If you've ever thought about hiring a personal stylist like me, but aren't quite sure if it's worth it and whether you'll benefit, then I wrote this blog post for you! Read on to see how I might be able to help you get your wardrobe in shape, and if you have any questions, then please do get in touch.
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As a larger man, you might feel limited on where you go shopping and stick to the same shops all the time, which let's face it, can get a little boring. I took a client shopping last week who had a 40" waist and discovered some new and perhaps unexpected places to go. He was rather delighted to find some new places to go.....and I was happy to introduce him to them!
This week I have a slightly different blog post from usual, as I was very excited to do my first podcast interview this week.
I talked to Yang-May Ooi from Tiger Spirit on her South London Voices podcast about my personal styling and shopping services, how they work and exactly what I do and who I do it for. I explained how I help ordinary, everyday guys rather than celebrities, which is still what many people automatically associate personal styling with.
Last week, by coincidence whilst out on personal shopping trips with 2 separate clients, each of them bought a dark green blazer. It wasn't something I was specifically looking for and in fact it was the shop staff that suggested them in the first place, but both myself and the client were very taken with them.
If you've already got your basic navy and grey blazers in your wardrobe and are looking for something different without being too "out there" then I'd suggest you try out a dark green.
I love something that's versatile and even though it doesn't initially seem it, I think this colour is surprisingly adaptable. Unfortunately I can't find either of the ones I bought with my clients to show you online but I had a look around for some others and these are the ones I came up with.
Want to look better this Autumn Winter? Here are my 7 tips on how:
Get your clothes tailored - I know I'm always banging on about this but it really does make a difference. The picture above is of a client who got an updated look when we went shopping - see how much better he looks with the more fitted jacket. Another client recently told me he bought a suit online and then had it altered at Savva tailors who ensured the fit was perfect. I know it takes a little time but it really is worth doing and makes a huge difference to how polished and put together you look....no one can look sharp if their cuffs on their jacket are hanging down to their knuckles.
I've got a challenge to complete for a client in the next couple of weeks - help him to pack for a trip which will include events which he needs a suit for but also swimwear, walking and waterproof gear etc etc and he wants to take minimal luggage.
I'd noticed the Z Zegna suit below, just the week before and bookmarked it in my brain as I thought it might come in handy to know about, but I thought I'd get a bit ahead of myself for other future requests and do some research on other travel suits available.
Here's what I found - ready for you if you travel a lot or have a long commute to work....you can arrive crisp and crease free.
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There's a definite nip in the air today and I'm now thinking about transitioning through to winter when I do wardrobe edits and personal shopping trips with clients.
There are many different styles of casual jackets to choose from at the moment - the bomber jacket is still going strong, there's lots of cord around and denim with shearling collars. But for a change I like these chore jackets, also known as a workwear jacket or a variation is a shacket (a hybrid of a shirt and jacket style).
Here are some of the ones I've spotted around that I think would fit easily into your wardrobe.
Last week I was on a personal shopping trip with a client. He really liked these grey flannel trousers from Jacob Cohen, but was unsure whether or not he'd wear them, as he'd had something similar before that didn't get worn. He asked me what he could wear them with and as I went through the selection of things we'd already decided to get, it appeared they went with nearly everything! He was sold!
Most of the outfits he needed were very casual, occasionally moving up a notch to smart casual, so here's how I styled them for him with the other pieces he bought, in an effort to show you just how versatile they can be.
This time of year is the perfect time for a wardrobe edit. It's very satisfying to clear out your wardrobe and have a seasonal change over or just refresh your memory as to what you actually have in your wardrobe.
But if you've ended up with a huge pile of things that need some attention or need to go but you've haven't got the faintest idea who's going to give it some attention or where exactly it's going to go, don't let it sit there for months baffling you, read on for the solutions:
The majority of clients that come to me, don't dress badly, but would just like some fresh ideas as to how they could expand their wardrobes. It's not so much of a transformation they're after but some tweaks here and there, and a few side steps from their normal default style. I've deliberately kept the advice as simple and easy steps that you could incorporate into your wardrobe, rather than super bright colours or extreme styles. The things I'm recommending are the sort of things I frequently shop for with clients when I take them on a personal shopping trip.
So, let's have a trawl through your wardrobe shall we?
I recently received an email from a friend who was delighted that she'd finally modernised her husband and got him into some slim fitting trousers.
Ironically, the very day that she sent me that message, I'd been at a menswear event (Permanent Style pop up at Fortnum & Mason) where a large majority of the men, admittedly mostly worked in the fashion industry, were wearing pleat front, wider legged ones.
So what on earth should you be wearing? Wide? Skinny? In between? Which will look modern and which is dated or too fashion led?
What to wear on holiday? It’s traditionally thought that British men are terrible at dressing on holiday – think white legs with a blue tinge, knotted hankies and socks with sandals. Thankfully, the majority of men have moved way beyond this, what with travel becoming so much easier and global warming hotting up the UK summers.
But it can still be a little tricky to dress for holidays as you get older – I don’t know but you but I prefer to show a little less flesh and find things that are closer fitting but not tight are the most flattering.
I’ve put together a little holiday guide with some suggested items for holiday looks: