Smoking! The Tobacco Brown Suit

A rich and earthy “in-between” brown

If you walked into my closet, you would find it to be mostly a tale of two colors. Of course, you will find a ton of blue but you may be surprised to learn that the other most prominent color isn’t grey, but rather brown.

Ever since my best-ever vintage score I’ve pretty much had “a thing” for browns. They work great with my complexion, they’re timeless in a kind of quirky and cool way, and they’re unexpected. Be the guy wearing a killer brown suit who walks into a room full of dudes in navy and grey and you’ll be sure to attract some attention in the best possible way.

tobacco brown suit

tobacco brown suit

| WEARING | Alton Lane suit, J.Crew polo shirt, A. Lange & Söhne watch, Belgian Shoes NYC loafers | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

Despite my vast repertoire of brown-hued garments, there was one shade that I didn’t have but had been looking for for quite a while–tobacco brown. It’s rich, it’s earthy and it slots in nicely between chocolate brown and lighter tans.

This particular fabric is a wool and linen blend, which makes it quite versatile. It’s got a little bit of a sheen, meaning that it can be worn more “formally” as I did for an evening out at the Hemmingway Bar at the Ritz in Paris or more casually, as you see here, with a polo shirt and loafers with no-show socks. Yes, you can wear a polo shirt under a suit jacket.

tobacco brown suit

A slight tangent related to the ever-contentious going “sockless” in the summer question. I have tried many different kinds of no-show socks. The ones I have used the most in the past were from J.Crew. I have probably 12 pairs of them. (Sorry, further side note, it’s been a while since I have looked at the J.Crew sock selection, but what the hell is going on?!) They work, but they’re not perfect, as they could frequently be seen peeking out of my loafers.

However, I have recently discovered the best no-show socks in the world. Women’s peds. I’m completely serious. Try them out before passing judgement. And then come back here and tell me they’re not amazing.

tobacco brown suit

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style


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  • Kostas Mandilaris

    Nice article as always. I like how you write short but meaningful and concise sentences.

    Must admit though, the first heading was a bit inappropriate for me.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks, Kostas. Glad to hear you’re a fan of the digestible content here! Also, thanks for your feedback. Your point is taken and I’ve updated the dek. Cheers!

  • Rubén

    Loving that color mate!

  • Luis Martinez

    Well, I never thought about trying women’s peds, but since I am done with no-show socks ending half way down my foot arch as I walk, I am willing to try anything at this point. As always, thanks for the tip Brian! BTW, great watch! (but then again, duh!)

  • Tom

    I just got a pair of Bombas no-show socks. While they aren’t entirely invisible they don’t slip & slide down in to you shoe. I’ll buy more.

  • Pajarita de Corcho

    Nice and different look !

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