Menswear Look of the Week: The Dandy Creative

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Business-casual too often consists of schlubby Dockers, billowy oxford shirts, leather clodhoppers of sorts and cringe-worthy ties. Here’s the solution: If you consider yourself a creative type—or even if you don’t—be creative.

ALIVE Menswear Look of the Week - Dandy Creative


The dandy guy who wears this is who you see striding around downtown between meetings, doing  design work at coffee shops, leading business meetings on a casual Friday and cracking jokes at the end-of-day happy hour. He loves prints and isn’t afraid to have eyes on him.

You might be thinking, “Jeans? In the office?!” Sure, some places might not have this policy. But if your office is more laid-back, the slim, solid-wash Adriano Goldschmied Dylan jeans are the perfect starting point for any outfit. Because they’re dressed up with the shirt, knit tie and killer wingtips, this outfit works on all kinds of levels.

But where does “dandy” come in, exactly? Look to the prints and the sheer togetherness of this look. The micro-floral design on the Ben Sherman button-front makes the bold, loud print more subtle. Offset by the black knit tie (with the necessary tie bar), these textures are a recipe for sartorial success. Not to mention the ostrich tote bag. It’s called dandy for a reason.

Where to find: J Shoes Charlie wingtips ($192 10denza); Ben Sherman Short-Sleeve Floral Print Shirt ($95 at Moris Men’s Shop); Adriano Goldschmied Dylan jeans ($215 at Adriano Goldschmied); Dibi black knit tie ($49 at Moris Men’s Shop); Coach ostrich tote ($3,000 at Coach); Jack Spade stainless steel tie bar ($85 at Nordstrom)

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