Packing for the Menswear Capitals (NYC, Paris, London)

June 24th, 2014

As you may know, part of growing the Articles of Style brand involves quite a bit of travel. I’m currently back in NYC for the third time in two months, I’ve been to Toronto twice during that time, and I was supposed to be in Florence for Pitti Uomo this year but had to cancel due to a project I’m managing in LA.

With all this of travel, you think I would have a good rewards card to earn some free trips. Well, after plenty of research and advice from experts like ThePointsGuy, I’ve finally signed up for my first rewards card. The Venture Card by Capital One allows me to earn double miles (two per dollar) for every purchase I make and the miles can be redeemed against any travel related purchases. So whether I’m taking a taxi in NYC, an Uber in LA, a streetcar in Toronto, or renting a Vespa in Italy, I can simply use the points I earn to erase the charges from my bill. No blackout dates, no foreign transaction fees, no airline loyalty, no hoops to jump through.

Therefore, in the spirit of my new found travel rewards, I’m putting together a series on “What to Pack for the Menswear Capitals” (my favorite cities to visit for men’s style inspiration). Packing strategically is an important step to a great trip, because you can use fashion & style to improve your overall experiences when traveling. You don’t want to just exist in these cities as a fly-on-the-wall tourist wearing khaki chinos and a baseball cap. I promise, you’ll appreciate the people and the culture more if you feel like you are blending-in with the locals and sharing in the experience. Look like a local, live like a local!

Here are some suggestions from my personal wardrobe to get you thinking. These are my “10 essentials” for the first three of my favorite style destinations.



In NYC I wear a lot of black and grey. I spend most of my time in the gritty parts of downtown and Brooklyn, so it feels right. It’s also the city that never sleeps, and I’m usually awake more during the night than the day… Think monochromatic. Think sharply tailored, but with an urban edge. And make sure to pack some retro sneakers that you can put some milage on.

Clockwise from Top Left:

1. Lightweight black leather jacket (Ralph Lauren Purple Label)

2. Cotton/cashmere “polo sweater” (Brooks Brothers Black Fleece)

3. America rock & roll t-shirt (Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply)

4. White poplin dress shirt (Angel Bespoke)

5. Shrunken leather duffle bag (Dan Trepanier x Frank Clegg)

6. Grey linen suit (Reiss, MTM)

7. White leather sneakers (Nike blazer mids)

8. Black slim waxed denim (Nudie Jeans)

9. Black pebbled leather chelsea boots (J. Fitzpatrick)

10. Linen/silk glenplaid summer tie (Friday-Tieday)



In Paris everything is a little lighter, flowier and sexier. I try to introduce some rich color and texture, but keep it grounded with neutrals in warm tones. Think lightweight fabrics like breezy linen knits and silk patterned scarves…and don’t be afraid to show a little chest with a European neckline. Dress like you might sit by the water and drink a bottle of wine with a beautiful local tonight.

Clockwise from Top Left…

1. Teal linen shirt (Vintage Zegna)

2. Nautical stripe polo (John Smedley)

3. Linen knit henley (Theory)

4. Straw panama hat (Stetson)

5. Natural linen suit (Michael Andrews Bespoke)

6. Suede Jodhpur ankle boots (Jack Erwin)

7. Slim white jeans (Helmut Lang)

8. Silk scarf (Vintage Hermes)

9. Suede & patent leather sneakers (Lanvin)

10. Chestnut leather duffle bag (Frank Clegg)



In London I usually go for something a little more structured and conservative. Let’s call it traditional tailoring with a country heritage influence. A windowpane suit is a British staple, as is a waxed Barbour jacket and some oxblood loafers. There is no better place to celebrate the traditionalism of classic menswear, so layer it on and enjoy it. When in Rome.

Clockwise from Top Left…

1. Denim cutaway collar shirt (Alara)

2. Felt fedora (Stetson)

3. Canvas & leather duffle bag (Filson)

4. Windowpane suit (Indochino)

5. Navy conservative tie (Aklasu)

6. Selvedge denim jeans (APC)

7. Cognac chelsea boots (Aldo)

8. Waxed canvas chore coat (Barbour)

9. Oxblood tassel loafers (Vintage Johnston & Murphy)

10. Herringbone sweater vest (Ralph Lauren Polo)


Thanks of reading. I hope this gives you some inspiration to get out and travel this summer! There is no better way to learn, about yourself and about others, than experiencing foreign cultures first-hand. But don’t be on the sidelines taking pictures, get in the game! You can start by wearing the right jersey.

Yours in style,

Articles of Style


Photography by Alex Crawford.

In the interest of full disclosure; I wrote this article while participating in a program on behalf of Capital One and received compensation as part of my participation.

  • Sean

    Hope you cover Tokyo before my trip there on July 9! I’m thinking denim on denim or some prints

  • Harrison Krupnick

    I tried the contact button at the top but I wasn’t working. Dan, I think it’d be a really great idea to implement location into the new Style Guide. The current Style Guide (before it crashed) allowed users to choose things such as what they want to wear, what type of setting they will be wearing it to, etc. If you added a tab that allowed us to choose location (NYC, LA, Miami, Paris, London, etc.) and it tailored the pieces to those areas, I think people would really appreciate it and it would compliment the new travel posts well.

  • Rick T

    I read almost all of your articles, but this one captured me more than most.
    I think it’s so interesting because it captures two things I’m passionate about- travel and fashion. Would love to see more articles where passions are combined with fashion.
    car guy: what to wear in the garage, at the track, at pebble beach car show, when cruising with the girl.
    sports guy: what to wear watching a pro game, playing park game with the boys, super relaxed family sports day

    • Dan Trepanier


  • Stuart

    The chukka boots in each of these looks, while different, are killer in their own right. I love the looks.

  • Widmark

    Spot on with the ny packing

  • Carloslt


    • Dan Trepanier

      Real life for me.

  • Fabio d’attimis

    Thank you!
    i was really waiting to see a post like this!

    • Dan Trepanier

      Thanks Fabio. Part 2 coming soon!

  • Desmond

    Boot game is on the money.

    • Dan Trepanier


  • JBells

    Great post! I pride myself on my ability to pack light but the possible combinations you put together here are amazing!
    I’m very curious to see what was in your carry on when you traveled to Windsor-Toronto-NY…

    • Dan Trepanier

      Love it. I’m a notoriously light packer. I’d rather have laundry done on a trip than carry a heavy bag. Traveling in style is all about versatility. Cheers mate.

  • Juan

    Never been to NYC so I can’t really comment on that, but London is definitely much less “country-inspired” than people think, at least in most parts of it. And much more conservative actually.

    I have definitely seen more black and grey than brown in London, and I literally wouldn’t dream of seeing anyone who’s well-dressed wearing a denim shirt. Also, I’ve seen some fashionistas wear short-brim homburgs and trilbies, but never wide-brim fedoras. Or Barbours; most well-dressed gentlemen would never substitute their mac coat for such a casual alternative.

    On the other hand, Paris is my favorite place in the world and the look/pieces pictured here are actually really accurate, at least for summer. Love the vintage Hermes foulard!

    Can’t wait to see what you’ve got in mind for Italy, Dan! Very much looking forward to part 2!

    • AFH

      The NYC and Paris selections are more suited to London than the London choices I think, though the rain can be an issue.

      • Juan

        Exactly what I thought. The NY selection especially could really work in London; just substitute the chukkas or the trainers for a nice pair of oxfords, grab a mac for those (un)predictable showers and you’re set!

        • AFH

          Jut my opinion loike – I think the NYC shoe choices would be fine, you might go for chocolate brown over black in the boots. I’d probably swap the leather for a parka – something cotton with a hood, I’d pick a slightly lighter grey textured suit where the jacket will work on its own, and I’d go for the blue selvedge over the black jeans, and the John Smedley polo from the Paris selection over the NYC one. I’d swap in a square end silk knit for the grey tie, and probably swap in a seasonally appropriate material jumper in a deep red or somesuch for the stars and stripes.

          • Dan Trepanier

            Thanks for your opinions AFH!

    • Dan Trepanier

      To each his own. This is only what I would pack for my trips to those cities…my hope was only to give you some ideas and get a conversation going about travel and packing with context and culture in mind. Cheers.

      • Juan

        Didn’t mean no disrespect, I don’t think there’s anyone out there whose views on clothing and style I can relate more to than yours (that is basically why I’ve lurked around this website since the very beginning), I was just sharing my (very limited) experience.

        Love the idea for the new series and can’t wait for part 2! Cheers, Dan.

        • AFH

          I didn’t mean any disrespect, it’s not that you wouldn’t look *good* in the London selection – it’s just that I don’t recall you talking about visiting London, and I think it’s easy to believe that RL’s idea of British style corresponds to modern reality – which it doesn’t so much; not to knock those pieces. Although the quality of Reiss gear is inconsistent, I think they nail the modern Brit aesthetic quite well.

  • Ed Westwick

    Okay Dan: How much did they pay you?

    • cam

      Is anyone asking you you’re salary?

      • Ed WEstwick

        Let them ask my salary. I will gladly offer. I work in entertainment and do not work on salary basis though. I get paid for each job I get, which can be a lot of money. I am not ashamed.

        • cam

          The point being, as Dan stated, it’s a rude question to ask anyone.

          • Ed

            That’s a matter of opinion, not a social norm. It is absolutely not rude to ask somebody their income or what they get paid for certain advertisements. I applaud Dan for making money; I’m just interested to know the real ‘truth’ behind being a style blogger.

            • cam

              I guess there is no helping you.

              • Ed

                You make no sense Cam. And you are acting very rude for an anonymous poster. Who are you to tell me what is rude or not? I think Ice Cube said it best: “Check yourself before you wreck yourself, playa.”

                • cam

                  I make plenty sense sir. The gentleman who runs this blog and posted this is telling you himself that your initial inquiry was rude (I don’t see you attacking Dan for him telling you it was rude so why me?) But you continue to press on and attempt to rationalize your request for his paycheck. It is rude to ask people their salary, payday etc. If you want to know what people make given their career, it is easily accessed with a little research on the internet. Discussing salaries of different industries is not taboo but again requesting specifically from someone what compensation they receive is rude as Dan stated. My apologies for my previous comment if it was taken in poor taste.

              • Brody

                Yeah Cam there really is no reason to say that to somebody. The guy just stated his opinion and you act like he needs an intervention. You need to calm down.

    • Dan Trepanier

      Didn’t your mama ever tell you that was a rude question?

      I would say not as much as Samuel L Jackson, but enough to allow us to continue to bring you free content on the daily.


      • Ed Westwick

        No, as a consumer of your site, that is absolutely not a rude question. When did making money, and openly discussing it, become such a taboo subject? Let the people know, Dan.

        • Spencer

          It’s not like Dan’s inundating us with shameless plugs. He keeps delivering quality posts; why shouldn’t he make a buck off of it?As long as he’s not recommending bad products just for the money (and as a longtime reader, I can say he doesn’t seem to be the type to do so).

          You speak as though he owes you access to his tax returns.

        • TO

          Consumer that pays nothing?? The internet sure creates an climate of entightlement.

      • Ed

        I don’t mean to be rude Dan. I love your story and the site. I’m just interested in what a modern style blogger gets paid in this economy. That’s all.

    • Alex keegan

      about treefiddy

  • Alex G.

    Great idea for a post (going to Reykjavík and Paris next month and I was also planning what to bring for every city). Despite NYC look would work in Iceland, I think the association of monochromatic (black) to NYC is getting a little bit tired. You walk the streets of the West Village and areas in Brooklyn like Fort Greene and don’t see that paint-it-black approach. It’s like saying everybody wear pastels in DC (which is true if you go to the Georgetown area and want to make sure everybody know you are preppy wannabe)

    • Jakob Gunnarsson

      For Iceland, I would rather recommend the London attire. Be sure to bring a lot of cozy sweaters as well. And if you’re going to spend most of your time downtown (like all the tourists do) I would just go full-on hipster haha. 101 Reykjavik (downtown area) is a very hipstery place.

      • Alex G.

        Thanks for the tips. Now I have to plan according to both city vibes

      • Dan Trepanier

        Interesting…thanks for the feedback Jakob!

        Out of curiosity, what does “hipster” mean in Reykjavik?

        • Jakob Gunnarsson

          Think all vintage everything: skinny jeans, floral shirts, polka dot pants, denim jackets, messy hairstyle, johnny depp-ish glasses, ride a bike everywhere, and of course, latte.

          • Jakob Gunnarsson

            And you might add air tie and very liberal and environmental political views.

    • Dan Trepanier

      Thanks Alex. Just to be clear, this is what I would pack. It was not necessarily meant as a checklist for all travelers… To each his own, I’m just sharing my experience…and my closet. Cheers.

  • Brady

    Great Idea for a post, hope to see more of these in the future. I’ll definitely be returning to this for inspiration, should I find myself traveling to these locations

    • Dan Trepanier

      Thanks Brady. I hope all is well!

  • Tommy

    Great post. (This comment brought to you by Credit Suisse and Philip-Morris).

    • Dan Trepanier

      Thanks (this comment simply to thank Tommy for his support and remind him that without advertisers TSBmen doesn’t exist)

  • tommyjohn_45

    Great post as usual… Love seeing the wide range of styles and how you tailor your look to you location. In my younger days, this was something I struggled with. I always thought you had to try and own one style, no matter where you were. Sort of like representing your roots. So as a guy from Toronto, living in the dirty south, I was all messed up :D

    • Dan Trepanier

      Haha great comment. I think staying true to your roots is important, but so is acknowledging and showing love to the local culture and history. A combination of the two is ideal, I think.

      When you go to a southern house party, do you drink local Bourbon or bring your own Canadian Whiskey?

      • tommyjohn_45

        Haha.. little bit of both ;)

  • AFH

    Windowpane is not a British staple, nor are Oxbloods seen much in Londontown. Spend some time here in the different quarters of London and you’d change up I assure you.

  • Tee

    Based on what you packed how long are you on these trips for?

    • Dan Trepanier

      The concept here is just my “10 Essentials” for each city, not necessarily everything I would pack for a specific trip (I would probably need at least one change of underwear, for example).

  • From Squalor to Baller

    Great stuff, Dan & Alex! Those Frank Clegg duffels have been on my list for a long time, and now I want one more than ever…great post, looking forward to seeing the next part.

    • Dan Trepanier

      Thanks Ian! I hope all is well.

  • cam

    Hey Dan thanks to the tips. Heading to Luxembourg, Switzerland and Italy next month and been thinking about this a lot lately. Will probably steer towards the Parisian kit. Anything else you’d recommend is appreciated.

    • Juan

      Cam, living in Milan I’ve been around much of Italy and Switzerland and this is what I can recommend.

      Definitely pack some drivers or moccasin loafers (like Weejuns), and a pair of canvas sneakers; you’ll be walking a lot so your feet will be grateful. A hat and a nice pair of shades are essential in the summer.

      Lots of linen pieces are also pretty much mandatory to stay fresh in the Italian heat, which, depending on where you’re planning to go, can be pretty humid and sultry (it definitely is in Milan and much of northern Italy).

      If, when in Rome, you really want to do as Romans do, a tan linen or cotton suit like the one pictured in the Parisian look is a stylish piece to be wearing. For Switzerland and its alpine climate I definitely suggest you pack a medium-weight knit and a pair of heavier cotton trousers as it can get pretty chilly pretty quick.

      Hope this helps, have fun brother!

  • César Renuan

    Left a major piece of the pack out… what about sunglasses???

    • Maher S. Hoque

      There are sunglasses in the NYC and Paris looks but not London. [insert joke about cloudy Brit weather].

      How about watches though?

      • Brady

        a quality timepiece transcends location, IMO of course

        • Dan Trepanier

          What Brady said.

      • Dan Trepanier

        I never go anywhere without my watch and at least one pair of shades…they go without saying!

        • César Renuan

          My Comment meant to get details on the Sunglasses (make, model, etc.)