The Capsule Wardrobe: Chocolate Linen

June 5th, 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 wear them comfortably and not have to replace them every year. 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 third 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.

The 10 Pieces


  • One 3/4 length khaki trench coat
  • One chocolate brown pure linen suit
  • One washed selvedge denim jacket
  • One green striped oxford shirt
  • One chestnut brown patterned silk tie
  • One long-sleeved striped linen crewneck
  • One pair of stone grey chinos
  • One pair of chocolate brown suede chelsea boots
  • One pair of cognac brown leather loafers
  • One brown felt fedora

All Business

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A lightweight trench coat is an essential for Spring, especially if you live in a rainy climate. It’s functional, versatile, and it’s never going out of style. Trench coats like this were invented by the military to keep soldiers dry and anchor their weapons, and they’ve been a staple in classic menswear ever since.

Date Night

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We just highlighted the uber-versatile slim-fit denim jacket. The chocolate suede chelsea boots (by Cobbler Union) are part of our current Spring Menswear Giveaway. Sign-up for the new AOS Newsletter for your chance to win a pair in your size, along with $3,000 worth of our favorite items for the season!

Business Casual

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A neutral chino, especially in light grey, is one of the best pieces you can invest your hard earned money in. Have them properly tailored and you’ll be wearing them for just about any occasion.

Dining Out

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An unstructured suit jacket in a textured fabric, like this pure linen, is virtually identical to a sportcoat. It works just as well with chinos or jeans as it does with the matching trousers.

Weekend Chillin’

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I really can’t say enough about unstructured suits in seasonal, textured fabrics. They are the foundation of my wardrobe, and the cornerstone of the upcoming Articles of Style tailoring collection. Just like the jacket, a well tailored suit trouser in a seasonal cloth can be a workhorse in your casual wardrobe too.


I hope this gets you thinking about adding some versatility into your wardrobe and getting the best bang for your buck by investing in quality menswear that you can rely on.

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier


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  • Kaegen Lovely

    Is it possible to get an ID on that striped crew sweater? I’d appreciate it.

  • TO

    Great stuff, keep these features coming. Love trying to think in the context of a limited number of items. I just picture it hard to use to the linen suit for a fully “business” look. I think A linen blend or a high twist wool are the only business options for summer, if it’s a corporate environment.

  • Joe T

    Another soild capsule wardrobe post. This feature is beginning to be my favorite one on this site. The possibilities for future posts seem endless, so please keep them coming.

  • Joe T

    Another solid capsule wardrobe post. This is beginning to be my favorite feature on this site. The possibilities for such posts seem endless, so please keep them coming.

  • Michael

    I just can’t get behind the chelsea boot… otherwise it’s a very solid setup.

  • Harrison Krupnick

    Cant wait for this feature during F/W where there are more layers possibilities. On that note, I’m surprised you went with a suede chelsea boot paired with linens. I would think chelsea boots lend themselves more naturally to F/W than to S/S.

  • Malcolm

    Can we get a product link to a chocolate brown linen suit you like? Or an internal link to a post about such one? Love this series; very attainable looks.

    • Dan Trepanier

      I purposely didn’t link a suit, because there isn’t a great option for an unstructured versatile suit online…especially in chocolate linen. This is why we’re creating our new line of MTM unstructured tailoring… :)

      • Craig


        Do provide us with an update on this “new line of MTM unstructured tailoring.” I would be very interested in the details of this program as I am sure other Articles of Style readers would, too.

  • Miguel

    Dan, I’m loving this posts, it gives your clothing a lot to play with.
    Can you do a Blue+Brown capsule?

    Also can’t wait for the NB sneakers.

  • cam

    very solid list dan. i would have to swap out the khaki trench for one in navy and again, the suit for a shade of blue. the brown tones do not work with my skin tone and eye color. ever since the feature with Alan Flusser, i have been paying much more attention to colors that work best for me. cheers

    • Dan Trepanier

      Word. We just interviewed a “color expert” on this topic. He made some interested points…I’m working on getting them into a post on coloring. I hope all is well Cam!

      • AdamE

        That will be really interesting to read. I have never met with a “color expert” but when I had my last MTM suit made at a local shop and was sorting through the swatch books to find what I wanted, and the staffer there was quick to direct me towards certain ranges color-wise, because of my skin tone, and noted to be more cautious of some of the others. I hadn’t really thought about it before, but certainly am more aware of it now… and try to dress accordingly.

        • Matt

          Having learned color theory in design school and being very pale-skinned, I find navy blues and medium greys work best on me, but I’m really looking forward to an article on this topic too!

  • Jeanscuffed

    Such a breath of fresh air waking up and looking at this post. Such lively outfit combos. Love the direction the site is going and cannot wait to see what you have cooking up for the new collection.

    • Dan Trepanier

      Thanks for the kind words Christian! Very excited to bring you the new tailoring collection (and the updated site to go with it)… It’s been a LONG time in the making. Cheers.