TEN STEPS TO STEP-UP YOUR STYLE BY STRIPPING DOWN TO BASICS
Like any skill set, an eye for style involves a zillion tiny calculations, many of which are subconscious. You have a "feeling" about what will work, and what won't. But good news! Like other skill sets, when you're new to the game, you're in a great place because the learning curve is steep! A few small steps will net you big results. Start here.
- •Go through your closet and get rid of everything that is too big, too small, has a stain, or that you haven't worn in 1 year.If you're still holding on to Uncle Ralph's vintage bowling shirt, a lucky hoodie from the college days, and a pile of concert t-shirts with fond memories - and you never wear them but can't bear to part with them - do what I do: put them in clothing limbo. A large cardboard box. In another year, if you don't notice any effect on your life, give the whole box to the Salvation Army without looking in it.
- •Ask around for a hair stylist recommendationBe prepared for sticker shock if you're used to 10 dollar cuts. Trust me, it's worth it.
- •If you don't own a pair of dark blue indigo jeans, get one.Levi's are fine. Try 514.
- •Get a pair of Clark's desert boots. Brown.Notice how they look with the dark jeans. Casual and classy.
- •If you can swing it, get a pair of blue, grey, or black Chucks.Bonus if they're leather.
- •Get a white OXFORD shirt in the smallest size you can fit into.Be sure the seams hit your shoulders. J.Crew, Banana Republic, Gap, Levi's are good places to look. Ebay is a great place to save some money.
- •Get a knit tie from TieBar.com
- •Get a blue, red, or purple or black gingham shirt.See pic above.
- •Finally, get either a blue or grey blazer... Or a thick, cuddly cardigan.
- •Prepare for a lot of attention.