One of my goals for 2019 is to up my style game. What should I get rid of and what should I add to my rotation?
TOSS: Graphic tees. Unless there’s a social message or you have an insane vintage collection of band tees, donate the "Kiss Me, I’m Irish" or "Call Me" graphics immediately.
TOSS: Those fabric flower lapel pins. Please! Actually, toss the notion that over-accessorizing your suiting makes you more stylish. If you have the tie bar, no need for the lapel pin. If you have the fun sock, toss the pin and the bar. Suiting should be about great tailoring and the subtle ways we can express our style with an iconic silhouette.
TOSS: Jerseys. (Imagine I’m screaming this… Sorry Adam Silver or whoever is getting the residual income from jersey sales). Don’t be the guy at the game with the Kobe jersey over your button-down because you left work to meet the guys for happy hour and have tickets to the Lakers game. Trust me, jerseys are unacceptable in every situation unless you are, in fact, actually Kobe Bryant and are playing in that NBA game yourself. It’s surprising to me that I see so many 30-and 40-somethings still holding onto this trend. This is not a ’90s rap video! Instead, grab a tee or sweatshirt with the team's vintage logo from the fan store and throw on with your trousers or under your sport-coat instead. Do yourself a favor.
KEEP: Turtlenecks, leather duffels and jewelry. Turtlenecks are a staple for myself and most definitely for my clients. Trust, they read elegant and cool and not like a middle-school class photo. Leather duffels are an elevated way to travel or carry workout gear, sneakers or grooming essentials. Men who can accessorize with a bracelet behind their watch or a thin chain tucked into a sweater say to me they've thought carefully about the details.
ADD: Cool jackets to your repertoire. Here's my list: A teddy-bear style coat for your tactile senses, a denim jacket in an unexpected color, a classic trench coat to get ahead of spring trends, my ultimate favorite, the DB, and a beautiful tuxedo jacket because a cocktail hour is never a bad idea.