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1 Piece/3 Ways: Essential Charcoal Suit

1 Piece/3 Ways: Essential Charcoal Suit

Every Articles of Style suit is designed so that the components can also be worn as a separate jacket, trouser and vest.

We created the “1 piece/3 ways” series to give you some ideas on how you can style a timeless suit for different occasions; so you can get the most out of your garments and learn to build a sustainable wardrobe with style.

In this edition we show you three ways to wear our Essential Suit in Charcoal.

1. Business

The essential charcoal suit is one of the most reliable garments you can have in your wardrobe. 

Simply pair it with any basic blue/white stripe shirt and some black loafers, and you have yourself a clean and simple look that is great for the office, and for dinner and drinks afterward too.

2. Business Casual

The trousers always get worn more than the jacket. That's why we recommend adding a second pair to your most basic suits.

These charcoal suit trousers, for example, can be the bottom-half of literally hundreds of different outfits. Pair them with any shirt, any sweater and any sportcoat to get started.

Here, I paired them with a white oxford shirt (my all-time favorite shirt) and our shadowplaid sportcoat.

3. Evening Out

Again with the suit trousers separate from the jacket.

This is a super easy way to create an elegant evening look: pair your dark worsted suit trousers with a thin black cashmere sweater and a sportcoat (or suit jacket) from a more seasonal fabric (like this flannel). 

Keep all the colors in the same family - subtlety is key. Let the fit and fabrics shine.

4. A Note on the Jacket

While we don't often show the essential suit jacket as a sportcoat, there is no reason it can't be done in style.

I added the image above to give you an example.

I usually pair the worsted suit jacket with trousers in very-seasonal fabrics to provide an obvious texture contrast (like these beefy cashmere herringbone trousers, or a nice slubby linen in the summer).


Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier