July 05, 2018 2 min read
“Style is a reflection of your attitude and your personality.” –Shawn Ashmore
Not only part of the name of our store, Dandy is a term used to describe a man who pays great attention to how he dresses and who often dresses flamboyantly.
While this term may sound new to many, it has actually been around since the late eighteenth century. Sometimes more outrageous with accents such as wigs, lace and velvet; and other times more reserved, the essence of great style was always present. With men such as George Bryan ‘Beau” Brummel (credited with introducing and establishing the men’s modern suit worn with a necktie) pioneering dandyism, you can be sure that this term is reserved for the stylish. Here’s how you can achieve the dandy style.
A tailored suit to be exact. A Dandy typically does not “dress down.” Think clean lines; sharp; sophisticated. Slim-fit suit, checked patterns, silk handkerchief and a tie to match. Today’s dandy man is modern yet timeless and dresses for the occasion.
The dandy man isn’t afraid to incorporate color into his style. He elegantly wears bold colors without being harsh or tasteless. Embrace modern color trends and expertly balance them with classic neutrals. Consider accenting a grey suit with our100% silk orange paisley pocket square. Remember - less is more.
Strictly fine, top-quality fabrics for the dandy. Inferior, tasteless fabrics are a big no-no. Instead, keep your eyes on cashmere, tweed, linen, corduroy, silk or satin, for example.
When it comes to fit, a true Dandy’s clothes fit perfectly. Sleeves are never too long or too short, and clothes are never baggy or loose-fitting. Our slim-fit, 100% cottonExtreme Cutaway White Premium Weave Shirt works perfectly for the Dandy in quality and fit. Paying attention to fabric and tailoring is a must for dandy style, otherwise you’re doing it wrong. Skimping on quality is something a gentleman never does.
Details, details, details. That’s what Dandy style is all about. Your accessories will not only vamp up your foundation (the suit), but will make a statement about you and your personality. Again, less is more here. A Dandy never over-accessorizes – he always has it just right.
Dandy style is not just about your clothes; it’s about your general appearance. Therefore, grooming plays an essential role and a true Dandy wouldn’t be caught dead looking unkempt or with an untrimmed beard. His cut, color and style will always be maintained; presenting himself as immaculate in appearance.
Beyond that, a Dandy invests in top quality grooming products. A signature cologne, hand cream and various serums to keep his scent fresh and his hands well looked-after. For him, personal hygiene is of utmost importance.
Oftentimes, the Dandy style cannot be taught. It’s something within you. It’s personal. It’s a lifestyle, a commitment. It tells people who you are. No matter the occasion – from black tie events to brunch – the Dandy man is immaculately put together, while looking like he didn’t put in any effort at all.
Do you have what it takes to embody the Dandy style?