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Spring Shopping – J Crew

I love seeing what all of the stores have coming in for spring to lift my spirits out of the winter blah’s.  Though I have to admit here in ATX there hasn’t really been a winter, mostly a lot of rain and that is always fun to bring out the colorful Galoshes and rain slickers.

I do think J Crew has a great and basic offering of Dandi clothes and the fit is pretty universal.  They offer the higher ends of regular sizes and I can fit in most everything they make that is in my size, now whether or not it looks the way I want it to is another story, but that is the joy of shopping and trying on things until you find the perfect fit. And that goes for every single human being on the earth, we are not unique in this!

"Stripes and Plaids...oh my!"

As you can see prints are back for this season in reds, blues, greens…all of the basic colorways.

Same with ties.  J Crew sticks with the more conservative designs but this gives you an idea of width trends.  If you’ve got anything wider think about giving it away or putting it to the back of your closet, you won’t need it this season.

Here are some must have shoes for your wardrobe.  As for Wingtips, if you don’t already have a pair consider getting some that have a little color in them for the warmer seasons. Leave the more casual shoes for your Khaki’s and casual Friday‘s.  Soft sided shoes are never a good look with a suit unless you are in a creative business.

And spring always means hats to me.  Straw says spring, time to start transitioning your heavier fabric hats into the closet and pull out or purchase new fresh spring and summer appropriate hats to spice up any wardrobe including a suit for the office!





Spring Shopping – ZARA

Today is the first day of spring and after last nights near tornadic winds and lightening that made it feel like the paparazzi was outside the window it’s good to talk about what’s in the stores to make the day seem a little bit brighter.

Today’s feature is Zara, one of my favorite shops for well-made clothes that are on trend and will leave you with some money in your pocket for food and rent.

Outrageous and fun t-shirts that can be worn with jeans and go well under a blazer.
Chino’s are back again this season in lots of colors. This should be a staple of your spring and summer look.
LOVE this robin’s egg blue blazer! Wear it with shorts, chino’s or your most outrageous print pant!
Topsiders are a Preppybaba’s dream shoe. They never go out of style and you are ready for any and all boating invitations.
This bag is a weekenders dream! Part bowling bag and photography bag in design. It’s structured sides, depth and width allow you to fold your shirts, shorts, trunks, add your Dopp, then hit the road!


Since I was all about shoe care yesterday I thought I’d feature  the remarkable 145 year old brand, Grenson.  They make some of the best Dandi shoes around.

I believe that shoes make the Dandi.  Certainly there are times when people never even get to see your shoes (those are sad times), perhaps in a dark restaurant or maybe you are a puppeteer…but usually there is the outfit and then there are the shoes and they can really make or break what someone believes about your style.

Bad shoe choices kill a look. I have seen the well meaning Dandy wear a great suit only to completely kill it with cheap, comfortable shoes.  I’m not saying that shoes have to be painful to look good, but there is a time and place for everything and there are no well dressed Dandi’s on any best dressed list wearing rubber sole Stride Rite shoes, I‘m just saying…

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