The Dapper Advisor
Men's Fashion and Sartorial Advice From Your Favorite Academic Advisor.

Back to School

Suit by House of Darby, Shirt by Stafford, Tie by Brooks Brothers (thrift), Shoes by John Lobb

School is back in session and I must admit that I am pretty excited to connect with my students again. During the summer months, campus is extremely quiet and very laid back, so it is very refreshing to see the campus lively and busy again. So I decided to wear a suit and tie in order to start the new academic year off right.

This summer was a very productive one (even though my blogging activity suffered as a result). I managed to pick up a couple new hobbies such as teaching myself how to play the guitar and learning how to sew, seen here. So as a result, now I will be able to perform some minor alterations and hopefully save some money along the way.

August 29, 2014
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After Work Candids…

I am extremely fortunate to work with several different photographers. In fact, most of them are not even actual “photographers”. Just some good friends with a great eye for detail. However, sometimes I get the honor of working with professional photographers that just have a knack for capturing some great shots, and this photo shoot in particular is one of my favorites, and not just because I am wearing this salmon colored blazer. 

After work, my friend Kourtney Leanne took some photos of me visiting some restaurants and bars around the city and captured some great candid shots that I usually wouldn’t think of featuring on the blog. Kourtney definitely has the “photograher’s eye” and is a pleasure to work with. So check out more of her work here and feel free to contact her if you’re in the market for a young professional photographer.

August 20, 2014
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Self Made Alterations: Chapter 1

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Since my suits, jackets, and trousers often need alterations, I can honestly admit that I have accumulated hundreds of dollars in tailoring bills over the past couple of years. In fact, I used to visit my tailor at least once a week to get my thrift store finds altered and dry cleaned. However, I have learned a lot over the years and I no longer purchase anything that needs too much work. For instance, my most recent trip to the tailor, seen here, included only minor alterations to the pants and jacket. In comparison to my earlier years when I would get several things done such as tapering the legs of trousers, shortening the pant length, adding a cuff, shortening the jacket sleeve, slimming jacket sleeves, taking in the sides a jacket, and even shortening the length a jacket (which is extremely expensive).

Therefore, I decided that it was time for me to start saving some money and learn how to perform alterations on my own. Of course, there are some things that I would feel more comfortable getting done by a professional, but I know there there are several alterations that I can do on my own, such as tapering the legs of trousers. Especially since there are videos like this one on youtube. So stay tuned for some of my DIY alterations and hopefully I do not ruin too much of my clothes along the way.

August 19, 2014
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Vintage Prints

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Hat by Olney, Shirt by Vintage (thrift), Shades by Vintage (thrift), Pants by Levi’s, Shoes by Zara

I have been frequently visiting some of my favorite local thrift stores these past couple of weeks and purchased everything from unique furniture and vintage lamps to curtain sheers and vintage cameras. In fact, I spend most of my time in the furniture section, since I am still vigorously decorating my new apartment (more on that soon). However, I came across this shirt and felt like it was ideal for the summer.

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I really appreciate its slim fit and printed details. The print actually reminds me of an Aztec design that I came across in one of my art books, except this design is more subtle. The white buttons also really stand out and complement my white denim very well.

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July 31, 2014
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Made to Measure Shirts

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Suit Hickey Freeman (thrift), Shirt by Tailor4less, Shoes by Zara, Briefcase by Vintage (thrift)

Made-to-measure (MTM), custom, and bespoke are all words that are constantly being thrown around in the menswear world today. Years ago one would have to seek out a skilled tailor, choose their fabric (or “speak for” the cloth, hence the word “bespoke”), get measured, and wait 6-8 weeks for their garment to be made. However, today one could visit an online made to measure retailer like Tailor4less, and get their suits, shirts, or jackets made perfectly to their liking.  

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The process of ordering a MTM shirt can seem overwhelming at first with all of the shirt options available, but Tailor4less has made the process quick and simple. I simply chose a slim fit, a cotton fabric, and a cutaway collar style. They have all of the options to create a really unique dress shirt such as the placket style, but I wanted something simple that I would be able to wear all year round. After, I decided on all of the little details like the pleats, cuff style, and pocket stance, I chose my fabric. The last step was to insert my measurements, luckily I know my measurements down to the centimeter because I frequently visit my tailor. However, for those who might be a little un-sure about their measurements, Tailor4less offers approximate size guides.

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The only accent I chose to add was a monogram of my initials on the shirt cuff to give it a custom feel. However, I wish I went with white letters instead, but I still like how this shirt came out, especially the fit. All in all my experience, with Tailor4less was quick, simple, and pain free. And the best part was that I only waited a few days to receive my shirt in the mail. So if you’re interested in creating your own MTM shirt check the brand out here.

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Disclosure: I wrote this post while participating in a program on behalf of Tailor4less and received this shirt as compensation as part of my participation.


July 28, 2014
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Thrifted Summer Suiting

Suit by Vintage (thrift), Shirt by Stafford, Belt by Tommy Hilfiger, Shoes by Henry Grethel (thrift), Bag by Humawaca (thrift)

A few months ago I visited one of my favorite local thrift stores and I found this vintage light blue pinstripe suit. The pants were bell-bottoms and the jacket was very billowy in the midsection, so I was a little apprehensive about making the purchase. I usually stray away from clothes that need a lot of alterations because it would defeat the purpose of shopping in a thrift store. However, since the suit was constructed from a lightweight cotton and the jacket was half lined with natural shoulders (no padding), I knew it would be an ideal summer option. So I made the purchase and quickly visited my good friend and tailor, Joe Chayban of Chayban Custom Tailors.

I decided to take in the sides of the jacket so that it would create a more flattering silhouette. The trousers were originally bell bottoms, so tapering the legs was essential. So I got them tapered, shortened, and I added a 1 1/2 inch cuff. After getting all of that work done I still paid under $100 and I couldn’t be happier. 

July 25, 2014
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Enjoying the scenery on a summer day…
July 22, 2014
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Summer Weight Tailoring Pt. III

Blazer by Zara, Shirt by H&M, Jeans by Levi’s, Shoes by Henry Grethel (thrift)

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Still keeping things light and comfortable with this linen/cotton double breasted blazer. I decided to pair it with my favorite white jeans and these recently thrifted suede loafers.

July 14, 2014
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Public Display of Affection

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Guitar by Esteban, Hat by Olney, Shirt by H&M, Shorts by Uniqlo, Shoes by Zara

I am usually not down for public displays of affection but like I mentioned here, playing the guitar is my new hobby and it has quickly become the love of my life. Hence the reason why I carry it around all the time and devote as much as time possible to learning. That also explains my recent lack of content on the blog, but I am learning to balance the two.

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As for the clothing, I am keeping things light, airy, and comfortable. This shirt is a summertime staple and I wear it as often as possible, also seen here

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These shorts are chambray so they are extremely light and comfortable. They also have a drawstring waistband, so it feels like I am wearing fashionable basketball shorts. 

July 11, 2014
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Summer Weight Blazers Pt. 2

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Shades by Vintage (thrift), Jacket by Uniqlo, Shirt by Reed St. James (thrift), Jeans by Levi’s, Shoes by Zara

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For some men creating a tailored and office ready look during the summer months can seem like an impossible task. On the contrary, staying cool while wearing a shirt and blazer is contingent on the fabric and color. A light color and light fabric option will allow you to remain comfortable and cool even in 90 degree weather.

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This blazer is a linen/cotton blend and it is completely unlined. It is actually the same weight as the chambray shirt that I am wearing. Therefore, it is the ideal jacket for the summer. I must admit that Uniqlo definitely knows a thing or two about designing lightweight outerwear. That explains why I also purchased this blazer from them a couple months ago.

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July 10, 2014
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African Print Pants

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Shirt by H&M, Pants by Lief Kultuur, Shoes by Made in Brazil (thrift)

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I have mentioned several times before that the fall is my favorite season because I enjoy layering and wearing all of jackets and blazers. However, during the summer months I dress more casually and do whatever it takes to stay cool in the heat. Therefore, when my brother Sam started designing african print pants, it became a perfect alternative to my usual tailored trousers. 

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When wearing a bold pattern like this I tend to keep everything else simple, therefore this white shirt was the ideal option. As for the pants, the print is bold but the pants themselves are simple. They are a lightweight cotton, with a flat front and side pockets. It almost feels like I am wearing a pair of pajamas. 

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I felt that it was only right to pair these pants with my recently thrifted Brazilian loafers. They are basically sandals that do not expose my toes, so I am sure that is something everyone can be happy with!

Special thanks to Lief Kultuur!

July 09, 2014
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Thrift Store Finds

1. Unique Fabrics

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During my latest visit to the local thrift store I came across some rare and unique pieces. Ironically, I was initially searching for some furniture for my new apartment (more on that later). However, after I scoured the furniture section I decided to peruse the clothing section before I departed. I came across some great pieces that I won’t be wearing until the fall and winter season. However, that just gives me something to look forward to other than the snow.

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Once I came across this vintage suit, I immediately knew that I could not go home without it. Especially since the jacket fit perfectly. Besides the spot on fit, the fabric is what really stood it to me. The subtle blue, orange, brown, and burgundy accents makes this a very versatile suit. And once I get the trousers tailored to my usual slim standards, I will be wearing them as separates.

2. Leather So Soft

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This is actually my third leather motorcycle jacket, the others are seen here and here. I found this jacket hanging near the bed sheets, which led me to believe that someone was probably hiding it for themselves. However, once I tried it on I was amazed by the slim fit and the buttery soft leather. This was a special find, because I usually come across rough and rugged leather jackets that wreak of cigarette smoke, but this one was a hidden gem. 

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3. Just Different

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This piece is a little more ballsy than my other finds but there was something about this sweater that really inspired me, and the earth tones make this ideal for the fall. I will most likely pair it with simple basics like a black t-shirt, dark rinse denim, and these jodhpur boots to create a casual look. 

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4. Suede Cardigan

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I have never been a huge fan of cardigans but this one really stood out to me because of the braided design and suede fabric across the body. I will most likely wear this with the same boots mentioned above and a wide brim fedora.

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July 08, 2014
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My New Passion

So I am pretty sure that you have noticed that my consistency has been down substantially since the beginning of June. This is because the spring semester is over and I dress extremely casual for work (mainly just white dress shirts, jeans, and suede loafers). Therefore, posting my day to day outfits would be monotonous and uninspiring. However, I have been devoting a lot of my free time to learning how to play the acoustic guitar. I actually received this guitar as a gift from my mother more than 10 years ago. Unfortunately, at the time I thought I was too cool to and learn how to play a musical instrument, so I spent the majority of my adolescence playing baseball and football. It was not until I became heavily interested into fashion and art that I began to see the value in playing a musical instrument. In fact, I believe music and style are synonymous because they are both platforms in which people can express themselves to the world.

So I say that to pose this question, what is your passion?

June 26, 2014
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Summer Weight Blazers

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Blazer by Uniqlo, Shirt by H&M, Pants by Zara, Shoes by Zara 

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I recently purchased this blazer during my last trip to NYC from Uniqlo and I have been wearing frequently ever since. It is the same weight as a t-shirt and their size small fits me like a glove. I especially appreciate the slim cut through the sleeves, the natural shoulders, and its all around tailored fit. 

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The sleeves were about an inch too long but instead of getting it shortened, I just decided to cuff the sleeve and give it more of a casual feel. 

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I didn’t feel like going sockless today so I wore one of my no show socks instead.

June 20, 2014
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Suede Shoe Collection

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From Left to Right: Henry Grethel (thrift), Zara, Robert Mur, Stacy Adams, Zara

I recently wrote about why suede shoes are ideal for this time of the year, seen here. So I felt that it was only right to showcase some of the suede shoes that I will be wearing consistently for the next few months. Ironically, these are all just various shades of brown but they all serve different purposes. 

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I once read the phrase that loafers are for loafing. However, I believe loafers like these are versatile because they can be worn casually but can also be worn with a suit.

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These double monks are a constant in my rotation but in my opinion they portray more of a casual aesthetic because of its rounded toe. A sleeker toe like this one is more appropriate for suits and professional settings. 

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I have not worn these shoes in a very long time. Actually, the last time was when I took this photo last year, but these suede loaders are definitely made for loafing.

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This is another pair of shoes that I have not worn in a while. They were an affordable pair of suede brogues that were on clearance in JCPenney. I tend to wear these with jeans and a blazer to work, seen here.

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These are another pair of versatile loafers. They are unique because they have a casual rounded toe, but also have a squared embellishment that adds another element to the shoe. With that being said, I usually wear these with jeans or shorts. 

June 10, 2014
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