Dapper Lou

How Do You Do, DAPPER LOU?

If you’re reading this, we’d have to imagine you like clothes and know how to use the Internet (we know, we’re quite the detectives). So we have a small suggestion for you: Get to know Lougè Delcy, the mastermind behind the wildly addictive menswear blog Dapper Lou.

To begin with, take a gander at the dapper dude’s resume: Freelance stylist, writer for Essence and style notable in Vogue.It and GQ, Brooklyn-born Ludget fell into the blogging business because he saw a gap in sites devoted to menswear. Since the start, his clean and colorful photography, unmatched fashion sense and equal mix of spotlighting old and new has had us feverishly scrolling through pages and pages with no end in sight. All we have to say is that this is one New Yorker that knows how to take the chaos of the city and scope out only the best in street style.

Below, we chatted with the style-savvy blogger about everything from fashion to photography. Our only remaining question: Can we share closets?

How would you describe your personal style?
My friends tell me that I am a bit of a chameleon—my look changes. It can be preppy with a bit of punk, a clean-cut schoolboy reading the paper, an English gentleman that’s not afraid to mix prints and patterns, an island boy wearing loads of color, or ready for war in a military-inspired look.

Who are your favorite fashion photographers?
Damon Baker has a sense of dark mystery that is captivating; Sebastian Kim’s use of color, composition and movement are magical; and Hedi Slimane‘s black-and-whites are absolutely breathtaking.

What are your top 5 fashion rules to live by?
1. Color is your friend, not your enemy.
2. Cut makes all the difference.
3. Mix it up for the perfect balance.
4. Quality over quantity.
5. Accessories step to the front of the line.

What is the best advice you have ever received?
It was actually from the book “ABC of Men’s Fashion” by Hardy Amies: “A man should look as if he has bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care and then forgotten all about them.” I try to live by this rule; it makes all the difference.

If you could have lunch with any Barneys New York designer, who would it be?
Without a doubt, Thom Browne. I would love to have a one-on-one with the man behind the iconic label.

Style icons—who’s on your list?
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ozwald Boateng, Charlie Brown, Robert Redford, David Bowie, Steve McQueen, Mr. Rogers and Waldo (yup, Where’s Waldo). Dead, alive or even animated, I find these guys are always a source of inspiration.

If you were accidentally locked in Barneys overnight, what would we find you wearing in the morning?
You’d probably find me in the mirror flipping the collar up on the Lanvin Oxford suit and trying to shove a pair of Grenson x Barbour shoes into my new Pierre Hardy colorblock backpack.

Images courtesy of Dapper Lou.

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