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Why Go Dappr?
For the first few years of my adult, professional life, I didn’t pay much attention to what I was wearing. I bought an ill-fitting suit off the rack, threw on any random shirt and tie combo, and went to work not realizing just how out of place I looked. I didn’t think fashion was something I needed to care about, and I assumed that most people felt that way. However, as I continually had to dish out more money to replace unraveling suits and flimsy dress shoes, I started to do my research on what clothes I should be buying. I began to pay more attention to other people and notice that there truly was a major disparity between my look and theirs. Something flipped in me, and fashion became far more important than it ever had before. I’m glad that this happened, because otherwise I might still be lugging around my baggy suit and wearing a low-quality, non-matching tie.
It’s not that you have to stick to any particular type of style or fashion to fit in – it’s that you should find your own style and be comfortable with it. Once I started customizing outfits and finding looks and fits that I really liked, I gained a ton of confidence both in my decision-making skills and my personal image. This confidence transferred to my personal and professional lives. I don’t know if the suits and clothes themselves actually got me promotions, but I do know that my confidence helped me to work towards them.
When you start to pay attention to these things, you don’t only look better, but you also feel better. A nice fitting suit is a completely different world than something off the rack, and there’s really no way to explain it until you get one for yourself. Walking, sitting, and moving are far more comfortable and effortless. You won’t be sweating through thick material and feeling generally uncomfortable when you have the right suit, and this will make your day just that much better.

This holds true even through my casual days. I don’t have to wear a suit every day, but that doesn’t mean I just throw on old clothes and shoes. I’ve put a lot more thought into even the t-shirts that I wear, and that provides me with maximum comfort and durability. People have complimented me on my looks ever since I started showing passion for my style, and to be honest, that feels good and inspires even more confidence. Whether I’m sporting a hoodie and jeans for an Autumn hike or a full-on tux for a black-tie event, I look and feel better no matter what it is that I’m doing.

Most men own at least a few ties, even if they aren’t a regular part of their wardrobe. While some professions still require a full suit and tie on a daily basis, a lot are moving towards a more casual look, so the tie might only be needed on special occasions, or in some cases, not at all. This doesn’t mean that men should shy away from putting together the perfect collection of ties. Even if your job has you in a t-shirt and jeans all the time, you’re still going to have weddings and other events to attend that will probably require a suit, and the right tie can really bring it all together and allow you to stand out with your own personal style. There are several necessities when it comes to choosing, buying, and wearing the right ties.
The first thing you’ll want to look for is the proper material. Ties are usually made from silk or wool, with the latter often providing a more casual, subdued look. Either way, you’ll want to make sure the tie is 100% silk or wool based on what it is you’re looking for. The lining should always be 100% wool which will help to prevent it from wrinkling. In addition to material, you should opt for a hand-rolled, hand-stitched tie over a machine-made one whenever possible. They may be a bit pricier up front, but these ties will last far longer and keep their shape, meaning you will be getting what you pay for - a durable tie that looks great for a long time.
Now that you’ve learned what materials to look for, it’s time to choose colors, styles, and patterns. The easiest thing to match is the pattern. The basic rule of thumb is that your articles clothing should not be too close when it comes to pattern style or size. So, if you have a wide-striped shirt, you’ll want to avoid wide pinstripes on your suit and tie, and potentially avoid any sort of “big” pattern on your tie. Small polka dots or other patterns would go great with the wide stripes. On the contrary, if you have a small-patterned gingham shirt, you may consider large stripes or dots on your tie. A solid tie will work with any pattern, but keep in mind that the colors should complement each other, especially if you are going with multiple solids.

Speaking of color, that’s the next most important part, and isn’t as hard as you may think. Generally, your gut instinct will be right, but there are a few tips to keep in mind. First, though, you should find a good suit and shirt combination, as this will help you make a better decision on your tie. Once you have that figured out, you’ll usually be able to tell if the tie looks right. If you’re having trouble, it is probably a safe bet to go with a subdued red, gold, or blue to match dark suits and light shirts. Keep in mind that your tie is an accessory to accent your suit, not the centerpiece of the suit itself, so it should bring the suit together, not overpower it entirely.

Bespoke Suits
I recently found myself getting fitted for a bespoke suit, wondering if I was making a big mistake spending an unnecessary amount of money for something I may have been able to find off the shelf. Throughout the entire process, I was a little nervous and apprehensive about taking the plunge into my first custom formal-wear, but after my suit was finally finished, I knew that I made the right decision. Just putting it on without looking in the mirror, I was completely in awe of just how well it fit and the impressive level of comfort and luxury that came along with it. I looked in the mirror and could hardly even recognize myself. All these years I was wearing suits that were too big, too small, or just off in some way or another. This suit, however, was a true work of art and inspired a whole new world of confidence in my own personal style and looks.
I believe that any man that is serious about his fashion should have at least one bespoke suit, if not multiple. Even if you are impeccably average in every size measure and have no problem finding a nice-fitting suit off the rack, you’ll be blown away by just how much better these suits look and feel. From the beginning of the process, your stylist will pick your brain about your favorite kinds of patterns, textures, and your own personal sense of style. If you want a power suit to help you climb the corporate ranks, they’ll have a plethora of great ideas for you. On the other hand, maybe you want a more eccentric suit to go with your artistic profession – that won’t be a problem either.
A custom suit makes a world of difference when it comes to looks and comfort. I was able to choose the color and fabric that I wanted for my internal lining, and although it’s only really noticeable when I remove my suit jacket, I have received multiple compliments on it in a short time. Add to the fact that the lining just feels wonderful, and I’m extremely happy that I decided to go this route. Instead of having to pick from patterns and textures that are already on the rack, a custom suit allows you to mix and match styles to truly create something unique that will bring out your inner personality.

Obviously, a bespoke item comes with a larger price tag, but a suit is one of those things that is absolutely worth it. Most services will give you free tailoring for the life of the suit, so if you put on or lose weight, you’ll still be able to enjoy a custom fit. Not to mention that the materials in general are higher quality than what you’ll find off the rack. You’ll be saving money by not having to buy a new suit as soon, if at all, depending on what type of wear and tear you put on your clothing.

Dress Shoes
Dress shoes have always been a bit of a challenge for me to understand. I know when I see a pair of shoes that I like, but I’m not always sure which shoes are right for me or when to wear them. For a long time, I simply had a pair of black leather slip-ons with a square toe front. Because of my big feet, they were comfortable, but I soon learned that these were considered to be a major fashion no-no. After careful consideration, I did notice that the blocky look was not a good complement to a sleek, professional suit. I made it a point to educate myself on dress shoes and their best uses.
Of course, I needed a pair of black dress shoes for the most formal of occasions. After ditching my block-toe clown shoes, I got myself fitted for a pair of black leather Oxfords. Simple, sleek, and basic, these are the shoes that you need for black-tie weddings, funerals, and big job interviews. They aren’t flashy, but a sturdy, well-built Oxford will go a long way in bringing a suit together and solidifying your professional look. Getting them from a trusted shoe company was also a major benefit, as I found them to be even more comfortable than my square-toe counterparts, and with their replaceable leather soles, these are a great investment that will last a long time.
For a little bit more flash, I went with a pair of burgundy brogues. The design is a bit flashier and more “fun” than the Oxford, but still professional enough to be used in a wide variety of situations. That’s what is so nice about the brogue shoe – you can wear it to a semi-formal spring wedding or with chinos or jeans for a more casual but distinctive look. Again, I sprung for a more expensive brand, but these lather beauties continue to get more comfortable, and I have the peace of mind that the soles can be replaced if I wear them out and that my shoe store will provide polishing services and scuff repair if needed. The fact that they gain character as they age is another benefit of these shoes.

My final dress shoe on this venture (I’ve secured a few more since them) was the durable and versatile Chelsea boot. This is a slip-on boot with a trendy but professional look that provides an excellent level of comfort and flexibility. Like the brogues, the Chelsea boot can be worn across a wide range of looks, from semi-professional to completely casual. I’ve worn these to outdoor weddings as well as laid-back bars sporting nothing but a t-shirt and jeans, and they’ve worked perfectly for both of those and everything in between. Chelsea boots are easy to slip on and give you a unique, cool look without demanding too much attention so as to be distracting.

A well-fitting suit with the right tie and pair of shoes is all you really need to look great, but that can get boring at times. Adding the right accessories to a suit can make it fun and help you to stand out just enough so as to be seen as your own “brand.” A little bit can go a long way when it comes to accessorizing, and I have recently been learning about some of the small things that can be done to really make an outfit “pop” without overdoing it and becoming a major distraction.

 One of the first accessories that I bought was a standard silver tie bar. I always liked the clean, cool look it added for other people, and appreciated the benefit of holding the tie and place and preventing it from flopping around and lying off-center. Once I bought my first one, I was hooked and continued to buy clips of different sizes, colors, and styles to accentuate a variety of different suits and outfits. Tie bars are an easy and affordable way to add a little bit of flare to any outfit, and you can find the right one for pretty much any occasion if you look hard enough.

I also recently got into pocket squares, and I couldn’t be happier. These are another generally low-cost item that can go a long way into classing up your current attire. With a seemingly endless number of pattern and color options, you should be able to find the right pocket square for any suit and tie combination that you can come up with. There are plenty of folding options that can be learned online, and the beauty of it is that if you feel like it may not be appropriate for a certain situation, you can simply leave it in your pocket and save its use for the next event.

 Cufflinks are something that I always overlooked, but when I finally saw a pair that really caught my eye, I decided that I had to get a pair to accompany my favorite suits. That paid off almost immediately with all the compliments I received at the first even I wore them to. They really add an element of class to any suit, and because you don’t see them very often anymore, they are bound to help you stand out and look unique. You can get classic, minimal cufflinks or promote your personality a little bit more with more complex or even someone eclectic designs.

Accessorizing a suit really helps you to personalize your look and put out the image that you want people to see. Most accessories are easily affordable but can turn an “okay” look into something that people really appreciate. It’s fun to mix and match these small, fashionable items and really create a new look every time you don your favorite attire.

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