5 outdated style rules that men should now ignore

With the unofficial end of Summer and the Fall season just around the corner, I thought it’s the perfect time to review a few style rules that no longer need to be followed.

Let me start off by saying, rules are important as they are meant to guide you into dressing well and making the best first impression, but over time our priorities change and so has the need for these rules.

Here are 5 style rules that were established in the early 20th century, but no longer make much sense for the modern man.

Rule #1- Don’t wear white after Labor Day.

White looks great whatever the season, especially white bottoms. Try wearing your white jeans with a sweater and blazer or shirt and tie.

Rule #2- Always wear a belt with your pants.

Belts serve a useful purpose but if your dress pants fit properly, there is no reason you should need one.

Rule #3- Never wear black with blue or brown.

This is just an old fashion suiting rule but there is no reason why you can’t wear these colors together. Here are 2 great examples of mixing black with both blue and brown.

Rule #4- Your socks must match your pants.

Plain socks are just plain boring. Add some personality and fun into your style. Plus, women notice these kinds of details as it says to her you’re original, stylish and confident!

Rule #5- Never wear navy and black together.

Both navy and black are versatile colors. Whether dressy or casual, mixing these 2 colors together gives a more modern look.

Let me know which style ‘rule’ you’re breaking today. Comment below!

With Style,

Tavia Sharp

5 style ‘hacks’ for staying cool in hot weather

 

Hey there!

Hopefully you’re enjoying the Summer weather despite this heat wave. I actually just got back from a retreat down in Tulum, Mexico where it was over 90 degrees everyday!

Everyone was basically living in their swimsuits even at dinner and let’s face it, why the heck not? Of course that’s what you wear when you’re at the beach!

But for those of you who are not on vacation at the moment, the city heat can be brutal. So, I wanted to give you my top 5 style ‘hacks’ for dressing cooler and more comfortable in the heat without sacrificing style.

1. The Cotton Suit

Cotton fabrics keeps you cooler which is why it’s a seasonal fabric used in suiting only in the Spring and Summer months. Try swapping out your traditional wool suit for cotton instead.

2. The Linen Shirt

Linen fabrics are more breathable and more comfortable than traditional dress shirt fabrics. Try wearing more ‘Summer’ weight fabrics like linen, linen/cotton blends or even lightweight chambray.

3. The Lightweight Bottom

Your traditional khaki pants or 5 pocket styles are made with a heavier, more sturdy fabric to hold up in the Fall and Winter months so you will want to buy lighter weight styles especially for the Summer.

4. The Summer Polo

Instead of a long sleeve button down, try wearing a dressier polo option instead. Linen or cotton versions will be more breathable than your traditional pique polo style.

5. The No-Show Sock

Ditch the hot trouser sock for a no-show version instead. It not only helps you beat the heat but it looks more stylish too. Win win.

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With Style,

Tavia 

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Trade up your ‘dad style’ this Father’s day

The warm weather is (finally) here and with Father’s day around the corner, I thought it only fitting I speak to all the dads out there. 

When you become a father, priorities change and you may not be as focused on how you look. You most likely have your 9-5 work wear or ‘office’ uniform (as I like to call it) down but what about outside of the office?

Are you 100% happy with your wardrobe?

Often when I’m in a client’s closet, I notice how many clothes he has let linger over the years. Mostly out of habit because he didn’t want to just get rid of clothes that were perfectly fine. As long as they don’t have holes or stains they are still ‘wearable’, right? 

The truth is, most of you only have a few items you actually really like or feel good in. The rest of your closet is just stuff hanging around. So, isn’t it time you traded up for fewer items that make you look and feel your best?

Swap out the deadweight items in your wardrobe for more elevated pieces that give you the cool dad factor this Summer season…

The Polo Shirt

Swap out the ‘shiny’ tucked in golf polo for a dressier, untucked fitted knit polo.

The Graphic Tee

Swap out the faded Margaritaville tee for a basic, solid color t-shirt in a higher quality fabric.

The Cargo Short

Swap out the baggy, one-too-many pocketed cargo short for a slimmer utility short instead.

The Flip Flops

Swap out the ‘beach only’ surfer Reef flip flops for a slip-on shoe with a more elevated look.

The Hawaiian Shirt

Swap out the wanna-bee Magnum P.I. style for a more subdued mini floral print.

The Sunglasses

Swap out the 80’s beach bum shades for a classic never-go-out-of style pair.

The Watch

Swap out the clunky rubber band style for a sleeker looking watch without breaking the bank.

What items are in need of a an upgrade this season? 

Let’s talk! Simply schedule your complimentary 20 min consult call and let’s come up with a game plan for your Summer wardrobe.

Your Style Wing Woman,
Tavia Sharp

What to wear in transitional weather

Is it Spring yet?

This season’s weather has proved to be unpredictable to say the least. Hot one day, cold the next and the hardest part is figuring out what the heck to wear.

Well, I’m going to let you in a secret…the key is to dress in layers. So, to help you maneuver this tricky weather in style, I put together 3 Looks to help you master the art of layering so you nail that look no matter what the weather is outside.

Look 1 – The Office

Mix up your suit, try switching out your suit pants with a pair of linen trousers. Layer a merino sweater over your dress shirt for a put together business look. Loafer with no show socks and a knit tie gives the office uniform a fresh, modern look. Shop the Look.

Look 2- Casual Fridays

Step up your go-to Casual Friday look by swapping out your regular blue jeans for a Spring off-white pair. Add a full zip sweater for a sharp, layered look with a lightweight Spring jacket. Shop the Look.

Look 3- Sunday Brunch

Take your Sunday style up a notch and wear a trouser with a long sleeve tee. Swap out the jacket for a vest and add a brown Chukka boot for a more trend right shoe style. Shop the Look.

Drop a comment below and let me know which look is your favorite! 

With Style,

Tavia

9 items to instantly up your style game this Spring

Hey there, can I ask you a question?

Do you view fashion as more of a function than a form of self expression? And do you often avoid taking risks with your clothes because you’re not quite sure what looks good on you?

I ask because I speak with countless men each week about their clothing choices and what I hear most often is fashion is overwhelming and it’s easier to just buy what they know they need vs. what might be a step outside of their ‘fashion’ comfort zone. 

But playing safe with your fashion choices has you fall into what I call a ‘style rut’ and you end up repeating the same look over and over again. And, the problem with that is it becomes repetitive, boring and dare I say, ‘outdated’.

Most men do want to dress better but they have no idea what looks good on them! What if you could take more risks with fashion AND make more educated decisions about what to buy for yourself?

Here’s how to step it up this season, try one of these 9 style upgrades to instantly up your style game this Spring. As for styling these items, here’s a few looks I created just for you.

Look #1- Casual Fridays

 

Look #2- Weekend Vibes

 

Look #3- After work drinks

Feel free to shoot me an email and let me know how it goes!

Your Style Wing Woman,

Tavia

 

What women really think about how you look

Want to know what women really think about how you look?

I actually know the answer to this question. How? Because I get asked it all the time!

As you may or may not know, I live in NYC and I’m constantly talking to people about what I do.

No matter where I go, the first question I get asked from guys is “How do I look?” or “What do you think about what I’m wearing?”

I know they want my opinion, not only because I’m expert in this but also because I’m a woman.

So even if it’s hard for you to admit, you too care about what women think and you probably even find yourself thinking…
“Does she think I look good?”
“Does she think I’m sexy, smart, attractive?”
“Does she think I’m her type?”

Well, if you want to know the real truth…then you need to keep reading.

Women do care about how you dress because when you look good, it shows her:

You put in the effort.
You take care of yourself.
You want to impress her.
You care about what others think.

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If you think that’s judgmental or even superficial and that women should just like you for who you are…

Let’s be honest here, you know you are judging her just as much as she is judging you.

Whether your perusing her photos on an online dating app or you’re on a first date, you’re attracted to women who look sexy, in shape, attractive and who show that they take care of themselves. Am I right?

If a woman showed up on a date with no makeup, her hair a mess in frumpy clothes then what would you be thinking?

Look, it’s human nature to judge a book by it’s cover. We all do it.

So, if you think women don’t notice or don’t care, they do. I mean, you don’t need to look like you stepped off a runway, but you do need to look like you put in an effort.

It’s time to start paying attention to this. When it comes to dating, it’s one of the easiest things you can do.

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Unlike losing weight or improving your conversation skills, transforming the way you look and feel about yourself is not that hard…AND it’s something you can literally do overnight.

That’s why I call it ‘Your Secret Weapon’ and I’ve worked with countless men on this so they can improve their confidence in dating and more.

Truthfully, most of the guys I’ve worked with were completely unaware that their clothes were actually repelling women.

I don’t want this to be you too. Of course, you’ll need to know what to do. Luckily, I got your back.

Best part is once you know how to do this, it will be a game changer for you.

Want to learn more? Make sure to sign up for the Styled Sharp Newsletter so you don’t miss out on our weekly style tips on how to look sharp and have more confidence at your job, in sales, dating and more.

Your Style Wing Woman,
Tavia

P.S. What do you wear that makes you feel your most confident self? Share below.

4 Ways to Wear a Velvet Sportcoat

Velvet is back with a vengeance this season and naturally, it’s the perfect time to wear this seasonal fabric trend! In menswear, this is a staple for evening attire especially during the Winter season.

WARNING: This may conjure up images of Hugh Hefner wearing a smoking jacket with cigar in hand.

But you don’t want to look like you’re imitating Hugh, right?! So, let’s make sure to navigate this trend carefully. From desk to dinner to date night, I’ve styled 4 ways to wear your velvet jacket during the Winter months.

Plus, Styled Sharp approved items you can shop over the Holidays while you’re sipping your favorite scotch next to a warm fireplace…Happy Holidays!

Look 1

While velvet is typically know for evening attire, try wearing it casually during the day. The key to pulling off this look is layers. Layer shirt w/tie and v-neck sweater under your jacket. Pair with sneakers (not running shoes!) for a more updated look. All items can be found here.

Look 2

Go against the all black uniform and update your Holiday party look with a light grey dress pant and cool socks (tie optional). All items can be found here.

Look 3

This is for the true trend setter. Pair your velvet with a black turtleneck and pattern dress slacks. The Chelsea boot is right on trend this season which I featured in my Fall Shoe Round Up. All items can be found here.

Look 4

Impress your special someone on date night with this look. Try a pattern dress shirt for a stylish look and pair with black Chukka boots. All items can be found here.

Stay Sharp,

Tavia

P.S. Feel free to share how you like to wear your favorite velvet sportcoat during the Holiday season.

47 gifts to wow her this season

holiday wish list

Black Friday deals started early this year! Have you already seen the emails popping up in your inbox? Well, if you’re anything like me you prefer to spend your quality time with family and friends overindulging on turkey leftovers and shopping is often the last thing you want to do.

Good news you don’t have to, I scoured the internet looking for the best gifts so you can avoid those Friday crowds. Check out my gift guide for all the lovely ladies in your life. I have something for the Foodie to the Fashionista and even the Tech Lover to the Travel Jetsetter.

I’ve listed a few of my favorites below but you can browse the rest in Styled Sharp’s Gift Guide for Her

Make sure to check back often as I will be updating it throughout the Holiday season!

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Tom Ford Orchid Soleil Perfume

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Voluspa Crane Flower Candle

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Half Baked Harvest Cookbook

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Aesop Mini Travel Set

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Olivia Burton London Watch

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Drybar Bundle Collection

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Google Home Voice Activated Speaker

Oh, almost forgot to ask…do you have guys to shop for or perhaps, you want to gift yourself this season? Take a look at Styled Sharp’s Gift Guide for Him

Fall Shoe Round Up: My Top Picks for the Season

Fall shoes

It’s that time of year again…

Fall is back! And since we officially turn back the clocks this weekend, what better way to transition into the Fall season than starting off with your footwear? Better yet, with Nordstrom’s Fall sale! I put together my Fall Shoe ‘Round Up’ for those of you ready to kick your shoe game up a notch this season…And save a few bucks while you’re at it.

chukka

The ‘Chukka’ is always my top pick for Fall. Dress it up, dress it down. This shoe style is the most versatile shoe for men and I always recommend everyone of my clients own a pair.

Biarritz Chukka Boot

brogue boot

A boot with a twist. What I really like about these is the brogue detailing which makes this boot functional yet stylish enough to wear with a suit. 

Brogue Cap Toe Boot

chelsea

The Chelsea boot is back this season. If you want to stand out, this is the shoe to buy. Try this pair in the tan suede which will add color to your wardrobe without even trying. 


Brysen Chelsea Boot

mezlan

No tux or black tie look is complete without the shoes to match. The two tone textures and glossy shine make these Oxfords perfect for the Holiday season. 

Mezlan Oxford

monk straps

The monk strap is back with a vengeance and this shoe is right on trend. From the rich cognac color to the double strap and unique stitching, this shoe should be your new go to.

Double Monk Strap

sneakers

Time to conquer your casual style with an updated sneaker. Running shoes just won’t cut it. This sneaker any guy can wear and it’s perfect to update your weekend look or wear jeans and a blazer for a more sophisticated style.

Allister Sneaker

shoe tree

Shoes trees help maintain the shape of your shoes for longer wear and the cedarwood also helps remove odor and moisture which is an added bonus. Buy one for each pair you want to last, worth every penny.

Cedar Shoe Tree

mark spray

If you’re going to invest in a nice pair of quality shoes, make sure to properly care for them. This shoe spray stops liquids and stains from ruining your best investments.

Jason Markk Repel Spray

Ready to update your Fall Style?

Whether it be holiday party season or you just really want to update your weekend basics, Styled Sharp has you covered…literally! We all have to get dressed everyday, might as well look and feel great doing it.

Let’s talk!

Summer is just heating up

Fall may be just around the corner, but beach season is not over yet!

To help you beat the heat in style, we put together our top 10 Style Tips for staying cool while looking Sharp to take you all the way through Labor Day.

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1. SHOW SOME SKIN

Unless you’re in a relatively conservative professional setting, socks are optional during the Summer months. Sneakers, Loafers, even a pair of Derbies all look great with a bit of ankle showing. Pick up some ‘no-show’ socks to protect your feet from the heat.

2. LIGHTEN UP

Regardless of whether it’s a Summer wedding or simply an important work meeting, when you have to wear a suit, stick with something in a lighter weight fabric like a Summer-weight wool, cotton, or linen. You’ll be more comfortable during those sweltering days.

3. OWN AN UNSTRUCTURED BLAZER

This is a Summer staple. You can dress it up for special events, dress it down for a casual date night, or dress it way down for some day drinking on the boardwalk or a rooftop bar. It’s one of the most versatile, stylish, and comfortable pieces you can own.

4. CAP IT OFF

A cap or a Fedora hat is a great look for Summer. Whether you’re at the beach, on a boat, or walking, a hat will keep your look more cool and stylish and at the same time, it protects your face from the sun.

5. GET WINDED

Most of the time, you’re not going to need a jacket during the Spring and Summer. But for those rare few occasions, a lightweight windbreaker is your move. Whether you’re at the beach, at the pier or leaving the office late evenings can occasionally get chilly.

6. SHADES, SHADES, SHADES…

Shades or accessories will often up your wardrobe from a 5 to a 10 immediately. You have to protect your eyes from the sun anyway so why not be stylish about it. Also shades help create two different ‘looks’ by something as small as having them off or on!

7. EXPRESS YOURSELF

Whether you’re headed to Hamptons or an island getaway this Summer, don’t be afraid to add some festivity to your swimwear. This is one item where you can be as loud as you want to be.

8. NO FLIP OR FLOPS

When you’re at the beach, obviously you want footwear that’s easy to get on and off. And while flip-flops certainly get the job done (on the beach) a pair of canvas espadrilles will do it with considerably more style.

9. CARRY LIGHT

Have one weekender or small toiletry bag that you can carry all your essentials in for when you want to freshen up on the go or weekend trip.

10. CLEAN SHAVE & MOISTURIZE!

Stay clean shaven or your beard shaped up. A fresh, tapered look in the Summer allows you to be cooler and compliments your wardrobe better. Plus more ladies are out in the Summertime! And most importantly, don’t forget to moisturize your skin to keep it healthy and hydrated this season.

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Ready to kickstart your Fall wardrobe? Okay then, let’s talk ‘shop’. Just click on the link below, enter a bit of info so I can get to know more about your style needs and schedule some time to talk with me. Look forward to helping you look Sharp this season!

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