Always up for a challenge, our incredibly brave Guy Friday writer, Adam, agreed to a closet overhaul and makeover by three different stylists who helped him create specific looks for his busy lifestyle. This week, he'll share his experiences with us, and (hopefully) reflect fondly upon his transformation. Here's Adam's account of Day One:
Most men I know seem to have 2 problems – throwing things away and spending time going shopping for new clothes. I fall into both worlds and our first stylist, Bryn Taylor, came to my rescue. Bryn is currently the Managing Editor of SheFinds with a ton of stylist experience.
We started by emptying every item in my closets onto my bed in huge piles. We went through each item and anything I hadn't worn in over 8 months or so was put in the adios pile. There were other items that I had worn recently that Bryn told me either made me look like an old man, a gay man, or a young boy. And since I am none of those, they had to go. A lot of duplicates also hit the charity pile.
Ultimately, 75% of my clothes ended up going to a good cause.
Now it was time to buy some clothes. We started with jeans. In the past, the most I had spent for jeans was $60, so you can imagine my surprise when the first pair was almost $200 by Diesel. But we discussed how often I wear jeans and how this investment would be well worth it. After trying them on, they felt great and the darker color blue really worked.
The second pair by 7 For All Mankind was a bit long, but could be shortened. I had no idea jeans could be tailored – keeping the same original bottoms on (which I got done a week later by a local tailor, which every stylist said you need to have).
I’ve always wanted a cool blazer, but never really was able to find the right one. Bryn handed me a charcoal blazer by William Rast that truly had its own personality. It was very versatile and worked with the jeans I bought and almost every button-down I own. I could wear it to work or out at night with jeans or with slacks (and I have already done both). All in all a great first step towards upgrading my closet.
Bryn offered me some tips I can use when left to my own devices:
- When maintaining your closet, the less clothes the better. If you have less to look at or choose from, your choices will be easier and you will take less time getting dressed.
- Opt for a slimmer, darker fit when buying jeans. It will make you look more polished and pulled together. And probably a few pounds lighter.
- A blazer goes a long way. Invest in a nice, neutral blazer and you'll find yourself wearing it to the office with a button-down, out at night with a t-shirt, and even on the weekends over a light sweater.
And check out our Hippify Your Guy Guide for more ways to make your man more stylish this holiday season.