1 Piece/3 Ways: Dark Chocolate

January 14th, 2016

Today we take a closer look at one of my personal favorites from our Fall/Winter collection; the Dark Chocolate Worsted.

I don’t typically cut suits in “4 season” fabrics (since I prefer seasonal textures), but this particular cloth really stuck-out to me when we were designing the initial collection. It’s surprisingly hard to find a 9oz worsted wool in this shade of deep chocolate brown, and this one has a beautiful luster that gives it a luxe drape.

Here’s an idea of how our Dark Chocolate Italian fabric (custom made just for you, of course) can give you a long-term wardrobe boost, all year long.

    3-Piece: All Business

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    The beauty of a rich chocolate brown is that it compliments several other colors – blues, yellows, greys, oranges, greens, etc. It also flatters most skin tones – it even almost makes me look tan.

    This version is double-breasted with patch pockets; one of my favorite combos, since I’m often dressing somewhere between formal and casual. We’ve custom-made several single-breasted versions of this suit (with patch pockets, as well as flap pockets) that look great as well (and are probably easier to wear as a sportcoat).

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    Jacket: Business Casual

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    Good tailoring should be interchangeable.

    An unstructured suit jacket can double as a sportcoat, and a textured suit pant can double as an odd trouser. Throw a classic American oxford shirt in the mix, and you have yourself a timeless “business casual” outfit that takes very little thought or effort.

    Building a smart, long-term wardrobe is all about carefully curating your fabrics and always making sure your fit is on-point (for your unique body type). After that it’s a simple grab & go process.

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    Waistcoat + Trouser: Smart Casual

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    Back in the day, when tailoring was synonymous with menswear and “t-shirt and jeans” was not a mass uniform, this would have been considered a casual look. Let’s bring it back, gentleman. For a weekend affair; a waistcoat, a trouser, a henley, a chelsea boot, and a trim overcoat.

    Lastly, I should mention that we don’t have much of the Dark Chocolate fabric left (it’s our next to sell out, along with the Rust Hopsack), so if you’ve been thinking about investing in a custom version for yourself, let’s talk.

    Once a fabric is sold out, it ain’t coming back. We like to keep it exclusive for our clients.

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    Thanks, as always, for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier

    Photography by Alex Crawford.

    • Khoi N.

      Love everything about this. The colors, the textures, the fit. Just owning it in every way possible.

    • Reuben

      I just ordered the Chocolate Waistcoat, I can’t wait to wear the final product :-)

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

        Thanks Reuben! Just reviewed your client profile and started on your pattern. Your try-on waistcoat for your initial fit assessment is already in production. Looking forward to your first fitting! Talk soon, Dan

    • Jeanscuffed

      Dan I understand that having a 3pc has more versatility than a standard 2pc suit but would you recommend wearing the vest with a DB? I rarely see this done but it seems as if the DB jacket does both the jobs of a vest and single breasted jacket. What’s your thoughts on this or were you just trying to show that it could also be worn as a 3pc.

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

        The waistcoat is primarily for when the jacket is removed, or worn open. A waistcoat has it’s own benefits, such as an added layer of warmth to only the torso, and a great way to keep a gut tucked in (with help from the rear cinch – a sort of beer belly corset).

    • Miguel

      Love all the looks, in my world this is what I do mix and match, great colors on those two suits.

    • barrtekk

      The jacket is to large and most importantly to long! At least that how it looks like since you’re wearing it unbuttoned (a double-breasted!?).

      Besides the Business Casual look which I don’t like the rest is nice! Thanks!

      • TO

        From the pose I gather he’s pulling down on the jacket, making it appear longer

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

        Ohh man, disagree 100%. I absolutely love the length of this jacket. Might look a little longer due to the rise on the trousers…either way, thanks for sharing your opinion barrtekk.

    • TheSartorialBully

      I was wondering when there would be a post for the DC. Love the smart casual, that has been my vibe lately. Beyond ready for the waistcoat

    • http://www.streetxsprezza.wordpress.com Ethan W.

      Fantastic! Once my career takes off and I’ve got extra cash, I’m getting an AoS suit. ;)

    • Bronello_Cucinelli

      Love the rust hopsack trousers – are medium/high rise trousers going to regain mainstream popularity in the foreseeable future?

      • TO

        I think so. I’ve come to realize that even for jeans I prefer the same medium rise, but how things will inevitably continue to cycle over time…

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

        What looks good will always be in style :)

    • TO

      I honestly love this, you should do some more 1/3s from the collection I think. Also, Glad you framed the issue of fabric weight the way you did here.

      So, in confirmation, are you saying a 9oz worsted wool would be reasonably considered to make a year-round suit?
      (Would be really interested to see a guide done in this way relating to suiting fabrics, trousers, and maybe even jeans and shirts?! Would be so cool)

      • Geezer

        9-10 oz Worsted will make a good ‘Year Round’ suit. Your legs will be cold at -15 and you will be sweaty at +30, but it is the best option in my humble opinion. They are also a great foundation to start building from.

        I, personally, have gone away from worsted as I do not ‘need’ to wear a suit. I find heavier weights, 11-14 oz tweed and flannels, last so much longer, take a beating better, and keep me warmer in the winter, and cotton, linen (not based as much on weight) and lightweight, open wools look nicer and wear cooler in the summer. Other than that, gabardine and serge fill in the odd times. I am also really lucky ;)

        • TO

          Thanks so much Geezer for the knowledge bombs and for sharing your experience. To get a context for your personal cloth preferences that you outlined, what location and type of climate do you live in? Lucky indeed, it sounds like you have some nice suit options to choose from!

          • Geezer

            Thank you TO. I live just north of Toronto (TO ;) Canada. That means cold winters, and hot, humid summers. You get to wear a whole bunch of different weights, but worsted in my situation, always seems too warm or cold. Then again, I have gabardine suits, they are useless but I love em.

            • TO

              Ahhh.. I just spent the last two years in TO! Small world.

              • Geezer

                It most certainly is ;)

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

          Nailed it! Thanks Geezer.