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A Green Suit For Every Season

January 31st, 2014

You got a blue suit, a grey suit, maybe even a khaki and a pinstripe.

The next suit to add to your rotation is GREEN.

It’s more versatile than you might think and it can work for any season.

Here’s an idea for each.

    1. Spring Silk


    This DB is a darker, richer green. It’s sort of a cross between forest and emerald. Unlike the first cotton suit which has brown undertones, this one reads closer to blue.

    It’s also a silk/wool blend which gives the fabric a beautiful sheen in the sun, not to mention a very lightweight feel. Perfect for Spring.


    A pale hairline stripe makes for a classy shirt, especially with a cutaway collar.

    The stripes are only for those who care enough about details to notice.


    The pants have a full break on them, which I kind of like on this rich, flashy fabric.

    What did I tell you about keeping the shoes sharp? I paid a pretty penny for these, but I feel like I can takeover the world every time I wear them.


    • Forest green silk/wool suit
    • Cutaway collar shirt by Proper Cloth
    • Beige/Pink Silk/Wool glenplaid tie by Marshall Anthony
    • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
    • Crocodile captoe lace-ups by Scarpe di Bianco
    • Khaki trench by Brooks Brothers Black Fleece

    2. Summer Cotton


    I’ve had this olive cotton suit for years. It was part of the MAB x Dan Trepanier collection I did back in 2011. Surprisingly, this was the first style in the collection to sell out. To those who bought them – are you still enjoying them?!

    I was loving my khaki cotton suit, but wanted something a little more unique and old-school feeling. So we went with this dusty, earthy shade of olive. It’s a very subtle and easy way to pull-off a green suit. It almost reads dark khaki/light brown.


    Chino suit, straw hat, and madras tie in January?!

    Gotta love LA, where we leave the summer threads out all year.


    We keep the shoes sharp though, so you know we’re from the #EastCoast.


    • Brown Straw Hat by Stetson
    • Blue stripe shirt (Sample)
    • Madras tie by Dolbeau
    • 1″ tie bar from TheTieBar
    • Brown suede Ring belt by Brooks Brothers
    • Leather/suede double monkstrap shoes by Scarpe di Bianco

    3. Fall Cashmere


    The Fall season calls for something a little fuzzier and heavier, like this sage green wool/cashmere herringbone.

    This thing is soft like butter and breathes really well, so I can stay warm without overheating.


    I love to dress-down suits. It’s an easy look that shows confidence and class.

    It’s as easy as a denim shirt, textured cardigan, and suede chukka boots.



    • Aviator shades by Ralph Lauren Purple Label
    • Green Herringbone Wool/Cashmere suit
    • Denim shirt by RRL
    • Brown wool/linen cardigan by Club Monaco
    • Brown wool flannel pocket square by Armstrong & Wilson
    • Brown suede boots by Massimo Dutti

    4. Winter Tweed


    Last but not least, the heavyweight donegal tweed in forest green (as featured herehere and here).

    This is a warm and rugged fabric with incredible texture and depth. It has flecks of orange, brown and tan, making it a perfect match for a camel coat and oatmeal scarf (the chunkier the better).

    When you’re investing in a seasonal suit like this, keep in mind you’re getting a fantastic sport coat (which can also be used as outerwear for much of the season) and a great pair of trousers to pair with anything from chunky sweaters to badass bomber jackets. Deep dark green is a more versatile color than you might think.


    After moving to southern California I don’t miss the cold, but I do miss the clothes…


    ..and the boots. Although those are still getting plenty of wear.



    Thanks, as always, for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Articles of Style


    Photography by Alex Crawford. 

    • Ghost of Jam Master Jay

      Any recommendations on brands that do a green tweed sportcoat?

    • Guest


    • Jim

      Beef and Broc..just killin it Daniel

    • Leroi B.

      Hey, Dan. You’re killin’ it again. I was wondering how and why you decide to cuff some pants but not others. How much does the season, environment, and fabric itself factor into that decision? Also, is there a rule of thumb for the width of the cuff as compared to a man’s height? (I’m only 5’6″ but enjoy how some suits look with a 2″ cuff!)



    • Herbert Morrison

      I could go on and on about how sick this post is but you’ve been stunting in green for so long now, way before I, myself came to appreciate and covet this colour–probably before it was popularized by, Ryan Gosling ala Crazy Stupid Love, Bradley Cooper recent GQ, Patrick Johnson Tailors, and everywhere else you’ve seen it recently and not so recently. I gotta be honest Dan you were the guy who single-handedly made me say I must have a green cotton suit and I wear it all year round. Solid investment–and u make it look the best: every weight for any state. I actually came super close to copping your original joint way back when the big homie Wes made it look too easy dressed up and down, but it was my first suit purchase and ultimately I ended up with a navy Billy Reid, no guff go figure, 100% wool that is still in decent condition after all these years. I missed the boat Dan–there’s worse things in life but for what it’s worth that collection was and is dope as dope sauce and way ahead of its time. Give respect where respect is due.

    • http://www.theseals.com.au Desmond

      Good lord, you’ve really hit your straps on this one.


    • Joe

      Great looks all around, but look 3 answered a question for me. I know one can dress down a more casual suit (casual material, patch pockets, top stitching, less structure, etc.), but I was curious whether one could really dress down a more conservative suit. You did that in look 3 and it looks great. I don’t wear a suit daily, so I only have two (and a half, kinda sorta…) in case of emergency (for grown-up events or possible business interviews in case I change job direction), one conservative and one casual. The casual one gets more play because I can dress it down, but maybe I’ll have to experiment with dressing down the more conservative one.

    • Silviu

      Great read. Recently, I’ve upped my game with a pair of green trousers and a green blazer. A friend of mine asked me why green and not something classic like blue / grey / black, but I see it as a great piece. Green works with mostly everything.

    • Sean

      Great post, especially the first and fourth looks. I am looking to go green myself. The January GQ issue with Bradley Cooper in that amazing olive suit (more green than brown) really stood out. The problem is it’s $1,900 Ralph Lauren Black Label. I don’t see many affordable green suits out there, has anyone else? Like $600 or less? Didn’t see any on JCrew or Club Monaco, and either ASOS or Topman had some but they weren’t quite right.

      • http://undefined Jeff

        Suitsupply is supposed to have an olive cotton suit for their Spring Summer collection. However, I haven’t seen it on their pre-order site, but I’ve seen pictures on other blogs. It should definitely be under $600. Probably around $469.

    • http://undefined Jeanscuffed

      Dan is the MAN! Article should have been called Green with Envy (cliche) but we ALL jealous. Don’t have a favorite look because I choose em all.

      Question about your trench/peacoats: Seems like a size Medium in outerwear, but do you (specifically) size up for your outerwear to fit comfortably over your suits or do you keep them your specified size and to have it fit just snug?

    • Khalid

      Hmmm. Looking at these, I’m turning a little green myself, and feeling green behind the ears fashion-wise. :) Need more green to go green, I guess! Though environmentally this may not be so green. I suppose you’re all set for St. Patrick’s, and an impromptu trip to Greenland.

    • Justin

      Great post Dan. Might be post of the month.

    • Khaled

      Really great post Dan. Green is one of my favorite colors next to Navy. People usually are scared of green but he diversity of it is insane. Looks 3 and 4 are beautiful. Great job my man!

      Khaled Nasr

    • Nick M.

      Cheese and rice, those crocodiles are incredible. Look number three is my favorite though. Impressive as always Dan!

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        hahaha cheese and rice!

    • Sal

      The second green is a tan/khaki color. I think earth tone greens work well in casual settings. I didn’t care very much for the more formal business suit in green.

    • http://undefined Jeff

      Must. Buy. Green. Suit.

    • http://undefined Joshua

      Great Post. Great Suits. I see that green is very underrated color in suiting. Have to get a few to add to my rotation.

    • http://undefined Nate

      Jeeeez…I will NEVER tire of that green Donegal suit. One of my favourite pieces of yours DT. So versatile.

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Mine too. Definitely packing it for NYFW next week.

    • Lothar

      Dan, can you talk about the stitching that you’ve chosen for the jacket lapels? I’m used to seeing (and I think I prefer) a less obvious stitch, but I’m unsure of what to call it. So I guess my question is, What kind of stitch have you chosen for the lapel? And what kind of stitch am I trying (perhaps poorly) to describe to you? Is it pick stitching vs. top stitching? Also I’m curious: why do you prefer the stitching that you’ve chosen? Sorry…that’s several questions. But thank you very much if you can answer them for me.

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Good eye. Suits 1, 2 & 4 (Spring, Summer & Winter) have 1/4″ top stitching which is done on a sewing machine and creates a “ditch” that lines the lapel. Generally this is considered more “casual”.

        Suit 3 (Fall) has pic stitching, which is done by hand and creates small “pucker dots” along the edge of the lapel.


    • http://www.dapperadvisor.com Akil McLeod

      I have been thinking about getting a green suit for a while now and you just confirmed it. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • cam

      the camel topcoat against the donegal tweed suit is exceptional dan! i see you trying to warm them hands up in 3rd pic of look 4…might wanna try using that woven leather pocket square to help ;)

    • Shawn

      Dayum! My favorite look is # 1,2,3 and 4. Although I gotta say that suit # 1, paired with those insanely beautiful shoes makes for a perfect look!

    • John B

      One of your best posts to date. Every suit is amazing! Green with khaki (camel?) is an awesome combination.

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Thanks John B.

    • Mr Saint

      Hey Dan,

      Great post and loving the colour of the DB in the first set of images. The top set of buttons kinda look like a set of nipples in their placement – no?

      Also the green gloves in Look 4… *swoon*

      Keep up the good work!

    • Pat

      Hey Dan,

      I was looking into getting a proper cloth shirt myself.

      You say that’s a cutaway collar, do you remember which collar design it is specifically?

      I’m a fan of either the London spread and the president Cutaway.


      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Online custom shirt review coming soon… :)