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Tell me if you heard this one before: “Fashion is temporary. Style is permanent.” How about this one? “Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess.” (What? You mean you didn’t buy that stylish suit you’re wearing?) Every time I come across these on blogs or on Instagram, I want to chuck my iPhone out the window. (Partially because it drives me crazy, partially because I need a reason to get that new matte black iPhone) Does “fashion” matter? Not as much as the industry wants you to believe. Is “fashion” irrelevant? Not as much as the other guys who spit out these clichés want you to believe either. I spent 10 years working and designing luxury menswear, what most people would call the “fashion world”. Since shifting to becoming a private personal stylist outside the industry, I’ve seen both sides of the coin. Today, I want to expose the…

THE ESSENTIALS is an ongoing series where I show you pieces that belong in every guy’s closet. By building a closet with these core essentials, you make it nearly impossible to ever put together a bad outfit. We kept buzzing for a good 10 minutes. No answer. We were standing outside of the address of our AirBnB in Milan, slightly freaking out. Our host didn’t seem to be home. We had no idea where we would go if our host didn’t show up. As we waited curbside, I noticed the business men of Milan passing us by on their way to their offices. Summers in Italy are hot and humid, but the men were all dressed up in the same uniform: An unstructured navy blazer, a spread collared shirt, tie and pocket square. And they looked amazing. Now, I’m pretty sure this is a common sight in Italy, just as the large, billowy…

THE ESSENTIALS is an ongoing series where I show you pieces that belong in every guy’s closet. By building a closet with these core essentials, you make it nearly impossible to ever put together a bad outfit. Need help figuring out how your pants should fit? Download my free fit cheatsheet The last 20 years has solidified the chino firmly as the pant of choice for the working man. For good reason. First, they’re comfortable, always important when it comes to clothing. They’re also extremely versatile, particularly for the man who rarely finds himself in a suit. The chino gets it’s name from the cloth it’s made of – a lightweight cotton twill fabric, originally designed for British and French military uniforms. It made its way into the wardrobes of the working civilian at the turn of the 20th Century, becoming a favorite with male style icons, like Steve McQueen For a…

THE ESSENTIALS is an ongoing series where show you pieces that belong in every guy’s closet. By building a closet with these core essentials, you make it nearly impossible to ever put together a bad outfit. The running sneaker infiltrated stylish men’s wardrobes outside the gym thanks to the perfect storm: The casual shift in dress codes combined with younger, menswear-savy guys heading to the workforce. There are still some challenges here of course. Appropriateness. Balance. Most of all, choices. The sneaker market is HUGE. Brands like Nike and Adidas are constantly churning out new colorways each month. It can get overwhelming. But when done right, the running sneaker is a breath of fresh air. A perfect mixture of  comfort and style. Done wrong, you run a huge risk of giving off 90s Dad Jeans vibes. (Sorry Mr. Seinfeld.) Here, I’ve broken it down for you in three looks so you…

THE ESSENTIALS is an ongoing series where show you pieces that belong in every guy’s closet. By building a closet with these core essentials, you make it nearly impossible to ever put together a bad outfit. The first Essential recommendation might be surprise to many. I’m not going to be talking about navy suits, or a great leather jacket. (Maybe later) My first recommendation for an essential that every guy should have in his closet? The chambray shirt. WHY THE CHAMBRAY/DENIM SHIRT? The chambray/denim shirt is one of the few pieces that looks universally good on any kind of guy. Tall. Short. Skinny. Big. Light Skinned or Dark. I would go so far to say that it works on more guys than actual denim jeans. The chambray/denim shirt is a masculine piece of clothing. Maybe because of it’s historical origins as workwear. It not only makes you look manly, but makes you…