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What kind of idiot style coach tells you not to buy new clothes? (Style Challenge #4)

20 September, 2018
Style is all about assumptions
It’s about knowing the assumptions we and others make and then leveraging those assumptions through your appearance
But, as you already know, not every assumption proves true
And when we act as if it does, we can get into trouble
Here’s a big assumption I see a lot of guys make when it comes to their style
“To look better I need to buy new clothes”
While improving your wardrobe often does involve adding some new pieces and getting rid of old ones,
It’s not the only or even the most effective way of getting better
There are two other techniques that are quickly overlooked but often have much better results.
The first is getting clothes you already own tailored.
Maybe those jeans are just a hair too long or that shirt is a bit too full through the waist.
Rather than replacing them outright, you can get things like that altered at the tailor.
It’s typically cheaper and less of a headache.
The second option is to wear what you have in a different way.
You’d be amazed at how much style can be added by cuffing some jeans, rolling up your sleeves, adding a layer, popping a collar, etc.
I’ve seen this while out shopping with clients.
I’ll recommend an item they’re on the fence about.
They’ll try it on, come out of the dressing room, and feel awkward and uncomfortable.
Then I’ll maybe undo another button, or roll something up, recommend they tuck/untuck it and
BAM it all of sudden looks better and feels authentic for them.
So here’s today’s challenge
If you have something that doesn’t fit great and you want to keep, take it to a tailor.
That’s the main priority
If you don’t have anything that can be or needs to be tailored, then experiment with wearing what you already have in a different way.
Like the other days, post up photos and tag me on Twitter
I want to see what you’re tailoring and how
Or before/after of how you’d normally wear something and the new way you’re trying it.
Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Stop Lying to Yourself (Style Challenge #3)

19 September, 2018
One of the most interesting things about teaching men to dress better is the mental gymnastics I watch guys go through.
Their ability to rationalize their poor aesthetic decisions is pretty mind blowing.
And one of the most common ones I see is justification for a bad haircut.
There’s really no excuse for it.
For you guys who are starting to lose your hair – we can see it.
There’s no reason to think we can’t and all of your tricks to try and hide it make it look worse.
Lean into it and embrace it.
For you guys who have hair but think seeing Linda down at the GreatSuperSportClips once every two months and having her cut it however she thinks
You look like a little boy
Or a Lego person with a hairpiece attached
Bad or bland hair is so incredibly common that having a dialed in hairstyle from a good barber is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your appearance.
Here are some tips
If your style is fairly safe and Refined, you can add an edge by going with a shorter, more aggressive haircut
If you lean more Rakish then going with something that looks a little longer and natural can add to your overall persona
Even you Rugged guys who like the simplicity of a military cut, you can at least have a simple fade so it doesn’t look boxy and one dimensional.
I hope you took some time yesterday to schedule an appointment with a real barber and are ready to go in today.
Yes it’s going to cost a bit more than what you’re used to
Yes it’s going to be worth it.
Some are better for guys with thinning hair
Others for those with widows peaks
Some look aggressive and dominant
Others look nonchalant and relaxed
Pick out two or three you like, take them to the barber, talk to him about what you want to do, and get his opinion on what will look best.
Then pay him to cut it for you and tip him for doing a great job.
I don’t care how you cut your hair, but get it cut well and by a real professional
Post up a photo and tag me like the past two days so I can see the new look!

The Absolute Best You’ve Ever Owned (Style Challenge #2)

18 September, 2018
Alright day one is done and it was awesome.
I loved seeing all the photos you guys posted up.
Every one of you had things you were doing well and you all had some things to improve on too
Which is great and it’s why we’re here.
So let’s get on to day two.
I want you to find your favorite thing in your wardrobe
Could be a shirt, a tie, some shoes, whatever
You know you have something you feel better wearing than anything else
Something that, when you put it on, you feel like you’re just killing it.
I want you to find that thing today, snap a photo of it, and post that picture up on Twitter
Tell me why it’s your favorite and what you fee like when you’re wearing it.
Does it have sentimental value?
Does it fit you better?
Do you get more compliments when you wear it?
Do you feel like you can conquer the world in it?
Just like yesterday, tag @tannerguzy and use the hashtag #stylechallenge for this.
Now, before I let you go today, tomorrow’s challenge is going to involve getting a real haircut (don’t worry I’ll have some tips for you).
So today I want you to spend some time finding a real barber near you.
None of this SuperGreatSportCliips crap – a real barber.
Even if it’s a bit more expensive than what you’re used to paying, I want you to see a real barber at least once.
So find one and schedule an appointment for tomorrow.
I’ll give you the rest of the details in the morning.
See you on Twitter!

Be a Man – Take a Selfie (Style Challenge #1)

17 September, 2018
Welcome to day one of the 6-Day Style Challenge
Before you can move forward, you need to know where you are.
That’s a basic principle of growth in any arena.
It’s why there’s a fitness assessment with personal trainers
Why athletic coaches need to watch you play your sport
Why business consultants need to see your operations
And why accountants start off by taking a look at your existing books.
You can’t know where you need to improve without knowing what your current strengths and weaknesses are.
And it’s no different when it comes to your style.
You need to know what the impression is that you’re giving the world around you.
So here’s your challenge for today.
Take a selfie, post it on Twitter, use the hashtag #stylechallenge, and tag @tannerguzy in it.
The more you can show me the better.
If it’s just your shirt, I can’t help nearly as much as if I see your pants and shoes as well.
I’ll respond with my first impression of you, along with tips on how to improve fit, pattern, cohesion, etc.
Now, I know that a lot of you value you your anonymity and so do I.
So if you don’t want to put your face out there – don’t.
I don’t need to see any details like company logos, your face, or unique aspects of where you live to give you good feedback about the first impression you give and how your stuff fits.
That’s it for today.
Take a photo, post it up, and get feedback on how you’re showing up to the rest of the world.
I’m excited to interact with you on Twitter so I’ll see you there!