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The Back-to-Work Look of the Day!

So, after a couple of weeks of being back and resettled in the capital city of Ottawa, I returned to work at Brooks Brothers yesterday. Really happy about it for a couple of reasons. #1 I need $$$ (don’t we all lol) and #2 it allows me to finally dress up on a regular basis again. And so with that I present the look of the workday:

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I’ll call this look business up top (white oxford shirt, navy blazer), party down low (pink cotton dress pants) and some fun in the middle (funky palm tree pattered tie). And why the funny face? Well just a reminder that you can dress up and have fun with your look by injecting some unexpected color into it and in turn, not take yourself too seriously. Look good, but have a little fun doing it! You’ll be fine ūüėČ

-The Don

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(Layered) Look of the Day

Perfect example of layering in the frigid months right here:

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Colorful V-neck merino wool sweater to liven up a neutral grey suit and neutral colored tie. A little layering goes a long way in making a dapper impact!

Wedding Weekend

So I had the opportunity to head back to Montreal this past weekend to attend the wedding of a family friend. Granted, I only joined the reception at midnight but dang was I on my dapper game, and of course, the family was as well! What a great time we all had!

For the church, I did not go with the full out suit, instead went with some light grey trousers, black blazer, bright pink patterned shirt for a splash, and silk white pocket square.

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And for the reception I was rocking my custom Indochino suit that I already rocked to 2 previous weddings this summer. Normally I would wear the all-purpose white dress shirt but I forgot my cufflinks at home so I went with the purple gingham and navy tie with burgundy dots, very subtle and businesslike.

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Let me throw in a shout out to my younger bro who was looking quite dapper himself in a royal blue 3 piece suit with white shirt, bright red cotton tie and complementing square.

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And what did my parents wear? Well my pops had to borrow one of my pink checkered ties to accentuate his look, but he wore it well. And my mom, well my mom always looks good for these occasions!

the dapper parents!

the dapper parents!

Bonus pic: The happy newlyweds!

Congratulations Pietro & Lucinda

Congratulations Pietro & Lucinda

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 ūüėČ

Spotlight: Suitingit.com

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Good evening ladies and gentlemen,

Today will mark a very special post. Today it gives me great pride to share with you a spotlight feature on a new exciting company, Suitingit.com and its founder, Nathalie Kaprielian. I had the chance to ask her a few questions about herself and her venture. Here is a transcript of that interview:

1. Tell me about yourself, how old are you, what did you study, your interests?

 I am 23 years old. Graduated from Vanier College in Social Science. Currently a Concordia 

University student. I believe Laughter and setting oneself out of their personal comfort zone are 

two very important things towards success. The development of Suitingit was a year long process. 

I was balancing university and creating a business both at the same time. I had to be extremely 

organized if I wanted to keep my grades up and launch a successful business. Many times I 

caught myself being tense and stressed out. I made it a mandatory thing for myself that everyday I 

would make myself laugh and bring myself to a healthy balance. Doing so made me happy and 

lead me to be more productive resulting to great outcomes. Working on suitingit was a big deal 

for me. This was my very first major project and I was very nervous. It was the first time I was 

putting¬†myself¬†outside¬†of¬†my¬†“safety¬†net”¬†and¬†it¬†scared¬†me¬†because¬†I¬†feared¬†failure.¬†I¬†had¬†to¬†

believe in myself and trust myself that I would create something wonderful and with the right 

team we managed to put something pretty neat together. So I am very proud of the work my team 

and I established.

2. It’s not everyday a woman launches a company having to do with men’s fashion, what inspired

you to come up with with idea for Suitingit?

Countless amount of times my friends (male) would tag me along shopping with them because I 

knew¬†exactly¬†where¬†to¬†go.¬†I¬†would¬†find¬†quality¬†clothing¬†without¬†breaking¬†their¬†budget.¬†Let’s¬†just¬†

say that my friends have many occasions and they sort of got comfortable with the idea of tagging 

me along to help them out very often. Although, I appreciate their trust in me and loved helping 

them out I had a lot going with my school work and every hour wasted on shopping meant less 

hours of studying. I thought to myself that it would be a great idea for them to have a one stop 

shop¬†where¬†they¬†can¬†find¬†premium¬†quality¬†clothes¬†at¬†affordable¬†prices.¬†That’s¬†how¬†Suitingit¬†was¬†

brought into perspective.

3. How exactly does your company work?

Every week Suitingit offers a new selection of designer menswear for up to 70% off. Let’s call 

them weekly flash sales.

4. How long did it take from inception to actually launching the site?

Close to almost a year.

5. What sets Suitingit apart from other online retailers for menswear?

Apart from offering our supporters quality products without breaking their budget. Our company 

is all about selling an inviting relationship and not just a product. We try our best to give our 

customers a warm and welcomed feel. We want to be good enough so that we grant our 

customers a great experience and make them feel a part of the Suitingit family. It is very hard to 

do so but we are trying our best to gain our customers trust. Its simple, value others so they value 

you! Also, the products we sell support our Canadian economy. A majority of our suits, pants and 

blazers are made in Canada with quality wools woven in Italy. 

6. What is your favorite look on a man? Any designers in particular?

My favorite look on a man would be a stunning three piece navy blue suit (blue is power, it is the 

color of the royals) Definitely a nice tailored fit. Fabric 100% wool woven in Italy (basically quality.) 

Along with a nice white shirt without a tie ( I like keeping things simple) and camel colored shoes and 

belt to accessorize.

7. Who inspires your own personal style?

1950/60’s¬†Hollywood¬†actress¬†Sophia¬†Loren.¬†Aside¬†from¬†being¬†risqu√©,¬†elegant,¬†exotic¬†and¬†curvy.¬†

She had a sexy sophistication and carried herself with confidence. Even at the age of 76 she 

acknowledges the same style. I truly admire a person who carries themselves well at any age. 

Dressing oneself properly with elegance and grace can have such a positive power.

8. I know it’s still very early on, but what are your plans for the future of Suitingit?

As Suitingit grows in popularity it is a goal of mine to put together a program which helps young 

ambitious entrepreneurs, mostly students, to expand on their dreams and possibly encourage and 

help them make it happen. 

9. Any plans to offer accessories like ties, belts, pocket squares or socks?

Yes, eventually I plan to offer accessories and a wider range of other products.

10. Any job openings? (Haha, kidding!)

Hahaha

As you can see, this is a very intelligent, determined young woman who was able to launch this venture while still being in school full-time, for that alone she has my full respect and admiration. I must say we are on the same page about her favourite look being a blue suit and a white shirt as I plan on already purchasing a blue suit myself (I knew I was always a royal deep down! haha) for the many occasions I have coming up this summer. The fact that she is supportive of fellow young entrepreneurs and talent makes her a great businessperson. As well, helping support the domestic economy is a socially conscious move that all entrepreneurs can learn from. And the prices offered are phenomenal, like this great navy/plaid Nautica number for $199!  In short, she is a great example of what someone young, focused and determined can accomplish through hard work and I know she will not stop.

To wrap it up, guys, you should definitely check out Suitingit.com¬†when shopping for your next suit or blazer. As I have always preached, looking good and dapper does not mean you have to break the bank and Suitingit falls right in with my philosophy and perspective. Don’t forget to “like” them on Facebook here.

Enjoy the weekend and as always, stay dapper ūüėČ

The Don