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Dapper Denim Advice From Fine and Dandy Shop’s Matt Fox

Does denim and Dandy go together?  Matt Fox of Fine and Dandy Shop thinks so!  We spotted the company’s oldie but goodie lookbook from 2009, which features several dapper ensembles styled with denim from Zara.  Denim Therapy was pleasantly surprised to see so many denim looks, which is telling that jeans and denim shirts have a place in the dapper man’s closet.  We asked Matt (aka “The Shopkeeper”) to share a few thoughts on how to be dapper in denim.

Matt Fox of Manhattan's Fine and Dandy Shop.[nggallery id=491]

When you do wear jeans, are there styles, types of denim or brands you prefer?
I love the mix of formal and less formal so a favorite pair of jeans, oxford shirt, and bow tie is a typical everyday outfit for me.  I’m not really brand driven, it’s more about fit.  Fitted but definitely not too skinny.

What is the longest you’ve worn a pair of jeans without washing?
Oh, it’s kind of embarrassing.  I hate washing jeans so I don’t until either 1) they’re dirty or stained or 2) they start to smell.

Do you have a ritual in terms of how to fold or store your clothes or jeans?
I have a pretty amazing walk-in closet (amazing in size considering I live in Manhattan).  A few times a year I go through and refold and organize everything. And then it slowly goes down hill from there and my organization slides.

We know your grandfather was a great style inspiration, but who do you think today has great personal style?
Honestly I find a lot inspiration living in New York City seeing guys on the street, on the subway, in restaurants, etc.  Guys in NYC have amazing style!

What do you think is lacking in menswear these days?
More affordable sizing options.  I hear from a lot of guys who struggle finding clothes that fit at affordable prices.

Do you have any personal style or grooming tips you want to share?
Take the time each day to put yourself together and put your best foot forward.  Remember, your appearance is the biggest part of your first impression. And push your limits and take risks with what your wear—mix up patterns and colors, etc.  And have fun with it.  It’s just clothes!

Any tips on great pieces to wear with jeans right now or this fall?
As mentioned earlier, I’m all about mixing high and low, formal with informal.  So a pair of jeans with a button down shirt, a blazer, pocket square, and bow tie… perfection!

What is next for Fine and Dandy?
We’re furiously getting our Fall/Winter collection ready to put up on our Web site.  Also, this past year we began to do pop-up shops and had amazing results.  So we want to do more of that with an eventual goal of a permanent retail space. Oh, and we had our first wholesale deal this year with the Japanese brand United Arrows.

Men have fashion emergencies, too.  If you’re in Manhattan, Matt will personally deliver your men’s accessories order to your front door, thanks to Dandy 911, a super nifty service of Fine and Dandy Shop.  The 2009 Lookbook was shot by Patrick Roxas for Fine and Dandy Shop.  For more images and information, go to Fine and Dandy Shop online.

—Kathy Ng Hassan


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Posted Aug 15 2011 in Denim Fashion » Denim Menswear
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