Worrisome Wardrobe, Kooky Taste, Low Self-Image…
Worrisome Wardrobe, Kooky Taste, Low Self-Image… Hey, It’s Time for MEN’S MAKEOVER MADNESS
Hey, It’s Time for MEN’S MAKEOVER MADNESS
Style Fix for Colorblindness
Dear Sharon: I have a question about how to start looking better. I have been told that I have lots of potential to look very good but I don’t take advantage by the clothes I wear and by the way my hair looks.
First, I am colorblind and buying clothes is tough. I’m not great at matching and I’m not sure how to take advantage of the few nice clothes I own. I want to look nice, but from the lack of knowledge in men’s fashion, I see myself wearing old jeans or warm-ups too much.
My hair is very straight and loves to stick up even though I’d love it to be down. This makes me use a great deal of gel and hairspray to keep it from sticking straight up. What do you think I should do? Any advice would help. –Within the Realm of Possibility (Wyckoff, NJ)
Dear Within the Realm: Bravo, you took the first step in developing a new and improved you: Acknowledging the desire to change. Now, just act on it.
Start by flipping through some magazines for inspiration and then go shopping. Enlist a friend with good taste or find a salesperson or personal shopper (many big department stores have one on site) that can guide you into buying a few essential pieces that work together with what you already own. Don’t overwhelm yourself by buying too much at once– just a solid core wardrobe.
Keep to a simple color palette and then write the garment’s color on the inside label so you can "read" the color instead of second-guessing your color-blindness.
The idea of shellacked hair and a warm-up suit is pretty scary… 86 the hairspray! Give in to a hairstyle that you can easily– and attractively– master and fight the urge to look like an Alfalfa clone.
Brunch With the Boss
Dear Sharon: What should a 62-year-old man who is a real estate developer wear to a Sunday brunch at his boss’s house? – Who, What, and Wear (Dallas, TX)
Dear Who, What, and Wear: Wear whatever one would wear on Casual Friday… hopefully, it is not a Budweiser T-shirt. No need to look more polished than usual, the boss already knows if someone is a slob or not.
It’s Not For Everyone
Dear Sharon: I’m a very slender man who has been looking non-stop with no success in finding "tight lace up pants " and/or pants with "buttons up the side". Any type of material is fine as long as the details run from the ankle to the hip. I’m looking for them in the waist size of 33-34. You probably would remember these pants on rock stars in the Eighties? Where can I purchase clothing like this? Thanks for your time. –Rock Studson (Indian Rocks Beach, FL)
Dear Rock Studson:I try to make it a policy to never undermine people’s tastes and preferences. However, I have one question for you: Whadda you a stripper???
Rock, baby, please, unless you are Steven Tyler or want to wear these flyaway fly wrappers as your onstage rocker costume, you have no business running around in public in pants so dumb! If you were either a male exotic dancer or a fledgling musician you would have an inkling as to where to go to get a costume made, and since you don’t have a clue, that’s a good thing!
Also read: From Dud to Stud, Makeover for Men
Resident fashion expert & style mentor- With just about 20 years experience in the glamour industry as a New York-based photography fashion stylist, syndicated columnist, contributing editor, lecturer, on-air television/radio fashion expert, and founder / editor in chief of FocusOnStyle.com. Sharon Haver knows the modern-thinking woman wants easygoing style that suits her individual needs, spiced with just the right amount of flip and wit to make it personal.