Tailor-Made Swagger feat. Adam Lampell

November 17th, 2011

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3. Nightlife Windowpane

Not all suits are made for a 9-5. In fact, more and more men are having custom made suits for non-work wear.

Not to mention, for some people nightlife is part of the office. Michael Andrews bespoke clothes a number of nightclub owners, managers and employees who want to look sharp and appropriate, while staying cool and masking spills.

“DB peak-lapel vest inspired again by Boardwalk Empire… I can wear this suit with a coporate-friendly shirt and tie, but its main function is after sundown… Again, often as separates – blazer with black jeans, pants with black leather jacket, etc.”

Bonus Tip: Black shirts are for night. Only.

Bonus Tip II: If the shirt is black, the buttons should be black as well – along with the leathers.

Bonus Tip III: If the fabric has black in it the buttons – which should be genuine horn – should be black.

Bonus Tip IV: You can have a little fun with the jacket lining, but keep it tasteful and complimentary to the fabric.

  • Green check double breasted suit by Michael Andrews Bespoke
  • Black silk pocket square by Michael Andrews Bespoke
  • Black wingtip chukka boots by Scarpe di Bianco.
  • Black cotton shirt by Michael Andrews Bespoke
  • Watch by Hamilton

Thanks for reading and special thanks to Adam for participating!

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier


Photography by Alex Crawford.

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  • Gazman

    Hi Adam
    I noticed you aren’t shy to wear suits with patterns – and also DBs. I’ve read bloggers say short men should not wear patterned suits, and avoid double-breasts. Obviously there is no rule of thumb. I’m short (5’5″) and I keep reading conflicting advice. It’s hard to know what to believe.

  • garydirteen

    well dennis here is there contact details, they have a wealth of knowledge ,say gary dirteen told you to ring

  • Brown

    Most of stuffs in this guy’s closet are suits, aren’t they?
    It would be better appreciated if there are some more tips for casual short guy dressing!
    Just to say :)

  • This guy

    Why ticket pockets? As a short guy, it seems counterintuitive to get a great fitting suit and then drawing attention to your short stature with a ticket pocket nearly halfway up your torso.

  • petetheterror


  • SFD

    Next level.


    I can’t wait to buy that legendary brown double breasted brown suit!

  • Anonymous

    I can’t wait till you sell that legendary brown double breasted suit!

  • Ryan

    Looks 2 and 5. KILLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!

  • NY

    Good post, DT. I like the photography too. I have to say—more as a slight to my current financial system then your blog—it is totally demoralizing to read these posts sometimes. There’s no way this dude is wearing any less than $10,000 worth of clothes right now. I mean, I don’t know what kind of world you guys live in. It is borderline obscene.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      I understand where you are coming from. It’s a issue I should certainly address.

      We ball pretty hard, but this is our job. As clothing/style “connoisseurs” of sorts, we get excited by the best of the best. Think of it this way; an automotive expert likely doesn’t drive a Honda (or write about them).

      With that said, however, this doesn’t mean you need to break the bank to look good. We say this all the time, and it’s part of the reason I try to feature other stylish friends who aren’t necessarily tied to the clothing industry.

      Our goal at the end of the day is to inspire and get guys thinking outside of the box – the box that suffocates self expression and personal style.

      Stay true to yourself, and work around your budget.


      • cam

        “Borderline obscene” – is this guy serious??!!

        the last time i checked, this is the United States of America – the land of the free. freedom to do and say what dan wants to say on his blog and you have the freedom NOT to read/follow it. there’s always someone out there who wants to hate on what he can’t have. dan has NEVER had any ego about the clothing he wears and i’m not sure why he feels the need to defend and/or explain this to people on and ongoing basis. nuff said

        • NY

          Cool your jets, Cam. I meant borderline obscene in a complimentary fashion, as in, ‘yo, yo, yo, that wardrobe is so sick it’s borderline obscene.’ Keep the ‘rah rah rah America’ to yourself. I don’t, and have never had, any problem with Dan’s ego, which is like the porridge that Goldilocks ate.

          • SNY

            Cam, I think you should look past the fact that everyone is an enemy of yours. You seem to attack him like he just hurt you physically. I actuall agree with him, and am also unable to purchase such an expensive set of clothes. I like to take things that can work with my bank and spice it up to look as good as possible. We do not all have the means to buy such expensive clothes and he was just making a valid point that might actually be true with many people.

  • SLP

    In the second photo of the burgundy suit, I see that he has buttoned the bottom button of the suit, as opposed to the top. Any reason for that?

    • Daniel

      He didn’t, it’s a 3/2 lapel roll. There are three buttons on the jacket, but the lapel rolls to the second, making the topmost button only decorative.

  • Owen

    Dan that shot with you on the background is pure EVIL! (in a good way).
    Perfect fit on Adam’s suits. great job sir!

  • Every Man’s Closet

    Ooh, the after hours suit is to die for! So sexy. Its nice to see someone being creative with their custom. I’ve worked in custom tailoring for years and it seems that a lot of times the custom client can be far more conservative. Which is a tragedy, because you can do things like this! Bravo.

  • TL

    Why do these suites look too tight on this guy?
    I normally like all the styles you put together but not this time. The guys knees are breaking thru the pants. All the pants looke too tight for him like jeans.
    The tight pants even make his shoes look too big like flippers.

    Sorry to be so negative but this look is jus wrong by the tailoring.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      That’s how Adam likes them. It’s custom cut to his personal preferences. Nothing more to it.

      Thanks for reading,

  • Now-wants-a-cord-suit-guy

    Dan please tell me you’re designing a cord suit for your fall collection. I’v never seen anyone in the “real world” wear one before so the uniqueness of it makes it even sharper.

    PS are you wearing sneakers in your sly DB background appearance?

  • sky7i

    Adam — well done, man! These are all very sharp. Although I have to admit I like the approachability and smoothness of your casual outfits even more.

    Is it just me imagining things, or is there a Pet Shop Boys song playing in the background in photo 4.2? :-)

  • Anonymous


  • Robert Charles

    That’s one mean mother effing suit game right there. This is the coldest suiting post i have seen in a long time. well played.


  • RH

    The clothes are killer for the looks he’s after. This is more observation than criticism but similar to your other buddy, these guys hardly smile. To me, look 3 is the most believable b/c he’s smiling and looks the most relaxed. While the clothes are great in the others, he looks stiff and the confidence isn’t as believable. Tie pins, tie bars, cuff links, pocket squares, etc. You can have all the accessories you want but the best will always be a smile.

    • Chris

      It’s true that these guys don’t smile in some photos. Researchers have found that people generally looked more attractive when they smiled.

      So I think they do it because they’re trying to remove the added “confidence” projected from a smile, in order to focus on the techniques of their styles.(colors,layering, etc.)

  • TO

    Hey Adam, the retro details you have work in here in so many instances are so great and look refreshingly modern! Love the DB vests. What a suit line-up…Also, the merlot corduroy suit is absolutely killer!

    Sean, in regards to your suggestion, I hear ya but I don’t think you necessarily have to always see the vest too much when the jacket is closed. I find Adam’s jacket stance is already fairly low in these instances and to go with a high vest would also be a “Boardwalk Empire” inspiration, but I think in the case of shorter guys, you want to try to have a low stance on both the jacket and vest- that way you keep that elongated effect on the torso. That being said, I would love to see someone, my guess a taller gent, pull off a vest with a higher stance- as you rarely that anymore:)

    Great feature SB

  • Doug

    Nice shots and looks, but wearing the American flag as an accessory is actually disrespectful.

    From the US Flag Code:
    The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free. Bunting of blue, white, and red, always arranged with the blue above, the white in the middle, and the red below, should be used for covering a speaker’s desk, draping the front of the platform, and for decoration in general.

    • Rob

      Don’t want to start a whole debate, but what about bandanas, t-shirts, shirts, pants, boxer shorts, etc. etc. used as “wearing apparel” ??? …

  • Sean

    Looks great. On the 3-pieces, I’d raise the button stance on the vests or lower it on the jackets, though – you can barely tell they’re 3-piece suits when buttoned.

    • CAS

      Yes but the low button stance elongates the torso and thus lengthens him out. Remember the “Tips for shorter guys post” he was originally featured in?

      • CAS

        Oops.. I see TO already beat me to it. Oh well.. this reinforces that point.

        Btw, this post is BOSS. I see Adam channeling Tom Ford in looks 2 and 5.

  • kool-aid

    Nice touch on this guy.. officially “LIKE” this episode!

  • Vidal

    Another awesome post! I’ve been meening to grab a cord sport coat, but maybe now I’ll make it a full suit. In that regard, what wale is the merlot one Adam wears here, and what wales would be considered appropriate for suiting material?
    Thanks again, and as always, keep up the great and informative work!

  • JB

    this guy straight up kills it.

  • Emanuel Iuhas

    The last outfit is awesome…I usually don’t like the plaid pants but this full-plaid outfit is awesome!
    Thank you for inspiring!

  • Daniel

    Beautiful suits, especially looks 3 and 4.

  • Jeff

    Great post. I’m not a fan of double breasted vests, but to each his own. That Nucky Thompson cord suit is awesome. Keep up the great work, and congrats on the new gig Adam.

  • Zachary Gray

    wow this guy is #dipped

  • shawn

    Really interesting point about skin/hair contrast. Should someone with dark brown skin and dark brown hair avoid a brown suit?

    • CAS

      You can pull it off with a high contrast in shirt/tie combo. i.e. white shirt/brown tie in this case