Rocking my new Brooks Brothers Golden Fleece tie. Picked up for an insane $13 on clearance at work. Seems people avoid 4″ ties like the plague these days, not this dapper fellow! For those that don’t know, the Golden Fleece line is the top of the top at Brooks Brothers. This tie is handmade in the USA from 7 fold silk, meaning there is no lining, just beautiful thick silk folded over itself to create this beauty. Makes a beautiful knot too. Retail value is about $150! A definite steal.
Look of the day (after rushing from montreal to ottawa) to make it in time for work! My custom EPH Apparel shirt in action for the first time rocking a classic Wall Street look with yellow braces and dark tie. Absolutely love the cutaway collar I selected for it along with the necessary french cuffs and not seen from the photos, but my initials are monogrammed on the cuff. The contrast collar look is one that most men seem to shy away from. But you all know me, there’s not much that I won’t wear and make it look good (it’s all in the confidence!)
-The Don 😉
Good evening to you dapperites,
If you have been reading this blog then you know all about the rules of style and fashion. Well tonight I will help and encourage you to break them! I know what you’re thinking, Don’s been downing too much Canadian Club 100% Rye again (which is excellent by the way) and is losing his mind! But fear not my friends for you will be introduced to the term “sprezzatura”. So what exactly does this Italian word mean? It was first coined by 16th century Italian author Baldassare Castiglione and meant “”a certain nonchalance, so as to conceal all art and make whatever one does or says appear to be without effort and almost without any thought about it”. Today it simply means, “studied carelessness” or in a fashion sense, “perfectly disheveled” , “imperfectly perfect”.
I alluded to earlier about how this means breaking the rules. What did I mean by that? Well I will turn to an example from one of the all-time masters of sprezzatura, former Fiat chief Gianni Agnelli.
Notice in the first picture how that tie knot is a little twisted and has the skinny end longer than the other and protruding to the side? That’s sprezzatura. And in the second picture how his watch is worn over his shirt cuff? Sprezzatura again!
Here are my other favorite examples of sprezzatura collected from the interweb:
Tie hanging outside your sweater? Why not! Top button of shirt undone and tie hanging loose? I dare you tell me otherwise! Pocket square stuffed in there right before you walk out the door? Get the picture now?
The absolute key to pulling this off is….CONFIDENCE! If you are not confident while looking like this, people will notice and mention that something is off about your look. If you are confident, people will admire the sense of adventure in your style.
So, how can you get started doing this? Take baby steps, start by twisting that tie knot off to the side and have both ends flapping in the wind nearly side by side. Instead of neatly folding a pocket square, grab it, stuff it into your pocket and don’t bother caring what it looks like.
As you get more into it, start undoing your buttons on your shirt cuff for a more relaxed look outside the office and forget about neatly pressing your dress shirts all the time, embrace some wrinkles. Start wearing a thin patterned scarf with your suit! Is this button-down collar supposed to be buttoned down? Hell no!
Once you are completely confident, have fun, be creative, take some of my personal suggestions such as wearing a colorful d-ring belt like this with dressier pants. Got a crazy fun pair of socks? Use one as a pocket square. Get yourself a basic old bandanna, and tie it around your neck or wrist and stroll on out the door!
I’d like to end this post by showing off some of my personal case of sprezzatura syndrome:
Just remember the key gentlemen…confidence. And on that note I bid you all a goodnight.
Keep it flashy, classy and dapper 😉
Happy Bleated New Year to all you dapperites!
I apologize for not posting in a while, December was a hectic month (exams, work and home for holidays) and to cap it off, I caught a bad flu the first week of the new year while re-acclimating myself to school and work again. But here I am all settled in and back at it!
I just feel like sharing some of my best looks from over the holiday season tonight so here goes:
As you can probably notice, the same suit is worn multiple times here. Just goes to show how versatile a quality suit in an essential color (blue) is. And I leave you with a final piece of advice on how to liven up your look in an unexpected way:
Yes, colored shoelaces, doesn’t matter if they match nothing else in your outfit, that’s the point 😉 Truth be told, I only got a pair of these ones because my regular shoelaces snapped while tying them at work and had to run across to Cole Haan and colored laces were all they had left!
That’s all for tonight, stay dapper my friends 😉
Just to share yesterday’s work outfit…custom Indochino suit, Banana Republic french cuff shirt, tie courtesy of eBay and REAL braces, not the clip-ons, courtesy of my work, Brooks Brothers Factory Store. They really add a nice dash of color don’t they?
In the setting of Brooks Brothers, here was the look of the day. The centerpiece (and latest purchase) tweed vest from Brooks Brothers, vintage tartan tie courtesy of eBay (you can find some great vintage ties on ebay for cheap!) striped shirt from H&M that I’ve had for over 7 years (ironically, shortly after this photo was taken, the shirt tore as I moved my arm!), and some blue chinos acquired for cheap last year at J Crew.
The key to this look is keeping the top muted with the striped shirt and grey tweed and then giving it a punch down low with the royal blue chinos!
Stay Dapper 😉