As a menswear enthusiast, I understand that there are lots of different men out there with very different ideas of style and fashion. For this reason I wanted to create a place on the Mr. Cavaliere blog where stylish men from different cultures and places can showcase their own tastes and inspiration with the world.
This idea came from seeing well-dressed men on the street; those men who just embody style because it’s just something that comes naturally to them. The type of man who may not work in the fashion industry and aren’t necessarily wearing all the latest fashions off the runway but whose look tells a story. I’m talking about the real guys that look as though they put in no effort but are impeccably dressed.
With that being said, let me introduce you to Dualleh Abdulrahman. Dualleh, 36, is from Hague, Netherlands.
What do you do for a living?
I previously worked at H&M as sales & style advisor but I recently left to focus on my photography and styling portfolio
Describe your style.
I think my style has various elements but if I had to choose I think it would be very much inspired by Dandyism. I think of my look as a cross between Prince & Lenny Kravitz.
What got you into fashion in the first place?
Fashion is something that has always been around me. As a young boy I was inspired by how well my father and uncle use to dress and I always remembered that. As I got older I slowly started to dress more and more like them with my own personal twist. Not following the trends always made me an outcast in grade school as I didn’t look like anyone else my age. You would think that all of this criticism for my sartorial choices would make me step away from fashion, but my uncle told me something that changed my life forever. He said “Don’t be afraid to dress the way you want because if you follow the rest you will never be able to lead”. After hearing that I never looked back.
What’s your favorite item in your wardrobe?
My favorite item would be a brown mustard high-waisted tweed pant that I found at a thrift shop. I altered them like most of my close to fit me perfectly.
You feel your best when wearing…
I feel best wearing a club collar shirt, a tweed blazer, well tailored pants, and brown double monk strap shoes.
How do you approach getting dressed every day?
Some days when I wake up it can be a real challenge for me to get dressed to the standard I hold myself to. My closet is always a huge mess with various items scattered everywhere to the disapproval of my wife. Usually before I go out I will just take a step outside to feel the temperature. Depending on the weather this will determine my mood for the day and in turn determine my outfit.
What is your sartorial pet peeve?
I have quite a few pet peeves but if I had to choose one it would definitely be guys who neglect tie-able bowties. The reason being is that tying a bowtie can add such an interesting statement to your look. It’s very noticeable when someone wears a clip on bowtie since its perfect but it has no personal imperfections which take away from its personality.
As I stated briefly before, the majority of my wardrobe is thrifted from various sources such as my father and uncle. With a couple of alterations I can make any item fit me perfectly at a fraction of the cost of retail goods!
Who or where do you get your style inspiration?
I get style inspiration from many sources. I actually have a ritual that I do every Wednesday. I go to my favorite coffee bar & just look at people as they pass by. I am inspired by different elements of peoples’ attire but what always intrigues me is interesting color combinations that I haven’t thought of.
I want to thank Dualleh Abdulrahman again for talking to us!