Where to Shop in Spain: Scalper’s Men and Childrenswear

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Scalpers opened its flagship store in Madrid in 2010. The brand started in Seville a number of year earlier making bespoke shirts and ties and has expanded to several locations across Spain. As I always find with Spanish Fashion, they create a good quality product at a good price. The style is typically Spanish and provides a unique look in both the U.K. and the U.S.

We have seen several Spanish brands expand to other areas of Europe and the U.S. however Scalpers remains exclusively in Spain. Since returning with several purchases I have been stopped in the streets of New York several times. They offer a great collection for the casual look. There formal range is limited and I do believe you have other Spanish brands that can offer a better product for the cost on the formal side. Casual fall is currently on offer and you really can’t go wrong for the costs. Added bonus you will possibly be uniquely dressed outside Spain.

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Chambray You Stay

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The seasons most versatile fabric is finally ready to bust out of the closets and on to the streets. Chambray has been the summer staple for many years and highly embraced by companies worldwide. For many years, the GAP has featured chambray in many of their denim on denim ad campaigns. Now it’s time for you gents to go out and grab a few for yourself this summer.

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Chambray can come in many styles and colors as well as being able to pair with many types of pants. My personal favorite way to style chambray is having a lighter wash shirt over a dark wash denim and throw on a pair of white converses. It gives you this classic 90’s style that always looks great.

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My favorite euro celeb, David Beckham loves to rock chambray in his street style as well! You can run into any GAP, Banana Republic, H&M or Zara and grab an affordable dose of chambray for you spring/summer wardrobe.

– 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

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

The Dapper Man’s Guide to Weddings

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As wedding season draws near, it’s time to take a look at all the do’s and don’ts of formal attire. Weddings can be tricky, but don’t be intimidated! These tips can help you get through the just about any wedding you could be attending.

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The City Wedding

City weddings give more room for expression through accessorizing. Suits should be blue or grey or black and paired with classic white or a light blue dress shirt. As far as a dress shoe goes, go with an oxford or derby in brown if you aren’t wearing a black suit. A pocket square and tie is perfect for the occasion and you can choose a pattern or color you find compliments your suit best. Unique cufflinks are also a great way to add a little flair to your ensemble.

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The Beach Wedding

Beach weddings are definitely the more relaxed of weddings. This is your chance to break out that linen suit you’ve always wanted to wear! Shades of grey and pale blue are completely acceptable while pairing it with a solid or small patterned dress shirt. You can get away with not wearing a tie or bow tie being that this is the most casual of weddings. Depending on which direction you want to go, you can chose a nice loafer or leather dress sandal. NOTE: Make sure you get a pedicure if you are exposing your feet in any way.

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The Country Wedding

This is my favorite type of wedding being that I’m a country boy. Once again a suit in shades of blue and grey are perfect for the occasion. Depending on the groom, you may even get away with a fun color like pale yellow. Linen is fine, but I’d say stick with cotton for a more structured look. Have a little fun and grab a pair of suede dress shoes for the occasion. Country wedding gives you more room for creativity and won’t leave you feeling stiff. If you really want to make a statement, try a subtle floral print dress shirt under you suit. After all, country folk always love to be the talk of the town.

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The Black Tie Wedding

This being the most strict on dress code, it leaves no room for error. If you don’t have a tuxedo, rent one. 3 piece tuxedos are your best way to go while pairing it with a black bow tie.

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Final Tips

  • Make sure the suit is tailored to your body. Looking frumpy is not the way you want to go.
  • Always consult with the groom as to what he is wearing
  • Have fun! Weddings are meant to be a happy occasion and you don’t want to spend to much time stressing over it.

Jamie

The Dapper Style of David Beckham

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The world knows David Beckham as one of England’s most infamous football players as well as for his newest ventures into sleep/active wear for H&M. I’ve been eyeing his street style for quite some time and can’t recall ever seeing him not looking put-together.

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Whether it be getting off of a red eye or walking the red carpet, David has always brought forth his best style and has been looked at as a bit of a men’s style icon. In 2002, David was named the “ultimate metrosexual” by the man who created the term himself. He has been sought out to represent numerous companies and well as some of the worlds greatest and highly respected fashion houses.

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As well as being one of the worlds most fashionable British gents, he is also one of the most fashionable fathers! David and Victoria Beckham have three young dapper lads of their own and all have shown incredible style at such a young age. I’m sure Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz have a very bright and well dressed future ahead of them.

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Next week I will be featuring another stylish male celebrity who has made his way across the pond. Stay Tuned!

– Jamie

 

How to Determine the Appropriate Break and Length for your Trousers

There is no worse crime in regards to menswear, than a poorly tailored trouser. It doesn’t matter if you are the head of a corporation, or stepping out on the town at a cocktail event, if your trousers aren’t the proper length, your entire ensemble suffers for it. To remedy that, here are several rules to determine the appropriate break for your pants.

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