Too Late for Linen?

September 8th, 2014

It’s great to be back in NYC. Every time I come back I feel newly inspired by the energy of the city, and the people-watching is off the charts as always.

It’s been very humid over the past couple of days, though, so Wes and I have been wearing linen fabrics almost exclusively. The other day somebody tried to call us out for wearing linen after labor day, because they consider it “out of season”. That got me thinking…

In my opinion, there is no “season” for linen, or any other type of fabric. It’s not about the date on the calendar, it’s about the temperature outside and dealing with the elements.

    1. Linen Suit, Structured Polo

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    A darker color of linen, like this navy blue for example, can easily stretch into October on the East coast (even with the white mother of pearl buttons). And in warm places like LA, it can be worn year-round.

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    With a short-sleeve polo shirt, a dark linen suit is a great way to stay cool and sharp, from day to night.

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    Suede loafers can give it that early-Fall feel as well.

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    • Vintage Ralph Lauren Sunglasses from Kings of Past
    • Navy Linen Suit
    • Polo shirt by Uniqlo x Michael Bastian
    • Brown suede Ring belt by Brooks Brothers
    • Chocolate suede tassel loafers by Paul Evans

    2. Linen Blazer, Band Collar

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    Wes has been rocking this awesome blazer in a micro-houndstooth wool/linen blend. I thought the fabric looked familiar – it’s leftover from my MAB x DT collection.

    Of course, Wes sticks to his signature band collar shirt – this one also in linen with a sharp bengal stripe.

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    Again, the suede footwear make the linen look a little less “strictly summer”. I should also mention that Wes scored these loafer for $20 at one of his top-secret vintage holes. I think I paid more than that for breakfast yesterday…

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    • Wool/linen blazer
    • Navy trousers by Paul Smith
    • Brown suede tassel loafers by Allen Edmonds

    Thanks, as always, for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier

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    • Paul Evans

      love the look and agree on linen. if it’s hot/humid, it’s cool.

    • John B

      Unfortunately most of the pictures from the old posts are removed or at least I can’t see them!

      • TO

        Yea- can we get those back Dan???

      • Juan Zara

        I’ve been meaning to contact Dan about this. The pictures are still hosted on the website though, it’s just the links that are broken. All you have to do is click on the pictures and change the URL to “” where it says “”.

    • Steven Santander

      Linen straight through fall, even layered well in winter still works in my opinion. That’s a beautiful navy tone on the suit Dan! And Wes’ shirt and shoes are amazing!

    • Andrey

      I wholeheartedly agree with this. I wear linen shirt year-round because I am prone to sweat even when it’s cold out. I will layer the shirt, of course, but the linen helps cut down on the moisture.

    • Jimmy_Johansen

      I need to find one of Wes’ secret spots. I wear a 14-15 shoe, sometimes wide depending on the shoe and it’s such a hassle finding shoes that don’t look like they’re from the Security Guard Collection.

      Any suggestions?

      • TO

        Suitsupply goes up to a 14, sadly only in a D width though

        • Jimmy_Johansen

          Thanks. I’ll see if they have any that look like a wider cut.

      • Juan Zara

        Meermin goes up to a 14 on some shoes as well, and the quality is exceptional, especially considering they go for a fraction of what a pair of comparable shoes (say, a pair of Church’s) go for.

        • Jimmy_Johansen

          Thanks, but I’m only seeing up to US13. But I appreciate the thought.

    • T-dogg

      As an Australian I find the “seasonal” aspect to fashion that Americans constantly bring up humorous. I agree with the author in that surely the decision on what to wear comes down to the weather on that particular day and what makes the person most comfortable

    • cam

      Regarding the main question, I believe the great Jim Jefferies said it best, “(If a grown man gives you unsolicited instructions about your clothes) punch that cunt in the head until your hand breaks.”

    • Miguel

      Excellent article, it covered one of my questions.

      Now Dan, how late can you wear White, I know or I hear after labor day is no-no, how true is that?

      • Juan Zara
      • WhenToWear

        Just to add, during the fall and winter months, we tend to stick to dark, heavy colors, grey, black, burnt organg3, forest green, navy etc. the colors can sometimes become overwhelming/over powering. Wearing white or cream is a great way to add some lightness to the autumnal pallet. It essentially works the same way as wearing bright yellow, or salmon during the spring and summer.

      • LouCaves

        Miguel, I just wore white 501’s to church this past Sunday (after Labor Day and it was 75 degrees outside). Earlier this summer the weather in Chicago was in the 50’s so I wore corduroy.

        I have some sartorial rules that are personal to me but I’ll dress according to temperature before the calendar any day of the year.

        Thanks, TSB.