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I ended the StyleX weekend last night at the Neiman Marcus‘ StyleX party at the Palm Door in downtown Austin.

I missed the initial launch of this great idea by founders Joah Spearman and Jon Pattillo at last year’s SXSW and was fortunate enough to ride the coattails of my sweetie Miramar, who was one of the event stylist for the weekend.

It's 3:00 in the morning folks. You'd look this way too! ūüôā

I meet a lot of great people that are doing wonderful things in the world of fashion and style all over the globe, particularly here in Austin, and I learned a lot from the panel discussions I sat around to hear.

The world is changing folks (as if you don’t already know this!) in all areas of commerce and business but particularly in the way of the old guard of fashion.¬† No longer are the designers and magazine editors able to stay locked away in their elite palaces and dictate to us what we wear, how we wear it and who it’s for.

There are so many vehicles; Thre.ad and Pinterest to name a very few, as well as all of the other social media vehicles we use everyday without thought from Twitter to Facebook, that are taking away the power from all measures of commercial enterprise and putting it where it always belonged, in the hands of the consumer.

I learned during the discussions that this world, as global and connected as it is becoming is also being a niche consumer market¬† for every designer, retailer, blogger…you name it.¬† Basically every idea and business needs to figure out their niche audience.¬† Who will get the most out of what you have to offer?¬† Narrow marketing resources and strategies and find them and stay connected to them.¬† We experience an overload of information every, single, day and because of this we have an overload of choices!

For example – I choose who I want to listen too now (select and proven bloggers, no longer GQ, Vogue, Esquire, etc), I choose the conversations I want to have¬† with consumers that already have experience with the products I am considering buying (chat rooms, comment discussions, informed blogger interaction),¬† I follow who they like (not the product’s slick and expensive advertising)…now here is where the niche part comes in…I then interact with the people who create the products I decide to buy.¬† Let me say this another way, long gone are the days when a company has a wall of protection between them and their consumers and only talks to shareholders at duress during their yearly stockholder meeting.¬† Consumers want to know, in fact are demanding to know and keep in close contact with the creators behind the brands they are buying.

If you are in the business of anything that has to do with the public, but particularly fashion, you need to know why you do what you do and convey that to your customer in everything you create, every way you present your brand and in all of the ways you promote your brand.¬† What is your story?¬† Why do you do what you do?¬† And be prepared to make lifelong acquaintances if not friendships with the people who patron your business.¬† This is a new global economy and it’s bringing us closer together everyday!

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!



The Loafer

According to Details Magazine the penny loafer is this season’s go-to shoe.¬† The latest designs are a little¬† more streamlined than the old school loafer with a narrower toe.

The penny loafer originated in the 1930’s when the Spaulding company produced a shoe styled after the ones Norwegian diary farmers wore in an article that appeared in Esquire Magazine; but the penny didn’t entered the equation until years later.¬† The modern day loafer was created by John Bass who put his mark on the shoe with the creation of the Weejun.¬† He added the decorative strap across the top that was soon used to add a bit of style¬† (and money for an emergency phone call) by adding small objects such as pennies.

Generally worn without socks for a preppier style.¬† It is a simple practical shoe that looks great with a pair of rolled up Chino’s or for the more daring a classic suit.


Photo courtesy of Details Magazine

The Uniform

If it weren’t for the beard this guy could be a typical Dandi.¬† This photo is courtesy of Esquire and the look they have put the musician Ben Blackwell in is one of the best looks for Dandi’s of any size.¬† I could bother to list all of the designers on this but its basic styling.¬† Get yourself a great pair of jeans, a few inches too long, cuff them.¬† For me the darker the better.¬† Reach in the very back of your closet and resurrect those great black boots you used to wear all of the time, give them a once over with your shine kit and if their lace-up, afford them a new present of laces.

The jacket is linen.¬† It’s perfect if it looks a little slept in.¬† For the skinnier Dandi buy it to fit, meaning you can button it and it doesn’t pull in the back and it fits nicely at the waist and hips. But you may have to have the sleeves adjusted depending on how small you are.¬† If you are a bigger size like myself you have to compromise closing it because of the ‘girls’.¬† Don’t get it too big because if you do get it big enough to fit the ‘girls’ or around your beautiful derriere chances are it will be way too big in the shoulders and will look like you are four sizes bigger in the waist¬† plus the arms will be hard to tailor proportionately.¬† The shirt is cotton, like this one pictured here a chambray would be great.

This definitely dyke dressing 101.  It is simple yet striking and can make you look great to hang out with your friends or a first and even your 100th date.  It also works for work and can be dressed up by adding a tie or dressed down by wearing a basic t-shirt or by changing the boots to sneakers.

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