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Tip of the Day, May 7

As the temperature continues rising and your social calendar fills up with events such as weddings, baptisms and so on, leave the wool suit at home. Instead, turn to something in a lighter fabric like a cotton/seersucker or linen. Will they wrinkle a little bit? Sure they will. But you know what? Embrace the wrinkles like you just don’t care and be the coolest guy (literally) in the room!

Sit outside today, crack open a couple of cold ones and enjoy the weather.

 

-The Don

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Enjoyin’ Life!

Hello to all my dapperites out there!

Just a reminder to you all that I’m still out here, just been busy/stressed job hunting and keeping up with schoolwork (gotta love summer classes!) A couple of weekends ago I got to head out on a beautiful summer afternoon in downtown Montreal and catch up with a good friend over some cigars and cocktails at one of my favorite summer hangouts, Stogies Cigar Lounge. If you’re ever in Montreal in the summer I highly recommend it! You can enjoy a cigar and a drink with a beautiful view of Crescent Street in downtown Montreal. I would suggest going during the Montreal Grand Prix in June as Crescent street is filled with festivities and would give you a great view of all the action.

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Of course, I always gotta be stylin’ on a nice day where it feels as hot as Cuba, minus the beach sadly! Linen shirts=your best friend in the summer. Along with another summer staple of mine which you can’t see in the pic, white jeans baby! In my hand is a refreshing mojito, gotta be my favorite summer cocktail, it’s mint, it’s lime, it’s rum, it’s soda, it’s very refreshing! 

Moral of this story my friends, work hard but don’t forget to take some time and enjoy your life, catch up with friends, try new places.

Until next time, keep it dapper!

The Don 😉

It’s That Lovely Time of Year Again! GO CRAZY!!!

Good Day Dapperites!

So mother nature has finally cast her light upon the Montreal area so that means full out summer dapper mode as was on display yesterday:

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White jeans (my favorite), blue linen shirt, red linen unstructured blazer, lovely madras belt (all from Brooks Brothers) and the best summer shoes out there, my Riveria Leisure Shoes.

With this lovely weather of course also comes barbecue season!!!

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Of course there’s nothing better than a charcoal grill, to hell with the gas ones!!

Enjoy the start of this lovely weather all, don’t be shy, break out your most colorful outfits, have fun with it and sit out on a patio and enjoy a nice cocktail or 2 (or 3 or 4) and a cigar, you’ll be great 😉

The Don

Dappering in the Summetime: Your Guide to Staying Cool in the Summer Heat

Yes Yes I’m still here, just got a lot going on in the world of the Don, big changes coming in my life to prepare for but I am here and here is the latest post:

 

So it’s that time of year again, the dog days of summer are here where the humidex makes it feel like 40 degrees out and sweat drips from every pore of your body by just standing still. So what’s a gent to do if he wants to stay looking dapper without having the sweat patches everywhere? Well grab a cold one, sit back and learn!

#1  Take care of your birthday suit

What do I mean by this? I mean invest in a good anti-perspirant (I like the Arm&Hammer branded one) to stay cool n dry in the pitts, and talc powder (I use Pinaud Clubman or Gold Bond) to avoid SCS (sweaty crotch syndrome) and on your feet so you don’t smell like you walked through a swamp at the end of the day.

 

Keep your man-parts cool n dry with this classic barbershop staple!

 

#2  Meet your new friend, linen!

This is definitely my material of choice when the humidex hits 40+. They sell everything in linen these days, from shorts, shirts, pants and even suits and ties! (Love my all-white linen suit). It’s comfortable and light as hell. There’s a reason why so many people in the tropics and from hot climates wear a lot of linen!

The Don in Miami, rocking the white linen suit, circa 2012

 

#3 You don’t gotta wear a suit to be dapper in the summer

*Gasp* Did he really just say that? Yeah I did. Summer is a time where I like to experiment with my look a little bit. From white jeans with a shirt and tie to a blazer with a t-shirt underneath and some relaxed footwear and maybe an ascot thrown in there for good measure, go crazy! Just be you, be confident you’ll be awesome 😉

 

#4 Let those feet breathe! 

There are so many options for summer footwear, beach shoes, loafers, boat shoes are all a little looser than your typical dress shoes, so let loose and still stay lookin good.

Picked these bad boys up back on Boxing Day, paid $100, reg price $250

Picked these bad boys up back on Boxing Day, paid $100, reg price $250

My favorite summer shoes! Riveria Leisure Shoes, canvas and cotton mesh let your feet breathe in a shoe that screams ’50s flair. Wear to the beach and the streets

 

#5 Cover up that melon of yours!

I do not mean wearing one of those snapbacks like the kids are trying to be all cool. Invest in a Panama hat or simple straw fedora. They will keep the sun out of your face as well as keep you 10 degrees cooler by eliminating exposure to the part of your body that gets the most of it. Practical and adds to your style all in one.

 

Burt Reynolds rockin the classic Panama hat

 

 

#7 Your other friend in the summer is Cotton!

How could I forget the other natural lightweight fibre, cotton! Cotton chinos are a personal favourite of mine as their looser weave allows for more airflow. Pair em up with a cotton or linen shirt and a lightweight sport coat and you got a recipe for success. And for those summer weddings, consider a cotton suit so you won’t be like the rest of the folks sweating buckets in a small church with no air conditioning.

 

Bonus! Swimwear tip

You still rocking the knee length shorts you had since you were 15? Good for you, now take them, roll them into a big ball and chuck them into the garbage! It’s time to step up your swimwear game to something a little more mature and stylish. Aim for the short length type that are maximum halfway to the knee or even a tight boxer-brief style suit. The advantages? You’ll get more of a tan on your legs, if you work out you’ll get to show off your athletic legs and the most practical of all, these swimsuits dry faster so you could get to the beachside bar quicker and chat up that hottie you seen staring at you 😉

Go for this

 

NOT THIS!

 

BUT NEVER EVER EVER THIS! UGH, JUST NO!

And so now you know how to keep your cool when the weather gets hot, you’re good for the summer! Till next time, stay dapper!

 

The Don

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.