About 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.

Posts by Dolce Vita:

The #dapperQs of Instagram

The #dapperQs of Instagram

Welcome back to our regular new feature, The #dapperQs of Instagram, where we showcase some of the amazing style that YOU, our readers, have been sharing using the #dapperQ hashtag on dapperQ’s Instagram. Since our first post, we’ve rounded up even MORE dashingly dapper style that you posted #dapperQ on Instagram. Keep em’ coming…you might(…)

Ask dapperQ: Examples of Feminine Dapper, Please!?

Ask dapperQ: Examples of Feminine Dapper, Please!?

*Feature image by Go Kate Shoot via Brightest Young Things dapperQ has joined forces with international lesbian-identified DJ Whitney Day to produce our third New York Fashion Week (NYFW) event (RSVP here), featuring fashion photography of 17 artists who captured images for our He Said/We Said series. In our invitation, we posted the following: *GIVEAWAYS*It’s(…)

Ask dapperQ: Androgynous Clothing for Teen with Small Frame and Large Breasts?

Ask dapperQ: Androgynous Clothing for Teen with Small Frame and Large Breasts?

An amazing and supportive parent of a teen asked us the following: I am a parent of a inspiring androgynous teen. I introduced her to your website and she loves it. Question is she has a small frame with large breast. Can you address style for those young folks who would like to rock a(…)

Fashion Crush: Ruby Rose

Fashion Crush: Ruby Rose

About a month ago, model and DJ Ruby Rose released Break Free, a short video about gender identity that she wrote, produced, and stared in. Since then, we have been following her style closely on Instagram. Like many of our readers, Rose says she does not doesn’t identify as either a woman or a man,(…)

Ask dapperQ: Brown Wingtips in Small Sizes (Like, Men’s 5)?

Ask dapperQ: Brown Wingtips in Small Sizes (Like, Men’s 5)?

A reader recently posted this call for advice on our Facebook page:   Alright style conscious little transguys: brands, websites, anything…I really need to look sharp for work this year. Totally fine getting clothes tailored, but cannot find nice dress shoes. I want some nice brown wingtips. Men’s 5 don’t seem to exist and all(…)

10 Style Lessons Adult dapperQs Can Learn from Dapper Kids

10 Style Lessons Adult dapperQs Can Learn from Dapper Kids

1. There is NO “right” way to be masculine, androgynous, tomboy, etc. via A Practical Wedding When we shared this amazing image of three tomboy flower girls, the post went viral. But, not all of the responses were positive. One commenter noted, “… no self-respecting tomboy would wear their hair like these girls. Where are(…)

Artist behind JLo’s Infamous Birthday Cake Is a Dapper Woman!

Artist behind JLo’s Infamous Birthday Cake Is a Dapper Woman!

For those of you not in the celebrity gossip loop, media outlets lit up like the Northern Lights when they got their hands on images of JLo’s (Jennifer Lopez) 45th birthday cake, a six-foot long, life-sized edible work of art. In fact, gossip columnists called the cake the “real star of the party,” which was held(…)

Marcia Alvarado’s Debut as Male Model in EMAL Magazine

Marcia Alvarado’s Debut as Male Model in EMAL Magazine

EMAL Magazine, a free publication about modern lifestyle around the globe, featured Marcia Alvarado as a “female male model” on its front page of their Volume 2, Issue 7 publication. The issue also included a 12 page spread celebrating Alvarado’s dapper style and documenting her goals of becoming a male model in the fashion industry. We chatted(…)

Dress Smart – dapperQ Academics

Dress Smart – dapperQ Academics

Inspired by “Black Dandies Fashion New Academic Identities,” our series “Dress Smart” will be featuring masculine-of-center genderqueer and transmasculine dapperQ academics. “‘Stylin’ out.’ That’s how Monica L. Miller, an associate professor of English at Barnard College, describes the way black

PBS NewsHour Features Clothing for Gender Non-comforming People

PBS NewsHour Features Clothing for Gender Non-comforming People

PBS NewsHour produced a piece titled “The Right to be Handsome”: Clothing for Gender Non-conforming People on the Rise that featured some of our favorite dapperQs and brands, including Rae Tutera, Marimacho, and Bindle & Keep:   Companies that offer custom-made clothing for transgender and gender non-conforming people are coming to the forefront, as more(…)