Get Nappy: Suede Jackets for Spring

April 10th, 2014

Early Spring is the perfect time of year for a lightweight suede bomber (as long as there’s no rain in the forecast).

I’ve always loved the soft napped texture of a quality suede; it ads a depth and richness to even the most simple look.

Here’s three of my favorites Spring suede bombers, each of which has recently migrated to the front of my closet.

1. Date Ready

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When it comes to suede bombers, or leather bombers for that matter, the simpler the design the better. Clean and neat is not only handsome, it’s also versatile and trend-adverse.

This particular jacket, for example, is super minimal; no patch pockets, no zipper details, not even a collar or cuff. The simplicity of the design lends it nicely to a unique fabrication; like a dusty teal suede.

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It’s no secret by now that green & brown is one of my favorite color combos. It works in a variety of shades; teal & chestnut, forest and chocolateolive & camel, etc.

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  • Tortoise shades by Matsuda Eyewear ·
  • Teal suede jacket by Carven ·
  • Tan leather monkstraps by Scarpe di Bianco
  • · White Italian Collar Shirt

2. Weekend Casual

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When traveling with only a carry-on, the trick is to wear a few versatile layers.

A neutral suede bomber, a tonal henley, a button-down polo and a pair of grey jeans are all items that can be styled in a variety of different ways given the occasion or situation.

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I really like the play between suede and cashmere; two soft, luxurious fabrics with much different hand feels.

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  • Black/Grey shades by Matsuda Eyewear ·
  • Navy suede jacket by Vince ·
  • Cashmere block stripe henley by John Varvatos ·
  • Grey stripe polo shirt by Uniqlo x Michael Bastian ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Grey jeans by Levis ·
  • Black pebbled leather kilted chukka boots by J. FitzPatrick ·
  • Black shrunken leather duffle bag by Dan Trepanier x Frank Clegg

3. Office Hours

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Here’s an easy solution for a sharp “Business Casual” look: get suited up, then take-off the jacket and trade it for a slim bomber. Boom.

After work simply loose the tie, unfasten a couple buttons, and you have a perfect going-out look.

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This is one of those jackets that I’ve had for years. I scored on eBay during my junior year of college, and still feel like a million bucks wearing it.

A well-made jacket in a classic design will perform for years and only get better with time. For that reason, in my opinion there is also a sentimental value to buying quality. “Investment” menswear pieces will live and grow along with you, and can therefore serve as physical landmarks for your past experiences. This particular jacket, for example, has been through plenty of ups and downs…and a handful of evenings that I would be best served to keep to myself. Some memories are only for you – and your suit of armor.

I’m always reminded of a particular time in my life when I break this thing out – and it makes me smile, and reflect.

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  • Tortoise and silver sunglasses by Matsuda ·
  • Olive suede jacket by John Varvatos ·
  • Khaki hairline stripe shirt by Proper Cloth ·
  • Brown striped tie by Ralph Lauren Black Label ·
  • “Remington” leather chelsea boots by Aldo
  • · Camel hopsack suit trousers

Worsted Wool Suit in Camel

 

Thanks, as always, for reading. Some great features coming up!

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

 

Photography by Alex Crawford.