The Blues

TheBlues

Well it’s been a while, but it definitely feels good to be posting again. Where have I been? Good question… if I knew what I was up to besides work I’d tell you. Despite the absence the rainy weather today motivated me to post some photos taken by the dope Shoccara. Navy blue is my black, enjoy.

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A well-dressed man is not synonymous with excess, or dressing over the top. While “over the top” can have a superabundance of definitions depending on who you ask, less can be more. “Well Ray, I’ve seen you around and you wear some out there stuff sometimes.” Yeah I do sometimes, but breaking the rules are fun and paying attention to detail is even more fun. In this outfit playing with various blues and details is what brings it all together.

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There’s nothing more embarrassing than an umbrella flipping inside out on you in the rain. Every guy needs a good umbrella. This one here is from The Goods For Society (TGFS).

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I was going for a darker look but the vest could easily be swapped out for a more colorful option and a different color jean, or even gray trousers.

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No matter how much I money I make, I still love finding a hidden treasure at the thrift store and these were definitely a steal. Always gotta have some fun with the socks.

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Thanks for reading. I’m pretty sure it won’t be another year before you see me again.

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Tailored & Spring Ready Feat. Seth

After taking care of business and passing boards, I was ready to hop back into blogging at The DDD, and thought of no better way than to bring some friends along. For this post I tapped on the shoulder of good friend and photographer Jasper based out of Baltimore, MD. While hanging out by the harbor we ran into Seth custom suit designer for Christian Schafer Clothier. Between conversation about menswear, photography, and future plans Jasper was able to take some great shots. Enjoy.

One thing I loved about Seth’s style other than the suit detailing (contrasting buttons, suit lining, monogram to name a few) and crazy pocket square, was that although dressed up with a great fit he was comfortable enough to skateboard around the city. His ability to look at home in his suiting is something we can learn from. Wall street…but not really, dressed up…but with personality.

From a distance my outfit seems to be a “safe” semi casual early spring look with gray and navy, however as you get closer you notice a couple of different patterns. Just the other day I was helping a client put together shirt, tie, and jacket combinations for their wardrobe and encouraged them to try a few new things without going overboard. Polka dot, gingham, and stripes? Sometimes it just doesn’t make sense until you see it all together.

Note: If you like the look, but there are too many patterns going on here for you, try and replace the shirt with a solid light blue.

Note: I love to carry a light scarf around this time of year when wearing a suit. Its not only useful for when there is a chill in the air, but can add another color to create depth in your outfit.

I would like to thank Jasper for the amazing photos, keep on the lookout for more collaborations and work from him here, and on my Instagram page. Also thanks to Seth for participating you can check more of him out at his IG page @seththetailor and email him at seth@christopherschafer.com. Thank you for reading and stay tuned for more at The DDD.

On Raymond Jacket: Vintage, Shirt:Land’s End, Tie: J. Crew, Pants:Zara , Shoes:Florsheim , Glasses: Warby Parker Preston in Blue Marblewood, Watch: Casio, Pocket Square & Tie Bar: Vintage

On Seth Suit/Shirt/Tie all from Christopher Schafer Clothier

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White Coat Style – What’s up Doc?

I have worn raincoats, pea coats, sport coats, over coats, all types of coats and jackets that you can probably think of….but none mean as much, and cost as much (Sallie Mae is no joke) , than the white coat I earned recently. This past weekend I finally graduated with my Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Since starting this blog over a year ago I have been a graduate student balancing study time, networking, assignments, posts, and somewhat of a social life. It has definitely been a long but rewarding journey, and it’s only fitting that I have a style post on graduation day.

Being a student most of my life taught me how to be able to put an outfit together and remain cost conscious. This is a valuable skill that I know will come in handy for quite some time. When trying to decide what I would wear for my big day I went looking around the DMV. I finally decided to go with Zara’s Basic Slim fit fashion suit (I love this fit, and with the help of my tailor it felt like a glove). At $160 I was pretty excited about the deal and fit. Note if you are not a fan of the really tapered trousers you will most likely not be a fan.

I wanted to bring out all the stops so I went with a French cuff shirt, vintage cuff links passed down from my dad, and black striped vest. Apparently I’m still playing around with the navy blue and black theme in a lot of my outfits recently.

Thank you to everyone for your love and support. I am now preparing to take my board examination so my apologies in advance if I am missing in action for a little while. However once I’m done (and pass with flying colors, pray for me) expect a lot of new surprises from The DDD! I can’t wait to roll them out and show the new vision and direction. Until then make an impression. Dress well….

Suit: Zara Basic Slim fit Fashion suit, Shoes: Zara Double monk straps, Shirt: Lorenzo Uomo, Tie: Calvin Klein, Vest: Sisley, Cufflinks: Vintage, Glasses: Warby Parker Preston in Gimlet tortoise, Watch: Casio

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The Illustrator

I love instagram. I find that it’s really one of the only social networking apps I really use on a consistent basis. Not only do I find a lot of inspiration from various the guys like @dapperadvisor, @joesteezzy, @blakescott_, @ostnttnandstyle, and @aundreus (just to name a few) but I also get a chance to connect with extremely talented people who share the same appreciation for menswear. One of those very talented people that I have got to know through intsagram is The Sunflowerman. He is a men’s fashion illustrator based in Atlanta, GA that creates amazing pieces which captures menswear and the individual giving all of his work personality and character. Check out his illustration of me above, and if you haven’t seen his work visit his website you will definitely be in for a treat.

Oh and if youre not following me on instagram go ahead check me out at @thedapper_dd. Make an impression. Dress Well.

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The Wrap Up

While the past couple of months have been extremely busy, they have also been quite rewarding. I’ve been finishing coursework in preparation for graduation, was featured on Fashion Bomb Daily, had a chance to guest blog for the H.O.P.E. Scholarship (Check it out if you haven’t), getting ready to kick board exam prep into full gear, and (if that’s not enough) laying the foundation for new projects in 2014. I really can’t wait for what’s in store for the future. In the meantime catch the wrap up of this series shot by my good friend Shoccara Marcus.

I really like this outfit because there’s really not too much to it. It’s to the point, no real flash, or statement piece going on, but can be worn for various occasions. It’s an outfit that you can feel comfortable in whether you’re just hanging out, going to the movies, spending a little time with your lady, or shopping for the holidays.

I usually stray away from wearing a ton of black, but in this outfit it’s what pulls everything together. The denim jacket, scarf, belt, and shoes, help to tone down some of the brighter colors in the shirt. As the weather is certainly a little cooler now then when we initially shot this, I would throw a well fitted military style or pea coat over to complete the look.

I have been growing my scarf collection so I’m looking forward to experimenting with all types of ways to wrap them and protect my neck from the chill.

Here are a look at the four outfits in this series. A huge thanks to Shoccara for this shoot, we had a great time making it happen and can’t wait to do it again. Thank you for reading. Stay tuned for more from The DDD.

Shirt: Thrifted, Denim Jacket: Zara, Shoes: Zara, Scarf: United Colors of Benetton, Pants: American Eagle, Glasses: Warby Parker Preston in Blue Marblewood

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