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Ellen DeGeneres is the quintessential mainstream dapperQ. Always in the spotlight, she makes dressing dapper look effortless and her laid-back SoCal classic cool style is one of the most coveted by our readers.

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Ellen’s look is timeless, classic, clean, and simple. Yet, it is one of the most tricky styles to master because classic style requires investing in quality, tailored essentials and adding signature touches to avoid looking drab. Ellen is known for wearing expensive, custom-tailored suits from designers such as Dolce and Gabbana and Gucci. If you do not have Ellen’s cash  flow, you can still achieve her look; the key is to make smart investments. (See Dapper on a Dime for advice). Know where you should splurge (at least one good suit, a [faux] leather jacket, a pair of great boots and, perhaps, a good watch) and where you can save (on trendy t-shirts, colorful scarves, playful sneakers, funky sunglasses).

And, don’t forget the part about adding signature touches. For example, style guru Amanda Brooks states, “The key to wearing a white button-down is how you wear it. You have to give it your own attitude to make it intriguing.” Understanding how to wear your clothes is extremely important in developing an efficient, flexible wardrobe. (Did you know that a three piece suit can be worn seven different ways by simply adding personal touches and knowing how to mix and match?)

Here’s where to look for classic pieces:

Ellen’s Favorite Designers and Shops (according to her Foursquare account): Fred Segal; Free City; A.P.C. (especially for jeans)
Designer Suits: Dolce and Gabanna; Gucci
Budget Suits: J-Crew (Ludlow suit starting at $540)
Timeless Essentials (sweaters, trousers, oxford shirts, blazers): Ralph Lauren (boys section for smaller sizes); Tommy Hilfiger (boys section for smaller sizes); Brooks Brothers
Budget Essentials: Uniqlo; H&M; Topman; American Eagle
Jeans: Levi’s; Abercombie
Dress Shoes (loafers, oxfords): Cole Haan; Steve Madden; Aldo
Sneakers: Converse, of course (Ellen’s signature); Keds
Boots: Frey
Accessories (ties, scarves, sunglasses): Thrift stores; H&M; street vendors

Anita Dolce Vita

Fashion and culture blogger featured in Newsweek's Daily Beast, Huffington Post, Curve, Autostraddle, MTV/LOGO's AfterEllen, SF Weekly, Globe & Mail, DIVA, GO Mag, Beijing Review, and Bosnia's Manjine.BA. Education/Credentials: University of New Mexico (B.A., magna cum laude); New York University (MPA, top marks); SUNY Downstate Medical Center (BSN, cum laude); NYS RN.

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