Seven Days of Dapper: Dana Jade

Welcome to our second edition of Seven Days of Dapper for 2015. We are extremely excited to explore different styles of dapper this year. Dana Jade’s wardrobe exemplifies how casual cool can look totally put together, an effortlessly dapper aesthetic that many of our readers who do not feel comfortable in a three-piece-suit often aspire to achieve.

A native of New York, Dana Jade provides A.B.A based therapy at a school for children with Autism. She is also an accomplished musician who has been playing guitar for 11 years and has toured and played in several bands. When she is not playing at venues, she is giving private lessons to children with autism. Dana has been a tomboy since she could remember, which was a source of many fights with her mom. Not wanting to wear dresses and stealing her little brother’s clothes, she has always had an interest in more masculine clothing. While her mom tried and failed to get her to wear feminine clothing, her mother has always been supportive of her individuality and even let her shop in the boy’s department growing up. Dana states, “I can remember my first communion being so upset wearing a dress and wanting to wear a suit like the boys. I have always felt more comfortable wearing boys and men’s clothing or clothing with a masculine flare. I had long hair growing up, and once I cut it really short, I finally felt like my true self. I would describe my style as rock star, preppy, and funky. I don’t think I try to model my style after any specific icon, but I’ve always had a fascination with James Dean. I love his spirit, swagger and style. I’d like to think I’m a female version of him.”

DAY 1: Work Attire

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I work with children that have special needs, so I am always on the move and need to wear comfortable, breathable clothing. I also need to wear a watch because certain things are timed for the children. My Wewood watch is awesome! I love wooden anything and this watch is super light and durable! The school in which I work has a slight dress code; We aren’t allowed to wear denim. However, they are super chill about my tattoos, which is a plus because I have six and my shoulders down to my top biceps are covered in tats! My usual attire is khakis, sweatshirt or sweater, tee shirt, and sneakers.

Sweat Jacket: Gap
Tee shirt: Uniqlo
Khakis: Gap
Socks: Pacsun
Shoes: Timberland
Watch: Gifted (Wewood)

DAY 2: Gym Wear

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I love working out; At the gym, I feel like I am in my element! I like to dress as comfortable as possible. I love to wear graphic tees with funny gym sayings on them, as well as sweatpants or shorts. And, I love my Nike 2.0 sneakers. I’ve had them for two years and they still feel like slippers!

Jacket: Adidas
Shirt: Amazon
Pants: CSG (champ sports)
Sneakers: Nike 2.0

DAY 3: Walking the dog

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Over the summer, I adopted my dog, Spartacus, from the North Shore Animal League. He is one of the best things that ever happened to me; He has brought so much joy into my life. On the weekends, I like to bring him to a lake that is by my house. We usually walk for about a mile and a half and then we go home and cuddle. I like to wear a lot of layers, because it can get cold and comfy sneakers. The graphic tee I am wearing is a picture of Spartacus. It was a Christmas gift from my girl friend. She’s the best!

Hat: H&M
Coat: Gap
Denim shirt: Gap
Graphic Tee: Gift
Jeans: American Eagle
Sneakers: Nike
Dog: Shepherd/Hound/Awesome

DAY 4: Out on the Town

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I love suspenders and bowties! I would wear this outfit if I was going out to a party, bar, or hanging around the city.

Hat: Amazon
Suspenders: H&M
Shirt: New York and Company
Pants: Gap
Shoes: Sketchers
Bowtie: Christmas gift

DAY 5: Performance Outfit

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Music is a huge part of my life! I’ve been playing guitar for 11 years. When I’m jamming on my own or playing in bands I like to rock a leather jacket, graphic tee, jeans or cargos, and boots.

Jacket: Nordstrom Rack
Tee shirt: H&M
Pants: Whoau
Belt: Vans
Boots: Timberland
Necklace: INBLUE Jewelry

DAY 6: Family Dinner

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Whenever I go out with my family to a nice restaurant, I wear high fashions such as a collar shirt, sweater, and slacks.

Shirt: H&M
Sweater: Uniqlo
Pants: H&M
Shoes: Zara
Bowtie: H&M

DAY 7: Date Night

Day 7

Sometimes when you take your girlfriend out, you have to dress to impress. I love this outfit. I feel so classy and sexy in it! I call it my James Bond outfit.

Sweater: Uniqlo
Pants: Banana Republic
Shoes: Cole Haan

Photography by Briana Vigliarolo

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