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Short Sets

It is finally getting hot outside.  Well, after a few days of 108 degrees here in Texas perhaps too hot.

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All that to say we can now get on with wearing our shorts to just about any activity summer has in store for us.

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There is always the casual look.  It is nice to elevate this look with a cute pair of shoes.


Or add a fabulous jacket.


If you are athletic here is a very fashoin forward way to show up at your next touch football event.

You can never go wrong with jean shorts.


And Camo is the new black.

Not into Camo?  Try something like this cute print.


Short-shorts are the very in thing for 2013/SS so if you have the confidence and the legs for it DO IT!

If short-shorts aren’t quite your thing here is a stylish cut of short.  I like the whole outfit actually.


Got somewhere a little more dressed up to go?  This is a great way to look and stay cool.


Swim trunks aren’t really shorts but they can be worn as such, so that you’ll be ready for lunch or an afternoon swim.


Soccer anyone?  I love this look so much!


Add whimsy with your shoes, this look can be dressy or casual and it looks great on him.







Things For Spring


So the dog days of winter are upon us and it’s time to not only start thinking spring but start shopping for spring.

So I too must follow suit and check out what’s in the stores to my liking.

Robert Graham
Robert Graham

And of course I found tons of things but all Dandi’s are on a budget of some kind so I did have to pull back and make smart choices.

Always take into account what you already have in your closet that you are excited to give a fresh look to for the new season.

And don’t forget to take into account any new activities that you want to start up or have over the winter.  Like these white shorts for me, since over the winter I took up tennis again.  These will be great to hit the courts in.

And so many of us are somehow still showing up at the gym since our New Year’s resolutions.  If you are feeling the need for a little incentive try buying yourself a new groovy bag to put your things in, that should keep you going for at least another month.


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And though I truly have no more room in my closet for new shoes, they are a must.  If your budget will not allow for a lot of new things, I always find a great new pair of shoes will draw the eye off of the clothes you may be recycling from last year and make everything fresher.


Sometimes all we need is a little pick me up to accentuate our wardrobe but don’t know quite what it is.  Well if you can’t use another bow-tie or pocket square you can never go wrong with another pair of colorful, conversation starting socks.





‘Tis the season when wedding bells ring, flowers are made into corsages and boutonniere‘s, and the blood pressure of many a lesbian bride and groom rises in anticipation of the most beautiful day of their lives together.  Now when it comes to that special day there are a lot of factors to take into account for the groom.


Certainly the groom Dandi should go forth and get a well-fitted suit, if in the budget perhaps even one tailored uniquely to them.  But as I’ve pointed out often in my blog many a time.  I like shoes, a lot.  So it stands to reason that I believe when you are getting dressed up, whether it be for the one time (hopefully!) special event of your wedding or some other more formal occasion


…one should start with their shoes.


I have noticed that a good pair of shoes can make you feel like a million bucks.  I think it’s mainly because it’s one of the few things that we can see constantly on our own person, unless we spend a lot of time passing a mirror for quick admiring glances.


That said, of course fit, matching your loved one in a complementary versus matchy- matchy way (unless you like that sort of thing) should be utmost in mind,


but a proper pair of shoes will take you a very long way.  Now as you’ve noticed with this last picture of fancy shoes I’ve put up it’s not as formal as the rest.   If dressing like you’re a cast member of Downton Abbey isn’t your style then definitely have fun with your footwear choice.  (It may be the only say you have in the matter. 🙂

Allen Edmonds Fifth Avenue - vtamour.com
Allen Edmonds Fifth Avenue – vtamour.com

Not wearing a traditional black tux?  Then black shoes are probably not going to be your thing either unless you are working with grays or blues.


And even then don’t be afraid to have fun (but do avoid looking like you are on your way to the prom.  Remember there will be pictures permanently reminding you of your choices.)


Not a formal kind of Dandi?  That’s okay too (of course it is!)  Even if you’ve been rangled into a tux you can still pull off some personality by adding an elegant kick to the mix instead of a patent shoe (which I assure you will increase your will to dance in the wee hours of the night.)



Dr. Martens

When I was but a wee Dandi I used to own just about every style of Dr. Martens they made, from shoes to boots.  They had a considerable amount of styles but not like thy have today (and they leaned much heavier in those days on the theme of black).

Over the years Dr. Marten has become less Punk and Goth (not, of course, forgetting these fans) but they have become a lot more inclusive and give even their most dye-hard customers a chance to continue to wear them when they need to “get dressed up”.

Fall is here and you don’t have to convince me twive to seek out an excuse to buy new boots.

Not in the market for a boot-boot? How about these hushpuppy-esk boots?  They are a collaboration between the Dr. and Stussey.  A great variation on a theme for sure.

Oh, and don’t think for one minute that Dr. Marten is just about your feet.  Check out these fabulous bags from their S/S 2012 collection.  I love when a brand expands and does it right!


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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.


Fall means boots and this season is no different.  Here are a few of the wonderful designs that are available to compliment your wardrobe with an elegant foundation.

Top to bottom:

Ralph Lauren

Louis Vuitton

Salvatore Ferragamo

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Always have a boot that you can tuck your pants into.  It makes for very sexy lines (in how it looks and in the flattering comments).

For a more casual style broken-in Chuka boots are trending for the season.

Left to right clockwise:


Red Wing



Red Wing




Photo’s courtesy of:

J. Crew

Details Magazine

Transition to Fall

Fall is coming, believe it or not, and for those of you who are in cooler climates (lucky you!) the time has come for you to begin adding more layers to your look.  Tan is the color of the season and jackets, which can be removed if it gets too hot, are a great way to start transitioning your look and your wardrobe into the fall and winter months.  The look shown here is with tan jean shorts and a classic white shirt which you can add a bow-tie to and give it a preppy element.  The jacket is a great purchase that will transition into your fall looks.  The boots included here are also a great transition shoe but if it’s still to hot in your neck of the woods to pull them off you can easily replace them with tennis shoes or loafers.  Replace the shorts with the color of chino’s (see July 15th) or dark jeans for evening.

Boots by John Varvatos

Shirt by Adam Kimmel

Shorts by Topman

Belt by Reiss

Jacket by White Raven

Photo courtesy of Homme Essential

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