Dapper Without A Suit

“Comfort and simplicity are two keys that I follow when it comes to fashion.” —- Fawad Khan (Pakistani actor)

I have a confession to all of you: Despite that, I call myself The Dapper Runner even if I don’t even own a single suit. I don’t have a plan of getting one at this time.

Yes, that is right!

The main reason for not owning a suit is the hot and humid weather in Metro Manila. I can’t stand wearing layers and layers of clothing on my daily commute simply because I sweat profusely even during the cool northeast breeze of January. I just bring an extra shirt in my bag instead. Also, I don’t attend parties and formal events.

Several self-proclaimed style gurus may claim that not owning a suit makes a man underdressed. I beg to differ. I consider it impractical and way too flashy on the Philippine setting. Unless, if a man is a lawyer or hotshot banker that requires him to wear suits. I believe that every Juan can be dapper without owning a suit. It also depends where we are located, how much our clothing budget is, and the industry we work for.

As you can see I usually wear white or light-colored button-up shirts with either dark jeans by Uniqlo or navy trousers because of my previous job in a financial services firm. We were lucky enough that business casual was acceptable. As long as we follow the company’s dress code and not looking sloppy, we’re good to go. I also wear business casual when I go to church on Sundays.

When going out on weekends, I just wear my favorite all-occasion combination of chambray shirts, white or black t-shirt, and chinos. Polo shirt and walking shorts combo are fantastic during summer. We have incorporate comfort in weekend clothing.

I also have a small collection of layering such as a rain jacket, a sweater, a blazer, and a windbreaker. I wear them when needed.

Before I wrap things up, here’s some friendly advice to you guys:

  • Retain and utilize your timeless clothes especially your favorite plain shirts and trousers.
  • Donate those faded and dated ones to the charity.
  • If your clothing needs refitting, go to your tailor.
  • Mix and matching can sometimes be tedious if we are not familiar with the color wheel. You can stick with the basic colors such as black, white, navy, gray, olive, and tan. Those colors are very easy to mix and match. It’s also nice to have shirts with tattersall and the more common plaid pattern.
  • If you believe that you need a suit, don’t buy ready to wear. Go to your trusted tailor and get a bespoke suit.

At the end of the day, being dapper is all about the right amount of confidence (and practicality) on what we wear.