Spring Layering feat. Calvin Saunders

May 24th, 2013

An NYC native, Calvin’s personal style is shaped by his experiences working with iconic American prep houses like J.Crew, Club Monaco and Ralph Lauren, along with European influences from his time spent studying and traveling throughout Spain, England and Holland.

As you can see from his previous feature Tall & Lean in Style, Calvin’s style is all about slim tailoring and layers. This season he’s injecting his look with some unexpected Spring color.

Here’s three examples.

    1. Seasonal Re-Purposing

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    “Your fall/winter favorites can work well into the spring, and even summer, provided you complement them with seasonally appropriate pieces…to show that you are cognisant of the time of year, and weather.

    This burgundy mohair cardigan, for example, is typically associated with colder contexts, but with a crisp white band collar shirt and mint green chinos, the look is great for a breezy Spring afternoon.”

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    “That said, colored chinos don’t always have to be tied down by neutrals like navy, gray, and white. With a good understanding of color theory and color harmony you can create a picture that is unexpected but pleasing to the eye.”


    Oxblood tassel loafers, a sleek city shoe that does it all and gets better with age.


    2. Solid Color Blocking


    “Those muted, dusty brights are having a moment right now, and for good reason. They aren’t too loud or in your face, which makes them a lot easier to pul-off and can allow for multiple colors in one outfit.

    Here, for example, I combined teal and soft salmon to make a layered color statement, grounded by the light khaki blazer and beige loafs.”


    “Again, corduroy pants are traditionally reserved for the colder seasons. Nonetheless, I wear these all year round since the color, weight, and wale is light enough for the spring and summer.”

    Shout-out to Calvin for reppin that Dan Trepanier x MAB!


    Another slip-on tassel loafer, I’m seeing a trend here…


    3. Trademark Layering


    Calvin is tall & slim, which means he can layer-up without looking bulky.

    “One of my hallmarks is shirt layering. This chambray, for example, is lighter than a jacket and can be removed more easily than a crewneck or v-neck sweater.

    In the Spring I typically use low-saturated colors to just ‘peek’ from under a neutral base.”


    “While this may appear to be a heavy look for mid-to-late spring, due to the weight of each piece (the cotton field jacket is also very light) it’s actually perfect for those cloudy & windy days when moderating the temperature swings is key…”

    Nothing says Spring like the beautiful image below: cropped white jeans, fun colorful socks, soft brown wingtips, fallen flower petals…nice work Alex!


    Thanks for reading, and special thanks to Calvin for participating!

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier


    Photography by Alex Crawford.

    • Nicholas Cassadine

      I think the first is a throw-a-way…very forgettable. However, the next two looks would make me stop you and inquire about your clothes or at least acknowledge how much style you have. Honestly, I’m not a fan of the double shirt look…a bit unnatural. I think the same effect could be done with a cardigan or v-neck sweater. You most definitely have style.

    • Nick

      Looks good but I will never agree with the double collar look. It’s not even that I think it looks terrible its a little more that it seems contrived and unnatural.

    • http://tsbmen.com/22971/reader-question-go-to-winter-scarf-knots/ Edgar Morales

      Those Hugo Boss Rock! Saw a pair at my local store in Mexico City, I hope can purchase them soon.

    • TO

      What kind of collar is on that salmon polo? It doesn’t appear to be a button-down, so I have a feeling you may have DIYed a trick I have used before…

      Dan this dude makes me think of your drawings from fashion school. His style is impeccable. Great job Mr. Saunders!

      • Calvin

        You are correct TO, the polo is not a button down. I tend to ‘transform’ a regular point collar on shirts and polos to a ‘button-down’ by applying wurkin stiffs magnets under the shirt where the point of the collar meets the inside fabric, and another magnet on the outside of the collar near the point. I just hate having my soft collars flap around..

        Thanks for the comment!

        • TO

          Ahh interesting- I have yet to invest in wurkin stiffs (mostly my shirts are button-downs).

          But, what I thought you had done (which I have one various pieces with floppy collars) is just sew the points on the collar in place, for a similar effect (sometimes I have sewn [non-functional] buttons there on shirts:)

    • http://urbsuburbstyle.com/blog/ Paul

      Great looks – love the burgundy cardigan and mint green chinos the best!

    • Brian

      Not a fan of the shortish pants no sock look.. I know that’s the fashion forward thing these days, but it’s just not my thing.. Overall great looks though liking the colours.

    • Rob A

      The socks in the last look is the cherry on top

    • http://lamhonkit.com Kit

      did he taper the hugo boss jeans on look 3?

      • Calvin

        Yep, I had my tailor taper them below the knee.. As a matter of fact, I believe this pair of white jeans was the first article of clothing that I had ever tailored (besides a suit). Now most of my items in my wardrobe get the same treatment. If the fit isn’t right, I’m not rockin it..

        • Changingman

          Thanks, you just answered my all time question. “Is it possible to tailor only a portion of a leg without the stitching being noticable”. I have a couple of jeans that are perfect except from the knee or calf down.

    • http://undefined Brady P

      The mint green and burgundy is a great color combination, esp w/ those loafs. Nice job Calvin

    • Randy

      Calvin’s style really exaggerates his lankiness, and he totally owns it. It’s unbalanced, and it works.

    • Kiel

      I really dig the tie in the third look. A cool rasberry kind of color. I like the shirt layering a lot too, but I have yet to pull that one off myself.

    • http://dapperadvisor.tumblr.com Akil M

      The second look is my favorite. I really like the way he puts colors together. This is a great feature.

    • BF


      All 3 looks.

      Colors are perfect for spring and fit is impeccable…

    • massimo

      this guy looks sharp w/out spending a fortune, well done. Doesn’t hurt to be tall, skinny and handsome.

    • John B

      It’s nice to see him featured again! It’s too hot for layering here, but colours can always be introduced on a look!

    • Jerk

      Love the looks you gave this guy. Spot motherf-cking on!

    • http://www.backdownsouth.com Back Down South

      Damn, love the second and third looks

    • Matt

      Looks 1 & 2 are SO boss. #3 is a bit busy for my tastes. Regardless, this man has serious style!

      • John Crossley

        I’m a really big fan of look 1. I’ve never been able to put off reds and greens without looking like christmas.

    • Brent Kuz

      I feel the mint green chinos are pushing almost a 3/4 length pant status too short even for such a fashion forward gentleman. Is it safe to say we are throwing away the one loud colorful/loud item in an outfit theory?