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H&M is one of the best places for a Dandi to shop who wants to be on trend and who needs to watch their budget for fashion.  While in Los Angeles recently I did a little shopping and found these great items that can enhance any Dandi’s wardrobe.

Perfectly styled. It brings a little whimsy to the look with the checkered shirt. Put this with a navy tie and dark linen pants for office, shorts and loafers for Sunday brunch.

Linen jackets are great for your spring/ summer wardrobe.  Match this with a pair of linen pants or white jeans, t-shirt and your favorite sneakers.

Straw hats for spring and summer.

A pair of linen shorts are a must for trips to P-town on Cherry Grove.

Shoes for Spring

My favorite place to shop for shoes bar none is DSW.  Not only do they tend to have the widest selection of shoes but they always have my size and also good prices.  Oh yeah, and they send you a discount coupon in the mail almost every month!!!

I went this last week to see what they had to spice up your Dandi wardrobe as we move into the heart of Spring.

Wear with linen pants or nice shorts. Make sure you get your nails manicured!

It's beach time! I love an excuse to add to my flip-flop collection.

Wear these fabulous leather kicks with jeans, khaki's even with a suit.

A price alternative to the leather sneakers that will do the same job just as Dandily!

Bucks are a must have in any Dandi's wardrobe. This is a pair of soft-sided bucks that will give you the edge on style.

Your Own Private Stylist

So I was reading this article from the December edition of Esquire called “My Own Private New Deal.”  It is basically about this writer who gets the fashion director of Esquire to take him shopping to update his wardrobe for under $1000.

My sweetie does the same thing for men and women here in Austin so I was curious to see what exactly Peter Martin, the writer got out of his process.  Well for one thing he got two pairs of jeans, three chinos, a few sweaters, three, count them three blazers and four dress shirts, all for $953.57.  May I say that that is some amazing shopping and it takes a professional to help Dandi’s like us come out with that kind of haul on that kind of budget.

Really, hiring a professional stylist is one of the smartest investments you can make to help clear out the old stuff in your closet and help you put together the Dandi pieces that not only fit your body well but also your personality.

The first thing a professional stylist will do for you is help you let go of all of those clothes that really really need to go.  Maybe it’s something lingering from the ’80’s or it is several items that do not do you justice.  And in the case of many Dandi’s who buy men’s clothing and don’t have them altered, that could mean a great many items.

The next thing that is great about having your own stylist is that they will go shopping with you and help you put together many different peices for many different looks within your budget.  But as Peter found out in his article that doesn’t mean that you will find everything the same day or the same month for that matter.  Even stylist have to go through trial and error with you because you are a unique body type, which is encouraging for any of us  who try to force a look just because we think it will be the only thing in our size that will fit, even if it doesn’t quite fit the way we would like.  Don’t let the clothes rule, your body is never wrong, and there will be something perfect to fit you.

Now the great news about all of this is that stylist can just look at you and know pretty much what will fit and what won’t.  My sweetie even knows people’s sizes without them telling her.  Stylists  do this everyday so they know where to shop.  Next time you are changing up your wardrobe, seriously consider a personal stylist. you will be glad you did!




I’m sure some of you are wondering if I have such a preppy style why I like my new boots by Mark Nason so much, they are certainly more SteamPunk than preppy.  Well the truth is, at night my love of romantic styling comes out and I trend towards darker and more structured clothing.  I also love the avant-garde and iiMUAHii by Ukrainian designer Elena Slivnyak is out of this world!

I mean look at these designs, they are art and fashion rolled into fabulousness.  Now you might think that there is no way that I would have these feathers coming out from around my neck or off my shoes, but given the right circumstances I definitely would.  And the coat in the first picture is absolutely delicious.

Yes these looks are rather feminine for most Dandis but as I identify as Andro they are right up my alley.

Elena Slivnyak has proven herself to be a force to be reckoned with and I can’t wait to see where her ideas and collections go from here.

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Lapo Elkann

You know how I said that as a Dandi I would want to reincarnate as Tom Ford.  Well, if he isn’t available I’ll jump into Lapo Elkann‘s skin and closet anytime!  Talk about everything that I love about being a dapper Dandi.  Elkann lives it.

He neither takes himself or his fashion so seriously that he becomes one note.  And his clothes always fit impeccably which is always the point.  No matter how much you spend on your clothes Dandis, make sure they fit!

Sure, I love all of his Savile Row suits, and his preppy leanings.  But I also love the way he accessorizes.  This is a Dandy not afraid of scarves, ascots, prints, and stripes.

When I grow up I want to be just like him…and did I mention how much I love cars!?!  I could stand being the heir of Fiat.

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Clearly next Spring is about color and lots of it.  I can’t seem to find a collection that isn’t almost drowning in it.  Iceberg has a lovely collection for 2012 that will fit the more conservative taste of those of my readers who are not so keen on wearing loud and colorful prints on their clothing.

Okay, this suit is definitely not the norm but it’s not a big ole flower either and the steel blue would flatter many different skin tones.  I love it with the lighter blue sweater and it would work well with a fitted spread collar dress shirt and a print tie (yes I said print!) in a darker blue or even rust color depending on the color of your shirt (not white!)

Iceberg has a very European casual Dandi look to it so I wouldn’t waste a lot of time trying to dress it up.  This collection is better worn on the weekends or on vacation.  I actually like the monochromatic look of this blue outfit; the shirt, belt, pants and shoes.  It is quite daring but not impossible to pull off for the right Dandi.  If it’s something you’ve never tried before I’d break it up with maybe a white linen pant and some white Bucks, but then the next time do it all in blue, chalking your new look up to expanding the  possibilities of the Dandi that you are.

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Pocket Squares

I love pocket squares.  I really, really do.  I think they are the quintessential dapper accessory for any Dandi who wears a suit.  Talk about giving your look that extra-extra that most suit wearers take for granted.  Plus they still have a practical element that any woman would find extremely gentledandi if ever in need of a tissue.

Now the trick with this is to carry two pocket squares, one for looks or the lady in distress then another, more in the guise of a handkerchief, in your back or inside jacket pocket for yourself.  (No germs shared that way)

Liberty of London

What color should you choose?  I like loud (surprise!) but it still must have some common thread that ties in the weave of my suit jacket, tie and shirt.  This is another place besides your tie or socks to have some fun.

How to fold it?  Well for one thing please oh please do not try to hard.  I wear the version that is styled in the first picture, but a lot of Dandi’s, 007 and the Mad Men crew comes to mind, wear what is known as the Clean Edge.  Fold the square in thirds and then in half, place it in your pocket with the edge about a quarter of an inch above.  I’m not big on rules so do it whatever style gives you that individual Dandi touch.

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