. Maybe I am just a bit old fashion?

  • Gazman

    The jacket in pic 1 – you need balls to carry that off. Wearing it, you’ll walk a fine line between looking sharp and looking like a used-car salesman behind on his quota. You look great though!

  • Rico


  • Aleksi

    In the “3. White Works Too” do you think the blue blazer could be replaced with this http://shop.tigerofsweden.com/fi/item/T44050001/?partner=5324&t_type=src&t_type=cat?

    Thanks in advance.

  • Henri

    In my book blues jeans + a tie is not a possibility.

  • Zulhilmi Rahman

    I just love this post!

    Dan is a master when it comes to mixing formal wear with casuals.

    Everything just works!


  • Arsene

    MUST FIND PINK JEANS! Flawless!!!


    The brown double breasted coat paired with a light blue denim pant…Wicked! Paired with velvet slippers…Massive!

  • Jim Brown

    I have to say, I completely agree with your love of white denim. It’s possibly the greatest thing ever.


      I agree. A pair of crisp white denim is a must for anyone’s closet.

  • Another Dan

    Very very nice Dan. I especially like the DB + the “dad” jeans haha. Keep it up, and I hope your online store is going well. Gotta save up before everyone else takes the things that are already for sale.

  • Jess Shearing

    This is amazing! You have such talent and style! The easy way is my favorite! Going to share your site with my boyfriend! I think he will love it too!

    Keep up the amazing work!!

  • Andrew Payne

    Looking forward to seeing your new shop tomorrow! All the best to you.

  • Jason

    Hey Dan, will you ever have 34 blazer size or 30 waist?

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Not in the first season, but perhaps down the road.

      • Jason

        Keep us posted!

  • Arthur

    Hey Dan,

    Big fan from your blog here in Brazil. If you are ever down let me know.

    One quick question…. will you deliver overseas as well? Just wondering if we can go into the shoppping frenzy that will be tomorrow here.


    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Hey Arthur,

      I’m sorry, but for the first collection we are only shipping to addresses within the USA and Canada. As we continue to grow into the future, we will be adding more countries.


  • B


    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      hah, thanks for the grammar correction.
      …of all the possible comments.

  • Mandel

    Hey just wondering what season are those H&M pink jeans from ? Thks so much love the website always on my toes waiting for more

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Years ago, sorry.

  • Keaton

    This is the best post by far. I love how you worked in how to pull off other colors than just “blue” jeans. I would have never known to keep them muted. You are killing man. So pumped for the store to open this weekend!! Congrats.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Thanks Keaton.



  • TK

    Great post as usual! I was wondering if you ever found a fashionable “big” guy to help do a piece on the bigger men? I’m 6’1,250,more athletic than overweight but big nonetheless .I have very broad shoulders and my waist is a 38. Finding shirts is the hardest,they fit in the shoulders and chest but always very wide and blousey around the waist.I live in smaller town and tailors aren’t what they are in bigger cities.Also, I’m unsure if I can afford to have all my shirts repaired.Any advice?Keep doing big things,best of luck with your line.No question your about to change the game….

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      THX TK!

      We have PLENTY of posts in the works…including the continuation of our –Dress Your Body Type” series.

      Thinking of maybe styling readers for “before and after”. Any volunteers?? We can get a few of my favorite brands behind it.


      • TO

        I would be honoured to volunteer!

      • Keaton

        I second T.O.’s comment. I also would be more than happy to volunteer, SB.

      • Connor

        I’d volunteer, assuming we don’t have to go to NYC to do so. That’s not really an option for me at the moment.

      • Other Connor

        Most definitely would volunteer for that. Even though I’m attending university in Texas :3

  • Ty

    I know what you’re doing advertising your MAB clothing. And let me tell you… it’s working. Get it going already!!!!

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB


  • http://plaintshirt.tumblr.com Plain T-Shirt

    Awesome play with the pink jeans. And the light denim, I’m sure that would grab some looks at the office.

  • Max

    awesome post. as usual. please do a post about that 7 foot tall in your office, style for the tall and slim. I would be forever grateful.



    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      We have PLENTY of posts in the works…including the continuation of our “Dress Your Body Type” series.


  • HarrisonK

    How long do you typically like your jeans to be? It looks like you either have them hemmed, or you cuff them up to just hit the top of your foot. Are jeans considered too short if the just hit the top of your foot?

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Depends on the jeans. Pant length is a personal preference.

      I have some “dressier” pairs that are hemmed to the top of the back of my leather shoes, and I have some jeans that are really long and “pool” at the ankle of sneakers.


  • Scotland Chris

    Mr Trepanier, once again a fantastic post. Could you please give me a sneak peek at the price of the “perfect blue blazer” so I can have a chat to my bank about remortgaging my house.

    Good luck with the store.

    • Scotland Chris

      Also wanted to ask: What fabric is the suit from look 1?

      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

        Fabric from look 1 is wool/silk

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Haha. No sneak peeks! Equal opportunity shopping.

  • Xavier

    I love your style and want to dress like you! But I’m wondering — how is it that you feel comfortable dressing in a blazer and pants during the summertime? I’d love to do so, as I’m not a big shorts person, but it’s just too hot!

  • M

    Well done, DT. I personally can’t do this look myself. Perhaps it’s my midwestern roots (I know you’re from rural Canada). The high/low of denim to dress on top just contrasts too sharply for me. It’s like the equivalent of wearing wingtips and suit pants with a hockey jersey and a mullet on top—even with the proper fit—it’s a little too “Billy Bob goes to the big city” for me.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Haha. You are brutalizing the word equivalent.


  • Lucio Tomos Llyr

    I must say this is one of my favorite posts! I am infatuated with this site! The styling is flawless!!! Thanks for the style ideas! We totally need more stylish people here in San Francisco!!!

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Thanks! May be making my way to San Fran soon.

      All the best,

  • Danger Zone

    Dan, when can we expect a new video?

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Very Soon! Shooting the lat scene tonight! Then Chris has to work his magic.

  • RH

    Definitely dig the post. It’s a great way to show guys they can wear jeans and still dress like an adult. If I had a quarter for every pic of you touching your sunglasses and looking down, I’d have enough to buy that brown jacket in Look 2! Congrats in advance on the line!

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Hah. Everyone is a part-time comedian.

      Thanks for reading.


  • mcr

    Great looks!

  • Connor

    Look one is just fantastic. Definitely want to find some cufflinks like those. I like the whimsical, almost cheeky look of photo five that comes with the yellow-framed shades and pink denim.

    Inspiring stuff as always, Dan

  • Dan

    WOW – the light denim jeans with the brown coat, Ray Bans and white dress sirt is positively fierce!

    Imitation is the best form of flattery, I think I am going to whip that together from my own threads!

    Thanks for the idea Dan – you are the best!

  • William

    I love all of these! Keep up the good work!!!

  • Justin

    Although I am a huge fan of the velvet slippers, I think it’s hypocritical what you said about it being an alternative boat shoes. Velvet is often meant for the fall/holiday, given the density and weight of the fabric. You can break and make your own rules, but would you really wear a velvet jacket in the summer?

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Slippers are a good city-alternative to deck shoes…not necessary velvet slippers.

      Also, velvet (pile cotton) is lighter in weight and density than leather, which we all wear on our feet, year-round.

      Of course I wouldn’t recommend a velvet jacket in the summer, just as I wouldn’t recommend a leather one.

      Thanks for reading,

  • Rubin

    Great post!

    Those Matsudas, can I find them any other way than trawling Ebay?

  • Paul

    They all look fantastic – you really put them together very well. The white jeans and pink jeans composition are fantastic – simple – good-looking. Great job!

  • Kerry

    Love the brown DB jacket with the jeans. Very clean looking. The fit is perfect.

  • Felix

    Seriously, the best post this month. The layering is brilliant SB! I applaud it, bro.

  • Hdm

    Great post, and the timing is amazing. I’ve been thinking about this topic a lot today and just visited the site with the intention of sending in a question, when I saw a new post had popped up on the exact topic.

    I think looks 3 and 4 are closest to the type of styling that would work for me, although I must say you pull all of them off very well.

  • BKinDC

    Makes me wish I had brought some denim down to DC for the summer. I can’t wait to get back home and try something like this out.

  • Tim

    It would be awesome if you did a post on keeping whites clean. I just got my first pair of white jeans and I’m not sure how to approach the beating they got on my first night out with ‘em.

  • Kin

    Love the looks. I agree with look 3! I bought my white denims last year. It was really long (31×35) and I had them hemmed to my ankles. I have only dressed them up I haven’t yet to do them casually. I have also tried to do look 4. Yet to try any of the other looks because I do not own those color pants but have really been thinking about a faded kind of red. Really liking the 3rd one tho!

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Thx Kin!

  • Sartoria Visual

    Kudos on your execution sir!
    Question do you guys having an inauguration party of the brand that the public can attend?


  • Brandon

    Looking forward to the store, even though I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to afford anything in it, I have something to save up for.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Thx Brandon. It may not be as expensive as you think ;)


  • Marcus

    What JBrand jeans are those in style 1?

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Kane raw size 32.


  • Miguel Ramalhão

    The pink pants and the blue blazer work beautifully ! So cool… What I call the St. Tropéz look…

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Word. Thx!

  • TO

    #2 reminds me of a shot from The Sartorialist book. That really is about the perfect bb. Damn all around- so clean. Booked my flight today, hopefully I will be able to try on some MABxDT in person in the end of August!

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Hey Brother. Got your email. Let me know closer to when you’ll be in town.

      Thanks for the compliments. Hope all is well.


  • Tailored Gang

    Awesome Post BroFreshness!!!

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Ha Thx!

  • Herbert Morrison

    Outstanding! Simply redunkulous. Bruh you mirked it, again. Was wondering if the perfect blue blazer has matching trousers; I can’t imagine you not dropping a blue suit with the rest of the collection. PS: I’m up all night thurs and fri if that’s what it takes to be first in line. I am really, really looking forward to this line…and waiting like patience on a monument. Bless.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Haha. Thanks Herbert!!
      More to come very soon!

      All the best,