Shooting the Sh*t with Men's Style Icon @DapperProfessional – Mugsy

Shooting the Sh*t with Men's Style Icon @DapperProfessional

by Team Mugsy on November 17, 2017

@DapperProfessional rocking his Mugsys at the Mugsy Lounge

Ben Rascoe is a men's style influencer with over 100k followers on his Instagram page @DapperProfessional and blog Working in corporate finance by day and creating style content by night, Ben is dedicated to showing the young professional how to have bold yet subtle style. I sat down with Ben at the Mugsy Lounge to dive into everything from why he got into fashion to his style advice for the avg. Joe and more.

**PS—Check out Ben's review of Mugsy Jeans on his blog here.**

Enter Style Icon @DapperProfessional.

LT: You're a finance guy, so how'd you get into blogging and style?

DP: After working in corporate finance for a couple years, I learned a lot from purchasing clothes that didn't fit properly and spending way too much on alterations. That inspired me to create a website that was a style guide for the young professional, to help them avoid all the mistakes I made when I was first building my wardrobe. If you're able to build a proper wardrobe from the beginning, you save yourself a lot of time and money. The style guide still exists on my website today, although I have changed the focus more towards Instagram and website posts.


Men's slim fit jeans style with @DapperProfessional

LT: Have you always been into style?

DP: Yep, you could say that! Growing up I was focused on school and ice hockey, but I also had a creative side—I really enjoyed creating art in a lot of different ways like woodshop and photography. Style has become my way of expressing my creativity, even if it's just putting together a suit, shirt, tie, pocket square, shoes and dress socks combo.

LT: What does being stylish mean to you?

DP: Being stylish is getting dressed with a purpose. As 'formal' as most of my outfits are, I don't think being formal defines being stylish. Regardless of what's in your closet, I think it's more about the conscious effort that you go through to style an outfit.

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LT: Totally agree; it's all about  looking good in a way that suits you. What's your typical work outfit look like?

DP: My work uniform is a shirt, tie and suit/blazer combo. As much as I thoroughly enjoy wearing suits, I try to always be mindful of my environment. I work in consulting, so I am definitely not wearing my boldest combinations every day of the week. I'll dress down at work by wearing a blazer which still gives me the elevated look I typically aim for. 

Men's comfortable jeans with @DapperProfessional

LT: I love how that's 'dressing down' for you, that's like black-tie formal for me haha. But like you said, it's all about dressing with a purpose, whatever your purpose is. What's your weekend/going out uniform?

DP: I always enjoy dressing a step up from what's required. On the weekend, that's jeans, button down and blazer, and I mainly keep the button down untucked to keep the entire look more casual. I've recently been wearing jeans, t shirt and blazer for a more unique look.

LT: What're your favorites brands for a suit, dress shirt, shoes, tie, etc?

DP: I am going to challenge myself right now just to give one brand for each category...

  • Denim - Mugsy (that's my unsponsored answer)
  • Dress shirts - Charles Tyrwhitt (spread collar, non-iron)
  • Ties and pocket squares - The Tie Bar
  • Suits - Tailor Store
  • Dress shoes - Allen Edmonds
  • Casual shoes - Greats
  • Boots - Thursday Boots

LT: What's your #1 advice for the avg. joe looking to up his style?

DP: FIT. I can't emphasize this enough and it used to be my biggest mistake. I always advise anyone that fit is the most import characteristic of any outfit. A no-brand item that fits you right will always look better than some designer brand that fits like a box.

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LT: So true, some of the clothes I get the most compliments on are from H&M, just because they have a more tailored/Euro fit. What's your favorite blog or insta for style inspiration?

DP: The @MenWithClass Instagram account has always been my go-to for style inspiration. I think they do the best job of curating content from great influencers all around the world. From an individual perspective, @BlakeScott—he's one of the first major men's fashion influencers for good reason.

LT: Switching it up a bit here, what's your life motto?

DP: I don't think I have ever really lived by one motto, but I believe that accomplishing anything is going to require a lot of work and sacrifices along the way.

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LT: So true. I tell myself every day with Mugsy "If it was easy, everyone would do it," and "The hardest things in life are the most rewarding." Favorite book or movie?

DP: I wish I had more spare time to read books and watch movies, but if I'm not working my consulting job, I'm usually creating content.

LT: True to your word about hard work and sacrifice! Last question, boxers or briefs?

DP: Briefs for sure, although I used to be a boxers guy.

LT: Boom.

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