Brown Means Business feat. the New Team

July 21st, 2014

I started Articles of Style, or The Style Blogger, as a hobby during my senior year of college. It started simply as an outlet for some creative writing and an opportunity to share my unfiltered thoughts on men’s fashion.  Thanks to all of you, I’ve been fortunate to watch the site grow tremendously over the past few years. It’s been wild to reflect back on all the different looks, names, site designs, and even faces that have come and gone in 5 years. Around here, it seems like the only constant is change.

With that, I’m very excited to announce yet another change, and welcome two new members to the Articles of StyleMen team. Pat and Will are good friends of mine from back in my Columbia days, and are two of the smartest guys I know. I couldn’t be happier to have them on board helping build the future of Articles of StyleMen. We’ve got some big plans in the works to bring you better content, and a better overall experience in the coming weeks and months; stay tuned.

For now, let’s take a look at one of the staples in my summer wardrobe: the lightweight brown suit. Brown might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of summer, but if you choose the right fabric (linen, cotton or hopsack), it can be a big time addition to your wardrobe. Check out a few of my favorite looks on the new crew for inspiration. If you don’t know, now you know…

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The chocolate brown linen is a real sleeper in menswear. It’s one of my favorite garments for summer; it works with virtually anything and always looks crisp and cool.

Pat throws a “City Western” vibe on the chocolate linen with a cutaway collar denim shirt, a felt Stetson, some vintage shades, and a pair of sleek suede Chelsea boots.




Will keeps it clean, simple and continental.

A dark khaki/light chestnut hopsack is a great 3-season alternative to the chino cotton suit. With a light blue shirt, tortoise shades and oxblood loafers it’s a classic look that will never go out of style.

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The best shirt colors for a brown suit: light blue, beige/cream, pale pink.

The tie here is actually an official Columbia University rep stripe, as worn by the CU crew team to all their matches. So here’s to reppin’ our alma matter and keeping the Ivy League influence in menswear alive.



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Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier & Articles of Style

Photography by Alex Crawford

  • Andy

    I was actually considering a brown, double breasted, linen suit, awesome to see something similar featured here. Can you wear a double breasted suit without a tie?

  • Fabio d’attimis

    Isn’t a bit of a “faux pas” to wear both a hat and sunglasses?

  • Rodney Daniels Jr.

    I absolutely enjoy the dark khaki/light chestnut hopsack, something that I would like to pick up very soon myself. Its a well clean cut look and something that I would suggest many guys to try out. Also good to see the two new members on the TSBmen. Excited for more to come. Congrats to you as well Mr. Trepanier. BRAVO!!!

  • Rodney Daniels Jr

    I absolutely enjoy the dark khaki/light chestnut hopsack, something that I would like to pick up very soon myself. Its a well clean cut look and something that I would suggest many guys to try out. Also good to see the two new members on the TSBmen. Excited for more to come. Congrats to you as well Mr. Trepanier. BRAVO!!!

  • Daniel

    So is Towni out of the picture?

  • nikhil

    Superb I simply loved brown suits.

  • Alex

    Yall look boss as fuk

  • Jared

    Love your site Dan! Keep up the great work! It’s great that you did this post today because I literally bought my first ever brown suit (3 piece) this morning from my local suit/tailor shop. I think that brown works in all seasons and for all skin tones and looks great. I’ll try posting pics sometime this week.

  • Jeanscuffed

    That last pic says, “I roll wit some killers man…” Great post as usual. Welcome Pat and Will, you’re in great hands.

  • DiiKHeaD

    Effing DOPE!

  • Juan Zara

    The timing on this post is perfect, as I’m in the market for a third suit, and brown is the next logical choice after navy and medium-grey.

    Would you say the darker shade you and Pat are wearing is the most versatile? I really love the tobacco suit Will is wearing, but I’m afraid it wouldn’t be very appropriate on a cold, wet, winter day in Central Europe.

    Thanks for the continuously great content, Dan and Alex, and a very warm welcome to the new members of the crew!

  • Tod C

    Love the brown hopsack suit – I am looking for a blue or brown hopsack now but having a heck of a time finding it locally.

  • LouCaves

    Welcome, gents.

    With the threads they’re wearing in this premiere, they’ll fit in just fine. :-)

    Thanks, TSB

  • Benjamin Hunter

    Most people sleep on brown until they see a man in brown. Then they promptly wake up.

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  • MS

    Great looks all around. Would do without those suede Chelsea boots for a number of reason (I think of suede as not ideal hot weather shoes, the pants are too short to accommodate the boot gracefully, if it’s warm enough to wear all linen one doesn’t need to wear a boot, etc.)

    • Dan Trepanier

      I don’t know…I think with the three pieces, the felt hat and the suede boots the look is far less restricted to summer. Pat shows us that a chocolate linen can be worn for three seasons…if not four on the West coast. Cheers MS!

  • Mikhail Novoritzy

    Great suits and congratulations TSBMen. This site has only grown by leaps and bounds. That being said, the air tie and the glasses hanging outside the pocket is simply trying to hard. Ruins otherwise very good looks.

  • Miguel

    Love all three suits, specially the chocolate linen one, love me some linen.

    Welcome Pat and Will, if I’m not mistaken they’ll be doing the video stuff, right Dan?

    • Dan Trepanier

      Thanks Miguel. They’ll be doing a little of everything for the time being, lots to cover!

  • Jimmy_Johansen

    Welcome Pat and Will!!!

    Well done by all three of you. Very stylish and none of it looks affected.

    Looking good, Dan. Didn’t want you to feel bad for not being mentioned by name… LOL =)

    • Dan Trepanier

      Haha It’s a team effort Jimmy!

  • cam

    I’m a blue and gray guy with most of my tailored pieces but I recently purchased a pair of char brown tropical wool trousers to ease into more brown tones. They are fantastic and a nice tone for the warmer weather. Congrats to the new additions.

    • Dan Trepanier

      Thx Cam! We’ll make you proud :)

  • Shawn

    Welcome to the team! Dan those Oxfords are beyond stunning!

  • TO

    Welcome Pat and Will !!

    Are there specific job titles being awarded to these gents or are they just being brought on as all around fly dudes?

    Pat, great outfit obviously but I especially love the mustard suede Chelsea boots, those are class!

    Will, I immediately want a brown hopsack like that one. A MAB special, or did you source it from somewhere else? Great suit man, well done.

    • Josh

      I’m curious about that hopsack too. Do you guys recommend a cuff on all suits? I’ve noticed that you normally have one.

      • Dan Trepanier

        I like a cuff on a textured hopsack, it helps weigh down the hemline for a clean drape.

        • Josh

          That definitely makes sense! Outside of thrifting where am I most likely to find hopsacks and other interesting weaves on a budget?

          • Dan Trepanier

            Suit Supply is probably your best bet, or perhaps Massimo Dutti…that is until the TSB SHOP is up and running ;)

  • John B

    Welcome to the new members! Looking forward to the new content!

    A bit off-topic: the light blue striped shirt has a two button collar. Does that affect how the collar stands without a tie?

    • Dan Trepanier

      In theory yea. In theory it stands taller because it has a larger neckband…

  • James Wong

    Great to see the team expanding – look forwards to seeing more content!

    • Dan Trepanier

      Thanks James. We have some great things in the oven! Stay tuned.