A legend says that once upon a time men looked like gentlemen. Then a terrible curse was cast upon them and they started to wear ridiculous trends like athleisure. Now the legend also offers a salvation from this curse, and that is return to the dapper look. We can track the origin of the dapper style all the way to the beginning of the 19th century when beards and top hats were a must for every self-respecting man. Today, TV shows like Suits, White Collar and Mad Men brought dapper back into our century, but we cannot neglect the influence of the ever popular agent 007. So, what exactly is dapper and how to wear this classy men style?
Get Inspired for Dapper Style
The basic characteristics of dapper are classy suits, dress shirts, sophisticated belt-long ties, leather shoes and voguish accessories. If you need some inspiration about achieving it, just take a look back at the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s (take the hint from Don Draper) when the clothes were made from natural fiber and raw materials. The end results of your outfit and styling should be elegance and retro chic, suited both for the day at the office and an evening at a fancy restaurant. Of course, you can always experiment and add some modern flare to the combination.
A Man Makes a Suit…
… but we cannot argue that a suit has a lot to do with making a man. A suit is the quintessential dapper clothing piece, and we do not mean only for some black tie events and weddings, but also for redefined views on casual clothing. Every gentleman must have several custom suits for different occasions in his wardrobe. The most important things about a suit are: the color, the fit and the style.
- It would be best for the color of the suit to be solid and neutral. Some of the best options are black, grey and navy.
- A suit must be well-fitted, which is very easy to achieve if you decide for a tailored suit.
- There are three basic suit styles and you can decide for some of them depending on your preferences and build – American cut (natural shoulders, straight waist, single centre vent in the jacket), Italian cut (padded shoulders, tapered waist, no vents) and British cut (padded shoulders, double vents and tapered waist).
The Sophisticated Steps
Women understand much better than men how a pair of shoes can transform the body language and make you feel and appear more confident. In fact, a famous author, speaker and businessman Brain Koslow stressed the importance of wearing expensive shoes because “people notice”. So, maybe you do not have to spend a year’s worth of salary, but you can still afford a pair of quality nice looking classic Oxfords which will be suitable for a number of occasions.
Finish Up with Accessories
You can make a suit look entirely different just by using different accessories. The dapper look requires carefully chosen minimalistic accessories. Here are some rules to follow when making your accessories combo:
- The belt should be leather and matching with your shoes in texture, color and fabric.
- Although skinny ties are pretty trendy these days, they are more a part of some entirely different trend. Instead, let Harvey Specter (Suits) be your guide and “never wear a skinny tie”. Tie can be a perfect way to add a pop of color or an interesting pattern to your outfit.
- Choose a wrist watch of classic and minimalistic design. It should match your belt and shoes.
- Elevate the look with a leather man bag, a briefcase and a high-quality wallet.
The dapper look is not only about the clothes you are wearing, but also your hairstyle which should be sleek and nourished and your behavior which should be appropriate for the gentleman you look like.