Spring Color Combinations

March 23rd, 2015

It’s Spring time, fellas. Time to lighten up your wardrobe with lightweight fabrics and a little more color.

Here are three of my favorite Spring color combos, to get you thinking.

    Orange & Blue

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    A bold jacket like this orange chino should be designed for the Spring and Summer: fully unlined and unstructured (no chest canvas or shoulder padding – they add to a jacket’s weight). The shirt is a cotton seersucker (short sleeve), and the trousers are from a linen/silk herringbone suit.

    I don’t know if it’s from spending so much time on the West coast, but I’m really loving lightweight fabrics. It seems in menswear that Fall/Winter fabrics get all the love, but a good linen or silk has a certain casual nonchalance that is hard to replicate with heavier cloths.

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    Pink & Brown

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    If the bold bright color is a little too much for you, look for a “Summer Tweed” blend in a faded, dusty shade – like this washed out pink.

    Brown is probably the best color to complement a fancy color. It’s masculine and understated.

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    I wore a slightly more casual version of this the other day in Venice.

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    Khaki & Purple

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    The khaki cotton suit is always going to have a place in menswear. It’s a very pale suit, so don’t be afraid to pair it with a shirt that has a saturated color, like a strong purple.

    Early in the season I usually go with suede shoes and belts to give the cotton suit a little “weight”…in the middle of the summer I’ll do more of a cotton summer belt and low cut loafers.

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    I recently scooped a few new pairs of vintage sunglasses from the Kings of Past.

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    Thanks, as always, for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier


    Photography by Alex Crawford.

    • http://www.royalfashionist.com/ Marcos Paulo de Andrade

      Great job with the orange suit jacket ! I personally dont like colorful jackets but you changed my opinion ! well done !

    • Drew

      I thought a big rule of fashion was you cant wear white or searsucker until AFTER Easter…. am I the only one who caught this or can someone explain?

      • Tony Bannister

        Hahaha are you joking? Those are just the sort of rules you can toss to the wind. Nobody cares about that crap. Wear what you like when you like.

    • ChrisD

      I didn’t like that pink jacket in previous posts.. but on top of grey + brown it’s perfect and one of my fav combos of yours.

    • Sam

      God, you’re so hot!!!

    • Jeanscuffed

      Man you killed this shit. Of course the orange and blue ensemble is baller and flashy. Love it!

    • Shawn

      Love the 3 looks! Obviously I’d give my left nut for those Scarpe’s in look # 1. I love the combination of the jacket and trousers in look # 2 and I love the shirt color but I feel the patterm doesn’t fit the formality of the (otherwise levely) ensemble. Small nitpick. Look 3 would’ve been hard to best with a lavender or pale blue university stripes shirt (my preference)!

    • Sean

      That orange-faced watch in look 1 is sealing the whole thing. Where is that from?

    • tommyjohn_45

      Killer looks homey… Look one is probably my favorite. Looks very relaxed, yet at the same time, is just so well tailored it could be pulled off in so many situations. The trousers too, great alternative to jeans. Love how you’re showing off the wrinkles in the khaki suit from normal wear and tear throughout a day. I used to always be paranoid about that, but it really is part of the look.

    • David

      That orange jacket is killer! All three looks are on point but that orange has always been a favourite of mine.

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    • Miguel

      Love the color combinations Dan, the first look is the killer, specially with those double monks shoes.

      Khaki suit is also on point.

    • Alex Whitfield

      agree with @alinaaseh:disqus second look is CASH! we gotta give respect to the shooter as well great job sir!!!

    • Eric

      On behalf of all LA’ers who enjoy dressing properly, allow me to say I love your labeling a blazer, collared shirt, and trousers as casual (sans sarcasm, of course). It’s a breath of fresh air in the land of flip-flops!

      Ps those look 1 kicks are off the charts beautiful!

    • Ali Naaseh

      Second look is money.
      I’d never wear the orange jacket myself, but I have to say, the whole suit is really growing on me.
      I know you’ve been trying to keep yourself out of the features lately, but keep them coming.

    • Daniel

      That first pic is fantastic. I really like the cut of the trousers and the color combination. Great idea for a post!

    • AFH

      The purple with khaki is very nice, though the shirt looks pretty blue in the later shots. I don’t think every khaki is going to work with every purple mind; I think the lesson here is to know your wardrobe and be willing to play with some unusual combinations.

      I kinda wish I could do the orange jacket thing, but it doesn’t really play with my skin tone so I’ll stick with the trousers. Orange is colourful but not too in your face, and can, with care, be worn all year round. ‘Peach’ can also be a slightly quieter alternative to pink, or a slightly funkier take on off-white.