The dandy style guide: five rules for the perfect outfit

It is not just a way of dressing: the dandy style is a real philosophy of life, the pursuit of absolute beauty. Here is a guide to understand how to reach it…

Dandy style: when clothing tells the personality

The dandy style  is not for everyone, this is sure. Perhaps because it is „the style“ par excellence. And style, you know, it’s not something you easily build. It is innate, each one has its own. Therefore, it isn’t useful to impose an outfit that does not reflect us. As even Baudelaire said: Dandy you born.

Dandyism is not an unbridled taste of clothing and material elegance, as many people seem to believe. For the perfect dandy, these things are only a symbol of the aristocratic superiority of his mind.

We write this post for you, that have a little bit aristocratic soul since ever. It’s for you, aware of beauty, of eccentricity without exaggeration, of quality of what you wear. For you, who love to express your personality through clothes, attitudes and ways of doing things. For all of you, dandy inside, that still need to receive a little push to become dandy even outside. Dandyism is a way of life and has to be found in every detail.

Dandy clothing: 5 ideas to become a perfect „modern gentleman”

A style becomes original and elegant thanks to the person who wear it. Here five golden rules for a perfect dandy style. An updated dandy style, of course, because (inverting a famous phrase) style remains … but fashion goes. And you do not want to be mistaken for the stunt of Oscar Wilde, don’t you ? The outfit: „nothing is deeper than what appears outside“ Let’s start from the bases. You don’t say dandy style if you don’t say clothes. Tailored suit, to be precise; better if we speak of a two-button jacket and a slim trouser. Clean lines, elegant, sober. But the dandy loves to dare, stand out, be different, isn’t it? Exactly. Focus your attention on fabrics, to obtain an effect WOW : green light to checked patterns, Prince of Wales and Tartan, for those ones who want to dare more. If you want to dare, you can try the suit with gilet, direct heir of Lord Brummel’s waistcoat. But keep in mind: less is more, even in sartorial style for the new dandy. Before opting for the most eccentric outfit of your wardrobe, always value the situation!

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Marco Taddei wears a Prince of Wales‘ suit and Double Monk Strap by Franceschetti

 

Even… neck plays its role

The question is, tie or bow tie? First of all you must understand what kind of dandy you are. The youngest – and the most influenced by the hipster style – will surely opt for the bow tie. Nowadays, we find it in every shape and material, from wood to ceramic or glass.

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Papillon in „New Year’s proposal“ by Marco Taddei

To tell the truth, we can’t say no to the timeless charm of a thin necktie. If you are looking for a sober and discreet elegance, choose it and you will not be wrong. Don’t underestimate the bohemian allure of a beautiful scarf around your neck:  combined with a well-cut coat, in winter months it will give you a perfect dandy look.   Hats Do you really want to be noticed? Consider the idea of investing in a beautiful hat in felt. If you are a real dandy, your hat will not be an excuse to have untidy hair. They will never be rigid or lacquered. The ideal hairstyle has a side line and a soft tuft falling on your forehead.

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Marco Taddei wears a dandy felt hat

Accessories for a perfect dandy style In order to avoid an excessive look, always value the situation (and your own personality). Green light to cuff links if your appointment is of a certain level, such as a ceremony or an elegant dinner. The pocket-watch is suitable just for those who love daring, but you must know how to wear it: if you do not feel at your ease, choose a nice wrist model and you will not be wrong. The sock is strictly up to the knee, in plain color and in Lisle. And what about the pochette? Wear it, of course, without hesitation!

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Pochette, the perfect accessory for new dandy style

Last but not least … Her Majesty the shoe Considering the total outfit, we believe that shoes are a crucial choice and in matter of shoes we are really skilled (let us say this with a bit of pride!). After having choosen with attention your suit, hat and accessories, it’s better not to vanify all your efforts wearing a pair of shoddy shoes! Let’s do a single investment, but in quality: good leather, classic color and a timeless model. Especially, we are talking about three models: the Derby, the Oxford and the Slipper. The Derby for those who prefer a more easy look without sacrificing style, the Oxford for lovers of classic elegance, the slipper for the new dandy.

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Derby Monet, Francesina Strasbourg, Pantofola Brighton from Franceschetti’s collection

Do you want to learn more? Et voilà the classic men shoe that cannot miss in the dandy wardrobe. And if you like some advice that characterizes the dandy style, here is a selection of Franceschetti shoes made for you by Marco Taddei.

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