Ah, the Brits. Some of my favorite dapper Dandy’s in all the land. They just really know how to pull it all together in such a refined and often very colorful way.
Okay true, this look is not that colorful but gosh darn if it isn’t still wonderful. And who is this designer I am referring to? Daks, of London.
Very low key, very elegant. This collection was inspired by formalwear (if you couldn’t tell)…
It really modernizes the look and makes it approachable for everyday.
Gotta love all of the top hats. I do say that the idea of a single pop of color used with the top hat and (maybe) gloves ( if wearing a black tux on your wedding day) can be a very memorable and signature approach to making it your day as well.
Now I know spring is approaching so the last thing anyone is thinking about is going out to buy leather. But the key word here is spring. And in many climates a sweet new lightweight leather jacket or pair of pants might just be the ticket. Certainly this collection is for F/W 2013 but I say take your inspirations from everywhere.
I love everything about this look. Chic, minimal and striking. Done!
Talk about bringing the formal into the everyday. I think this does it beautifuly. Those stylsh Brits do it again!
So the dog days of winter are upon us and it’s time to not only start thinking spring but start shopping for spring.
So I too must follow suit and check out what’s in the stores to my liking.
And of course I found tons of things but all Dandi’s are on a budget of some kind so I did have to pull back and make smart choices.
Always take into account what you already have in your closet that you are excited to give a fresh look to for the new season.
And don’t forget to take into account any new activities that you want to start up or have over the winter. Like these white shorts for me, since over the winter I took up tennis again. These will be great to hit the courts in.
And so many of us are somehow still showing up at the gym since our New Year’s resolutions. If you are feeling the need for a little incentive try buying yourself a new groovy bag to put your things in, that should keep you going for at least another month.
And though I truly have no more room in my closet for new shoes, they are a must. If your budget will not allow for a lot of new things, I always find a great new pair of shoes will draw the eye off of the clothes you may be recycling from last year and make everything fresher.
Sometimes all we need is a little pick me up to accentuate our wardrobe but don’t know quite what it is. Well if you can’t use another bow-tie or pocket square you can never go wrong with another pair of colorful, conversation starting socks.
When I was but a wee Dandi I used to own just about every style of Dr. Martens they made, from shoes to boots. They had a considerable amount of styles but not like thy have today (and they leaned much heavier in those days on the theme of black).
Over the years Dr. Marten has become less Punk and Goth (not, of course, forgetting these fans) but they have become a lot more inclusive and give even their most dye-hard customers a chance to continue to wear them when they need to “get dressed up”.
Fall is here and you don’t have to convince me twive to seek out an excuse to buy new boots.
Not in the market for a boot-boot? How about these hushpuppy-esk boots? They are a collaboration between the Dr. and Stussey. A great variation on a theme for sure.
Oh, and don’t think for one minute that Dr. Marten is just about your feet. Check out these fabulous bags from their S/S 2012 collection. I love when a brand expands and does it right!
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Five years ago the brother of Odin, New York’s founder Eddy Chai started his own menswear label.
Richard Chai‘s collections represent the creative urban Dandi who has style but doesn’t want to look “too pulled together.”
Chai’s designs are not to be considered precious, he is a strong believer and upholder of the idea of that fashion can be stylish, actually fashion forward, yet casual at the same time.
Even his footwear has elements of casual elegance.
For F/W 2012 Chai has kept his pallet warm and dark.
This lends his collection to go with just about anything you want to pair the pieces with. The lines are unique and pure; his collection has both a international and Americana feel. And I particularly love all of the elements of this last picture. Any Dandi would feel put together and powerfully stylish in this look for F/W 2012.
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On my recent trip to Barney’s Co-op I found quite a few things I loved. Quite a few, but to narrow it down I picked this fabulous bag from Marc by Marc Jacobs…
And this one by Jack Spade…
Whether you are headed to a meeting or a cabin overnight this Jack Spade bag is great. And certainly if you are tired of the old structured, I’m my dad briefcases I think the Marc by Marc Jacobs is a great way to carry those law briefs for summer.
And it these weren’t enough here are some more pics from these two collections just in case you want to try something a little different.
Marc by Marc Jacobs. Black and White. Sleek for night!
Love how they styled this with rolled up Chino‘s. Pair this accessory with a casual blazer and bow-tie. Marc by Marc Jacobs.
As I just bought a structured soft fabric bag myself of course I think this one is brilliant! Jack Spade.
I like Jack Spades accessories a lot so here’s a few more to decide from.
Hugo Guinness is a Brooklyn-based London-born artist extraordinaire who Coach has collaborated with for this mens’ targeted collection.
Guinness, known for his childlike linocut prints, has put his artistic touch on the reversible totes above and these impeccably crafted wallets.
Looking for a gift for that special Dandi? This key ring will make you a hit with anyone you know.
- LOVE THIS!
And if you are looking for a gift for me (aw, you shouldn’t have) I am in love with this Hand Cuff Electronic Zip Cord Case (and I don’t even have that many cords.)
I love a beautiful store and this one makes me drool so if you are ever in Manhattan do check out this gorgeous Coach Men’s Store.
- 370 Bleecker St.
New York 10014
- Shop Type:
Belts, Ties + Cufflinks, Shoes, Jewelry & Watches, Men’s Clothing, Gifts & Novelties
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I fell in love with this shirt on the hanger so you know it was true love! My new Agave Tailored shirt is one of the most supple chambrayshirts I have ever owned (and I have owned many!)
It is the perfect length, not too long, not too short.
And it goes great with my new Ben Sherman jet black jeans.
And most of all I love the entire look with my new favorite bag (birthday gift from my sweetie). This elegant, and all purpose Fossil – preppy to the max – Dandi bag! With a place for my laptop and everything else I need to get through my busy day.
Today is the first day of spring and after last nights near tornadic winds and lightening that made it feel like the paparazzi was outside the window it’s good to talk about what’s in the stores to make the day seem a little bit brighter.
Today’s feature is Zara, one of my favorite shops for well-made clothes that are on trend and will leave you with some money in your pocket for food and rent.
Outrageous and fun t-shirts that can be worn with jeans and go well under a blazer.
Chino's are back again this season in lots of colors. This should be a staple of your spring and summer look.
LOVE this robin's egg blue blazer! Wear it with shorts, chino's or your most outrageous print pant!
Topsiders are a Preppybaba's dream shoe. They never go out of style and you are ready for any and all boating invitations.
This bag is a weekenders dream! Part bowling bag and photography bag in design. It's structured sides, depth and width allow you to fold your shirts, shorts, trunks, add your Dopp, then hit the road!
I love modern interpretations of classics. Shipley and Halmos give very (dare I say) hip lines to their collections so if you tend towards a more Americana look you can change it up with more European lines.
And certainly you will find a full range of licenses from most luxury brand designers but Shipley & Halmos also have a full range of what any Dandi would need. Love these boots, I’d definitely wear them with the suit featured.
Need a bag? (And I am always stressing bags, please get your wallet and keys out of your pockets.) These are fabulous and summery, so you can use them f for work or for the beach.
And then if boots, bags and suits weren’t enough (and they do have a full collection that isn’t just suits!) You can hide your superstar eyes behind some of these great frames. It’s a win-win in my book.
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What do you mean you don’t have your new clutch for the Fall season!?! And you call yourself a Dandi! Just kidding . But really clutches have come into menswear style in a big way and though they fall dangerously close to making us look more on the feminine side of ourselves when we carry them. However if trends are your thing then butch it up a little and take advantage of some truly cute designs.
Clutches are being made by many of the top designers and range in price from $130 like the m0851 bag to…
$8,300 like this lovely Bottega Veneta number. Don’t think it has to look conventional either. My sweetheart gave me a great, innovative one that is recycled out of old basketballs. If you don’t know why you would need one then it’s high time you realized that stuffing wallets, phones, keys and your partner’s lip gloss in your pockets ruins your lines.
- PreppyBaba’s Clutch
I put all those things and my business cards in mine to the point where, more and more, I hate having to put things in my pockets. Just remember not to forget it. I have been so used to always having my things on me that the tendency is to leave it behind. I I suggest always putting your car keys in whatever clutch you carry and that way you can’t leave without it.
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