Dapper Day x LACMA: Jazz and Vintage/Modern Menswear

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It’s not everyday that that you get an email inviting you to be a host of an event. Imagine my surprise when Justin Jorgensen, creator and mastermind behind Dapper Day at Disneyland, invited me to be one for their collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The event revolved around two things: “Jazz at LACMA” (their weekly summer concert) and their latest exhibit, “Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015”.  It was Dapper Day x LACMA.

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The Armoury for Less: Blue, Grey, and Brown

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Nothing is more classic than the colors of blue, grey, and brown.  They are staples that every man should have in his closet, whether they take form as a suit, sportcoat, pants, or even ties! This article recreates an outfit from the Armoury (and Brycelands Co) utilizing these classic colors.  The fact that my outfit costs $300 while the other costs $3,000 is an added bonus.

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Experimentation: Layers and Caps

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It’s been an odd spring here in Southern California. The weather has been going up and down; at the time of writing this article, the weather was at the low 70s! Might not be bad for you East Coast people, but it’s definitely weird for us!

Thanks to the cooler weather, Rajesh and I took this opportunity to experiment with both layers and ball caps. It’s not the newest of trends, but it’s definitely something new for both of us. How do you think we did?

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A Very General Guide to Vintage Sartorial Style

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This post focuses on fashion from the 1920s-1960s.  If you want to read a detailed article on how you can have vintage style by mixing modern and true vintages pieces, read it here.

The above image from a Russian catalog shows how cuts of suits changed from 1923-1943.  It’s these subtle details that show that not all vintage looks are the same.  Each decade had their own ideas on fit, proportion and styling.

Vintage isn’t a blanket term.  You don’t just put on suspenders and a flat cap and say “I’m vintage”.  Heck, not all vintage is the same. Just like there are differences in styles between the 2000s and 2010s, there are plenty of differences within each vintage decade.

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The Greatness of Going Double Breasted

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Worn by stylish gents of the 1930s-40s, the double breasted jacket is a garment that just screams “vintage”.  It’s still popular today among bespoke/classic menswear enthusiasts, but it still largely avoided by the mainstream menswear community.  It could be the fact that it’s pretty hard to find good ones out in the wild.  I’m here to tell you that this piece is worth the investment. It’s just so great.

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Don’t Wear a Tie on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is this coming Weekend and it’s important to look good.  Last time we explored the different outfits for different occasions.   This year we’re going a little different.  While we normally have a pro-tie stance, sometimes it’s best to go against the grain and ditch the tie.  However, the lack of tie doesn’t give you an excuse to dress down!   Here are some tie-less looks that can work best for any of your Valentine’s Day plans!

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