Seven Days of Dapper is baaaaaaaack bringing you a week’s worth of style, this time by Sonny Oram. And, Sonny knows a thing or two about being dapper; he created Qwear, a fashion website that serves as a platform for lesbians, queer women, and transmaculine people to share their experiences around clothing. In describing his personal style, Sonny said:
“Once I grew into my style and found clothes that fit (like in the boy’s department) I was so excited about my findings that I wanted to share them with others. I find that my biggest clothing staples are jeans and button-ups because they can be dressed up and dressed down. I like wearing watches as an accent piece and usually wear one every day. My style is pretty clean-cut and simple and can often match the preppy aesthetic. I find that I’m much more comfortable in women’s pants than tops. I like women’s skinny jeans but want my upper half to look androgynous. So I have to work really hard to find men’s tops; usually in the boys’ departments or at Topman, and I often have to get things tailored too.”
In addition to running Qwear with his business partner, Ashley Yielding, Sonny works in classical music management where he represents soloists and chamber musicians and acts as their agent, publicist, and career advisor. He has managed to build a wardrobe that is appropriate for both work and play. So let’s follow Sonny as he takes us on a trip through his closet to bring us Seven Days of Dapper.
Day 1: Business Meeting
If I want to impress people at a meeting, all I have to do is whip out this shirt I got custom-made from Ratio Clothing.
Day 2: Casual Outfit
Glasses: Adrienne Vittadini; Shirt: All Son, “Striped Heather Thermal Crew Shirt,” bought at Urban Outfitter; Belt: Express (men’s); Jeans: Abercrombie and Fitch, “The Erin Skinny;” Shoes: Kenneth Cole Reaction
Day 3: Cocktail Party
My friends’ cocktail parties are the perfect time to throw on a bow tie and go faux-formal. Glasses: Adrienne Vittadini; Bow Tie: My brother’s closet (i.e. IT’S MINE NOW); Button-Down Shirt: Gap “The Perfect Shirt”; Sweater Vest: Old Navy “Boys Argyle V-Neck Sweater Vest” ; Watch: 666 Barcelona; Jeans: Abercrombie and Fitch, “The Erin Skinny;” Socks: Smartwool; Shoes: Bass ”Ely Gobi Suede”
Day 4: Concert/Formal Event
My job requires looking very professional for fundraising events and concerts, so I knew I’d need a nice suit. Suit: Topman, “Black Textured Skinny Suit;” Button-up: Banana Republic, Non-iron fitted sateen shirt; Tie: Express, snagged during a $10 tie sale; Shoes: Bass “Susie Black Navajo Leather”
Day 5: Dinner Date
I also want to look a little bit nicer on dates, but not too much, so I usually wear jeans to keep it casual. My date outfits are actually very similar to my business casual outfits. Glasses: Adrienne Vittadini; Sweater: H&M, men’s department; Shirt: Gap “The Perfect Striped Shirt;” Jeans: Abercrombie and Fitch, “The Erin Skinny;” Shoes: Bass ”Ely Gobi Suede”
Day 6: Picnic
Sweater: Ralph Lauren Polo (Macy’s boys 8-12 department); Shirt: Gap “The Perfect Shirt;” Watch: Tikkr; Belt: Bought at Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters; Shorts: Old Navy “Women’s Perfect Khaki Bermudas;” Shoes: Sebago Docksides
Day 7: Spring Walk