Trends in Small Doses: Southwestern Print

September 23rd, 2012

I’m generally a strong supporter of classic men’s style. A “well dressed man”, in my opinion, has a certain timelessness to his look that is not trend-specific.

With that said, however, strict trend-free style can be boring and predictable.

Subtly incorporating a fashion direction can keep your look fresh and gives you an opportunity to express your point of view by putting your own spin on a popular theme.

The key is applying trends occasionally, in small doses, and tweaking them within your own aesthetic.

Native American inspired prints are currently trending. Here’s three ways to pull-it-off.

    1. Overshirt

    A heavy shirt is the perfect layer for early Fall days, when it’s still too warm for jackets.

    Let the bold pattern of the shirt stand alone by pairing it with solid neutral items – like the grey henley, white jeans and natural suede boots.

    Yes, you can wear white jeans after labor day. Just avoid wearing them with bright pastel color.

    Slowly breaking out the boot game, starting with the light chukkas first…

    • Gold Plated hand-engraved shades by Matsuda
    • Vintage navajo print shirt by Ralph Lauren
    • Grey henley by Rag&Bone
    • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
    • Khaki grosgrain watchstrap from
    • White denim jeans by Helmut Lang
    • Suede chukka boots by Scarpe di Bianco

    2. Shorts

    This time of year I like to pull out those summer pieces that I didn’t have enough chances to wear, like these awesome shorts.

    It’s warm out, but it’s not summer. Pairing the shorts with darker colors makes the look more early-September and less mid-July.

    If you’re wearing a jacket with shorts, it needs to be lightweight and casual like this cotton unstructured number. In full disclosure, I wanted to shoot this look with a black cardigan…but it seems one of my friend’s got me for mine.

    My favorite accesory for Fall so far – a big ol’ beard!  Keeps you warm and ads a masculine edge.

    Boat shoes are super versatile and can take you through most of the Fall. And yes, you can wear them with socks when it gets cooler. Post on this coming soon…

    • Grey tortoise shades by Matsuda
    • Black unlined unstructured cotton blazer by Theory
    • Grey scoop neck t-shirt by Alexander Wang
    • Necklaces from NYC Street Artist
    • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
    • Nato Striped grosgrain watch strap by Corvus
    • Aztek print shorts by Burkman Bros
    • Black leather boat shoes by Rogues Gallery

    3. Vintage Polo

    In the “business casual” or “casual Friday” world, there are plenty of options for men. You don’t have to be average Joe in the khakis and blue shirt.

    This is an example of a look that is very “unique” but would still fly in most laidback office environments because the pattern is subtle and surrounded by non-flashy earth tones.

    The best part is, this look can take you right from the office to a weekend getaway, and you only need a couple more pieces in your carry-on to mix and match throughout your vacation.

    Also the time of year to start breaking out the suede shoes. Gotta love Fall textures.

    Thanks for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier

    Photography by Alex Crawford.

    • The-Bigwig

      Lol, that beard reminds me few years back. But you will face a scary moment for you – you will shave it. Even if you love it – trust me – seasonal beard grower said it.

      Itchy phaze ended?

    • mp

      Love the new website. Love the beard. Keep it.

    • Chris

      Who makes those sunglasses and what is the model? Thanks!

    • Aarj

      Dan, love your work but you gotta loose the beard man! It is kinda freaky!

      Again, love your work….

    • Mensicon

      I love the necklace. Cool!

    • Joe

      I really like the last look, but imagine replacing the suede loafers with suede (or roughout) cowboy boots (not with pants tucked in). Would really complete the “southwest” look I think. Also, love the web redesign, it’s a lot of fun. Best wishes.

    • Alan

      Interesting piece. Broadly I agree – style is timeless, but trends are to be noticed and played with; it’s a sort of dialogue. For me, I am always thinking about what is still going to look good when the trend has been and gone. I’m loving all the yellow at the moment, for example.

      One problem with the ‘Navajo print’ stuff is that it feels like ‘statement piece’ is the only way to really wear it and it also doesn’t feel very winter appropriate (and we’ve moved into mid-Autumn pretty quickly in the UK this year).

      There’s also this mild ‘cultural appropriation’ vibe to it, which isn’t a deal-breaker per se but does count against it I feel. A lot of Native Americans are ambivalent or worse towards this sort of thing. Trends are fun, but I’m not sure embracing this trend *because it’s a trend* is the best dialogue. The dialogue of fashion does take place in a wider social context.

      This is not a criticism of the post or the looks, just a reaction to it. Thanks for writing!

      • Dan Trepanier

        Well said. There is certainly a wider social context to a trend, especially in this case where it’s directly connected to a specific cultural group.

        I’m sure we could discuss this in long form…but this is not meant as a place for studies in cultural representation or cross-group symbology.

        The most important thing is that we don’t take it (fashion or style in general) too seriously and learn to have fun with it.


        • Alan

          Thanks for your reply, I agree that it’s very important to have fun with style – and if you love it, wear it.

          Next week, I offer a deconstruction of the skinny tie ;-)

    • Gary

      This is probably the only thing I’ve seen you publish that repulses me. Of course, no doubt you’re just ahead of the curve on me with this one, and in a month I’ll probably be on board. But for now it’s a big NO WAY.

      • Dan Trepanier

        Haha. Such strong language Gary. Give it some time :)

        Thx for reading,

    • mathieu Lavoie

      Glad to see i’m not the only one that keep wearing some summer stuff in September…and boat shoes. ;-) Looking good!

    • Emanuel I.

      I do like this print.
      I would wear it also in a bottom part- maybe chinos.
      Thanks for inspiring!

    • Gulab Elam Niazi

      well, very smart dan..

    • Omar Morán

      Hey Dan you just like Ben Roethlisberger.

      Keep it up!

    • dr


    • Shawn

      Damn Dan!

      Beard is really starting to grow! How much longer do you intend to let it be?

      Love the lack look!

      • Shawn

        Sorry, I meant last, not lack, obviously!

    • Koko

      Awesome! Keep up the good work!

    • Gazman

      Damn you Style Blogger :) Since I started reading your blog I’ve been spending more than I earn on clothes! With each new post I read, I’m inspired to buy even more. Looks like a pair of desert boots and Henley will have to be added to the list.


      Dan, my bro! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted; however, I have been checking out your blog regularly for updated posts.

      Quick question about the new format…have you guys gotten rid of SBDaily? I was enjoying the higher frequency of posts in that section…they were successful in holding me over until the next major post..ha

      Congrats on your success, and I am looking forward to watching as the you, the SB team, and the blog continue to evolve!

      Stay Fresh,


      • Dan Trepanier

        Hey brother. We’re transitioning SD Daily to our BLOG. Click BLOG in the main navigation bar!

        Thanks for the support.

    • Aaron

      Loving the beard Dan.

      • Dan Trepanier

        Thx Aaron!

    • Anonymous

      Your posts (in their entirety) don’t show up in my RSS reader (Google Reader)!

      • Dan Trepanier

        Thx for the feedback. Just put it on our list.

    • Michael

      With regards to your last point in your post above, boat-inspired shoes with more rugged soles I can perhaps see with socks but if I see classic Sperry Topsiders and socks…..just NO.

      • Dan Trepanier

        I bet I can change your mind :)

        Thx for reading