Casually Dressed-Up feat. Tyler Thoreson

December 14th, 2012

Tyler Thoreson has been in the online men’s style game long before the #menswear movement.

In 2004 he joined Conde Nast where he helped launch and served as executive editor of The site was the online home of GQ and Details, but also produced a large amount of original content. In 2010 he moved to Gilt Groupe, where he now serves as the head of editorial and creative for both Gilt Man and Park & Bond.

“I’ve been into clothes and style virtually my whole life. Being 6’5” — which I’ve been since I was 15 — makes finding clothes that fit a challenge. Actually, I take that back, it makes finding stylish clothes that fit a challenge. That’s part of where my fascination with style and fit comes from.”

Here, Tyler gives us a glimpse of his day-to-day personal style, showing off his ability to combine dressy elements with casual ones for a look that is a little hard to describe:

“A part of me suspects that defining one’s personal style is detrimental to same, but here’s my best attempt: Modern classic. Classic modern. European American. Midwestern Continental. On a good day, David Hemmings in Blow-Up meets Jack Nicholson in 5 Easy Pieces meets Roger Moore circa ’68 meets Josh Peskowitz on his day off.”

    1. Soft & Sharp

    “This is definitely a cold day look. The sweater is one of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe. It’s made from Mongolian cashmere, the softest, warmest cashmere in the world.

    I’ve had the Brooks blazer for several years. It’s one of the first slim-fitting tailored pieces they did, and it’s still part of my regular rotation.

    The red cords are really just and excuse to bust out that Michael Bastian pocket square.”

    “I’ve had the Rogues Gallery boots, which are made by Quoddy, for 5+ years, and I figure they’ve got another 15 years of wear in ’em.”

    • Navy wool/cashmere blazer by Brooks Brothers
    • Pocket square by Michael Bastian
    • Neautral cable knit cashmere sweater by Gilded Age
    • Red corduroys by J Brand
    • Brown leather boots by Rogues Gallery

    2. Fashionable Father

    “This more or less my weekend look these days.

    I’ll take the jacket off for an extended session of “Giant Robot” (a made up game, but it’s not hard to imagine how it goes) with the kids in our backyard.”

    “I decided to go for the full English Country Gent — throat tab and everything — with this Harris Tweed sportcoat from Greenfield. It’s the perfect piece of fall outerwear.”

    “Liberal application of Shout has so far kept the cords grass-stain free.”

    • Grey tweed sportcoat by Martin Greenfield
    • Blue pin dot shirt by Hamilton 1883
    • Beige waffle knit scarf by Rag & Bone
    • Red pocket square w/ blue piping Vintage
    • Watch Vintage by Rolex GMT-Master
    • White corduroys by J.Crew
    • Navy running sneakers by Nike Free

    3. Tailored by Choice

    “This is about as dressy as I get.

    I’m a loyal Martin Greenfield customer — I think I have seven or eight Greenfield suits — and this one is my latest and my favorite. It’s made from Fresco fabric, which is a high-twist wool that has a very cool texture to it. It breathes exceptionally well, and it’s rumored to wear well, too.”

    “I virtually always dress my suits down with an oxford shirt from Hamilton Shirts in Houston.”

    “The shoes also signal that I’m wearing a suit because I want to, not because I have to.”

    Thanks for reading. Special thanks to Tyler for participating and Artisinal Bistro on Park Avenue for allowing us to use their beautiful space.

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier


    Photography by Alex Crawford


    • Josh

      Nice! He’s doing it right byonly wearing Hamilton shirts. It doesn’t get any better as far as quality and fit.

    • Jonathan

      Also, that last outfit with the suit. The pocket square is a great color choice. Well done gentlemen.

    • Jonathan

      Yeah, the outfit is very original. It’s nice to see some lighter tints here and there. But those shoes, really subtract from the elegance of khaki and blue with a scarf.

    • Matt

      I agree with all the tall guys shouting for a little attention. I’m 6’6″, and everytime I find a company that fits me, I mark it down. From Eddie Bauer’s new slim fitting medium tall shirts to Banana Republic’s 32x36inch cords, every find is something to be treasured.

    • Payton

      I think that there was a feature on style for tall men a while back. It featured Dan’s roommate at the time, if I recall. Anybody? Bueller?

    • Gazman

      Great suit in look 3 but those shoes, man, they do not work.

    • Jonathan

      I agree with Kiel. I’m 6’4″ and we are definitely neglected. Can you please do a post on shopping for tall men? You can use me as a model!

    • TO

      Really glad you did this feature. I hope Mr. Thoreson gets to read this- I was really a big fan of’s feature “In the Closet” with Mr. Peskowitz, it was one of the things that kept me excited about clothes and style back then.

      Nice to see the parallels to style from there, showing consistency over time; oxford shirting, slim ties, with some great new or other aspects shown here to his style. Love that he goes to Mr. Greenfield himself! That is a neat neat tidbit.
      The first shot I thought I wasn’t feelin’ the ‘non’roll neck sweater, but the second closer shot really clears it up- that is a BOMB piece!
      It would be great to have his aforementioned co-host on here too!

    • Ben

      Killer looks, not sure how I feel about the nike frees in look 2 though, nice shoes for working out but personally wouldn’t wear them with the cords, pin-dot shirt and such a classic tweed blazer. I guess once you make it in the style world you can break the rules.

      • Jack

        Agreed. Can someone explain to me the appeal of Nike Frees? I dislike their look, but all the fashion types dig ’em. Same with Tretorns, which seem to have revived their brand by cozying up to J Crew and fashion bloggers.

        • cam

          i will agree with your comment on the nike frees but i CANNOT agree with you on tretorn. they have been a prep staple for years. i wear them all summer long (or superga) with shorts. however, i would never wear them with a suit.

      • J. Lamarr

        I’m a fan of the Nike Free’s simply because of the functional ability they offer in this scenario. We’re already conceding that this is a casual look so why not throw in some comfortable shoes with your sportcoat and cords if you’re indeed going to be on your feet, playing ‘Giant Robot’ even.

    • cam

      OCBD with a suit is my daily routine! needless to say i’m a fan

    • Kiel

      Cool dude! I wish he had more than 3 outfits in this post! More tall-guy-fashion please! I’m 6’3 and feel immediate sympathy.