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Today’s question comes from Rob: “Peter, I have way too many clothes. How can I put together a minimal wardrobe that’s versatile for a bunch of situations? What’s the least amount of clothes I can get away with?” Great question. But before I answer it, let’s address why you can have a hard time finding something to wear even if you have a closet packed with clothes. Head’s up! I put together a FREE bonus for this post: A minimalist wardrobe shopping list showing you EXACTLY what I bought for my own wardrobe, complete with links. Just click below to download it.  GET MY FREE BONUS: THE MINIMALIST WARDROBE SHOPPING LIST HOW MOST MEN’S WARDROBES END UP A MESS Does this sound familiar? You wake up and need to get ready for work. You jump in the shower, then head to your bedroom and open your closet. It’s full of clothes. You…

On our first date, my girlfriend and I went to PDT (above), a really cool speakeasy bar here in NYC  hidden behind a phone booth in a hot dog shop. They’re known for their amazing cocktails, which we gladly put to the test. If you asked my girlfriend about our first date, she couldn’t tell you much, except for one thing — the shirt I was wearing. A striped tabbed collar dress shirt from Robert Geller. “It’s my favorite shirt on you.” She says. It made such an impression on her that it has survived a good 5 closet purges. You’ve probably heard the saying “It only takes 7 seconds to make a first impression”. What if I told you you actually had less time than that? According to a study done by Princeton, it actually only takes the brain 1/10th of a second to make a snap judgment of…

“I’m just not naturally stylish.” Does that sound familiar? Here’s the truth. Dressing well is a skill. And like any other skill, you can learn it and improve. Don’t believe me? Yes, that’s me in high school rocking a terrible ponytail, along with glasses that were way too small for my head. And to flesh out the image, my daily outfit in high school consisted of: Plaid button up shirts Baggy jeans with ripped hems because they were too long and I kept stepping on them Clunky Rockabilly shoes I found at the mall It wasn’t until college did I start paying attention to my style in a serious way. And if that kid above could learn, so can you. In fact, you have a huge advantage as an Essential Man reader. I didn’t have a real resource, and had to go through years of trial and error before I’ve…

I got this question last week from reader John. He asks: “I’m working out a lot and watching what I eat.  How do I stay stylish while my body is fluctuating and losing weight?” Great question. Hitting fitness goals while trying to stay stylish can be tricky. You don’t want to have to keep buying clothes, but also, you don’t want to resort to living 24/7 in your gym clothes. So what do you do? Luckily, there are a few principles you can follow to ensure you look good with your clothes on, while you’re working hard to look good without them. *** 1. RELAX ON THE FIT RULES (FOR NOW) This is one of the rare times where I’ll give you a pass on getting the best fits possible. Clothes are replaceable, that body you got isn’t. I’d rather you focus on getting in the best shape of your…

After years of slow computers and a touch screen that barely worked half the time, I finally went and picked up a new laptop and phone. The first thing that hit me was the dread of transferring all my data from my old gear. My old phone had over 15,000 images in it. All uncategorized, of course, because let’s be real here. 60% of the storage was also filled with apps I forgot I even had. (Until that one day of the year where I need it.) And let’s not get started on the mess that’s my desktop computer. As I was flipping through my app-less phone with a completely empty photo folder, something hit me. It felt nice starting with a clean slate. I wasn’t stressed out about finding something I’ve stashed away. I wasn’t infinitely scrolling through images and deleting photos I forgot I even took, in a…