Seven Days of Dapper: Johnell Lawrence

You know it. You love it. It’s Seven Days of Dapper, back with some more sexy swag for your viewing pleasure. The one, the only, the exquisitely dapper Johnell Lawrence is here to show you how it’s done, folks. Here’s her stats:

Johnell Lawrence is a classical/jazz/funk/folk/rock violinist and violist. She is also the owner of the Lawrence String Organization where she teaches music lessons and books ensembles for all occasions. Johnell performs and tours with many ensembles, such as: TreZure Empire, Black Horse Motel, and The Divine Hand ensemble, just to name a few.

Her personal style has been described as fresh, retro, dashing, swanky, and dorky-chic. She draws inspiration from eras like the Harlem Renaissance and the 1950′s, as well as musical styles like folk and jazz. Most outfits are a calm mix of the old and the new.

Day #1: Kickin’ It

Outfit details: Going to kick it with my Bois. Maybe do a lil dancing after. Relaxed and comfortable.

Plaid shirt from thrift shop. Jeans from a men’s boutique in Boston. Belt Buckle from Goodwill for $.50. (I could not leave it in the store. A must have.)

Day #2: Classical Music Performance/Wedding Gig

Outfit details: Its tough to perform wearing a blazer. I consider this functional and still classic.

Vintage vest and tie. Pants rom Express for men.
Day #3: Sunday Funday
Outfit details: Sunday Brunch. Possible walk in the Botanic Gardens.
Shirt and pants by Ralph Lauren. Vintage bow tie and hat. Laofers by Timberland (interestingly enough).
Day #4: Teaching
Outfit details: Sweater by Oscar del la Renta. Tie fromt hrift shop. Shirt by Nautica. Hat borrowed from my dad.
Day #5: Rainy Day

Outfit details:Running some errands. Still want to look fly. You never know who will want to meet with you at the last minute. Always ready!!!!

Raincoat from the Gap. Tie by Tommy Hilfiger. Shoes by Docksides.
Day #6: Music, Sweet Music

Outfit details:Rehearsal or chilling at my apartment listening to some old records.

Sweater from H&M. Shorts by Dockers.
Day #7: Dinner Party/Jazz Show
Outfit details: Vintage Pierre Cardin blazer. Levi’s jeans. Shirt by Ralph Lauren. Scarf from thrift shop.
Behind the scenes…

Photo credit: Matthew Andris is a Photographer from south New Jersey who specializes in musician and celebrity portraiture in the Philadelphia and New York City area. More examples of his work are available on his website www.mattandris.com

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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