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The Denim Jean Style Challenge – Look Two

That Dapper Chap shares the second look in the denim style challenge, creating five looks from just two pairs of jeans.

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Hello again, welcome back to the second instalment of the Next denim jeans style challenge. If you haven’t already read the details of the challenge or the very interesting denim survey results by Burton Menswear, find it HERE

All photography by the very talented Ian Clark of PhotoByIan, check out his other work HERE

The two pairs of jeans from Next.co.uk that I used for the challenge

Look 2 – Preppy Afternoon

For this very preppy look I again chose the smart jeans which can be found HERE. Available from Next.co.uk for £35.00.

Working from the ground up we have some white pumps, sockless of course with a roll on the hem of the trousers, perfect for the warmer spring days that should just be around the corner!

Its back to college with this very preppy look

Plain white pumps with no socks, perfect for the coming weather

The shirt is a pale blue poplin shirt with button down collar, again keeping it really preppy and very Ralph Lauren. Over that I’ve added a red cardigan with a grey trim, keeping is slightly unbuttoned for a relaxed feel. The bow tie adds some formality and the watch continues the preppiness.

I also added a navy blazer with a grey trim, to keep out the spring breeze and some glasses, a great bag and a book or two for that intellectual look.

The glasses, bag and books help create that preppy image

The right accessories continue the theme

All ‘prepped’ and ready to go

This cool belt adds a bit more interest and is a very preppy addition

 

 

The lobster bow tie is a great nautical touch

The full look. Preppy style with the Next smart jeans

Photography

All photography by Ian Clark. Check out his work at HERE

Find him on Twitter HERE

Find him on Instagram HERE

The Outfit

White Toe Cap Pumps – Next £25.00

Dark Raw Jeans – Next £35.00

Pale Blue Poplin Shirt – Next £20.00

Cardigan – Primark £10.00

Lobster Bow Tie – Paul Hewitt £35.00

Blazer – River Island

Brown Croc Briefcase – Antoni Manuel £250.00

Silk Tie Belt – CNYTTAN £54.00

Watch  – Daniel Wellington £149.00

Red Jasper Bracelet – Parvenu London £29.50

Glasses – Specsavers £60.00

I hope you’ve enjoyed part two of this five part series. Check back again for part three where I’ll share a look that most people would never expect to see That Dapper Chap wearing! Even a dapper chap has to chill sometimes!

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The Denim Jeans Style Challenge – Look One

That Dapper Chap shares the first look in the denim style challenge, creating five looks from just two pairs of jeans.

This is a sponsored post of honest and unbiased opinion

Hi, thanks for checking back in for the first installment of the Next denim jeans style challenge. If you haven’t already read the details of the challenge or the very interesting denim survey results by Burton Menswear, find it HERE

All photography by the very talented Ian Clark of PhotoByIan, check out his other work HERE

The two pairs of jeans from Next.co.uk that I used for the challenge

Look One – The Heritage Worker

The first look is a relaxed formal look. Being at the more formal end I opted for the smarter jeans which can be found HERE at £35.00.

With the vintage style grandad collar shirt and tweed waistcoat the look has a very heritage feel. The boots continue the theme and the trouser chain conjures images of a factory worker with his bunch of keys hanging from his waistband.

Change this look up by wearing a collared shirt and a tie.

A relaxed but more formal look

 

Relaxed but still smart enough for the workplace

Black leather brogue boot increase the formality of the look

The trouser chain, adding interest and depth to the outfit

Enjoying a cup of tea and a much needed break

A closer look at the waistcoat and shirt

The slim leg of the jeans keeps them neat

Photography

All photography by Ian Clark. Check out his work at HERE

Find him on Twitter HERE

Find him on Instagram HERE

The Outfit

Black Brogue Boots – Lucini £75.00

Dark Raw Jeans – Next £35.00

Grandad collar shirt – Next £24.00

Tweed Waistcoat – Hammond & Co at Debenhams £50.00

Trouser Chain – Ebay

Watch – James McCabe Heritage £179.00

Check back for the second part in this five part series where I’ll show you a more preppy look.

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Denim Do’s and Denim Don’ts

That Dapper Chap takes a look at denim jeans, shares some interesting survey results and tells us about his denim style challenge.

 

With jeans being the one item worn by every man across the world on a regular basis the industry is huge. But, do you want a boot cut, a slim leg or a super skinny? And once you’ve chosen your shape, what about having them in stone wash, raw denim or ink, maybe even overdyed in red, oh, and do you want then ripped, faded or block colour? The choice is endless.

Smart or ripped? So many styles to choose from. Both pairs by Next

The Jeans Survey

Menswear brand Burton have revealed that 66% of men feel that wearing denim to work is more acceptable now than it was 5 years ago. Once seen as unprofessional and sloppy, office denim has been given a big thumbs up by the men of the nation. London leads the way in office denim style with 78% of men regularly wearing denim to work. The lads up north aren’t far behind with 54% being frequent office denim wearers.

If you want to be part of the growing trend then you’ll need to keep it smart. A dark colour wash in a slim leg was voted by 73% of men as the most office appropriate denim trend, and what I would personally recommend. Black jeans would be great too and 41% of men voted black denim as the trend that can be worn at any age. But again, keep it slim leg and block colour.

“A style savvy man can definitely look smart and professional in denim, it’s about getting the fit and the colour right. Go for slim cuts in darker colours and avoid anything too skinny, wide legged or faded” says Jonathan Lovett, Head of Design at Burton. The number one denim nightmare was double denim, voted by 41% of men as a trend that never should be worn. Super skinny came in at number two with 38% listing it as their top ‘denim don’t’.

The Burton Menswear Survey Results are very interesting

Top Denim Don’ts:

  1. Double denim
  2. Super skinny
  3. High waisted
  4. Ripped denim
  5. Denim brights

 

Finally, Burton asked their 1,000 British guys who their best and worst celebrity denim
wearers were. Here’s what they said:

Top three celebrity denim wearers:

  1. David Beckham
  2. Justin Timberlake
  3. Ryan Gosling
Messers Beckham, Timberlake and Gosling, top denim wearers

Top three worst celebrity denim wearers:

  1. Joey Essex
  2. Kanye West
  3. Christiano Ronaldo
Messers Essex, West and Ronaldo show how not to do denim

Denim at Burton Menswear

The Burton SS15 denim range is available now at stores nationwide and from www.burton.co.uk. Prices start from £20 and go up to £40 for premium selvedge denim.

Special offers currently available from Burton menswear

The Styling Challenge

So, you’ve seen the survey results and chosen a pair of jeans in the fit and colour you want. Now what? what do you team with your jeans to stop you looking like a Kardashian Husband or a half-wit from the most terrible program on British television?

Fear not! That Dapper Chap is on hand to give you some guidance. Over the next few days I shall show you five different looks with just two pairs of jeans from Next.co.uk. The looks will take you from an afternoon chilling with your music, to the pub, through the preppy look to date night.

The two pairs of jeans that I used for this challenge, both by Next

The style challenge Jeans

The first pair of jeans are a ‘rip repair’ style which we’re seeing much more of creeping back onto our high streets. This idea is that they look like your favorite, well-loved jeans that you have almost work to death. These are from Next and cost £45. They are 100% cotton and available in straight or slim fit and they have a zip fly. Find them HERE

The Rip Repair denim jeans. £45.00 from Next

The second pair are a ‘smart’ denim, block colour and without rips or fading. These are priced at £35.00 and are made from 99% cotton and 1% Lycra. The description online says they have a zip fly, they don’t, it’s a button fly. They are available in straight, slim and skinny fits. Find them HERE

The Smart Dark Raw Jeans, £35.00 from Next

So, please pop back tomorrow for the first installment of the denim jeans style challenge where I’ll show you first of five very different looks that you can easily mirror with a few simply additions or changes to your wardrobe.

*Survey conducted by Gorkana Surveys. 1,000 men aged 18-39 were interviewed online on 29th January and 9th February 2015.

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