I know what it's like - you intend to do something that makes you feel good about yourself and yet somehow it just never seems to be the right time and you keep putting it off.
Other things take priority over your time and money, and you continue as you are.......which is mainly okay but with an underlying frustration, and inkling that you know you could look better, you're just not sure how.
There's the odd occasion or three, when you dress in something you just don't feel right in and end up in a bad mood, and on a back foot.
And then there's the panic when you have something you need to dress up for, and you don't have the right thing in your wardrobe. You spend more time than you'd like thinking about it and wonder how all the other guys manage to get it together so easily and you can't.
Sound familiar? Here's some of the other reasons, you might be putting off booking in your personal styling session or personal shopping trip for men:
Traditionally shopping and pretty much anything to do with clothes is still thought of as a woman's domain....."real" men don't think much about style do they? When I tell people what I do, they automatically think it's for women.
And yet, after some conversations I've had in the past couple of weeks, I know that lots of men ARE very bothered by what they wear. When they're dressed well it gives them confidence, makes them feel the part, and as if they've got everything under control, when they're able to tick the "get wardrobe sorted' box and not think about it too much anymore.
So, here's why men need a personal stylist even more than women do.........
The temperatures have plummeted this week, and jackets & coats will be top of my clients' shopping lists.
I've posted many times before about Autumn Winter jackets for men, and the ones I feature seem to follow a rough pattern, and nearly always include a bomber jacket, a peacoat, a mac, and more recently a heavier over-shirt or chore jacket.
I always try to find ones that are a smarter alternative to your "dog-walking" jackets (aka functional, waterproof jackets that aren't particularly stylish) but not as formal as an overcoat, as this seems to be the gap in a lot of my clients' wardrobes
Should I wait until I've lost weight before I book a shopping trip is a question I've been asked a fair amount, and I get it - you don't want to waste loads of money on updating your wardrobe, only for it not to fit in 6 months time.
But for some people, the losing weight thing just never quite happens, so they always feel a bit rubbish about themselves and are constantly putting anything to do with their appearance on the back burner.
So, unfortunately there's not really a straightforward answer to the question, but in this blog post, I'm going to walk you through some of the options you have to help you make your decision.
If the weather could make up its mind, that would be super helpful - it's been pretty tricky to know what to wear recently hasn't it? Eventually it'll get cooler though, and what easier way to "Autumise" your wardrobe than by adding an item in corduroy to it?
So, in readiness for the 'cord festival' that my client nearly convinced a few shop assistants was a real event (!) I've picked out some of my favourite pieces from the things I've seen in the shops.
There's a few things I get asked quite often when I take my clients on personal shopping trips - and one of them is "what can I wear instead of jeans at the weekends?"
And my answer? Cargo or carpenter pants.They were absent in the world of fashion throughout the naughties and any self respecting follower of fashion, wouldn't have been caught dead in them, but now cargo or carpenter pants - those brilliantly practical 90s style trousers - are right back in fashion.
When I take clients out on personal shopping trips for men we're trying to find the most flattering things for them. Although I often have smaller and shorter guys, I do work with bigger men too. I do all the research first and find out which shops have the sizes they need, and which items are likely to look best on them.
When we look at someone, we literally look them up and down, so if we can keep the eye travelling up and down the body, by creating vertical lines it gives the illusion of being taller and slimmer.
So here are some 'do's and don'ts' for dressing to make yourself look slimmer. Of course you don't have to follow these "rules", you can dress how you want, but these are the things that will help to flatter your shape the most if you're a big man.
I thought I'd write this blog post, as I understand for some people it's a bit of an investment to spend money on having someone take them on a personal shopping trip. But most of my clients who've done it wonder why they didn't do it sooner, and they come back time and time again!
They understand that it's worth outsourcing the things they don't like doing or aren't very good at, so why not do that with clothes shopping too?! They can get far more done in the time spent with me, rather than doing it on their own, so feel it's a worthwhile investment, saving them loads of time, because..........
It's shorts season.....or at least I thought it was until I looked out the window and discovered it's raining. But with any luck you're going away somewhere warm and sunny, and you'll be needing to update your shorts.
Standard chino shorts are a go-to option for most, and I've chosen here the ones that I know have a slight variation in fit, and that I've bought with past customers on their menswear personal shopping trips.
I've been having a "linen-fest" with my clients on summer personal shopping trips for men! We've bought linen trousers, shirts, suits, t-shirts etc, so I thought I'd do a round up on here of some lovely linen pieces I found on sale at Mr Porter.
You might love or hate the crumpled effect of it, but there's no denying it's cool and comfortable to wear in summer. If you hate the creased look, then opt for a blended fabric instead which will help to disperse the wrinkling, but if you love it....then snap these pieces up whilst you can!
As summer is suddenly upon us, I've been tasked with finding clients some casual summer shoe options, that they can wear here, and for going on holiday. Mostly they prefer a closed in shoe, over sandals but want a change from trainers.......though I snuck a pair in here as sometimes you just can't beat them!
Here's what I've been recommending and clients have been buying on our personal shopping trips.....