1 Piece/3 Ways – The Vintage Statement Coat

February 27th, 2012

Not everything in vintage stores is truly “vintage”. Buyers from these specialty shops typically select their merchandise from multiple sources, including affluent New Yorkers who donate pieces that they don’t find themselves wearing and are taking up too much valuable space in their apartments.

I picked up this recent-season Brooks Brothers toggle coat, which looked like it had never been worn, for $40 and had it tailored by my man Franklin at The Tailoring Room.

Here, I styled it for five different occasions.

    1. Office Ready


    A toggle (or “duffle” – if it’s made from genuine duffle fabric) is a great alternative to the classic topcoat for business wear.

    Oxford shirt, flannel trousers, cashmere cardigan, suede shoes – a can’t-fail approach to business casual for Fall/Winter.


    If you find a good deal on something, don’t be afraid to splurge at the tailor to make it look just right. I often spend two or three times more at the tailor than at the retail store (especially when shopping vintage).


    2. Weekend Getaway

    It’s an awesome finishing touch to sharpen a more muted casual look.

    The coat is also super warm. This is a look that is ready for any kind of weather, even though it has been mild for the most part here in NYC.

    • Grey crewneck sweater by Levi’s
    • Aviator shades by Ralph Lauren Purple Label
    • Red toggle coat by Brooks Brothers
    • Brown boots by LL Bean
    • Brown corduroy jeans by H&M

    3. Around Gotham


    Some days in the city call for multiple stops. For me that can mean class -> gym -> design studio -> dinner -> drinks…

    It helps to have a sharp casual look that can take me through the day and that works in the evening (and early morning) as well.


    I’ve always liked the edgy “murderous” vibe of sharp black leathers.

    The white socks with low-vamp slippers is a slight nod to the late Michael Jackson – one of my style icons.


    • Red toggle coat by Brooks Brothers
    • Black belted cardigan by Engineered Garments
    • White cotton tee by Rich in Clothing
    • Black waxed jeans by Nudie Jeans
    • Black velvet tassel slippers by Stubbs & Wooton
    • Black leather duffle by Kenneth Cole
    • Black aviator shades by Persol
    • Black unlined leather gloves by Saks Fifth Avenue

    Thanks for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier


    Photography by Alex Crawford.

    • Anonymous

      Like your style.

      • Adyna

        He is so creative.

    • Anonymous

      That red hot coat is just so awesome like it so much.

    • buy leather Jacket

      Looks like you are inspired from a big style icon. Just like your dressing sense. keep it up.


    • Frank Clegg

      Great post as always Dan! Love look #4.) Business Casual. Keep it up!

    • Patience

      That is one beautiful coat. Love all the looks.


    • Clothing Labels Company

      Nice collection…Thanks for sharing with us…I really like it… Clothing Labels Company

    • Joe

      Mind sharing your vintage store hookup? Great blog, thanks for all the work.

    • Ambyr

      I love the layering on the Evening Event and Long Day in the City. It looks bundled and warm and still has a great sense of styling.

      **COME BY AND ENTER MY GIVEAWAY: http://www.thewrittenrunway.com/2012/02/brooklyn-industries-giveaway/


    • Emanuel I.

      I love this coat Dan!!!
      Lucky you…
      Great styling!

    • sqsz

      wow where in NYC do you get vintage/thrift stuff? i’ve just moved here recently and i haven’t found any shops.

    • Jacob

      Killing it, thanks for the constant posts recently

    • Adam

      I can’t believe you found that vintage, I just got the same coat in camel but at the Brooks Brothers store for 70% off. Nice pickup and solid looks per usual.

      • Joe

        RTFA :)

        • Adam

          Oh I know his is from BB also, I read it I read it…I was still surprised he found it vintage since it’s a recent past season item. I was just saying I found the one I have in a BB store.

          • Joe

            LOL – I did include a smiley face at least! You’d be surprised the things you find at resale (I mean vintage) shops. Pretty often you luck out and find stuff that looks brand new and never worn.

    • MOZART5000

      Sock choice could have been better on look 5, looks a tad off to me. Just an opinion. Post after post after post, the shoe game is always 110%. Your collection must resemble a gallery.

    • K.G.

      It looks like the shoulders are a bit too wide for you and the seam is hanging down your arm a bit – or is this just the way that you’re wearing the jacket?

    • TO

      #2 is my favourite. It also shows off the coat’s cool, but subtle, lining!

    • Daniel

      Another gorgeous coat. Congrats on the find! I particularly like the simplicity of look 1 and the MJ socks in the last look. Keep up the great work!

      • Daniel

        Would you be willing to say where you shop for vintage in the city? It would be much appreciated!

    • Anonymous

      that’s a sweet looking coat my man…too bad were never gonna find anything similar to that out on the stores let alone the same colour lol! keep posting though your a huge inspiration

    • cam

      hey dan, that belted cardigan is nice. i do have a few questions: can you give a little explanation as to what you actually had done to the coat to make it a better fit for you? also, and i realize you may not want to answer this, which loafer between the johnston & murphy and allen edmonds do you prefer?

    • Isaiah Johnson

      Nice Post

      How much do you want for that coat :) I’m posting something similar to your post today
      Also could I feature you in a style interview for my blog