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Unconventional Layers feat. Dapper Lou

March 4th, 2013

Brooklynite Lougè Delcy, better known as Dapper Lou, was early in the game as an NYC street style blogger. He’s a talented photographer and great in front of the camera as well.

Lou has become well-known for his very dapper, and very genuine, sense of personal style, which he describes as “a juxtaposition of traditional and modern menswear”. Few guys are better at combining unexpected high/low pieces, and pulling them off with such nonchalance and confidence.

Here he shows us three high/low looks as we begin to slowly transition to Spring here in NYC.

1. Weekend Suit


“This is the first time I’ve tried wearing a denim jacket over a suit, and I kinda like it.

Think this may be my look for Spring… Why not?”


What I love about Lou’s outfits is that they are style-forward and personalized, but in a way that is surprisingly familiar.

He takes the classics, combines them in an unconventional way, and finishes it off with accessories that have charm and personality.


Like the rest of the outfit, the white-soled loafers are a cross between dressy and casual.


Pure Cotton Suit in Khaki

  • Baseball cap by Blue Marlin Vintage Sportswear ·
  • Denim jacket by Levi’s (Vintage) ·
  • Nautical stripe crewneck by Uniqlo ·
  • Shoes by Cole Hann
  • · Khaki cotton suit by Rugby

2. Dressed-Up Denim


“Jeans are very casual so I like to dress them up a little.”


Lou knows a thing or two about combining tones, textures and patterns, too.


A silk scarf is perfect for this time of season, and a great way to add a statement to an outfit.

  • Hat by Brixton ·
  • Jacket by Rugby ·
  • Scarf no brand (purchased from fabric store) ·
  • Denim by Jean Machine ·
  • Shoes by Cole Hann

3. Spring Accessories


Here’s another look that is full of personality, but at the same time, is surprisingly simple and classic.

You can’t own the name “dapper” without first nailing the basics – like this perfectly-fitting medium grey suit.


It’s all about juxtaposition. A tailored suit with a white t-shirt, neutral grey with bright blues, conservative pieces with dandy ones, etc.

“This fedora doesn’t need an intro, so I toned it down with a classic grey suit.”


As I mentioned, a silk scarf is a great way to make a Spring statement – just make sure you rock it with comfort and confidence.

  • Hat by Borsalino ·
  • Suit by Z Zegna ·
  • Scarf by Paul Smith ·
  • White t-shirt by Hanes ·
  • Loafers by Paul Smith


Thanks, as always, for reading and special thanks to Lougè for the feature.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier


Photography by Alex Crawford