I love this photo from GQ.
This guy goes from schlub to well dressed through proper fit, colors, and patterns. The larger check pattern on the after shirt gives a nice contrast which helps frame the face and compliments the guys complexion. In the before photo the guy looks a little pale and washed out because there is not contrast between the shirt and jacket which draws the focus away from the guys face. Choosing the right color combo is like a picture frame for your face. You want it to highlight your features and draw the viewer into the main subject… your face. For this guys complexion he wants to choose colors that have a high contrast. That’s why the large white checked shirt looks so good against the jacket.
Check out that fit as well. He goes from baggy and loose to close and fitted. It makes a huge difference in the way your perceive his body shape. A well fitting blazer will make all guys look good regardless of their size.
I typically like to wear a boat shoe or white canvas shoe. However these New Balance 501’s are pretty sick.
Hey Scooter? How many times do I have to tell you that proper fit is key? Word on the street is you’re no longer practicing your nun-chuck skills on Melanie’s front yard anymore. So I guess that’s an improvement. It looks like your sort of listening to the Brothority but it’s still not sinking in quite yet.
Total lack of awareness of how things should fit? Total mind bottling fucking yes!
Let’s get back in the trust tree. You don’t look like a total dickhead anymore which is an improvement. You look like a sloppy homeless bum who just bought new clothes though.
Nothing fits you. Why does nothing fit you?!?!?! Why is your shirt untucked? It’s not giving off that effortless cool vibe. It makes you look awkward and uncomfortable.
Now lets fix this shit for you.
1. Fix those sleeves. You should see a .25 – .5 inches of your shirt cuff
2. Those pants! Who the fuck are you kidding?!?! You don’t work out so I know you don’t have thighs the size of oaks. So get slimmer pants or ask your tailor to slim down your pants.
3. Take in a jacket a bit. You have a slim physique so you should be showcasing that not trying to look like your clothes are eating you.
4. Corn flower blue shirt? Corn flower fucking blue?!?!? Your killing me bro!
Lose the blue shirt. It’s cool for work. If you know what you’re doing then I’ve seen some sick blue shirts about town. You don’t. So lose the blue shirt. It looks like you just got off from your cubicle farm job.
I can’t get over light colored pants in the summertime. It just looks effortless and cool to me. Paired with a navy linen blazer and you’re good to go bro.
This is a bit on the pricey side even for me. However it’s a good staple to have in your wardrobe during those hot summer months. If your patient you might be able to get this on sale for 40% off.
Macy’s also has cheaper one as well. It won’t fit as nicely off the rack and only runs from S-M-Lrg but it’s a lot less. I bought the small but I still had to take up the sleeves and shorten the jacket length. If you can get a decent fit out of the sizes they have then this is the way to go.
These are my go to white pair of chinos. Typically I would wear Bonobos or Dockers but I find these Emersons to be a better fit and a lot cheaper. You just won’t get the fun liners/colors of Bonobos but BR does a decent job of adding some fun colors. If you’re signed up with BR they will usually send out 40% off coupons every 2 weeks or so.
Check out what I saw in the wild the other day.
This is a great example of how you don’t want your slacks to look. What made it worse was this guy was on the shorter end. For you smaller guys fit plays even a bigger role. With clothes that fit properly you can add the illusion of height. If the clothes are too big then you your short height is made even more noticeable.
What I love about slacks and chinos is that they are fairly easy to get them looking a bit more streamlined. I would have taken these to the tailor and got the legs slimmed up a bit and altered the hem so it wasn’t looking like a pool of fabric on the ankles.
This is how you peacock. I doubt most guys have the confidence to pull it off, however if you do this is pure panache.