The Classic Cool of Zac Efron

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Zac Efron has been on the tween scene since his 2006 debut in Disney’s High School Musical. After a successful trilogy with the hugely successful franchise, Efron has since broken off into more dramatic movie roles such as 2010’s Charlie St Cloud and 2012’s The Paperboy. Just a few months away from his 27th birthday, this hollywood heartthrob show’s no sign of slowing down.

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Shown here on the streets of NYC, his ability to layer and accessorize is spot on. Most celebrities tend to rely a lot on the help of a stylist to get ready for events and premieres, while not caring as much when it comes to their every day style. Zac has had a solid grip on his street style for many years now and is rarely seen not looking put together.

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When it comes to layering, attention to the smaller details can me very important. To the rolling of the cuff or the buttoning of a shirt, Zac clearly takes into account what makes an outfit work before stepping out the door.

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Whether it be the streets, getting off a plane or walking the red carpet, Zac Efron is one of the youngest male style icons of today and is a true example of great American style. You can see Zac in his new film Neighbors which is in theaters now.

– Jamie

Style Spotlight: The 2014 Tony Awards

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Award show red carpets are probably my favorite part of the season. Last night’s Tony Awards here in NYC was Broadway’s most anticipated night of the year. The hardest working people in show business showed up in hopes of taking home the coveted award. Led by Australia’s very own Broadway veteran and 4 time Tony Award host, Hugh Jackman once again shined with classical style and charisma.

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An American Dapper favorite, Andrew Garfield donned his signature slim fit suit and skinny tie. The Tony’s has always been known for it’s classic style among the men and Andrew did not disappoint. The new Spider-man was in attendance representing his role in this season’s Broadway play Death of a Salesman.

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Fresh off the publicity tour from the HBO film The Normal Heart, White Collar star Mathew Bomer was as dapper as ever in his perfectly tailored black tuxedo. Detailing with the always classic bow-tie, Mr. Bomer is a true representation of dapper style. You can catch Mathew in his incredible role as Felix Turner in HBO’s The Normal Heart, now on HBO and HBO GO.

Hope everyone enjoyed last nights explosive Tony Awards and congratulations to the big winner of the night, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.

– Jamie

 

 

Let’s Hear It For The Bag

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I recently put a spotlight on Coach’s Bleecker Day Tote and how it is a hot bag to look for this season. Today I wanted to touch base on the mens bag in general. European men have always seemed to embrace the fashionable accessory for some time now, while American men seem to think of it as too feminine. This post is going to feature the different types of mens bags that can be used on different occasions.

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The Canvas Bag:

Spring and Summer weather call for materials that won’t damage in the sun. Canvas offers durability while being lightweight. Brands like Fossil, H&M, Coach and Banana Republic have great canvas choices this season worth checking out. Try looking for canvas totes with leather handles! It gives the bag a touch of sophistication. We all know that never hurt anyone.

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The Messenger:

If you are wanting a bag that can go from season to season, it’s best to invest in a leather or coated canvas messenger. Best for the on-the-go man, the messenger can be carried by a handle or cross-body strap. Messengers have been used by men for many years and the tradition needs to live on!

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Don’t be afraid to try something new, guys. Investing in a good seasonal bag is something worth doing.

– Jamie

Spotlight: SKINNYFATTIES

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I wanted to take the time and spotlight a company that truly represents the American Dapper lifestyle. SKINNYFATTIES is a Brooklyn based online tie tailoring company here in New York City. You can send in any tie you already own to get altered to another size or even have one custom made to your liking!

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They also have 100% American handmade tie clips made from recycles high quality wood! The founder Joshua Brueckner started the company in 2012 after tailoring his own ties from being sick of his old ones. He started SKINNYFATTIES as the first and currently ONLY tie tailoring company available online.

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With every purchase you make on SKINNYFATTIES, a portion of the profits goes to Career Gear. CG helps build strong families and communities by empowering men who are low-income to overcome barriers and achieve self-sufficiency. If you are ever in need of a unique gift idea, snag a gift card from the guys at SF! It’s fun design will sure impress anyone who receives it.

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Lastly, Joshua was kind enough to provide a special 15% off discount to anyone who uses the code AMERICANDAPPER when they make a purchase any time between now and May 31st!  So get on over to http://www.SKINNYFATTIES.com and order an amazing custom made tie of your own.

– Jamie

Spotlight: The Perfect Day Bag for the Dapper Man

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I’ve noticed many men seem to be afraid of sporting a more fashionable bag during the day. You may have a great outfit, but the minute you throw a ratty Jansport bag over your shoulder, it’s basically null and void. I wanted to feature a company that puts a lot of thought and time into the construction of their bags. Coach makes an incredible line of men’s bags and this season it’s featuring the Bleecker Day Tote!

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The Bleecker Day Tote can fit everything from a laptop to a weekends worth of essentials. Hand crafted in 3 unique styles, here are some details on this summers must have bag.

  • Leather
  • Inside zippered and snap pockets
  • Interior collar slip pocket for cell phone
  • Custom-clasp closure, fabric lining
  • Handles with 4 3/4″ drop
  • Detachable strap for shoulder or crossbody wear
  • 15 3/4″ (L) x 16 1/4″ (H) x 6″ (W)

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– Jamie

White Shoes and How to Wear Them

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So many people have told me they are too afraid of wearing white shoes because of the maintenance. Wearing them out once and you come home with scuffs and dirt marks. I once shared this fear and stayed far away from all white shoes. But like most people, my opinion changed. I went out and bought my first pair of all white canvas Converses.

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Stars like David Beckham and the boys of One Direction have been seen sporting all white sneakers for some time now and I can agree they look pretty awesome doing so. White sneakers can add a touch of style you didn’t even realize was missing from your outfit. Some people really love to distress their white shoes to give them the “lived in” look, but I am a fan of crisp and clean. You can wear them with suits or with something as simple as a white shirt and dark denim. The versatility of this style must have really has no limits. One trick I’ve learned with my white shoes is to wash them! Throw them in with a load of whites and run on gentle and they will look good as new in no time.

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If you decide on white leather or something that isn’t canvas for your white shoe, make sure and give them a good polish at the end of the day. Maintenance and proper care is key, gentleman.

Jamie

 

Summer Style Spotlight: Shorts

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It’s finally time to let your legs breathe now that we are heading into much warmer spring and summer weather. A lot of men have trouble deciding on the appropriate style and length of shorts that works best for them. This style spotlight will give a few tips on how to make your decision a little easier.

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  • DO not be afraid of shorts that hit above the knee
  • DON’T wear capris. They look bad on almost everyone.
  • DO embrace bold prints and floral patterns
  • DON’T wear baggy cargo shorts. You aren’t in high school anymore, gentlemen.
  • DO dress up the shorts with a nice shirt and blazer.
  • DON’T be scared to wear bright colors! When paired well, it can look awesome.
  • DO get pants tailored into shorts. I get bored with denim and pants come summer and take them to get tailored. It’s like getting a brand new piece!

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Jamie