The Tailored Tunic

May 25th, 2015

As the seasons change and the weather warms up, menswear tends to get a little less structured and a little more casual. Come Spring/Summer we prefer a looser garment in a lightweight fabric (like linen or silk) with an open neckline to keep a cool breeze.

An ideal casual look in a warm climate is a little “flowy” off the body, but still has elements of classic tailoring. For example, lately we’ve really been into tunic-style tops (think breezy fabric, deep open neck, and slightly oversized body).

Here’s some inspiration.

    Hippie Chic


    A tailored hopsack trouser is a must-have in your wardrobe. If you already have one, you know what I mean. If you don’t, well have some soon. No fabric breathes as well and also offers that versatile high/low texture that can be dressed up or down.

    This heather grey pair (part of a suit from my first collaboration with MAB years ago) works as well with a shirt and tie as it does with a tunic and chelsea boots. That’s how we like to build a wardrobe.


    This baja tunic is one of the cooler pieces we’ve seen this Spring. In fact, Alejandro‘s entire collection this season has been spot on, including this military-inspired trench in a dusty salmon cotton.


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    • Mauve military trench by Beautiful Ful
    • Baja tunic by Beautiful Ful
    • Vintage Ralph Lauren sunglasses via Kings of Past
    • “Benjamin” suede chelsea boots by Cobbler Union

    Safari Styles


    A linen safari jacket (or military jacket), like this dusty blue number or my off-white version, is going to be my go-to outerwear this summer.

    You already know I love lightweight outerwear (especially cut from a rough and sturdy linen like this 14.5 oz) and the functionality and storage offered in a M-65 Fatigue style jacket is unmatched.


    Here the short-sleeved linen tunic provides a neutral base layer, similar to a simple t-shirt or henley. Without a jacket and trousers, this top is also perfect for the beach.


    • Vintage Hugo Boss sunglasses via Kings of Past
    • Linen M-65 jacket by Beautiful Ful
    • Linen short-sleeved tunic by Beautiful Ful
    • Brown waxed suede loafers by Martin Dingman

    Not Your Grandpa’s Suit


    It takes some major cojones to rock a tunic under a tailored suit. This is one for the “tailored for the love of tailoring” crowd.

    It also goes to show that it’s easier to take “fashion risks” if your garments are properly tailored and tastefully coordinated.


    Why not offset the fashion-forward big city vibes with an old-school country feel, as provided by the burgundy/mustard shadow stripe, felt fedora, and suede ankle boots.



    • Brown Felt hat by Stetson
    • Suit
    • Olive popover tunic by Beautiful Ful
    • Suede ankle boots by Jack Erwin

    Thanks, as always, for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier

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    •!/wonkinakilt Joe Colucci

      Is this a move that only taller guys can pull off? Seems like it would make your legs look shorter, maybe not a good move for shorter guys.

    • LarsBrown.

      Man, this is my favourite post in a while. It’s all about the first look for me – both the trench and the tunic really stand out and I could see myself rocking that look, too. Anyone know if Beautiful Ful ship to the UK? No info on their site.

    • cam

      Dan, how do Beautiful Ful’s pieces fit? They have no sizing chart on their site and no references to sizes on their models (which always drives me crazy). Which sizes are Will wearing?

      • LarsBrown.

        It says on their site ‘The fit is meant to be a oversized for comfortable bohemian look’. I take a medium in most brands, so I’ll be ordering a medium with the knowledge that it’ll probably be a little more loose than what I’d usually expect from my garms.

    • Jeff McAllister

      I do think it takes a certain physique to pull of a drappier silhouette like this. Obviously Will has that advantage. I’d be interest to see some of these looks attempted by a shorter, stalkier guy.

      In terms of what’s presented here, it’s riskiest look – the last one – that really pops for me. In theme with the tunic, the earth tones paint some wonderfully subtle psychedelic vibes.

    • Jeanscuffed

      Dan this post is the shit! Love the way you styled the tunics especially the outfit with the linen jacket. And hats off to Alex bringing us clear and crisp photos as usual. Keep it up guys!!

    • Shawn

      That SuitSupply suit is teh sh*t, wish I could’ve snagged it when it was available! I know it is rather ostentacious, but I love it still!

      • Shawn

        I know it was the new Mercer fit in F/W 2014. Does anyone know what fabric is it? VBC flannel?

        • Juan Zara

          Wool flannel by Ormezzano.

          • Shawn

            Thanks man, knew you were the fabric guy to ask to!

            • Juan Zara

              Haha no problem, man! I actually had my eyes on it for a while before deciding against it, as it’s a bit too flashy in person.

    • Hamza Bilbeisi

      Awesome touch with the tunics. Anyone know where I can find some more affordable tunic options that still look good and are reliable? Thanks

    • TO

      Wow. Really impressive stuff from Beautiful Ful. Love that they take inspiration from everywhere and throughout history to come up with things beautiful and new again. Hate that I can’t afford their brand.

      • Juan Zara

        My thoughts exactly! I’m completely in love with both the dusty pink/purple trench coat in look 1, and the light blue linen safari jacket (which is making me reconsider getting a linen safari suit I passed on earlier this month.)

        Two very unique colors that work surprisingly well and could prove to be much more versatile than I thought, especially in S/S.

        Only thing I would have done differently is tucking the tunic into the trousers in look 3. I know it defeats the purpose and design of a tunic, but I just could never wear a top that’s longer than my suit jacket.

        Awesome color combination all throughout the article, great food for thought!

        • Daniel

          Agreed about the trench and the safari jacket.

          Dan, in the past you’ve said that you love outfits that could come from any time period. I get that exclusively classical tailoring isn’t a sustainable format for a blog, and I like the personal twists you bring in via features. Let’s be real about the tunics, though: their use here is fashion, not style.

    • Vincent Nappi

      I dig it all. Really enjoy Beautiful Ful’s lineup this season, great to see these pieces in the wild.

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