Ask Kipper Clothiers: Casually Formal?

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Editor’s note: Our good friends at Kipper Clothiers, a company committed to the production of high quality tailored suits and shirts for all genders, has joined dapperQ’s Style Council to help provide fashion advice to address our readers’ sartorial conundrums. We welcome them on board and invite you to browse what they have to offer at their online boutique here. To see an archive of dapperQ’s answered reader questions, click here.

A reader asks:

So, I have to attend my little brother’s ASB dinner. It’s at Pepperdine and they didn’t really give an exact attire. I don’t want to dress casual, but I also don’t want to dress in a suit and tie. Any suggestions? I have some slacks, I’m just worried about what to wear shirt and shoe wise. Help! Thank you!

Kipper replies:

Thanks for your question. Slacks or chinos are always a great dressed-up option. As for shirts, I would suggest going with a nice polo or a nice button down shirt. Fred Perry has some nice polos and button downs can be found at J.Crew, Topman, or Uniqlo for a reasonable price. Best part is, there is no need to wear a tie with either!

Shoes can be anything from a boat shoe, to a loafer, to oxfords. I have included links down below.

Last but not least, be sure to always match your belt color to your shoes!

Polo Shirts: We have chosen polo’s with contrast accenting to make your outfit more playful and give it a more colorful pop. We always suggest that you make your outfits unique to show off your personality.

Fred Perry PoloTOPMAN PETER WERTH POLO

kipper_clothiers_109-EditKIPPER CLOTHIERS POLO

peter werth navy polo shirtFRED PERRY BLACK WATCH COLLAR PIQUE SHIRT

Button Downs: These three button downs are all examples of the classic oxford shirt. The oxford shirt is the most versatile shirt you can own and is a staple in any wardrobe.

Blue Oxford TopmanTOPMAN BLUE OXFORD

JCrew Button DownJ CREW OXFORD

Kipper+University+OCBDKIPPER CLOTHIERS UNIVERSITY BUTTON DOWN

Shoes: Depending on whether you want to go casual or formal with the shoes, here are three great options:

Allen EdmondALLEN EDMONDS CLASSIC CAP-TOE OXFORDS

Classic Beefroll WeejunsBASS CLASSIC BEEFROLL WEEJUNS

Sperry-AOSPERRY ORIGINAL 2-EYE BOAT SHOE

About the authors: Kipper Clothiers is committed to on-time production of high-quality, well-fitting custom suits and shirts for the Bay Area LGBT community. It was founded by Kyle Moshrefi and Erin Berg, who met through a mutual passion for menswear for women and transgender individuals. They bonded over an inability to find ready-wear clothing at even the nicest of retail locations. They are making menswear accessible. Kyle Mosrefi and Erin Berg, co-founders of Kipper ClothiersKyle and Erin have seen a growing need for custom suiting that are individually built for everyone’s unique body. They met while working together at a former custom clothing company and when that company started to fail due to poor management, they decided that they wanted to be the innovative leaders in this industry. They feel as though it is their responsibility to provide the community with what is so deserved and needed.

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