I was recently contacted by a gentleman telling me that he was looking to change his style and asked for me opinion. I agreed and we met to begin the process.
The first step was to meet with Jeff O'Connell and get a feel for him. The key things to know are - Jeff stands 6'7", weights 190 lbs., Has a fair complexion, red hair, is a magazine journalist, published author, and just became Editorial Director/ Publisher of bodybuilding.com.
First thing was to find out what look he was going for. Comfortable, not too stuffy, relaxed, professional, artistic. The thing I like about Jeff was that he had an idea of what worked and didn't work with him, he also was open to trying new ideas.
After explaining to him what I had in mind for him style-wise, I decided to take him to one of the places I consider a hidden gem for bespoke clothing.
The next step was to pick out patterns and colors that complemented his complexion and hair (the red hair can really be used as a means to make the colors of the outfits pop)
Next came deciding on size of the lapels, and style of clothing. Because of his height and weight, it's close to impossible for him or any gentleman his size to find a great fit from off the rack clothing. So bespoke was the way to go.
While in the office, Jeff had no intentions on wearing a blazer, so I knew that 3 piece suit was the way to go.
1. It allows the wearer to alternate and have "more outfits", wearing all 3 pieces, 2 pieces, jacket, no jacket.
2. It would allow him to be creative in terms of lining for his vest.
3. Waist coats (vests) look great on slim men.
We went with a pair of jeans... but not regular jeans. A smooth denim material, that was far from basic yet styled and cut in a manor that showed individuality. Easy to dress up, while being easy to wear in casual mode.
What Jeff use to wear...
What he's wearing...
No ties- no need for one.
"I'd rather strive to be an ambassador of style, than a patriarch of fashion."