The Essential Guide to being a Dapper Man

With a slew of bespoke tailors, hipster barbershops and speakeasy bars popping up all around Singapore in recent years, the resurgence of the modern gentlemen has given new meaning to the phrase, “living the dapper lifestyle”. Taking on a life of their own, men now have more reasons to embrace their dapper and metrosexual side. Read on for a step-by-step guide to help you along, featuring the essentials from Mandarin Gallery and Downtown Gallery.

Suit Up

Be the sharpest dresser in the room with a simple ready-made two-piece from Michael Kors. This eye-catching Lurex Wool Blazer is perfect for parties or black-tie affairs, best paired with a crisp white shirt and loafers.

Michael Kors is located at Mandarin Gallery, #01-12/13.

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For gentlemen who are looking for the right fit, head over to In Personam Custom Clothiers where they combine traditional techniques with a fresh, relaxed attitude to style. Stocking beautiful fabrics from Italy, the UK, Japan, Southeast Asia and one-off finds from their travels, the skilled tailors From In Personam Custom Clothiers will be able to create the suit of your dreams in a flash.

In Personam Custom Clothiers is located at Downtown Gallery, #02-08


Go Sockless with Loafers

Showing off just the right amount of skin, loafers are a key piece of footwear and should be part of every dapper men’s wardrobe. Our top picks are this part of tobacco suede penny loafers finished with a Goodyear welted construction from Septieme Largeur, and this sleek pair of navy blue loafers with braided details from Vicintore Shoes.

Septieme Largeur is located at Downtown Gallery, #02-08A
Vincitore Shoes is located at Mandarin Gallery, #01-18A


Make a Statement with an Elegant Accessory

Drawing inspiration from aviation instruments, the BR 03-92 Bi-Compass watch is a refreshing statement of rugged good looks and optimal legibility. Pair this understated black beauty with your overall ensemble and before you know it, people would be stealing looks of your wrist.

Bell & Ross is located at Mandarin Gallery, #01-15

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Complete your dapper look with a pair of round frames from O + for an instantly cool look.

O + is located at Mandarin Gallery, #02-04 and at Downtown Gallery, #01-07.


To shave or not to shave?

Now that you are all dapper-ed up, it’s time to take care of the grooming and you will be good to go! From slicked back hair to the undercut, leave it in the safe hands of hipster barbers from Empire of Steel who are highly skilled in the gentlemen’s cut. If you need a shave or a beard trim, check out Barber 25 for their impeccable Japanese hospitality and personalised services as well.

Empire of Steel Barber is located at Downtown Gallery, #03-19
Barber 25 is located at Downtown Gallery, #03-16

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