Dappered https://dappered.com Affordable Men's Style Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:35:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 https://cloudfront.dappered.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cropped-dappered-icon-100x100.png Dappered https://dappered.com 32 32 78149157 The latest weapon against trolls, what not to cook on the grill, & how much we love clothes https://dappered.com/2017/06/the-latest-weapon-against-trolls-what-not-to-cook-on-the-grill-how-much-we-love-clothes/ Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:00:27 +0000 https://dappered.com/?p=163940 …AND THE LIVING IS EASY…

http://homme-page.tumblr.com/post/162049826399(thank you)

NOT SO FAST THERE…Don’t look forward to Amazon.com drone deliveries from your favorite high end grocery store just yet.

TL/DW: For those who do, this will either be a ferociously nasty flashback or something to be thankful you missed.

TEA & CUDDLES: I don’t care what you think of her music, I just love that she does stuff like this. And while we are on the subject, there will be consequences from this news. Tragic.

THE SWEETEST TROLL: Bakers with an attitude.

GROUNDED: Yes, it’s true. The heat in Phoenix this week made it unsafe for regional jets to fly. Here’s the science.

SUMMER SOUNDTRACK: CAN’T. WAIT. (thank you)

 

NOT SO FAST THERE PART DUE:   About those prized Louis-Vuitton made in Italy shoes of yours. Awkward. Then there’s this.

DOSSIER UPDATE (self driving cars edition): Yeah, so it turns out…

BAD FORM: I mean really, what kind of nerf herder steals something like this? Also, are you gonna eat that bro?

SPEAKING OF SEVERED TOES: If you think that artificial limbs and prosthetics and such are a relatively recent medical advancement, yeah, no.

CORPORATE BULLSHIT: This. This. And this.

SUMMER:

http://edwardspoonhands.tumblr.com/post/162066272945/steveinaspeedo-summer(thank you)

It would seem our pal Eric H is dead set on making my life a little better week in and week out. Check out his linkety link links for this week! #grateful

ECONOMICS 101: It’s not a gas. I still don’t understand how all of this works. I am not proud of this.

BROMANCE: It’s more than it’s cracked up to be. This is a good thing.

SOMEONE GET THE ALOE! This burn is never going to heal. Brutal.

SHE GOT A CAMOUFLAGED FACE AND NO MONEY… Don’t look now but we are not doing the planet any favors due to our love of denim.

ONCE UPON A TIME: New York City fashions in 1911. Amazing.

AURAL SATISFACTION: Twenty five years after the release of his Death Certificate CD, Ice Cube is still making it happen.

ACTUAL USEFUL LIFEHACK OF THE WEEK: I mean aside from the refrigerator envy, this seems helpful.

INSULT + INJURY = ☠️

YOU THINK THAT’S ^^ BAD: Perspective? Consequences? Wardrobe malfunction? Does it matter?

PUSS PWNED: These furballs have owned us for centuries. They knew a good thing when they saw it. Practical little beasties.

PUP PWNED: This isn’t even the first time I’ve read about something like this. This just happens to be the best documented case.

THE MORE YOU KNOW (RAINBOW SPARKLE SPLOOSH): Actually, much much more than you would ever want to know about the shittiest experiences you ever have. 

YOU HAD ONE JOB: You might want to hug your boys right about now. Also, this is not meant to be disrespectful to those of you flying solo.

SUMMER FUN ONCE UPON A TIME:

http://king-of-the-outpost.tumblr.com/post/162099610143(thank you)

CONSEQUENCES: When everybody works at home, you end up losing some of the choicest real estate digs in the city.

TURN AND FACE THE STRANGE? This man, who I would not describe as an optimist, seems to have a dim outlook on our love affair with the automobile.

FREEZE FRAME!  Speedy McLycra here has Atlanta abuzz. And just in case you’re curious, this.

META LEVEL CONSUMPTION: Opiate for the masses? Also, did anyone think to ask this guy?

VACATION IDEA? Glamping takes to the trees. Chances are you might find examples in your hood as well.

GO AHEAD: Waste your hard earned money on something your puss will have nothing to do with.

FAST FASHION: We really, really, really like our clothes. Like, for reals. How we got to where we are today.

WORST. CATCH. EVER:

https://micdotcom.tumblr.com/post/162093011179/the-future-now-gangs-of-killer-whales-are(thank you)

But really, these wily Orcas are seriously cheesing off fishermen in the Bering Sea. Nature finds a way.

ARGUABLY ARGUABLE LIFEHACK OF THE WEEK: I’m just going to leave this here.

RETAIL HELL: It’s not really just a job description anymore.

MORE AND MORE IT SEEMS LIKE…the shared economy seems to be getting less friendly for the actual sharers?

WHAT THE ACTUAL SCIENCE? If I’m reading this correctly, these dudes 3D printed organic bio-matter. I think. There are a lot of big words there and such. But yeah.

AN INCOMING ANTHOLOGY: Horror edition. This takes the Groundhog Day idea into new terror-tori. Not even going to apologize for that. That shit was good. Meanwhile, this dude McGuyvers his eyeball and voila! Not quite found footage/not quite first person shooter. Wait, totally both. Also, I totally thought I had another trailer for you but I don’t. So, not really an anthology at all.

INCOMING: 

Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He doesn’t really hate people. Mostly.

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Extra Half off BR Sale Items, Spier & Mackay Suit Savings, & More – The Thurs. Sales Handful https://dappered.com/2017/06/extra-half-off-br-sale-items-spier-mackay-suit-savings-more-the-thurs-sales-handful/ Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:00:19 +0000 https://dappered.com/?p=164085 Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out. 

 

Club Monaco: Extra 30% off Sale Items

Club Monaco

Seems like the goods in their sale section right now is a good mix of warm weather sale items, plus clearance items from last fall/winter. Not seeing any final sale items either? That seersucker blazer has lots of potential. Big fan of brands that use not-so-traditional forms of seersucker (in this case, a navy and black combo). Sizes seem to be scattered on most items.

 

Spier & Mackay: $50 off Suits (no bundle needed) + Sharkskin is back

Spier & Mackay

That’s $50 CAD of course. So, what was once $448 CAD is now $398 CAD. Or, just under $300 USD for a half canvas, Australian merino wool suit. With non functioning sleeve buttons no less, so that makes for easy tailoring. Plus, their contemporary fits are much, much more accommodating to the gym-going crowd (they do have true slim fit suits too). They also did recently introduce some higher end, Italian wool suits, with wider lapels, and those will run you closer to $375 USD. Meanwhile, they’ve also restocked their sharkskin fabric suits. $50 off deal expires Sunday, 6/25.

 

Banana Republic: Extra 50% off Sale Items

Banana Republic

This certainly feels like a true clearance, so sizes are scattered at best (picks above had at least a decent size selection at post time.) But that also means that prices are about as low as you’d think they go. Those crepe sole, Italian suede, taupe chukkas? Might have to give them the chinos, chukkas, polo treatment at that price.

 

Jack Spade: Up to 50% off Summer Sale has launched

Jack Spade

No extra % off code, yet, but who knows if one is a comin’ this time. Fingers crossed that perhaps they do a big clearance blowout down the line. But even at these prices, there’s a few Jack Spade cases worth a good look. Just out of college and interviewing? Last thing you wanna do is walk into a potential place of employment with a backpack slung over your interview suit. (That said, if you’re jobless, dropping $200ish on a briefcase might be a tough ask.)

 

Charles Tyrwhitt: Shirts as low as $29.95 (or, 4 reg. priced shirts for $179)

Charles Tyrwhitt

Plus, you can knock another 5% off + get free shipping on orders over $75 w/ SALEFIVE. I think some of you who are on their catalog mailing list might have single use codes that take an extra 20% off though? Check your mail box. Bottom line: It’s a select items sale with some good looking shirts in it. If you’re going for basics like their white poplins, expect to have to use the 4 for $179 multi buy, and then stack the SALEFIVE on top of that.

 

Also worth a mention:

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Steal Alert: Original Chippewa for J.Crew Cap-Toe Boots for $119.99 https://dappered.com/2017/06/steal-alert-original-chippewa-for-j-crew-cap-toe-boots-for-119-99/ Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:57:28 +0000 https://dappered.com/?p=164071 Original Chippewa Cap-Toe Boots – $119.99 w/ SALESTYLE ($275)

Are they in season? Of course not. Are they an absolute bargain at this price? You bet they are.

Made in the USA with tough leather uppers, a Vibram outsole, and I’m pretty close to positive that these things are Goodyear welted. That cap toe is a nice touch too. Closest relative is probably the plain toe 6″ service boot, but those usually run in the mid to high $200s, and sometimes, but not often, drop to around $210 – $220 with codes at Amazon.

Original Chippewa Cap-Toe Boots

You’ll have to wait till autumn to wear em’, but they’re a bargain now.

These come with that cap toe, might even have the same burgundy shade of leather as the service boot (maybe, tough to tell, could be just dark brown), and are just $120 at J. Crew when you use the extra 40% off code SALESTYLE. Almost all sizes available at post time.

Is suede more your deal? Or, want something without the cap toe? They also have their “rough out” snuff suede plain toe boots on sale for the same price when you use the code:

Original Chippewa Suede Boots

Neither the leather nor the rough-out pair seems to be final sale. Yet. So, you can return em’ if they don’t work out.

That’s it. Carry on.

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The Dappered Space: Most Wanted Affordable Home Style June 2017 https://dappered.com/2017/06/the-dappered-space-most-wanted-affordable-home-style-june-2017/ Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:00:17 +0000 https://dappered.com/?p=163932 The Dappered Space is a series designed to help guys apply the sense of personal style they’ve developed to the space they inhabit. Watch for articles on furniture and decor sales & picks, advice on how to style a room or work space, and tackling creating a space that reflects your own (and perhaps a significant other’s) personal tastes. We’ll suggest items that can be sourced online, but always keep in mind that deals can be found at consignment and thrift stores, local stores with floor models, discount stores, and even yard sales.

As is the case with the Most Wanted Affordable Style series on this site, this is a list of suggested items in the styled space arena that recently caught our attention. Whether because of the good price, the great design, or the eye-catching attributes, the following picks showcase a few items that might more finely tune your own home style.

 

Baxton Studio Industrial Dark Brown Wood Cart – $148.39

Baxton Studio Industrial Dark Brown Wood Cart

Whether as a bar, as an island in a kitchen, or as extra storage in an entryway or bathroom, a cart like this creates a good looking spot to store stuff. Those baskets included on the bottom shelf will keep items contained. Even cats enjoy it. (Check out Kim I.’s review with photo.)

 

Indigo Bay Melamine Dinnerware – $4.48-$7.48 ($8.95-$9.95)

Indigo Bay Melamine Dinnerware

This color combo is perfect for outdoor (or indoor) summer dining. I really like the rustic, earthenware look. If you’re a perfectionist this uneven look might get on your nerves, but those of you into the great outdoors will likely appreciate the aesthetic. On clearance through Pier 1 Imports, where each set (dinner plate, salad plate, bowl) will cost you $16.94, which puts a dining set for four at $67.76.

 

Libbey 5 Piece Square Acaciawood Relish Set – $13.99

Libbey 5 Piece Square Acaciawood Relish Set

A relish set like this can transform the way food presentation looks. Imagine those fruits just on a counter in their respective packages. Not as visually pleasing. You can use a set like this for condiments/dips, nuts, olives, chocolates, toppings (for something like a taco bar), etc. Heck, you could even use it decoratively, placing different naturalized items like stones, small pine cones, shells (you get the picture) in the bowls.

 

Bear vs. Bull Print – starting at $65

Bear vs. Bull Print by Lance Williams

I’m a sucker for black and white art. It’s so easy to pair with colors on other items in the room being decorated, plus it typically pops visually, even sans color. This particular print has an interesting story behind the original creation by artist Lance Williams. Commissioned for a stock broker, it’s a depiction of the ups and downs of the stock market, and was created by drizzling paint onto the canvas.

 

BLACK+DECKER Lithium-Ion Drill and Project Kit – $79.99

BLACK+DECKER Lithium-Ion Drill and Project Kit

Not stylish in and of itself, and the proud and loud Tim the Tool Man Taylor’s might raise an eyebrow at buying a set instead of individual, higher quality tools… but a project kit like this sure comes in handy when you’re working on your space. One other thing I’d suggest adding to your arsenal is a level. Makes hanging multiple photos and shelves way easier.

 

Yosemite Coat Rack – $400

Yosemite Coat Rack

This falls on the not quite as affordable side of things, but this is also one cool coat rack. Sold by Uncommon Goods, these coat racks, while inspired by the natural wonder of Yosemite, are actually made from reclaimed mangosteen trees from Thailand. Artisans in the country trim and sand the trees down to create these unique coat racks. Each rack is unique, since each tree is unique.

Sarah is a long time member of the Dappered team, typically working behind the scenes editing posts, taking some photos, and keeping the books in good standing. Occasionally she’ll come out from behind the curtain to offer her two cents.

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10 Best Bets for $75 or Less – Lightweight Chinos, Classic Summer Kicks, & More https://dappered.com/2017/06/10-best-bets-for-75-or-less-more-2/ Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:00:31 +0000 https://dappered.com/?p=164036 Seventy Five bucks. That’s a lot of money. It’ll get you a couple pairs of Levi’s, a decent casual dinner out, or a couple months at your local gym. Ten picks follow, all for $75 or under, with some of them much, much less. Expect these round-ups on a monthly basis. Got a tip on something for under $75? Send those in to joe@dappered.com.

 

Bonobos Chinos in Grey, Blue, or Green – $54.40 – $62.40 w/ HOTDIGGITY

Bonobos Chinos

Still spendy, but there are plenty of fans of the Bonobos Flagship washed chinos who hate paying $88 for them. Even if they do really fit better and feel great. Extra 20% off sale items code ends today, 6/21/17.

 

J. Crew Tipped Italian Silk Pocket Square – $20.99 w/ HELLOSALE

J. Crew Tipped Italian Silk Pocket Square

A noticeable step above the cheaper competition when it comes to feel and finish. Dark blue base with a white border might be a flip of what most would expect with a tipped pocket square, but it looks great with a grey suite and crisp white shirt.

 

Adidas Stan Smith White & Navy Sneakers – $60.00 

Adidas Stan Smith White & Navy Sneakers

Why these are $60 at Adidas (plus 15% off if you sign up for their emails) yet $75 just about everywhere else is beyond me. It’s also tough to find the navy and white color scheme at other stores. A total classic. Full grain leather uppers and a good amount of cushioning. Ships and returns for free too.

 

GAP Lightweight Slim or Straight Fit Khakis – $35.97 when 40% off ($59.95)

GAP Lightweight Khakis

For those who think spending $55 – $65 on chinos is still ridiculous, even if they are on sale (**cough** Bonobos **cough**). Can be excluded from some codes, but not all. Billed as a lightweight, warm weather alternative to their regular khakis.

 

EXPRESS Merino Wool V-Neck Sweater – $28.69 ($69)

EXPRESS Merino Wool V-Neck Sweater

What, did the stylists only have one pair of (red) pants on Merino Sweater shoot day? Stinks to be the model off camera, sans pants, waiting for his turn to use the pants. Anyway, EXPRESS merino v-necks are pretty darn nice. Smooth, lightweight, and reasonably trim if memory serves. Just grey and black left with a good size selection at post time, since it’s an end of season clearance event. Extra 30% off comes at checkout.

 

Bonobos Washed Button Down – $54.40 w/ HOTDIGGITY ($88)

Bonobos Washed Button Down

Another pick from the extra 20% off sale items at Bonobos deal. Fear not the dots! Stripes and checks are all well and good, but some small dots can be a great way to mix up your pattern usage. Especially during the summer months. Wear it under a lightweight sportcoat with airy chinos, and you’re set.

 

Tactile Turn Copper Glider Bolt Pen – $69

Tactile Turn Copper Glider Bolt Pen

Better than any fidget toy/spinner, plus, it writes! Barely there texture feels great in your hand too. And the action of the bolt is really impressive. $69 is the pricier option. That’s for copper. Sold through Huckberry, where there are cheaper versions as well.

 

New Republic Flynn Boat Shoes – $80.00

New Republic Flynn Boat Shoes

Over the $75 limit, but they’ll go on sale eventually. Suede upper with a crepe sole. Plenty of shades to pick from. Big thanks to reader James D. for the tip!

 

A Peloton Monthly Subscription – $39 / Month

Peloton

The bike is spendy as hell. And boy the haters will, in fact, hate. (Just go for a bike ride or a run!) But I’ve done it all. Road biked, Ran, Lifted, Tabata HIIT, Martial Arts, etc. And I can say that without a doubt, this is the most effective way to exercise, with as few obstacles to overcome, that I’ve ever experienced. It’s basically a nice spin bike with a big touch screen that streams live or archived classes from the Peloton studios in New York. That, and you get a bunch of real time metrics to keep an eye on as you go. The instructors are fantastic (Jess King and her Ride of Shame class at 11:45 am ET on Saturday mornings is awesome), and with the bike in your place, you have zero excuse not to use it. Rain, heat, bad traffic, upset stomach/hangover (the toilet is right over there) whatever. Just get on the thing and get going. Plus, there’s a leader board on the right side of the screen that shows how you’re keeping up with the rest of the class. It’s shockingly motivating, and since I got it, I haven’t missed a single class I intended to take yet. The classes fly by, and I feel awesome when I’m done.

 

Banana Republic Silk Linen Crew – $58.99 ($69.50)

Banana Republic Silk Linen Crew

Price drops to $29.49 if you use a GAP inc credit card. And it SHOULD be an extra half off for everyone tomorrow? Not just cardholders? The text that BR is running right now says card members get “early access” to an extra 50% off sale items, so, one can assume that the deal should go live to everyone else when this runs out? Maybe? 55% silk, 45% linen. Really digging that contrast rib knit at the shoulders.

For other Best Bets under $75 from previous months, click here.

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Style News: Amazon introduces “Prime Wardrobe” https://dappered.com/2017/06/style-news-amazon-introduces-prime-wardrobe/ Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:42:55 +0000 https://dappered.com/?p=164025 Prime Wardrobe: Amazon’s Try before you Buy service

Big thanks to reader Nate S. for the tip on this new offering from Amazon.

Remember the Jackthreads “Try outs” program?

Right. That’s basically Prime Wardrobe.

Amazon announced this new, free with Prime membership service today (even though it’s not quite operational yet). And no, it doesn’t appear to be like Trunk Club or Stitch fix. Those services have stylists (or algorithms, or chimps randomly throwing stuff into boxes) that pick clothes for their customers. Prime Wardrobe appears to put that oh-so-difficult task on your shoulders.

You pick at least three or more items (not just one or two) from their Amazon Fashion site, and Amazon will ship the stuff to you with no up-front cost. From there, you’ve got seven days to decide what to keep. Each shipment comes with a pre-paid label for easy returns. And if you keep 3-4 items? You get a 10% discount. Keep five or more items? You get 20% off.

The problem for us fellas? Amazon’s current selection of clothing for guys can be… lacking in terms of style. They’re trying to fix that with their house brands, but even with the introduction of Goodthreads, they ain’t Nordstrom. Far, far from it.

No word on just when Prime Wardrobe will go live, but you can sign up to get updates at the bottom of this page on Amazon.

Just think, one day your Echo Look will tell you what Amazon Prime Wardrobe items “should” be added to your wardrobe to stay on trend. Plus, that camera on the Echo Look will perhaps be able to tell when you’ve porked up, and then Alexa will adjust your Amazon Whole Foods grocery list so when the drones deliver your weekly food drop, it’ll be filled with with low carb, fat shedding options.

Because that wouldn’t be terrifying.

Your move Walmart/Bonobos.

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5 Favorites – Dappered Contributor Zach Shenal https://dappered.com/2017/06/5-favorites-dappered-contributor-zach-shenal/ Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:00:21 +0000 https://dappered.com/?p=163427 Sure it’s just stuff.  But stuff can make life easier, more enjoyable, etc…  Every so often we ask one of our favorite, style-appreciating people to rattle off their five favorite things. Sometimes those things will fit into the realm of “affordable,” and sometimes they won’t. We’re going for the favorites here.

Dappered contributor Zach Shenal is an expedition and product/lifestyle photographer from Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Now attending Marine Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia, Zach has a lot on his plate, but somehow found time to get us a list of his 5 favorite things.

As a product photographer and connoisseur of well-crafted American made items,  Zach brings us picks that fit right in with the Dappered crowd. Unless you don’t like barbecue, or are partial to sauce other than Sweet Baby Ray’s.

As is always the case with our 5 Favorites series, nobody is paying us to be featured (which is our standard policy,) and we determine who gets a spot. To ratchet up the difficulty level for those participating who happen to represent a men’s style company on some level (CEOs, designers, owners, etc.,) those types are allowed to pick just one item from their place of work.

 

1. Marathon JSAR Dive Watch – $696 to $850

This is far and away the most expensive thing on my list, but it’ll also probably last the longest, so I don’t mind that. I think every man should have a good watch (good doesn’t necessarily mean Rolex-expensive), and this thing fits the bill. It’s heavy (some would say too heavy, at almost half a pound on the bracelet), it’s built like a tank, and it’s ISO certified as a dive watch. The Marathon SAR watches are all built on government contracts and designed for search and rescue/salvage diving, so I’m never afraid of it getting broken or damaged, and it still looks classy enough to wear to dinner.

 

2. Noodler’s Neponset Pen (with Noodler’s Ink) – $87ish

I know most things are digital these days, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wowed a professor or client with a handwritten note instead of an email. I love fountain pens because they don’t require any pressure to write, so you can do pages without fatigue, and with the right one (like this model), you can give your writing crazy line variation thanks to the flexible nib. There’s nothing like signing something and having it look like the declaration of independence. As for ink, there are literally thousands of options, but I love Noodler’s because all of their inks are handmade in the USA by one guy, and can do some crazy things (ever seen laser-proof and freeze-proof ink?).

 

3. Saddleback Leather Satchel – $399-$449

I’ve got two Saddleback bags, a backpack and a satchel, but for general use, nothing beats the Saddleback satchel. I got my satchel in 2012 as a coming-of-age/graduation gift from my parents, and I’ve carried it like crazy ever since. It’s a good size for a man bag, and easily holds my little camera and some snacks, and I can even jam my 13” MacBook in there if I’m off on a trip or just have a short day at school. For those of you who don’t know, SBL makes their bags out of full-grain leather and pigskin and guarantees them for 100 years, so your children will have something to fight over. They’ve gotten a lot more expensive recently, so if you find it out of your reach, I suggest buying used online (that’s how I got my backpack).

 

4. Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce

I’m not a great cook, but I love barbecue, and to me, no readily available to all sauce on this earth comes close to Sweet Baby Ray’s. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and tangy, and I love it so much! It’s excellent on pork, beef, chicken, and even just with fries. Whenever I do BBQ, this is the only sauce I’ll use. (photo credit)

 

5. CRKT M16-13SFG Knife – $44.28

I got this knife when I was up at West Point after talking to a few of my fellow Prepsters (as the USMAPS students are called) who had been deployed. I noticed they all had specific brands they preferred, and after a little shopping around, I chose CRKT over a few other brands. The company seemed to offer the best ratio of performance to price, and this model was both functional and badass. It’s been four years since I bought it, and it’s been my EDC ever since. The serrations are perfect for cutting through paracord, and the plain edge at the front has done everything from slicing apples to open the mail. Easily one of the most used things on this list. (photo credit)

Editor’s Note: Items in someone’s 5 favorites does not necessarily mean we here at Dappered have tested it/would have picked it. But, we really like these Guys (and Gals) and wouldn’t ask someone for their favorites unless we thought they had good judgement. Got a guest suggestion for 5 favorites? Send it to joe@dappered.com.

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Style Scenario: Warm Weather Casual w/ Color (nothing over $60 edition) https://dappered.com/2017/06/style-scenario-warm-weather-casual-w-color-nothing-over-60-edition/ Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:00:59 +0000 https://dappered.com/?p=163995 What are you going to wear? Sometimes it’s good to look at a few suggestions then add your own tweaks and ideas. Just because it gets hot, doesn’t mean you’re damned to whites, greys, pale blues, greens, & beige (although those colors won’t absorb as much heat as others). If you happen to run on the cool side, or, won’t be spending a boatload of time in the sun, then fear not some saturated color in the summer heat. Here’s one way to get that done.

The Polo: Banana Republic Slim Luxury-Touch Print Polo in Navy – $30 ($49.50). That print is small, uniform, and subtle. So much easier to pull off, compared to the loud short sleeve print button downs that many a stylish dude will be attempting to pull off this summer. Not an exact match to the BR slim fit luxe touch print polo shown at the top of the post, but quite close. Seems like BR has been cycling through their styles faster as of late. Perhaps they’re trying to keep up with the big fast fashion brands in terms of turnover?

The Shorts: Target Merona Stretch Chino Club Shorts in Turquoise – $19.99. Not as light and crisp as their chambray shorts, but not as bulky or stiff as years past. A noticeable amount of stretch here. Terrific, saturated turquoise color. Shown at top of post in a 10.5″ inseam. Also available in an 8″ inseam if that’s your thing. Easily one of the best bargains on the men’s warm weather style market.

The Watch: Casio Quartz Diver – $55.96. Uh oh. Check out the price jump. These used to go for closer to $40? Meanwhile, skip the leather band watches on hot days. You’ll just sweat and stink them up. Another incredible bargain for the feel and build quality (200m water resistance ain’t anything to sneeze at).

The Sunglasses: American Optical Original Pilot 55mm in Silver – $60ish. The parade of incredible bang-for-the-buck goods continues in this style scenario. Made in the USA. Classic, timeless frames. Bayonet temples.

The Belt: GAP Classic Leather Belt in Dark Brown – $39.95. Suggesting it because I’m wearing it in the photo in the top of the post (even though you can’t see it) and it seems to go with the outfit. Will go on sale from time to time, but does get excluded from some of the codes that GAP runs.

The Shoes: H&M Premium Quality Perforated(?) Leather Sneakers – $59.99. White leather sneakers are never gonna go out of style, but boy are they having a moment right now. Sixty bucks here. And if they’re like many other of H&M’s “premium quality” shoes, they’ll be made in Portugal? Perhaps? One would think?

The Underwear: Ex Officio Give-N-Go Breathable Brief – $14.96. Again, a total game changer if you run warm and/or want to stay dry and comfortable in the heat.

The Socks: Darn Tough Merino No-Show Cushion Socks – $15.95. See above. This isn’t a cop out, I swear. Like the underwear, totally worth the investment. There’s worse ways to live life than investing in the comfort of your feet and your junk.

The Sweat Management Tools: Gold Bond Body Powder + Basic Handkerchiefs. It’s summer. Can’t live without these.

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10 Men’s Summer Style Mistakes https://dappered.com/2017/06/10-mens-summer-style-mistakes/ Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:00:21 +0000 https://dappered.com/?p=163790 Less clothes, more mistakes? That’s quite possibly the case when it comes to us fellas and dressing for the hotter months. Look, there are always exceptions. We’ve all been there with at least a few of these. But here’s ten pitfalls of summer style to avoid between now and Labor Day.

 

Sunglasses That Don’t Match The Moment

Sunglasses are like watches (or frankly, any other kind of accessory). They’ll look woefully out of place if they don’t “match” the rest of what you’re wearing. And I don’t mean color. I mean style and/or level of formality. Sporty, chunky shades don’t look right with black tie (as shown above) or other dressed up wear. So when you’re dressed up, leave the sport shades at home.

 

Shirtless When You Shouldn’t Be

Beach or pool? Sure. Taking a stroll downtown, hitting a friends BBQ, or heading to the mailbox? Keep your shirt on. Same goes for jogging/running in highly populated areas.

 

Wearing Cologne

It’s hot, stuffy, and generally a rough season on the senses. Overwhelming those around you with whatever chosen scent you’ve decided to hit them with seems a little cruel. Sure, I can hear the cologne fans screaming now “but you’re doing it wrong if people can smell you” … then what’s the point if they can’t? It’s a fine line to walk as is (you risk going nose deaf), so in the summer? Try to leave it on the shelf.

 

Cargo Shorts Weighed Down With 97 lbs of E.D.C.

It’s kinda hard to believe that the former first lady let him leave the house like that. Anyway, seems like #44 has recently made some serious strides in his down time attire (yet still holding true to himself, check out the white undershirt). But as the cargos on the course shots show, cargos are tough to pull off. Especially when they’re weighed down with… what exactly? Can’t be his phone. We… sadly know where that is.

 

F*cked up Feet w/ Sandals

Pulling off sandals, stylishly, can be a difficult task, but if your feet look  like they’ve been through a fungus encrusted meat grinder, then it’s darn near impossible. Stick to classic sneakers if your feet are less than easy on the eyes.

 

Tank Tops

Again, there’s gonna be exceptions, but it’s just difficult for most of us to look good in a tank top outside of the gym. If you’re jacked, then you look like you’re showing off. If you’re less than muscular, tanks can make you look unfairly wimpy. They’re also about as casual as it gets, due to their lack of… um… cloth and structure. If you want something super casual but still classic? Try a short sleeved henley.

 

Stank/Body Odor

Stay clean, eat clean, drink water. Wear the right fabrics, avoid caffeine, and take cool or cold showers. And make sure you’re actually getting your clothes clean when you’re doing laundry.

 

Slouchy Knit Hats

It’s summer. Unless you’ve got dreads and you’re always in a hat to keep them in line, then… what’s the point of these things? Favored by teen pop stars and the dude wearing black skinny jeans and smoking on a 106 degree day. They honestly call an enormous amount of attention to the wearer. Like a guy walking around outside in the middle of winter wearing shorts and flip flops.

 

Big Fella Beach Body Shyness

Take a cue from Ham in The Sandlot, and own it. If you’re not in the best of shape, yet you’re headed to the beach with some good friends, walking around (or heading into the water) with a shirt on, due to embarrassment, only makes everyone else feel embarrassed for you. So now everyone is embarrassed. Own it.

 

Anything Related to Bro Rompers

You’re much better off in bulky cargo shorts, a tank top, and sandals.

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Monday Sales Tripod – USA Made Briefcases, Lightweight Sportcoats, & More https://dappered.com/2017/06/monday-sales-tripod-usa-made-briefcases-lightweight-sportcoats-more/ Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:00:34 +0000 https://dappered.com/?p=163967 The Thursday Handfuls are great, but what if Monday (or Tuesday) rolls around and there are a few sales that can’t wait til the weekend? You’ll find three of the best, with a few picks from each, to start the week below.

 

#1. Banana Republic: 40% off + Extra 10% off w/ BONUS

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BR Picks are out, and sadly that means Rapid Movement Denim is out this time, but most of the rest of the site seems to be fair game? No need for a GAP inc credit card this time around. 40% comes off automatically, and then use BONUS at checkout to knock an additional 10% off. Really liking the looks of that light blue cotton blazer. Sure appears that the back is unlined? Terrific reviews online too. UPDATE: Big thanks to reader Tony C. for sending in a tip about that blazer. Turns out the only thing that’s lined on it is the sleeves. “Stupendous” is the word he used to describe it.

 

#2. Gustin: Their USA Made Briefcase is Back for $249

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Yes, the price did jump by fifty bucks since these debuted by Gustin, but $249? Still awfully fair. Cut from Horween’s Chromexcel #8. Brass hardware. Made in California. Ships out at the end of August or early September.

 

#3. J. Crew: 25% off Select + 40% off Sale Items w/ YAYCLOTHES

J. Crew

Still no discount on their fantastic summerweight sportcoats… but at $168 those seem like a plenty fair price. Lots of exclusions, as is usually the case, but plenty of wheelhouse goods are getting the cut too.

 

BONUS  Massdrop: RE Shades & Junghans Watches

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A couple of well made accessories for a somewhat steep price. $110 for REs is pretty good, but when their competitor American Optical can be had for much less… well… (yet there are some noticeable differences between these two American Made aviators). And those Junghaus watches. That’s a LOT for a quartz. But by golly are they amazing looking.

 

Also worth a mention on a Monday

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