WIWT: The Last Week of Winter

March 16th, 2015

Rule #1 of Articles of Style: bring your “A Game” every day!

The “What I Wore Today” series is about real guys, in their real clothes. We strive to bring you guys that, in our opinion, genuinely bring their “A Game” on a day-to-day basis. Today we highlight two of our favorite menswear icons, Mr. Khaled Nasr and Mr. Waraire Boswell.

Use the comments section below to tell us who’s style you’re appreciating today.

    The Editor


    On the West Coast my wardrobe is probably about 60% linen. It’s one of my favorite fabrics, both because it stays cool and because it’s ultra durable. I’ve been wearing these chocolate brown linen trousers a lot lately – with blazers, t-shirts, even to the beach a couple times. It’s incredible how tough they are, and they keep getting softer and more comfortable the more I break them in.

    Linen fabrics have also have this rumpled texture that’s more leisurely feeling –  especially when they’re unlined and unstructured like this beautiful jacket from my man Angel Bespoke (subtle nod to you here with the trademark hands-in-patch-pockets).


    The jacket is a silk/linen/hemp blend (it’s the same Ariston fabric that was recently featured in blue) and the long-sleeved crewneck is also a linen/cotton blend. Like I said, roughly 60%.


    The Engineer


    Khaled Nasr has one of the most impressive closets I’ve ever seen. I’m talking racks on rack of handmade bespoke garments from the finest tailors in the world. There’s literally a rainbow of color options, and each garment hangs in its own custom garment bag, on a properly sized wooden hanger. It’s a thing of beauty, really.


    While it’s still technically “Winter” in LA, Khaled’s squeezing a few more wears out of his lush flannels.



    The Designer

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    Waraire Boswell has been holding down the tailoring scene in downtown LA for a few years now. He started his bespoke shop for talls guys, like him, who had a difficult time finding a proper fit off-the-rack. He went on to become the go-to tailor to NBA superstars like Lebron James and Kevin Durant. Now he’s taking his success in the bespoke tailoring business, and gradually adding a more casual ready-to-wear collection influenced by the streets of downtown LA, of which he has become a fixture.

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    Like any great menswear designer, Boswell knows how to put a subtle twist on the classics.

    Check out the finishing of the pic stitching at the front edge of his blue blazer. Also note the extended cuff length for his extended arm length.

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    The peach colored tweed trousers (part of a suit) are another example of blending heavier fabrics into the last days of the LA winter.

    They’re a perfect compliment to the leather/suede wingtip loafers.

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    Thanks, as always, for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier


    Photography by Alex Crawford.

    • Miguel

      All three fits are executed to perfection, truly reflect the individual’s sense of style and so on. The only thing you are left to consider are the technical aspects of each; the devils in the details so to speak. And in this regard I do not know how you can give the nod to anyone else than Mr. Boswell. Come on, I think we all can appreciate how truly difficult it is to get the proportions spot on not only on someone as tall as he is but also as slender.

    • James Wong

      Dan for me, just because I can see myself wearing what he is there. It’s casual, tailored – everything he stands for!

    • Tom

      I don’t like Angel Bespoke garment style at all. Too much aesthetic and bad tailoring without any practicality. It’s like a faux-italian look. The website is even faux-italian with all the sprezzatura BS. It’s almost poser-esque.

      • Tom

        The guy puts “I’m so sprezzy” in his coats. Haha, self explanatory.

      • tommyjohn_45

        Care to explain what it is in Angel’s work that you consider ‘bad tailoring’?

        • Tom

          It’s a common iGent problem, overly slimmed garment without a proportionate drape/cut. Sure close fit can look cool, but not in the way depicted without a nice overall cut. The shoulders/chest in both 1 and 2 of the guys above have this problem. Although Sciamat makes cool stuff, you can tell this guy told them to go overly slim and fucked with the proportions outside of classical taste. Of course, people who value classicism in menswear will always be sad to see people who put “I’m so sprezzy” in their marketing campaign. This blog as a whole cites the word “classic” when displaying overtly trendy shit all the time.

          • Shawn

            I’d say it works because it’s Khaled and Angel. I’d look damn silly trying to pull this off. Some people can ‘do’ sprezz because of what they project and make for a living (looking ‘cool’). I like both these guys’ style, but I don’t see a whole lot of people in ‘the real life’ looking good in these proportions.

            • Shawn

              And the word ‘sprez’ is waaaay overdone these days.

              • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

                Agreed, but Angel’s garments are beautiful nonetheless.

                • Tom

                  The guys aren’t icons but to each his own. At any rate, thanks to Dan for some of the cool content with G. Bruce Boyer

            • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

              Agreed. Know thyself! That’s what makes these guys icons. You don’t see guys dressing at this level every day.

          • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

            No drape? I fully disagree, and I’m wearing it. C’mon Tommyjohn_45, based on your previous comments, you have a better eye than that.

            • Tim

              It’s Tom that said that, not Tommyjohn_45

      • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

        It’s one thing to not like a certain designer’s aesthetic, but this jacket is handmade in Italy and is certainly not an example of “bad tailoring”…

    • kielwest

      I’m sorry to say this, and I hope it’s received constructively: I really have lost the practical connection with the content of this site that I used to have. So much seems to be focused on the insular “menswear game.” I’m not sure how today’s feature can be said to show “real guys in their real clothes.” These are fashion men in fashion clothes–and they look great! Though we can admit that the styles featured today likely inform no more than 10% of what common men actually wear, right? How many of us are really called to wear a suit more than 10-15 times a year?

      I really liked it when WIWT featured styles and outfits that at least in some degree, could be informative to people like me, who work in casual offices, or perhaps in blue-collar profession and live somewhere other then New Your, LA or Milan.

      Grain of salt.

      • tommyjohn_45

        I get your point… This site used to feature more ‘everyday’ wear, featuring clothing often from your average retail/thrift store vs. custom tailoring and high end designers. In my opinion, it’s just reflective of the direction Dan’s career is going.

        That said, just because you work in a casual office, doesn’t mean you can’t sport a well-tailored look. My office consists of guys wearing jeans and polo T’s, but I prefer to war a blazer at least a few days a week.

        • kielwest

          I get what you’re saying. It’s a cultural thing though. I am originally from California, and I could get away with an occasional blazer-to-the-office there. Currently though, I am in Idaho. It would really read as “trying too hard” in this environment.

          • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

            They say you “try too hard” for a while…and then they start asking you for advice.

            That said, I don’t think an unstructured blazer with a t-shirt and linen trousers is “trying hard” in the traditional sense of the work (over-dressing). My opinion, of course. I’ve never been to Idaho.

            • kielwest

              I deeply respect your opinion–and you’re right. That has proven true in my experience for sure. I am however, sensitive to things like out-dressing my boss, or walking out of the marketing department through the warehouse, and making all the hardworking guys in there feel like I’m showboating or something. I’m not trying to stand-out a lot. I get a lot of enjoyment from subtle, but precise choices in my wardrobe. I don’t necessarily tell people I have my jeans tailored, or that the metal on my watch and belt buckle match.

        • Jeanscuffed

          My office sports the button down dress shirt with the crewneck t-shirt showing…..f^cking horrible :(

          • tommyjohn_45

            LOL – an unfortunate staple in the workforce.

          • kielwest

            Yep, haha.

      • Jeanscuffed

        I get your point too but….it’s people bringin their A-game. #1 Rule for WIWT. When bringing your A-game you go for the gut, for the kill, bust out your best.

      • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

        Helpful feedback here, thanks Kiel. My goal is to encourage you to wear tailoring more often! The guys featured here wear suits not because we are “called to”, but because we want to! We love old-school menswear & tailoring, and we were it casually.

        Nevertheless, we have some more casual-centered content coming up that I think you’ll appreciate.

        Thanks for reading.

        • kielwest

          Thanks for caring Dan. I’m not jumping ship. I just want to relate more you know? I’ve watched and greatly valued your work since back when it was called “The Style Blogger” and I know that you deserve all the success that comes your way. Carry on.

    • LY

      Is Khaled’s tie knot just a four in hand that he’s wrapped around twice?

      • Herb

        Since this site has become an empty shell of what it used to be, and the team no longer answers questions, you’re guess is as good as mine. But I would say yes, it’s a double four in hand.

      • TO

        Yes it is. And brought under both wraps.

      • Khaled Nasr

        Hello! Sorry i took so long to answer. Yes it is. Its a four in hand and i wrap it twice around because this was a linger tie and a bit thinner so it made the knot somewhat fuller. Thanks!

        • Willie JS

          You are wearing double pleat pants right.. The pleats on your pants seem to be small and not like the classic (big).
          My question to you is, Is it worth it to remove or make the pleats smaller??
          I have a few classic Zegna double pleated suit trousers that are catching dust in the closet for this reason.

          • Khaled Nasr

            Hey Willie. Great question! I don’t know for sure but i get a sense it wouldn’t look right because traditional older style double please have a fuller front and making it smaller wouldnt look right. This Incotex is slim even in the front area so the smaller pleats look proportioned. I hope that makes sense. But you can always try one and let us know. i would love to see how that turnes out!

        • Guccio1971

          My brother Khaled…..downright spectacular as always. I’m dying to see that closet, my man. Your bro…..

    • TO

      Really great all around as always with those featured, but my vote goes to Dan for having that amazing ‘summer donegal tweed’ jacket in two different colors! Also because I am feeling his proportions the most out of the three, combined with the unstructuredness. I wouldn’t wear lapels that wide myself, but then again I’m not over 6 ft- looks good here.

      On the note of Friday’s “Cooler Tweed” article, it would be nice if there could be a link embedded there to the article where you featured Angel’s herringbone “Summer tweed” blazer a while back- that would be a nice reference point to two different types of summer tweed fabrics.

    • http://www.jollybengali.net/ Malcolm

      Can we get a post showing Khaled’s wardrobe like we got with Dan’s a while back?

      • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

        New Series: “Closet Porn”.

        Good idea.

    • Jeanscuffed

      I think I’m going to go with Khaled but damn Dan, that linen blend blazer is super nice!

    • Shawn

      I’d pay an admission fee to see Khaled Nasr’s wardrobe (I’m assuming it’s a walk-in).

    • Lothar

      I don’t like that swirl of pick stitching that you’re talking about. Unless I really focus on it — enough to figure out that it forms an intentional pattern — it creates a bunching effect that makes it look like his tailor screwed up or like he removed an ugly manufacturer’s label.

    • Miguel

      Love this feature, three greats going at it, since I love all three outfits I’m not picking a winner.

      But Dan, the Linen/Hemp jacket is a killer, I would rock that all summer long, with jeans, shorts, tees, shirts and plenty of loafers.

      Always a pleasure to see Khaled, a true inspiration in menswear.

    • Stuart

      The buttons on Waraire’s jacket are killer. I’ve got to give him the nod with all the subtle embellishments. Well done mate.

    • Erik

      Tie. Way too hard to choose. You guys are in a league of your own.

    • Herb

      Everyone looks great tbh.
      I do have a question for Mr. Boswell. I was on your site and I’m curious what is the purpose of the ‘Protection Mask’ you sell? I’m genuinely interested to know, thank you.

    • tommyjohn_45

      Damn damn damn… Three legends going toe to toe! Tough call as expected. Love the subtle detail Waraire adds to his designs, all while keeping it classic. Dan, doing what you always do and killing it with the seasonal fabrics, making me question whether or not I need to head west and get out of this New England weather. My vote goes to Khaled, though! The fit on that blazer is too perfect. The soft shoulders stand out and really accent his athletic build.

      Great looks as always fellas. Cheers

    • cam

      is that a good idea to keep your suits/jackets in garment bags? i was under the impression they need to “breathe” so to speak.

      • tommyjohn_45

        Good question.. I’ve kept mine in garment bags, assuming it was an added protective layer in my closet.

      • AdamE

        Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’ve always been told storing them in garment bags is a good idea, but only after airing them out 24-48hrs after wearing.

        As for the winner, my vote goes to Khaled as well, but all 3 nailed it (although I wanted to vote against all of you for going sockless, it’s finally warming up here a bit, but we got another 5cm of snow the other day, and going sockless in the Redwings is just a bad idea…).