AJ Dee is no longer just Enchong Dee's older brother and the kontrabida to Jericho Rosales' character on Bridges of Love: He's currently making waves online through his style blog, The Filo Dapper, where he showcases his creativity and his passion for art and fashion. It's only been seven months since he started this venture, yet he's already gained a loyal following and even a partnership with retail giant Bench (there's a The Filo Dapper corner in select Bench stores where looks curated by AJ are displayed).
The actor-model's penchant for telling stories through his personal style is evident in how he phrases his blog entries, and even his Instagram photo captions (he also includes practical life advice from time to time). His blog is chock full of tips to help guys discover their personal style, encouraging them to go out of their comfort zone. One of the stars of ABS-CBN's multi-channel YouTube network, Chicken Pork Adobo, AJ will continue to come up with inspiring style stories to help empower Filipinos through fashion.
We picked out some of The Filo Dapper's hippest take on accessories:
Be friends with prints. AJ has a good eye for prints, and knows how to work them, which you'll see a lot of in his blog. Wear this your way: Top off a colored buttondown with a printed varsity jacket; go for smaller, subtler prints at the onset, and work your way towards bolder prints so it wouldn't be too much of a shock for your sensibilities.
Don't be afraid to shake things up with unconventional bags and combinations. A boxy leather backpack with a suit? A definite yes, says The Filo Dapper. Wear this your way: Pick out an unorthodox and fun style or version of your favorite accessory, be it a bag, a watch, a hat, or eyewear, and break the rules by pairing it with a serious outfit.
Wield the power of the hat wisely. Caps and hats are one of the most common accessories for guys, but instead of playing it safe by donning plain-colored ones, opt for those with quirky designs like AJ's hat from the Albertus Swanepoel for Bench. Wear this your way: Check out new places that sell hats for more exciting style possibilities.
Give formalwear a spin by accessorizing your suit with a small scarf or kerchief. This red printed scarf AJ used works because it's a pop of color, but is at the same time a strong and manly contrast to the traditional dark-colored suit. Wear this your way: Make sure to fold your scarf in an artsy way before tucking it into your suit's outer front breast pocket (check out how AJ folded his below).
See more of AJ's style on www.filodapper.com, his YouTube channel, and his Instagram account.