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I have a rule in life not to judge something until I investigate it myself. Even if my gut reaction is telling me I’m probably going to hate it. This is how I came to learn: • I hate octopus. (Tastes too weird) • I prefer nice hotels over AirBnBs. (Way better service) • I prefer listening to R&B slow jams instead of hardcore screaming metal when I’m working out (No shame here) That’s why when Marie Kondo – the Japanese oracle of decluttering and minimalism blew up with her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”, I knew I had to check it out. A system to help people get rid of unnecessary junk and focus on the essentials? That’s right up my alley! Yet, as I read through her two books, I felt like I just got stopped at the airport by some weird religious solicitor trying to get…

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…

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…

Last week, reader Oscar sent me this question: “I have problems when trying to combine colors. I prefer to wear only gray scales because I’m not sure how to match colors. Any tips?” Great question Oscar. I get this one all the time and I’m REALLY excited to answer it because I get to call out another piece of dumb style. If you search “How to mix colors” into Google, you’ll be confronted with dozens of websites showing you this: The color wheel. I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I HATE THE COLOR WHEEL It’s stupid, confusing, complicated, and just plain useless if you’re trying to figure out how to mix colors in your outfit. I spent 10 years working as a menswear designer and you know what? Not one company or person I ever worked for my entire career ever referenced the color wheel. I’m starting…

Robert asks: “White pants on men. Yay or Nay?” Great question Robert. Perfect for summer! The short answer is yay. The longer answer… White pants for men is what I categorize as a seasonal trend. A piece of clothing that you want to restrict to certain seasons, like puffer jackets in the winter. Sure, you could wear a puffer jacket when it’s warm out, but you’ll look weird. White pants brighten up a look so much that it almost begs to be worn in spring and summer. So how do you pull it off? To answer that question, we’re going to look to the Italians for some inspiration. (Or at least, the stylish men in Italy going to Pitti Uomo.) Here are 3 rules to help you pull of white pants effortlessly. RULE #1: START WITH A NEUTRAL OUTFIT  Most guys look at a pair of white pants and get stuck trying to figure out what…