STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Notoriously Dapper

June 10th, 2016 at 2:05am

Born and raised in Harlem, Dapper Don created customized clothing for Harlem’s street hustlers. They often would rock affordable, handcrafted and one of a kind pieces of apparel. Along with his flagship store also located in Harlem, Dapper Don pioneered streetwear by blending luxury branding with high-end details.

From stylish silhouettes and sophisticated prints, dapper means more than just “to be a gentleman.” Instead, for some stylish Fashionistos, it is a way of life and even better way of standing out from the crowd while showcasing one’s individual style at the same time. Although achieving a dapper look is a term coined mostly for men, this Fashionisto impeccably displays and embodies what dapper means and staying on trend.

I think the perfect combination of achieving a dapper look includes three steps and three staple pieces. The first item is a blazer: a more go-to stylish offering that is also a conversation starter. Although colors like gray, charcoal and navy are suitable for specific occasions, opting for a tweed or linen number keeps you fresh, cool and ready to take the summer heat.

The second step to achieving a dapper look is through the power of the tie. Unlike before, ties used to symbolize corporate conformity and directly related to office jobs. However, the tie can be anything you want it to be while also bringing your look together as a whole. The Fashionisto perfectly pairs a solid tie that isn’t overwhelming with his seersucker button-down.

Someone once said: “a man is defined by the right pair of pants.” Jeans are a great start for something casual or laid back. A true dapper gentleman must expand their array of options while keeping a keen eye on an impeccable fit. For example, Levi’s offer a variety of choices that range in size, fit, color and price range. They also go great when transitioning from a day to night look.

Achieving the perfect dapper look is a matter of playing around, choosing the right pieces and having fun. However, by keeping the right blazer, pant and tie in mind, you are one step closer to being notoriously dapper.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Don’t lose your personal style trying to embody a complete style that may not be yours.”