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Blue Monday

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Could not wait to take advantage of the nice weather and finally bust out my white jeans and blue suede loafers today! Topped off with a linen shirt, red and blue striped ribbon belt and some shades on.

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Look of this summer day in Montreal!

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Porkpie hat, light striped cotton shirt, blue chino shorts and my favourite Riveria leisure shoes!

Look of the day!

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Pattern mixing 101

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Complete with "not giving a f*ck" colorful socks!

Color it up!

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New tie and pocket square from The Tie Bar! Love the nautical theme of the tie. Why blend in when you can stand out?

Don Dapper

Spring is finally here!

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So bust out the bright colors and light blazers!! Today it was my favorite cotton striped H&M blazer with a blue on blue gingham shirt, navy chinos with a bright yellow tie (don’t forget the complementary pocket square!) and shined up brogues 😉

Collection Corner: Ties! TIes! Ties!

Good Saturday Ladies and Gentlemen and welcome to the Don’s Collection Corner, today I’ll be showing off my tie collection.

As I’ve said before, ties are a great way to look sharp, dapper, stand out or blend in, whatever you choose! They come in all kinds of materials (silk, wool, cotton, linen, knitted silk, knitted cotton, knitted wool!) and widths, (skinny, standard, super skinny, bow ties) And the patterns, gotta love the patterns! (stripes, plaids, dots, paisley, solids)

Here is a look at my personal collection:

32 count em, 32 ties and counting! How have I acquired all these ties? Some of them, such as the light blue in the top left corner, I’ve had for years but rarely wear now, others I’ve gotten them handed down from my pops, such as the sharp yellow number. I’ve even gotten some ties from my pop’s equally dapper friend who changes his wardrobe every once in a while so I’ve reaped the benefits of his unworn ties! 😀 And of course I’ve gotten most of them the old-fashioned way, buying them myself haha.

A piece of advice I must give however, is don’t be afraid to try new patterns and colors for your ties. A lot of men may shy away from paisely or plaid ties, but as the old expression goes, don’t knock it till you try it! A funky new tie can inject some life into an old shirt or suit giving you a whole new look! And of course don’t forget a couple of bow ties into your collection, they demonstrate class and style, look great for formal occasions and hell even not so formal ones! BE DIFFERENT!

What’s that? ties are expensive you say? Well if you shop in the wrong stores of course they are! You gotta know where to look! Always be on the lookout for sales (duh) but beware the material of the tie, you want to avoid cheap looking ties which are always made of polyester or a poly-blend, don’t take it just because it’s a low price. What you want to do is look for 100% silk, cotton, wool or linen. (of course a silk/wool or silk/linen blend is fine)  eBay is a great source for ties of all kinds without breaking the bank! See here Of course I can’t talk about ties without mentioning my favorite source for them, The Tie Bar. At $15 a tie you can’t go wrong, and I’m talking quality here. I honestly will rarely buy a tie in a brick and mortar store anymore. My favorite ties from my collection come from there:

That just about wraps it up for me today, have a great weekend everyone stay safe, don’t forget your tie and stay dapper!

The Don

Simple Tips to Look Your Best!

As we head into the weekend just felt like sharing some of my looks of the week and some simple tips to help you look your best, so rather than sound off with my strong opinions of the situation surrounding my beloved Dolphins, let’s get this going! 
Now take a look at this picture and tell me, what makes this look right? If you answered the bold tie and the subtle pocket square you’re right!…Almost…Look carefully at the colors in each, different shade of the same colors which complement each other but are not too “matchy-matchy”. That’s what you want to go for when trying to match a tie to a pocket square Whatever you do, don’t you dare go out and buy one of those cheap matching sets
Tie and pocket square available at TheTieBar.com, cost me $25 for both!! 

Tip number 2 of the day is…..don’t be afraid of color! Don’t be afraid to stand out and have people make a double take when passing you by in the street. Have a look at all the color going on in this outfit, from the stripes to the pink shirt to the royal blue pants, it seems like a lot doesn’t it? Well it isn’t because there is a balance to the tone of colors. The navy striped cotton knit tie brings balance to the look taking attention off the brightness of the shirt allowing the pants to be the part that’s noticed.

Pants copped at JCrew for less than $20, always look out for discounts! 

And for my last tip, I feel it’s one of the easiest ways to look sharp and dapper and that is to match a gingham shirt with a solid silk knit tie as seen here:

Tie provided by who else? TheTieBar.com!

Guaranteed you’ll look awesome wearing this combo, go for it!

And there you have it gents, 3 simple tips on the road to dapperness!

Stata buon,

The Don

P.S. Shameless plug here for my Movember page! check it out and donate to a hell of a cause, let’s kick men’s cancer to the curb!!!