Weekend Layers Feat. Grayson Knight

January 18th, 2013

The problem with a heavy winter coat is that it consumes 3/4 of the body. So rather than presenting a thoughtfully put-together, visually interesting outfit, you’re showing the world one giant (usually ugly and boring) parka.

Forget that same big-ass North Face every day and get creative with layering pieces that represent your point-of-view on style. The added bonus is, with temperatures changing so quickly throughout the day, you can add or remove items as need be.

Here, after killing it with his tailored post Tattooed & Timeless, Grayson Knight shows us how he layers up some gorgeous duds on the weekend.

    1. Properly Invested

    Black calfskin vest with off-white shearling collar?! That’s some real sh-t.

    “The khaki cotton jacket is a great layering piece too – it’s sort of the upper body equivalent of everyman’s go-to chinos.”

    “Here I have a wool shirt/jacket layered over an indigo workshirt… and a multicolored loop scarf by Billy Reid.”

    “The shoes and the bag are tobacco colored pigskin – an intense pop of color that is all natural and breaks in beautifully.”

    • Tortoiseshell sunglasses by Ray Ban
    • Black calfskin leather vest by Billy Reid
    • Tan jacket by Billy Reid
    • Wool herringbone shacket by Billy Reid
    • Indigo cotton work shirt by Billy Reid
    • Multicolored loop scarf by Billy Reid
    • 100% american selvage jeans by Billy Reid
    • Brown leather boots by Billy Reid
    • Tobacco leather briefcase by Billy Reid

    2. Diversify Your Cottons

    We talk a lot about mixing fabrics here on Articles of Style. What I love about this look is that everything Grayson is wearing is cotton (with the exception of the boots), but in all kinds of forms and textures.

    “This burnt orange FM Allan jacket was a very special gift a couple years ago. It’s a classic beeswaxed cotton made in the US – kind of a cross between a Barbour and a Belstaff, but with a little more color.”

    “The green corduroy piece is a quail jacket by Billy Reid, the knit is a military style pullover with an awesome blue/grey texture, and the scarf is 100% indigo dyed cotton.”

    “The boots are a Roper style lug sole, which is great for the outdoors in any weather.

    The bag is a small canvas duffle made and washed in Bolivar, TN, also by Billy Reid.”


    • Burnt orange beeswax hunting jacket by FM Allan
    • Indigo dyed cotton scarf Vintage
    • Green corduroy quail jacket by Billy Reid
    • Blue military style pullover by Billy Reid
    • 100% american selvage jeans by Billy Reid
    • Brown “Roper” style boot Vintage
    • Grey canvas duffle by Billy Reid

    3. Tobacco Leather

    One of my favorite things about Grayson’s style is that he almost exclusively wears items that are well-made and get better with wear.

    “This is probably my favorite leather piece from Billy Reid’s Fall 2012 collection. It’s an expertly tailored lambskin in a beautiful tobacco color that only gets more interesting with age.”

    “Here I have a navy/brown flannel workshirt layered over a linen popover that I never had a chance to wear this past Spring.

    The heavy indigo linen and brass snaps make it a great layering piece – one that I can wear it year round.”

    “I chose the grey moleskin jeans because they come in handy this time of year, when it’s freezing in NYC. They have an awesome slight bootcut.”

    For the record, this is one of the few times we’ve featured a pair of bootcut jeans on the site – and they look awesome! The key is the subtlety of their “flair” and, of coure, fitting them over a great pair of boots.

    • Tobacco lamb skin leather jacket by Billy Reid
    • Burgundy cotton scarf by Billy Reid
    • Navy/brown striped flannel workshirt by Billy Reid
    • Indigo heavy linen pullover by Billy Reid
    • Grey moleskin jeans by Billy Reid
    • Brown leather boot by Billy Reid


    Thanks, as always, for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier


    Photography by Alex Crawford

    • EasyE

      I love it. thoughtfully layered up & effortless looking at the same time

    • Mat

      “This article, brought to you b Billy Reid”

      Nice layering jobs in most of these.

      • http://tsbmen.com Alex Crawford

        The guy does work at Billy Reid. I mean, if I could afford it I’d only wear BR too.

        • Alan

          Staff discount never hurts though – he’ll be getting 40-50% off everything.

    • Matt Springer

      Your ‘bootcut’ paranoia is funny. I’m pretty sure no one will toss you into #menswearjail for this post. Grayson isn’t afraid and neither should you.

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        It has nothing to do with paranoia or being afraid, it’s more about advising men on a mass scale and positioning our verbiage in a manner that is not misleading.

        Anyway, thanks for reading.

      • LouCaves

        Just an observation on pants made for boot wearers: in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” Clint’s pants are NOT boot cut.

    • Khalid

      Different and interesting! A lot of rich texture here. One question: Does Grayson size up on some of the outer layers? Some of the inner layers look quite thick and it seems that the outer layers would be very loose without something substantial underneath. Thanks!

    • Tjay

      Ha, this guy would be like a miracle to Tommy Ton if he ever saw him walking in New York wearing layers like this. This Grayson dude is definitely an inspiration style-wise. No scratch that, this whole website is an inspiration for a 17-year old like me. Respect given Trepanier.

    • M-O Amyot

      That coat in the third pic… I need in my life.

    • Gazman

      OK looks but for me far too many collars fighting for prominence up top. I’d prefer a layering approach comprising jacket/jumper or waistcoat/shirt/tee. BTW, what’s the collective noun for collars, I wonder…

    • Kris

      That leather vest made me speechless. Want.

    • Joe

      Killer boots (look 1), very impressed they’re from Billy Reid.

      -Cowboy Boot Fan

      • Joe

        I wrote look 1, but they’re all killer.


    • Brian

      Awesome and inspiring. Huge props to Grayson and the TSB team.

    • k

      Are those the rayban wayfarer?

      • Anonymous

        I’m pretty sure those are the Ray Ban folding wayfarers, polarized bronze lens. The folding ones have a very distinct curve that the new wayfarers do not have, fold (obviously), and have slightly larger lens size.

      • Keaton

        I’m pretty sure they are the Ray Ban folding wayfarer with brown frame and bronze polarized lenses. The folding wayfarers have a very distinct curve behind the ear, fold (obviously), and have a slightly larger lens size.

    • TimL

      Wow… great piece.

      Love all the looks but # 3 jumped out at me right away. Very casually dressy and a great looks. Love the jacket.
      Grayson looks alot like me so I really like those clothes. Same features and hairstyle and build….lol. just sayin.
      The only thing I’m not crazy about is alot of layering. I like a nice seater or shirt and a warm coat I can take off. I don’t want to carry any extra clothing with me to be comfortable.

    • Marcus Forlan

      Man – you guys are absolutely killing it! Just a matter of time before the big guys come knocking on your doors to buy you out – if they haven’t already :-).

      Keep it up guys.

    • BG

      TSB: you guys are changing the game. There is NOBODY doing it at this level. Not even close.

      • http://thestyleblogger.com Westley Dimagiba

        we appreciate the recognition man, thanks for your support!

    • cam

      the mix of the black and tobacco color in look 1 is just too good.

    • Brady

      Grayson has such an ability to make stand out pieces look like part of a whole. His entire outfit comes together without any one thing really standing out. And the fact that all of his pieces are of such high quality, that’s really saying something. The guy defines effortless cool.
      Great post gentlemen