The Capsule Wardrobe: Burgundy Evening Suit

June 12th, 2015

Here at Articles of Style, we don’t want you to buy more clothes. We want you to buy the right clothes, so you can look great and get the most out of your investments. A smart wardrobe is one that is built around versatility and longevity. Ideally, the majority of the pieces can be mixed-and-matched to create different outfits for different occasions.

To illustrate this point, here’s the fourth installment in our “Capsule Wardrobe” series, where we give an example of a smart wardrobe built around, what else, a tailored suit in a seasonal fabric. Here’s 10 pieces (with a couple accessories) to make 5 different outfits for 5 different occasions.

The 10 Pieces

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  • One deep burgundy bespoke suit
  • One slim black leather jacket
  • One hidden placket french cuff shirt
  • One blue/white striped business shirt
  • One grey patterned necktie
  • One black bowtie
  • One striped v-neck sweater
  • One pair of grey selvedge jeans
  • One pair of black penny loafers
  • One pair of black whole-cut lace-ups
  • One grey felt hat (okay that’s 11 pieces, but accessories shouldn’t count)

Black Tie

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A burgundy suit is a brilliant formalwear piece. Dress it all the way up with a tuxedo shirt (that doubles as a business shirt) and all the black tie accoutrements: bowtie, cufflinks, cummerbund, fresh hair cut, clean shave, etc.

Business Meeting

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Depending on your office environment, it can also be a very confident (borderline ballsy) business suit. This is one of those real head-turners on corporate streets like Wall or Park Ave, although it’s probably best reserved for the creative businessmen who have a little more flexibility with their dress code.

Business Casual

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Trade the suit jacket for a leather piece and the lace-ups for loafers and you just turned a business look into a “business casual” look. The best part is, once you punch out, you can lose the tie and head straight to the drinking hole.


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A well tailored jacket with a v-neck sweater and jeans is a look that can be appropriate just about anywhere. The key is keeping the proportions consistent, meaning the jeans should fit very similarly to the suit pants that are cut to with the jacket. Avoid super skinny denim or anything with an unnaturally low rise.

Night Out

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A thin sweater, weather it’s a crewneck or v-neck (as long as it’s not too deep), doesn’t always need a shirt under it. A lightweight sweater worn on the skin can be a smooth and sexy look without the stiff formality of a collar.

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

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  • Max BornInTheNineties

    I love this series. It’s so well put together, and this is my favourite instalment so far! Makes me wish I had a suit like that…

  • Jeanscuffed

    Dan, I’m just now noticing the patch pockets on the jacket combined with the peak lapels. Would this suit be a rule breaker or “creative black tie” suit or would this be something you would truly wear as a first option for black tie (besides a tux of course)?


    It’s OK to wear a burgundy suit to the club at night. Do not wear a burgundy suit to work or to a meeting. Ever.

  • Tuxedo Park

    I’m colorblind so I thought, “what’s the big deal, it’s just a charcoal suit!” Love the combinations though. Being colorblind, it’s very difficult for me to layer. I’ve always been a shirt, pants, and maybe, just maybe a jacket kind of guy. I am to the point now where I have enough staples in earth tones and grays and blacks that I have a little more confidence going with some safe foundation colors and then something more saturated as an accent.

  • TO

    Each one of these capsule posts reminds me of how insanely extensive you’re wardrobe is. You could literally make these smart clothing sets for days…

    • Jeanscuffed

      I had the same idea. Going back to that post where he showed us his closet broke a lot of hearts that day.

  • Harrison Krupnick

    I love the capsule wardrobe series! Looking forward to seeing what you have planned for the winter with this series.

  • Michael

    I think burgundy and dark / forest green are some of the most underrated colors in mens fashion, they’re regal and very flattering when worn right.

  • Gerard

    Not sure about burgundy to be honest. Tends not to suit a lot of guys.

    • TO

      Nice pun there!

  • tommyjohn_45

    I’m Ron Burgundy?

    Definitely like the idea of a burgundy suit for a black tie event. It’s a great way to loosen up what often are very stiff events. Have a little fun why don’t ya?

    Cheers Dan.. these are very helpful.

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