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NAUTICAL

Even if you aren’t planning to get within 100 miles of the water the trend this summer is an interpretation of the maritime look.  The one featured here is very low key and can be worn both on and off the shore.  Everything works here if you are on deck sailing the high seas except the Macalister swede boots which can easily be traded out for Sperry top-siders.

The pull over weather resistant hooded jacket will keep you warm and dry when you are out enjoying nautical fun whether you are in P-Town or Cherry Grove and when the temperatures drop at night.  To keep the look easy wear a simple t-shirt underneath which will also give you an alternative look for when you get back on shore and the temperatures or the company you’re with get a little hot.  Wear a slimming pair of shorts, linen is great for these occasions.

This look will compliment Dandi’s of all sizes and shapes.  Just make sure and get the jacket to fit like you would a sweatshirt.  If you get it too big it will add extra bulk to your shape.  Oh, and don’t forget your accessories, the days of not wearing a belt are over so pick a great one that compliments the colors and the fabrics you are wearing, along with the perfect pair of sunglasses and you will not only be sharp but comfortable as well.

 

Photo courtesy of J. Crew

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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 Watch

Watches define the outfit and the Dandi.  People notice the accessories of a Dandi often before anything else.  Finishing touches are premiere when it comes to being a dapper Dandi and finding the right watch for you will depend on a few things – the formality of your job, the sports and activities you enjoy and your Dandi style when you go out at night.  Not all watches can be all things to all outfits.

The first thing to consider is why you are purchasing the watch – function or form?  Your budget is next, then the fit (and what it will take to get the fit if you have smaller wrists).  I love Casio‘s G-Shock because it’s lightweight, earth friendly (it’s solar and doesn’t need battery replacements) and it’s very versatile. It has a lot of useful functions for the more atheltic Dandi and can serve in the place of a dress watch.  Watches are an important detail in any Dandi’s wardrobe and there are many colors, styles and functions to choose from – water-proof, shock-proof, analog, digital, stainless steel, plastic and the list goes on and on.

Your watch is a statement of your personality and in certain price ranges an investment…remember the days when Dandi’s  would leave their beloved watch to their favorite younger Dandi, it was like being given a stamp of approval.  I believe that tradition should live on, so the next time you are in the market to investment in a watch, think of it in the world for generations to come and the excellence of it having been a part of your sartorial statement.


The Collar

Ah, the collar.  So important and so oft over looked.  When you buy a shirt you must keep in mind how you plan on wearing it.  Will you be wearing it with a tie, bow-tie, open, with a suit or sports jacket?  Are you trying to give off a business, formal, or casual look?  And for the  trendier among you, tie width and lapel width.  All of those reasons are why choosing the right collar atop your shirt is so important, so let’s begin.

In choosing the correct collar for you, you must first consider the shape of your face.  The collar provides the frame for both your shirt and your face.  If it doesn’t compliment the shape of your face the overall look will not look as Dapper as planned.  Strong jawlines should go for a larger proportioned collar.  Round soft faces should steer clear of small and short collars.

There are two things to consider with every collar.  The point, which includes the width of the collar at the front tip and the spread of the collar.

The Button Down – Comes in two types; The Oxford and the Hidden Button-down.  Both are considered to be a less formal collar though the Hidden can be used in dressier occasions.  This shirt is most suitable to be worn with Sports Jackets and Blazers.

The Straight-Point Collar – Fits most average size Dandi’s and has a much smaller gap between the collar points.  It can be worn without a tie as well.  Fit size for Dandi’s will usually land in the 14″ to 15 1/2″ range, but measure your neck to be sure and then buy a size 1/2 an inch bigger.

The Spread Collar – This collar gets dressier as the spread widens to accommodate tie knots from the most basic four-in-hand to the very powerful Windsor.  This collar comes in many different spreads, point lengths, and collar heights.  You will have to try them on and find the right one that frames your face the best.

The Rounded or Club Collar – Seen in many fashion magazines for the 2011 Summer dress shirts, it is a short rounded collar.  This collar can lend itself to being a nice Bespoked Dandi touch with a tailored suit, tie and silk ‘kerchief.

Photo courtesy of Bindal Cotex


Personal Style

Being a Dandi is about being an original.  I love to look through all of the men’s magazines and see what is in fashion but I have never had the desire to spend a Queens ransom trying to keep up with the latest and greatest designers and their price tags.  Style is not about that.  It is about individuality and you can create an amazing wardrobe on any budget.

This column maybe called Preppy Baba but sometimes I feel more elegant and find that wearing blacks, greys and navy’s is a great way to make a powerful statement when I walk into a room. And that’s okay, don’t let fashion paint you into a corner.  As Madonna says, “express yourself!”

The important thing about clothes and accessories or any other outward material expression of self for that matter, is that it be experienced in a loving fun way.  When fashion becomes about telling people what they should and shouldn’t wear or that they are too fat or too thin, then it is being judgmental and punitive and that to me is not what true self expression is really all about.

So take this blog in the way that it is intended.  Love who you are on the inside first, let that become a reflection of who you are in your daily life and enjoy the creative possibilities and the joy in creating personal style.   And remember, don’t be afraid to color outside of the lines.

 

Photo courtesy of Sherography of the Author


The Baseball Jacket

Having a jacket to complete your casual look is a must.  There are many to choose from; the hoodie, bomber, military inspired or windbreaker but this season’s style is the baseball jacket. Welcome to the big leagues!

For the Dandi this jacket can be worn open or zipped to highlight those much worked out abs.  It is best worn with a collarless shirt so that you don’t look in the mirror and see that you’ve been trying to flirt with your collar all twisted and sticking up funny because of the way the jacket collar lays.

Smooth clean lines are the order of the day when you wear waist length outerwear.  Keep your pants or shorts flat-front (so you don’t wind up looking like your grandpa) and jeans are always a safe bet.  Spice up the look by adding a Fedora and some cool aviator sunglasses.

 

Photo courtesy of GQ Magazine

 


Grill Time

May we remember all our loved ones we have lost in many battles, not just those of war.  Have a great  Memorial Day!

This bacon cheeseburger has the bacon and cheese stuffed inside the patty. A little surprise for a great tasting burger.
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: Makes 3 big burgers
Ingredients:
Preparation:
Combine bacon, onion, cheddar cheese and set aside. Combine beef, spike and beer, mix thoroughly, the shape into 6 thin patties. Put bacon/onion/cheese mixture on 3 patties. Top with remaining patties and press edges to seal. Grill, broil or pan fry until well done, about 4 minutes per side.
This recipe comes from Janis Novak.
Photo courtesy of Austin Monthly

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