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What I Wore Today: East/West Winter

December 12th, 2013

Articles of Style rule #1: Always bring your ‘A’ game.

“East/West Winter”

Use the comments section below to tell us which is your favorite look, and why!

    1. Wes


    Photography shot with the Canon EOS 70D digital SLR camera, with Dual Pixel AF technology and built-in Wi-Fi

    “I’ve been an all black kick lately when it comes to going out for the night.

    Black looks good on everyone…and throwing in one piece of color, like a grey DB jacket, can create a nice focused contrast.”


    “There are some high-end options when it comes to gloves, but I stick with this $15 pair I found at Urban Outfitters. If I lose them in my drunken stupor I won’t be upset.”


    “Get a pair of black loafers and keep them shined – you’ll find yourself wearing them very often.”


    • Black chesterfield coat by Banana Republic
    • Black inifinty scarf from “Friend”
    • Grey double breasted suit jacket
    • Black cashmere v-neck sweater by Uniqlo
    • Black smartphone gloves by Urban Outfitters
    • Black jeans by Club Monaco
    • Black & grey socks by Marcoliani
    • Black leather tassel loafers Vintage by Johnston & Murphy

    2. Alex


    Alex’s mixes high & low as well as dressy & casual with bespoke suit separates from MAB and a shawl cardigan from H&M.


    Of course, sometimes we take inspiration from each other ;)

    Great texture play here between the flannel fabric and the marled knit.


    Alex has also been wearing these black double monks with just about everything…they always seem to complete his look.


    • Sunglasses by Ray Ban
    • Light Grey Wool Cardigan by H&M
    • Striped Blue Shirt by Polo
    • Black Leather Double Monkstraps by Just A Men Shoe
    • Watch by Timex for JCrew

    3. Dan


    I would probably never wear a polo shirt with the collar popped, unless it’s under a sweater.

    Something about having the collar up seems more functional – it actually does keep your neck warm from a cool breeze.


    I’m really digging the suede shooting patch and elbow patches on this crewneck that’s been sitting at the back of my closet.

    Another example of a tasteful mix of black & brown.


    I really liked this sock & loafer combo from yesterday’s post, so I broke it out again today.

    Beefy socks are a nice way to transition your chinos to Fall.


    • Brown felt hat by Borsalino
    • White Polo by J.Crew
    • Suede trimmed sweater by Ralph Lauren
    • Light grey cotton chinos
    • Blue/grey marled socks by J.Crew
    • Brown Suede Loafers by Ralph Lauren

    Thanks, as always, for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Articles of Style


    Photography by Alex Crawford & Westley Dimagiba.

    • evan

      alex wins everytime. such great style

    • http://www.backdownsouth.com Back Down South

      Alex – classy, simple.

    • http://thegentlemansdiaries.tumblr.com Khris

      Dan, My man ……YOU WIN!!!! LOL I love this entire look from top to bottom!!! Love, Love, Love the sweater!!! I thought it was Comme Des Garcons! Definitely looks like a Watanabe inspired piece! Love all of you guys looks though!! Keep killing it TSB, Much love from the STL-314 area!!!

    • kellen owenby

      Dan’s sweater. Winner. I want to sew leather & suede patches on all my sweaters now…

    • http://anorexicescapades.com BougieHippie

      Dan!!!! hat + sweater = YOU WIN!!!


    • Cody

      So many awesome looks… Inspired to up my game!

    • http://wideeyestightwallets.com Adam

      Wow, impossible to decide between Wes and Alex. Wes has some serious swagger going on with that outfit, and I just ordered a three piece flannel suit and will definitely be trying a look similar to Alex’s. Sorry, Dan, don’t think I can get behind the popped collar.

    • Stuart

      Alex. I love the look.

    • http://keyboardandcompass.com/ Jeff

      I’ve got to go with Wes for the murdered out elegance. It’s been long enough since the black-denim obsession of the mid-00s for me to get back on board. And man am I ever on board when style like this!

    • Jakob

      Alex today, Wes close second. Sorry Dan, if that would have been a white button-down instead of the popped polo… Awesome sweater though.

    • Zach

      Love all three posts today. Wes looking NYC sharp, Alex with a great shawl collar, and Dan rocking some inspiration from the country.

      @Dan – I actually have the same sweater, wore it just the other day! Has treated me well for holiday parties up here at school in New England.

    • Levi G

      All around TSB team brilliance.

      But this one goes to Alex for most improved player.

    • Jonathan

      Hey Wes,

      I really like that chesterfield coat. It looks like a perfect fit. How tall are you? Im 5’8 and not sure if it would be a good look on me. All you guys are style are awesome. Keep it coming.

      – Jonathan

      • http://www.tsbmen.com Westley Dimagiba

        Thank you Jonathan.

        I’m 5’11, and the jacket is a medium. If the jacket is only a few inches long on you, you can always take it to your tailor.

        I hope this helps you!

        • Jonathan

          Good looking out Wes.

          • http://www.tsbmen.com Westley Dimagiba

            no doubt.

    • Esmetjie

      Alex got my Vote
      But i think the cardigan One size smaller would ……
      And i notized the monks Long Time ago, since then i keep my eyes Open for a similar One !
      Whatsapp with towni

    • Mathieu Lavoie

      Wow very nice looks guys, but I must say Dan look feels very unique and stylish yet easy going and comfortable, so he got my vote today.

      Love the pop collar with this nice sweather, even more awesome with the hat combo!

    • Bobby P

      If I restricted my voting to the category of stuff-I’d-actually-wear-myself, then I’ve gotta vote for Dan today.

      The other two looks, though very boss, are too formal for my taste.

    • Alex R

      WES ALL DAY ERR DAY! Damn this dude killed it today. Super sleek and streamlined look. Pop of gray only makes it better. Digging the aesthetic of the scarf also. Well done.

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Agreed. Wes on his Filipino James Dean, once again.

    • Johann

      Wes; not a big fan of black but well done.

    • Brooks

      Alex, with Wes second. I love how cozy that look is–marled wool and flannel, all anchored by those glorious double monks.

    • http://marcelvos.tumblr.com M

      Wes, and alex as a close second.

    • chrisd

      Was never a double-monk guy.. always thought they looked a bit much – until Alex put these on in a previous post. They are perfect, with a perfect taper to the pant leg to show em off. Looking sharp man. I think the hair style and glasses also contribute to the casualness of it all.

    • Mark

      Dan and Alex are nice looks, high/low and all that other stuff, but Wes is straight MURDER. Litmus test: the three of them walk into a bar, who gets the hottest girl?

      • Tom

        None of em

        • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

          Ouuuhh burrrrn. haha

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Haha. Not sure this is fair, considering Wes wore that because he was out late at the bar last night…

    • LouCaves

      I am going with Alex because of the vest and chunky sweater combo.

      Dan, I like that sweater and the shoe/sock combo as well. The popped collar not so much.

      Thanks, TSB.

    • http://undefined TimL

      Dan get my vote today.
      I really like the color combo of the sweater and polo.

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Thx player

    • only says inspiring


      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        hahaha that’s all we need.

    • Sergio Arteaga

      Wes for me. I try and stay away from black but I’ll be reconsidering this now. Ironically I have DB gray blazer that I don’t know what to pair it with, well I didn’t know what to pair it with.

    • Olerud_4_Life

      Wes has the smoothest look. He reminds me of Eddie Murphy in Boomerang, that early 90s gray/black combo sleek look. The best look to me is the second one. That sweater does it. THird look is nice too but i personally dont like the clint eastwood dirty harry hat. Nice look though and cool mismatch shoulder patch.

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Agreed on Wes. Great reference! Smooth operator.

    • Khaled

      Im going to give this to Dan. I’m digging the sweater with that leather patch and the length of the pants. The proportions are on point.

    • Boothy

      I really had a lot of time for Alex’s look today. The monkstraps are really cool, the toe cap and the brown on them seems to make them really versatile. I think the cardigan over the suit works really well, especially the colours of cream and the blue from the shirt. Makes those stripes really pop. Alex is Mr Hollywood lately with that curly hair. Well played man.

    • cam

      usually pick a winner but give my vote a 3 way split today.
      dan, is that nick fouquet on your Instagram the other day? saw him in the latest esquire network ad.

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Nice catch!

    • Selfmade Gentleman


      For some time I have not been a fan of black clothes, but this outfit has changed my mind.

    • sincan

      Dan, that jumper is awsome!

    • http://undefined Angel

      how many inches are those cuffs?

    • http://undefined Jeanscuffed

      DAMNIT Dan! I was THIS close to declaring Wes the victor of this post but that sweater definitely says A-Game! I still don’t know who I’m picking but just know it’s between y’all two. UGH

    • Tom

      Is townsend phasing out of TSB? Looks like he’s featured less on here

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Towni used his work at TSB to leverage into a full-time career in menswear. He hence has less time to commit to TSB, but will always be part of the family.

        • TimL

          Good for him.
          Isn’t that what everyone wants from here is to make something for themselves out of this?
          Hope all is well and maybe bring in some fresh faces too.

        • Jamie

          What’s the career?

    • Shawn

      I think Alex wins this time! Love the heavy cardigan as well as the high/low contrast!

    • Adam E

      I love Dan’s sweater, but he lost the vote with the popped collar… Narrow victory to Alex (also love that chunky cardigan), but all 3 looks are awesome!

    • http://ramblingsofawould-berenaissanceman.blogspot Joseph

      I have to go with Wes on this one. I really like Dan’s more “unusual” look and how well he pulls it off (why are leather patches on clothes always so awesome?!) and think Alex’s “after work ’50s dad” look is oddly cool (that sounds worse than I mean it), but Wes looks like some sort of stylish assassin. And that’s awesome.

    • josh

      Wow I’m usually for the all black (wes) all the time, but Alex’s outfit is too good. I love the strong contrast of the black monkstraps and sunglasses with the grey outfit and slouchy cardigan.

      Alex I’m copping this look thanks haha.

    • Gusto

      Wes got it locked down.

    • Owen

      A big thumbs up for Alex.

      Something I just niticed. I assume you guys runs your images through Photoshop or similar. Some of the colours on Dan’s images look different. In the 2nd image your chinos look grey and your hat looks black in the 2nd and 3rd images. I’m possibly being pedantic, but I love the combination of the brown hat and brown suede patches.

    • J. Lamarr

      Getting some serious Freddy Krueger vibes from Dan in this one.