What You Can Learn From: @KamauHosten

July 6th, 2016

Kamau Hosten (as profiled here) is a master of minimal tailoring.

Here’s a few things you can pick up from following him on instagram.

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1. A trim dark suit can be a semi-casual item, just pair it with a lush v-neck polo knit and some simple, refined accessories. As always, fit is everything to nail a minimal look like this.

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2. Consider adding some burgundy to your tailored wardrobe. And if you’re working with a long scarf, give it a simple loop at chest level like you just come back from Paris.

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3. Don’t be afraid to go three buttons deep, if the summer heat calls for it.

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4. Summer time combo: panama hat + white trousers. Featuring our friends Jason Andrew and Karl-Edwin Guerre.

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5. A flannel suit with a turtleneck in the Fall is extra smooth and never fails.

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6. If it fits properly, a trim double-breasted jacket can be worn open, with waxed jeans and chelsea boots.

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7. Find a mentor and learn from those who have studied the game. Our friend Bruce Boyer is one of America’s best classic menswear writers, check out his words of wisdom in our interview.

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8. When you invest in classic garments that are well crafted and properly tailored, dressing with style is easy. Keep it simple, monochromatic, and let the tailoring speak for itself.

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9. Green gators? Probably not. Green socks with brown gators. Hell yea. Kamau knows about refining the finishing touches: like the tie dimple, the timeless tank watch, and the overall proportions.

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10. A short sleeve shirt should hit around mid-bicep, and be short enough to wear untucked. Also, tropical wool trousers are much better than jeans for summer heat – have them tapered with minimal break and pair them with some classic sneakers.

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11. A floral pattern is tough to pull off for a man. I would save it for the occasional daytime celebration, and keep the rest of your look simple and sleek.

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12. If you change body shape, get the necessary alterations done to your tailored garments. It’s a one-time fix that will revitalize your wardrobe investments and show-off your new body. That’s the real beauty of classic tailoring; your garments can be molded as your body changes over time.

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13. You can never go wrong with a classic navy topcoat. You’ll wear it all season long, for years to come. Extra points for the dandy accessories here – tweed newsboy cap and purple socks in green Belgian loafers.


Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

  • Chris H

    Anybody know the navy polo and single pleat white trousers he’s wearing with the Panama hat? Great look pulled off perfectly.

  • Eric Gaskins

    the cut and fit of your jackets and suits looks very correct and super flattering. Most men nowadays don’t even know what fit means. Keep up the great work. I too will be writing about you at Emperorsrealclothes.com
    best, Eric Gaskins Emperorsrealclothes.com

  • jason

    When will you guys start posting more content, again?

  • Miguel

    Less is always better, classic, simple and well put together.

  • OD

    “Don’t be afraid to go three buttons deep, if the summer heat calls for it.” Idiot! Lose the jacket then.

    • TO

      Before the hasty name calling, first consider that many a gentlemen have figured out that it is most convenient to wear a jacket to keep his essential items (wallet, phone, etc.) stowed and handy, especially without buldging the pants pockets. And seasonal tailoring allows for this year round- the extra undone button allows for a little extra breeze to ventilate even with a jacket on.

  • AdamE

    On Point! This should be the how to guide for most gentlemen on how to dress for the real world…
    – Fit is on point
    – Less is more (the use of color is subtle and nuanced, rather than in your face..)
    – Looks are balanced
    – classic pieces never go out of style

    If you can follow most of those, you’ll always be one of the best dressed guys in the room, and will never be underdressed for the occasion…

  • JoeFromTexas

    Guerreism post in the works…?

  • DJ Hargrave

    This is one of the best examples of a gentleman doing more with less.. everyone’s looks are Instagram are pretty over-done (including myself, guilty as charged)

    DJ | Tailor Made Style


  • TO

    This guy is too fresh… He had been popping up on my search field on Instagram lately and got to rediscover his smooth style before figuring out he was the “Classic Man” from a while back!

    • Jeanscuffed

      I’ll always remember him as the Red Suit from Liberty Fairs

    • Kyle Leon Norville

      Funny thing is I seen him all over IG too.

      I started following him before I came across this post. I made the right choice lol.

  • Jeanscuffed

    Number 4 should have been: ALWAYS surround yourself with heavy hitters