Sunday, May 17, 2015

Fashion & Music.

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If there was one non-fashion related art form whose artists inspire fashion the most, I think it would be music. When you think about any musical genre, you can probably imagine an outfit that any person within that genre would wear. Country music has the cowboy hats and boots, heavy metal has the ripped up jeans and studded leather everything, hip hop has the baggy jeans and high top sneakers, and so on and so forth. There are obviously exceptions to each of these styles, but the stereotype is there, and it is fairly accurate. Though it isn't really the music that influences the style, but actually the musicians making the music.

Personally, I like a few different genres of music. Whenever I am enjoying one genre more than the others, my style actually changes. For example, I am really liking alternative rock lately. My style has consisted of a lot of black and white, skinny jeans, and leather jackets and boots. When you look at pictures of a lot of the bands in that genre that I listen to, a majority of the members will be wearing something much like this. I also like indie folk, and whenever I am listening to that genre more, I start wearing more earthy tones, and lean more towards an Americana style with lots of denim, flannel, and boots. Once again, most of the members of those bands have a very similar style. The musicians in either of these genres definitely inspire me when it comes to my style choices.

In my outfit above I am wearing a t-shirt for the band Sir Sly, an alternative rock/indie pop band that I enjoy listening to a lot. Another way that musicians influence their fans styles is through band tees, whose graphics are usually reminiscent of the style associated with their musical genre.

However, over the years there have been a few musicians who have ascended their personal music fanbase and influenced the entire fashion world. Nowadays, one major fashion icon would be Kanye West. I don't much like a lot of his music, but his fashion sense is very unique and I like a lot of what he wears. Denim jeans with a lot of stacking at the cuffs (a less extreme example would be what my jeans are doing above), oversized sweaters, and white sneakers are all things that are in fashion right now, and Kanye is partially to thank for it.

There is no denying that musicians do influence fashion and the styles of their fans, but how much you let them is up to you. Just make sure you aren't idolizing the musicians and trying to emulate their styles perfectly. Be yourself, and take your inspiration from other things as well. In the future I will be talking about some other art forms that inspire my fashion choices.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

DW x DB

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Alright gentlemen, pay attention!

This blog has thus far been mainly about outfits I have put together, with a few fashion-related ramblings and tips thrown in there once in while. There are two subjects that, while not exactly fashion topics, are crucial to your personal image that I have not even tried to cover, purely because I am not knowledgeable in either of them. Those two subjects are skin & hair care. I may not know a whole lot about either, but today I would like to invite you to a place with people that can help with one of those subjects: your hair.

Downtown Barbershop.

If you don't already get your hair (or beard!) cut at Downtown Barbershop, I highly recommend you do. These guys (and gals) are the real deal when it comes to men's barbers. From the vintage barber chairs, to them using actual straight edge razors, hot towels, and old time aftershave, the whole experience will take you back in time. But, that doesn't mean you can only get an old style haircut! On the contrary, the barbers have all been trained extensively in virtually every style and can cut your hair however you want them to. When I come in I like to show them a picture of what I want (because a picture is worth a thousand words!), they look at it for maybe 5 seconds, and when they are finished it looks exactly as I envisioned it. I've had them cut my hair into multiple styles, and I have loved each one. These pictures are of my latest haircut, and they don't do it justice! 

Not only did they cut my hair, but they helped me by showing me how to style it. They have their own line of hair and beard products that they sell in store and online, and I have been using their "Hair doh | shaping paste" personally. While it may seem expensive at around $15 for a can, it is definitely worth it! My can has lasted me for 4 months so far, and I still have almost half left.

Depending on what time you go, there may be a line of other men waiting for their haircut. If this happens, don't worry! You can sit on their comfortable leather couch, grab a magazine from their large stack, or watch one of their multiple flat screen tv's mounted on the walls. Or, you can peruse their selection of ties, bowties, t-shirts, socks, cufflinks, and other men's fashion products that they sell in store. I have a pair of black socks with white polka dots that I bought at DB, and they are my favorite socks I own!

Oh, and just in case all of that wasn't enough to persuade you to try them out, maybe this will: Let them know I sent you, and you can get $2.00 off your first visit! 

Check out their Facebook page here

& check out their website here!


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New Year: New Styles

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Happy new year everyone! One of the things I plan to do this year is try out new styles. Honestly, I probably would have told you you were crazy if you said I would buy a pair of sweatpants this year, but these are the most comfortable pants I have ever worn, and since they are slim fitting, I think they look fairly stylish. The sweatpants, t-shirt, and cardigan are all from an H&M store I went to in Colorado last weekend, and I think they are the first pieces of clothing I have bought new in a long time. I still tried to stay frugal though, the shirt was only $5 on sale, and the cardigan was $25 on sale. The sweatpants were full price, but they were definitely worth it.

Outfit breakdown:
Cardigan - H&M - $25
T-shirt - H&M - $5
Sweatpants - H&M - $20
Shoes - Converse - $5 (I got these from a thrift store in brand new condition)
Beanie - Handmade by a friends grandmother
Total cost of the outfit: $55 (Which could be the most expensive outfit I've ever put on the blog. :P )

(Thanks to my sister Ashley for taking the picture!)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Snowvember

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Snow? In November? The new Ice Age must be coming!

Breakdown:
Navy Duffel Coat - Ralph Lauren - $14
Black Sweater - Old Navy - $4
Leather Gloves with Rabbit Fur Lining - Vintage - $6
Denim Jeans - American Eagle - $5
Leather Boots - Vintage Justin's - $10
Total cost of the outfit: $39

(Thanks to my mom for taking the picture!)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Breaking fashion rules: Part 1

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If you are into fashion you've probably heard the age old rule "Don't wear white after labor day". Now, who gets to decide what rules have to be followed in fashion? You.

That's right, you.

There is absolutely no reason that white can't be worn after labor day. I'll be wearing these white denim jeans throughout the entire rest of the year, and into the next. Stay tuned for more fashion "rules" that can (and should) be broken.

Breakdown:
Vintage cardigan- $5
Vintage blue dress shirt- $3
Levi's White denim- $4 Vintage buffalo leather boots- $12
Total cost of the outfit: $24

Monday, September 8, 2014

Loungewear

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Today's outfit was very laid back. A loose cotton half placket shirt, some lightweight wool trousers, and a beat up pair of Birkenstocks. Add a top knot and you're ready for the day, samurai style.

Breakdown:
Shirt: Gap -$4
Pants: Banana Republic: $4
Shoes: Birkenstocks- $5
Bag: Unmarked vintage: $5

Total cost of the outfit: $18


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Vote for me!

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Hey everyone! I have been selected as a top 10 finalist in a menswear contest on the global website TSBMen.com!

To vote for me, click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page. Once there, select #3. @dapperwardrobe and click "vote". Voting ends Sunday the 31st at midnight.

It takes a total of maybe 10 seconds to do the vote, and it would mean a lot to me. The prize package is worth almost $2,000, and it would be amazing for me to win!


Monday, July 14, 2014

Fashion & Art.

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"Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It's not about brands. It's about something else that comes from within you." -Ralph Lauren

The other day I went to an art museum in Arkansas wearing this outfit. Whilst looking at all the beautiful art, the inspiration for this post hit me like a sculptor chiseling a statue.

Before I go on my little rant, let me make an example for you. In the year 1874 an independent art show was held in Paris by 55 artists. These artists would later become known as Impressionists. For the sake of the story let us compare anyone in the fashion world as parallels to these Impressionists. The original reaction to the art by these men (and one woman) was not positive. Though some people appreciated these paintings, most ridiculed them. Let us now compare modern society to anyone other than the 55 impressionists. Many believed that Impressionistic paintings broke every rule that the French Academy of Fine Arts taught. The colors had no likeness to the real world, the short brushstrokes made the paintings almost illegible, et cetera. The problem was, it was different. I will now take the liberty to make an assumption on society's view on fashion based on my own encounters. Though some people outside the fashion world appreciate the ensembles these men and women wear, most people call them ridiculous. That man has his hair up in a top knot, his pants are too short, et cetera. The problem is, he dresses and looks different.

Now, I know the parallels aren't perfect, and I'm sure you could pick them apart for hours, but you get the idea right? Society doesn't immediately (or in some cases, ever) accept things that are different because they are exactly that, different. When I see someone dressing in their own personal style, I almost always go to that person and compliment them. Sometimes I don't even like what that person is wearing, but I compliment them because they are expressing creative freedom in the way they dress. If the world gave out more compliments and less ridicule we would ultimately have a more creative and expressive society. There is a difference, however, between someone making fun of what you are wearing, and someone giving you constructive criticism. You should ignore the former, but listen to the latter. The person giving constructive criticism may actually have valid points that should be listened to.

Young people especially have to deal with a lot of ridicule, and because of that I only know a few high school aged people who express themselves through the way they dress. There is a lot of peer pressure in high school, and most people fall into the flock of sheep behavior so they don't stand out. This is ridiculous! People shouldn't have to dress the same as their peers out of fear of ridicule. However, I don't necessarily think that people should dress the way they do because it's different; I think that people should dress the way they do because they like it.  If people give you crap because of the way you dress, politely tell them that they have the right to their own opinion, but nothing they say can change the way you dress, because you like it.

Just remember this: Back in 1874, I doubt the artists could have sold their art for anything, but nowadays they are worth millions. Paintings by the original 55 artists are sought after for every art museum and gallery all over the world. The most expensive piece of art ever sold was The Card Players by Paul Cezanne, which has Impressionistic qualities. It sold for between $250-300 million dollars.

Just some food for thought.

(Photo courtesy of my mom.)

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Linen × Cotton

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The weather in Oklahoma has been in the 90's lately, and while most people forgo fashion for comfort and put on flip flops, tank tops, and shorts, I've been staying cool with linen and cotton clothes. Both the shirt and the suit trousers are a 50/50 linen/cotton blend, so they keep me cool while still giving me the ability to look nice. I paired them with a straw hat, some vintage sunglasses, a woven cotton belt, and some tassel loafers that are almost orange in color. Unbutton the top 2 buttons, roll up the cuffs, and voila! You have a stylish outfit that doesn't make you sweat like a pig. (Fun fact, that saying allegedly has nothing to do with actual pigs.)

(Photos courtesy of my mom!)

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Paisley

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Detail of the pattern. I love the bits of green, yellow, and turquoise.

Long time no post! The camera I've been using stopped working on me, but a new camera just came in! Now I can get pictures of the dozens of outfits I have wanted to get pictures of but couldn't.

I found this vintage paisley shirt a while back at a local thrift store. Ever since then, I have been wearing it constantly. Among the other outfits I'll be getting pictures of, I have 2 or so more outfits including this shirt.

Sunglasses- Vintage- $0.25
Shirt- Vintage- $4.00
Pants- American Eagle- $5.00
Shoes- Allen Edmonds- $4.00


Photo courtesy of my mom.