Corduroy Suits Part II: Dressed-Down

February 27th, 2013

Corduroy suits are as practical for the weekend as they are for the office.

Following up on “Part I: Dressed-Up“, here are the same three corduroy suits, dressed-down.

    1. Suit, Sweater, Sneaks


    With the back and forth weather of NYC, every once in a while we get a warm sunny day in the middle of February.

    One of my go-to “casual” looks for late winter/early spring: heavy suit + textured knit + classy sneakers.


    The keys to a sharp casual look are simplicity, fit, color and texture.

    And don’t forget the accessories. A simple look benefits from finishing touches like subtle, minimal jewelry.


    These are one of the few pairs of sneakers I own that are beautfiully crafted. The suede and patent leather are top quality, and the design is simple and smart. They have the comfort and casual nature of a sneaker, with a hint of elegance and maturity.

    They actually look and feel more like a pair of benchmade lace-ups than a typical pair of factory-made runners.


    • Gold Plated hand-engraved shades by Matsuda
    • Khaki corduroy suit
    • Linen knit sweater by Zara
    • Brown bandana as pocket square
    • Necklaces from NYC Street Artist
    • “Stella” Watch by Brera Orologi
    • Brass spike cuff by Giles & Brothers
    • Slim brown leather belt Vintage
    • Brown suede captoe sneakers by Lanvin

    2. Casual but Sharp


    As I mentioned, I wear this double-breasted cord jacket more often as a “tailored peacoat” than a full suit. It’s extremely warm and tougher than it looks.

    As Towni mentioned, the subtle popped-collar under turleneck is a micro-trend that we have been diggin’.


    All about them Winter Whites.


    • Navy corduroy double breasted suit jacket
    • Grey fine-guage wool turtleneck by Uniqlo
    • Denim western shirt by Levi’s
    • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
    • Brown suede Ring belt by Brooks Brothers
    • White denim jeans by Helmut Lang
    • Brown suede wingtips by JCrew

    3. High/Low


    A corduroy suit jacket is the kind of piece you can just throw on, no matter what you’re wearing (provided you have a well-edited wardrobe).

    I like mixing tailored jackets with more casual pieces – like a vintage peacoat, a pair of alpine boots and a $5 street beanie.


    Don’t be afraid to wear your “nice” clothes. Well-made pieces are built to last and will get better with time. They’re not doing any good in the back of your closet.

    A corduroy jacket is a great example of a piece that gets better with wear. Over time it will mold to the shape of your body, providing a better fit, and the fabric will take-on a natural broken-in character.


    Putting some final spins on my winter boots before Spring comes around for real.


    • Black beanie from NYC street stand
    • Navy peacoat Vintage naval issue
    • Blue striped cotton top by Saint James
    • Black woven leather gloves by Hilts and Willard
    • Washed denim by Rag & Bone
    • Alpine boots by Kenneth Cole


    Thanks, as always, for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier


    Photography by Alex Crawford

    • Peter

      Hey Dan,

      Big fan of the site and the first look here (unlike most of the other people who commented on that outfit–haha).

      About the third look: I can’t quite tell from the photos or description how you’re mixing black and brown here. It looks like the boots (or the laces, at least) are brown and all the other leathers (gloves, watch, and jacket buttons) are black. Am I getting that right?


    • Miguel

      Really dig look number 3, that looks very practical, warm and well put together.

    • Amit

      Your watch is always visible. Mine never, although I follow the rule saying your sleeve should reach the base of your thumb when standing straight. :(

    • Joe

      I’ve always done the bandanna as handkerchief thing, but most bandannas are huge, do you cut them into fourths or trim down? If so, do you need to sew up the edges? Great post.

    • Kiel

      I have never considered a turtleneck (despite all the props they get on here) before seeing the popped collar underneath. I don’t know why it makes such a big diff, but it does.

    • Dustin

      The blazer in the 3rd look is excellent! I am definitely going to keep an eye out for a grey cord jacket now.

    • http://undefined Nick

      Look 3 is great while walking around NYC. Love the mix of “nice” clothes with simple fashion.

    • Daniel

      Look two is sharp as f*ck! The beard’s looking good too.

      Side note: two necklaces, two bracelets, and a gold watch = minimal jewelry? Oh menswear…

      • Dan Trepanier

        Thanks Daniel. Only one bracelet here, but I was referring more to the simplicity of the pieces.

    • SAJ

      Very, very, nice – both parts I&II. Love look #2 here.

      For anyone questioning the popped collar underneath, its very subtle and you can pull the same look sans collared shirt. The #1 piece of advice given on this site is to turn looks into your own.

      Great work as always.

      • Dan Trepanier


    • Henri

      The second look is one of the best I’ve seen in a while – exeptional. And where did you find that fine, old Volvo which appears to have been imported from Finland?!

    • Tyler

      I hate the suit-with-sneakers look. Absolutely terrible.

    • Don Pierre

      Japanese Excellence: Iconic Matsuda shades. Lanvin trainers are truly the most sophisticated and classic. Clean post. #Tsbmen #Timeless

    • Mick

      I think looks two and three are perfect. I also love the suit in look one. However, the sweater in look one-with the lower collar and symmetrical sloping pattern on the top-gives an unflattering illusion of gynecomastia (a.k.a. man boobs). Notice I said illusion.

      • Alan

        I was thinking that too – Love the outfit, but I’d look seriously in need of a mansierre in that sweater.

    • Adam Rapoport

      Dan, looks 2 and three are phenomenal, great looks my friend! I now know why you emphasize versatility, it’s hard to believe you can make a suit look so casual and natural!

    • In Seoul

      I like look 2, but agree that the popped shirt underneath seems superfluous, and look 3, although the cord’s vertical ribbing and the horizontal striping took a little getting used to.

      I agree with the previous commentators who did not like look 1. I think a solid v-neck under a jacket/pants combo looks fine, but a patterned v-neck with a suit seemed to clash a bit to much for me. But as you always say, to each one’s own. I’m sure you own that look, even more in person.

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      Hate to say it but I hate look #1. I don’t like sneaker with any kind of suite. Don’t like the knit sweater and I think you have too much bling on your watch hand. (sorry)

      Love everything about look #2.

      I like most of look #3 but your channeling your inner pirate. Aarrghh… ( love the boots though).

    • Borel

      Those Lanvin shoes are just plain awesome. They are very classy for a pair of sneakers. Aside from that, great post. All three looks were very nice.

    • Anonymous

      F-ing LOVE this site!!

    • http://undefined Mathieu Lavoie

      Very Nice! Do you think look no2 could work with a velvet blazer or is it too much?

    • Kris

      One of the best post so far. Not so sure about the popped collar under the turtleneck, though. Seen a lot of guys doin it latley, but it looks weird in my opnion.

      Anyways, three solid looks. Thumps up.

    • John

      I’m seriously considering a grey corduroy suit instead of the grey tweed I had in mind. I blame you for that!

    • Jake

      Don’t love the use of the word ‘bipolar’ in look one. (bit of a sensitive issue). Everything looks great though.

      • Townsend

        Thanks for pointing that out!

    • cam

      dan, i really like the use of the saint james cotton top in the winter as it adds a certain something unexpected.

      when you wear a look like 1 or 2, do you opt to leave the jacket on at all times? i guess im not sure how it would look with a tucked-in sweater sans jacket. your thoughts?

    • Carter

      Killing it as always. Love that DB corduroy suit. Thanks again for your time at the studio. It was a true pleasure. Readers, the TSB team has a vision for the site that will change the game! Continue to support and learn from Dan and the crew! I know I will!

      • Brady


      • Dan Trepanier

        Thanks Carter, for the nice comment and your continued support. It was great meeting you the other day, always inspiring to meet our readers. All the best to you and Colleen!

    • http://undefined Shawn

      Love looks 2 and 3! Very sharp! Never been a fan of the knit in look 1 but I guess that you feel confident in it and that’s the key to success!

      • Dan Trepanier

        Well said Shawn.

    • Brady

      Looks 2 and 3 are amazing, don’t love the collar under the turtleneck, but to each his own. That peaked DB jacket has style for days!! Corduroy suits look so sharp, understated, and sophisticated.

      How far into spring is acceptable for a cord jacket? Whenever it’s too hot to wear I guess? Or is corduroy a no go in the spring time?

      • Dan Trepanier

        Thx Brady. Generally, I’d say dress for the thermometer, not the calendar – especially with the unpredictable weather this time of year.

    • Lothar

      Did you wash that car before you sat on it with white jeans? Cars are DIRTY. Sitting on them is a better idea than a practice.

      • Dan Trepanier

        haha I probably dusted it off before sitting…but it’s not that serious.

    • mmac

      volvo 244!

    • Ali

      What’s the rule about tucking sweaters in?
      Always, sometimes, never?

      • Dan Trepanier

        Depends on the sweater, and the waistline. A thin/fitted sweater, on a thin/fit guy looks very sharp tucked.

        I’d say it’s a case by case scenario.