Pulling-Off the Plaid Sport Coat

October 8th, 2011

The temperature here in NYC has finally started to cool off consistently, making it the perfect time to start layering in blazers.

You don’t need a jacket or a coat yet, just something to throw over your shoulders to break the breeze. One of my go-tos this time of year is a plaid or windowpane sportcoat (or suit jacket, if the fabric is right).

Early Fall is also a great time to begin introducing some autumn-worthy color palettes (think organic, earthy, rustic).

Here, three jackets with a punch in color palettes inspired by mother nature herself. 

     1. Madmen Modern

    This plaid cotton jacket works well for Summer (because it’s cotton and unlined) and for Fall (because the colors are cool and neutral).

    Try a soft jacket over a fitted v-neck knit for a weekend-chic look (although maybe not 100% appropriate for the bball court…even though I was giving Wes buckets).

    • Blue plaid cotton jacket
    • Teal ribbed v-neck by Gucci
    • White denim jeans by Helmut Lang
    • Brown alligator belt by Ralph Lauren Purple Label
    • Navy shades by Zanerobe
    • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker
    • Leather duffle bag by Lotuff & Clegg
    • Burgundy penny loafers by Bass

    2. Retro Plaid

    I was sketpical about this look at first. The sweater & jeans was the outfit I was wearing throughout the day before we started to shoot, so for efficiency sake I just said f-ck it and threw the jacket on top. It wasn’t until I saw the photo that I noticed the orange gradient in the shades tying everything together. What can I say, sometimes you get lucky – it’s the benefit of having a well curated wardrobe.

    Tip: Browns and oranges work very well together, come in countless shades, and flatter almost any skin type.

    Tip II: Don’t restrict your wardrobe; a suit jacket is a blazer and a blazer is a suit jacket. (Okay, not technically if you’re a purist, but if the fabric has some texture and pattern to it you’re doing yourself a disservice by not crossing it over).

    • Grey/Brown windowpane suit jacket
    • Marled V-neck Sweater by Ralph Lauren
    • Beige henley t-shirt by Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply
    • Orange jeans by Levis
    • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
    • Brown alligator watch band by Montblanc
    • Oxblood captoe dress boots by Scarpe di Bianco
    • Tortoise shades by Persol
    • Brown leather duffle by Frank Clegg Leatherworks

    3. Autumn Colors

    Browns and rusts here again.

    Tip: If the windowpane on the jacket has some color in it, you can pick it up in other pieces of your outfit to tie everything together (like the pants here, or the sweater, jeans and henley in look 2).

    Tip II: Peak lapels can make a casual jacket look slightly dressier and suave. Not to mention I love the look of having them nonchalantly popped as it cools down.

    Thanks for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier


    Photography by Alex Crawford.

    • Brian

      You are very right that orange and brown work well together(and they are the traditional colors of Thanksgiving!) because they are related. When you add black or blue to orange, you get brown.

    • DCRob

      Your use of patterns is phenomenal…I can’t tell if I like the popped peak lapels or not??? Either you always keep it funky, Dan.



      SO COOL

    • Dani

      You got me with the third one! quite charming indeed…


    • Travis


      Every once in a while I’m disappointed with some of your looks – and then you do a post like this where you’re KILLING IT! Keep up the good work and don’t go getting too big for us.

      – T

    • Jason

      I really liked the pink blazer you wore on last night’s Project Runway. Looking good.



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    • pve

      lovely. thanks for making me dig out my orange cords, tweeds and my fave hermes autumn pop of orange scarf.


      SO COOL

    • eric

      what persols are those? 0714?

      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB


    • Stephen

      I love all of the plaid jackets, and the orange pants are so cool! Plus it’s nice to see that white pants can work well in fall too.

      Thanks for all the awesome posts!

    • KAR480

      I totally love the red chinos. they look too dope.

    • Tyrell

      smooth , it’s both whatever and puntual. my everyday look

    • Miguel Ramalhão

      WOW… love the color of the pants on the Autumn Leaves!..

    • Cory

      Great post. Look 3 is favorite. That’s a great grouping of colors. I love windowpane suits/jackets. (I own two: one is subtle on a gray suit, the other is a bit more noticeable on an Italian sports coat.

    • Tim

      Great as always, I like to bring out herringbone in the fall



    • Nathan

      The windownpane jackets in looks 2 and 3 are amazing. I love the under-the-collar detail; it really adds some great character to the look and does a wonderful job of tying in some different shades of brown. Your looks continue to inspire me on a daily basis. Thank you for doing what you do.

      P.S. – I’ve been having some trouble finding other blogs that compare to this one for men’s fashion. Any blogs that you try to keep up on that you’d be willing to share?

    • TO

      Great colors… love the first look

      Did the game go as you predicted? :)

    • Andrew Carlson

      You always wear really awesome window pane blazers and sportcoats. Yours are always bespoke though. Where are some good places where we can find them though? I want one REALLY badly, but can’t seem to find them anywhere.

      • cam

        Brooks Brothers, J Press, Ralph Lauren, Armani, Saks Mens Collection, Michael Kors, Etro, Hickey Freeman, Jos. A Bank, eBay, Thrift Stores, and on and on….you really can’t find one anywhere??? hmmm….

    • Tande

      Look #1 is great. I really don’t think white jeans are for summer only.

    • jim

      What’s the style name of the bass loafers?

    • Every Man’s Closet

      Thank you for wearing white after labor day. Look 3 is hot and I love a popped suit collar with the addition of a gauzey thin scarf casually thrown in the mix. Great post!