There are plenty of sources out there for men to obtain their fashion advice. GQ, Esquire, Mr. Porter — they all educate men on how to live their lives stylishly; but when it comes to a professional opinion, there’s none more valuable than that of a personal stylist. In order to get help on how guys can transition from summer into fall, The Menswear Journal contacted stylist Tina Gill to get her expert opinion.
Three things men should have in their closets right now…
Sport coat: A solid colored sport coat will add a touch of sophistication to any outfit. Wear it with a t-shirt and jeans for a modern take on a classic piece. A gray (the ultimate neutral) sport coat would be a great investment for any wardrobe.
Dark jeans: The dark wash jean is an essential piece in a social wardrobe and can be worn with anything from casual to dressy. Look for a straight-leg cut in a slimmer fit to keep them modern but not too trendy.
Leather “driving shoes”: Traditionally worn with khaki pants and a polo, the driving shoe can be added to a casual suit or a pair of jeans and a sport coat to keep the look fresh and up-to-date.
Summer pieces men should translate into their fall wardrobes…
Nothing says summer like a white linen shirt paired with khaki shorts and flip flops. Moving into fall, this shirt is a great first layer under sweaters, sport coats or a casual suit jacket paired with jeans and boots.
As a stylist, my number one style tip for men these days is…
Buy clothing that fits. Most guys don’t ever make it into the dressing room and end up buying clothing that is too big. Sizes vary across brands (and within brands) so much that it is really necessary to try everything on. Taking items to the tailor is a great way to get a custom look and fit without the custom price.
Tina Gill was trained and received her certification as an image consultant in New York City through the Image Resource Center of NY and is an active member of the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI). She currently is serving as the president of her local chapter and is on the Social Media Committee for the national board. In addition to working with private, individual clients, Gill is the Wardrobe Stylist for Wilhelmina Denver where she plays an integral role on the creative team. She works with new models coming into the agency during the Image Consults and styles the commercial photo shoots.
Need more style help? Contact Tina for a personal consultation.
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