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In 2001, my fashion sense was non-existent. I wore what I saw everyone else wear. I wanted to be acceptable so therefore I looked acceptable. I met the status quo. The problem was, I looked like everyone else. At the time, I had gone through a chaotic divorce which left me with my head spinning. The last thing I was concerned with was my appearance.
In the fall of that same year, I met someone that opened my eyes about perception, and how one carries himself. What was pointed out to me very directly, was, how one looks on the outside is a reflection of how one feels on the inside. I learned from her that dressing well is a way of integrating and expressing your personality to the world at large. She made me take a long look in the mirror and forced me to observe my appearance. Then, I was given an outfit that was put together for me. I came out in something I would never have put together by myself and took a look in the mirror. Not only did I feel complete and put together, I noticed a change in her perception as well. From that point on, I made a concerted effort to put myself together in a respectable manner regardless of my financial situation. Even today, I have kept the same lessons I learned then, followed the rules for taste, and developed my own sense of style.
Gentlemen, you must learn to express your unique personality and distinguish yourself from the pack. The old mantra, “the clothes make the man”, is what I came away with at the end of the day. Do not get overwhelmed with redoing your entire wardrobe. You don’t need more clothes, you need better clothes.
Here are a few spring/summer staples that will jumpstart your wardrobe to a path of success and style. Summer Fav’s
“All it takes are a few simple outfits. And there is one secret
– the simpler the better – “
– Cary Grant