The Gentleman in the Olive Suit

March 15th, 2016

There was a time when olive and taupe suits were commonly worn by gentlemen all around the country, along with the usual suspects navy, medium grey and charcoal.

The thing is, that time (around the late 80s and 90s) was also a time associated with boxy, oversized suits with low gorge lines, huge armholes, and no vents. It was a tough time for tailored menswear, as there weren’t many resources available for the average consumer to learn about proper fit, quality fabrics, etc. Since then tailoring has grown tremendously, thanks in large part to menswear blogs educating consumers on quality and custom menswear now being offered to all markets via the web.

Needless to say, we feel much differently about an earth tone suit when it’s properly tailored. An olive fabric has an old school gentleman vibe that’s flattering on anybody. It’s also rare but surprisingly versatile; a great match for any shade of brown shoes, and very chic with black shoes as well.

With that said, I encourage you to consider adding some olive to your long-term wardrobe. Here are three of the many, many ways to style our Olive Worsted Suit.

    Style Inherent


    The beauty of an earthy olive is that you can wear it year-round, with just about color combination. You can go with whites, blues, creams, tans, browns, greys, even purples and pinks in the Spring/Summer.

    And you don’t need a bold shirt & tie combination, even the most simple pairings will look tasteful and stylish. The key is to keep the rest of the fit simple and let the tailoring shine.

    A gentleman’s style is easy and effortless, because he invests in quality, fit and lasting design.


    Waistcoat Statement


    An olive suit doesn’t scream “business” and is a suave garment to wear casually as well. Think about a classic white oxford shirt with no tie, or a cashmere sweater in camel or a shade of brown.

    Of course, we also love the use of the contrast waistcoat, like here with our Cotton/Silk Herringbone. Think of this fabric like a cotton suiting but with a softer hand feel, a smoother drape, an open breathable weave, and a slight sheen thanks to the incredible natural properties of silk.


    Lightweight Layering


    This is an example of how a 3-piece suit (and earth tones) can open up new styling opportunities in your wardrobe, especially in terms of lightweight layering.

    Speaking of lightweight layering, I’m very excited about this pure silk donegal mac… More on that shortly.


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    Olive Worsted Suit

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    Olive Worsted Waistcoat

    Thanks, as always, for reading. If you have any questions about our online custom menswear, feel free to contact us anytime. We look forward to serving as your personal tailor and stylist. 

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier

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    • Caboom

      Been craving a suit like this ever since I saw Ryan Gosling in a Gucci number a few years back (google it). I would argue that this suit would not be spring worthy. That being said, I’d invest in this suit over a medium/light grey any day!

      Great post!

    • Sabir M. Peele

      I know you have a green cotton suit as well (throwback from Bar III video). Would you apply the same styling aesthetic from this suit to that one?
      – Sabir

    • AdamE

      This would be doing green for St. Patty’s day the right way… not the loud in your face greens, or novelty shamrock ties (which one could (should) argue are never OK, and that’s novelty ties writ large, not just shamrock ones…)…

    • Alan James

      So inspiring, particularly with the fit of these garments, which are relaxed just enough to keep it sharp yet more classic than anything you will see in fashion. Along with the texture and color combos, there’s a balance in all this that is sublime.

    • somethingnottaken

      I like earthy green, though I prefer your forest tweed over this smooth worsted

      • AFH

        I was wondering about how well this will actually play as separates. My guess is ‘okay’ – I suspect some of AoS worldwide clientele wants worsted; it’s also relatively inexpensive. I still think a hopsack might have been better though.

    • JoeFromTexas

      I really liked the color, but thought it wouldn’t work in most environments. But put together, the color is more subtle than I thought and would probably work in most conservative environments. It’s only on a second glance that one would realize that’s it’s not the standard grey/charcoal or blue/navy.

    • Jeanscuffed

      Awesome post and styling (per usual). Maybe it’s my imagination, but I’ve noticed that you might have gone a tad bit fuller in the leg to create a better silhouette and comfort for an overall classic piece. Could you please elaborate?

      • AdamE

        Definitely noticed the fuller cut to the trousers… not entirely sold on the cuff… for myself at least…