‘Reboot’ your closet

Do you actually wear that?

January has finally kicked in this blistery winter chill and it’s just too damn cold to venture outside without at least 5 layers on. I’m challenging you to stay inside with some hot cider (make mine spiked) and answer the dreaded question, “What’s in your closet?” Who knows, maybe you will even find some extra cash you stashed in your pants’ pocket months ago!

No, but really…when is the last time you actually took a look at what is hiding in there? Do you have a jacket that’s too tight or too loose? (Neither of which are very flattering.)  Shirts with too much fabric at the waist? (Let’s fix that!) How about a hand-me-down a relative gave you that doesn’t even fit but you felt obliged to keep? Or worse… do you have clothes from the 90’s still hanging around?!

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How I helped my client save money with his wardrobe…

We took a look in his closet and found that he had too many pieces in the same color, making him look washed out. He had multiple suits, many of them outdated that were making him look both old-fashioned and older than he is. Worst of all, the fit was off; his clothes were swimming on him!

Once we went through it all (about 2 hours later), we discussed what to keep, tailor, donate and most importantly what made him look great. I then took those items and created about 30 customized looks using his current wardrobe!

That’s 30 times he can go without having another person say “Didn’t you wear that the last time I saw you?” All put together from his own closet!

Afterwards I sent him a bunch of photos in a digital file so he can reference his newly customized looks anytime. I also sent a series of links to items he can add to his wardrobe that are cost-effective and compliment his current wardrobe.

The whole experience was like Extreme Home Makeover but for one’s wardrobe and best part, you don’t have to win a makeover on a talk show to be able to afford it.

 

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If you think it’s time to ‘reboot’ your wardrobe, just shoot me an email and we’ll get it set up.

I look forward to working with you! Drop me a line here.

Yours truly,

Tavia Sharp

P.S. You deserve to look amazing without having to break the bank. The first step is to shoot me an email. We can make it happen!

Dating style checklist

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1. Dress Up.

Your date will size you up so put in the effort to look your best. You can’t go wrong with a stylish blazer and fitted button down tucked into slim straight, dark wash jeans. This will for sure impress your date.

 2. Best foot forward.

Yes, it still is the first thing women notice. Do your shoes look scuffed up or worn-down? Take them them to your shoe guy for a quick fix or else she’ll think you don’t care about your appearance.

3. Up-keep.

Any facial hair should be well-groomed. It’s like brushing your teeth, don’t leave home without doing both these things.

4. Maintenance check.

Think she won’t notice? She will. Women love a man that cares about his appearance. Make sure to do a spot check before heading out the door.

5. Don’t forget the flowers.

Believe me, even if a woman says she doesn’t want them. Its makes an impression and it’s always the first thing she brags about to her friends the next day.

What’s on your checklist? Share your comments below!

Are quality shirts worth the price?

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Which shirt is more expensive? Its hard to tell, right?

The shirt is a staple in any man’s wardrobe with endless options out there to choose from. So you might be wondering, why are some more expensive than others?

Well, as a designer I can say I designed my fair share of men’s shirts and ideally, I would have loved to choose the best quality cottons in the highest thread counts, but reality is the brands (don’t want to put them on blast) I worked for made me use cheaper qualities due to price. The hard truth…shirts from less expensive brands may look cool but more than likely they are made of poor qualities or even made with polyester blends in order to sell at cheaper prices and often sacrificing the quality.

Take Charmin, for example. Why do the cheaper toilet paper brands tear and break apart so easily? You always end up using way more than a few sheets and before you know it, the roll is out! Charmin Ultra Strong is more expensive, yes, but way more durable and last longer than the cheap stuff so it makes spending those few extra cents all worth it.

So bottom line, quality is key…spend a little more to get more out of your investment. Seriously, putting on a crisp, well-made shirt that fits perfectly makes you look like a million bucks.

Sharp tip: If the fabric feels rough to the touch and wrinkles fairly easily then it probably won’t last more than a few times in the wash. Trust me when I say, save up your dollars for the good stuff! If you follow the proper care instructions, you won’t have to keep replacing your shirts every season.

Your turn guys. What’s your go-to brand for quality shirts? Leave your personal pick and why you like it so much in the comments below. 

New year, new look

Have you started on your 2015 goals yet? Are your New Year’s resolutions sounding a lot like last year’s? I want to make more money, workout more, be clutter free, stress less…and so on. 2014 came and went and you’re looking at the same old story. In a world of seemingly endless resolutions, try picking one that you can really stick to. To set out on the path to success, invest in a new you! Updating your look can make all the difference in helping you achieve your goals. Here’s why:

1.Make an impression

Think people don’t care about how you look? Well, you’re wrong. Research proves our appearance significantly affects people’s perceptions of us. In fact, studies have found that nonverbal cues have over four times the impact on the impression you make than anything you say.

2.Make more money

Yup, that’s right. People believe what they see. If people think you look successful, in their eyes you are successful. For that reason, they want to be associated with you which means they trust you. So bottom line is…when you dress better, you attract more clients and in return, rake in the dough!

3. More confidence

Confidence gives off the impression of professionalism and success. When you look good, you feel good and you have the confidence to go after what you really want to achieve this year. Period.

4.Get dateable

Guys, here’s an insider tip into the female mind…we think dressing well makes a man look more attractive. So much so, most women wouldn’t even give you a second date if you showed up on your first one not looking your best. About 78 percent of women think that one of the sexiest things a man can do is dress well. So why not let your clothes help you out in this department?

5.Close the deal

Whether its a potential client or investor you want to sign on, that promotion at work, or the date of your dreams, your style could make all the difference. People make major decisions about one another within the first seven seconds of meeting. While you can’t stop people from making snap decisions, you can make a great first impression by dressing sharp.

I’m not saying you need to change. You’re great the way you are! But why not try a brand new you? THIS year could be the one that actually gets you to where you want to be— So, take a decisive step forward to update your look.

It’s 2015, and its my intention to help you achieve your style goals. So get ready for your best year yet.

 

 

 

Hello December!

So here it is again, ’tis the season! Holiday parties are aplenty and you might be wondering…what the heck are you going to wear?

Whether it’s schmoozing with the higher-ups at the annual office bash or looking for a date to kiss when the ball drops on NYE, it’s time to step it up. Get noticed. I’ve suggested four simple ideas for you to stand out this holiday season.

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A great looking tux never goes out of style; always classic and great for a formal event. So if you don’t own a tux, its time to invest in one. If you already have one hanging in your closet, great! Time to ask yourself, how many years have I owned this? Does it still fit me? Take it to your tailor to make sure the fit is perfect. Would Daniel Craig be able to pull this look off if the fit was bad? Remember guys, fit is key here. If you get that right, the ladies will take notice. Trust me.

Okay so, you probably have a less formal event or possibly you just don’t want to be seen wearing the same tux to every single party. Good news: you can get multiple uses out of it! Try throwing the jacket over a fitted v-neck for a sophisticated black-on-black look. Or simply wear the pants with a solid button down shirt. White looks great and you can also try a navy option for a more modern look. Black Derby’s for the feet will polish it all off!

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In all my years of designing menswear, the holiday season was the only time where some shine was appropriate. So I say, have some fun with it and get a bit more festive this year! If you really want to grab the crowd’s attention, try a jacquard-style jacket like this one from Hugo Boss. The subtle detailson the lapel takes it up a notch. Layer it with a crisp, black button down, black dress pants and black belt. Done! If too much shine is not your thing, a great alternative is a sateen button down shirt with a hidden placket. This has a subtle sheen and looks great under any festive blazer or suit jacket.

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Ahhh velvet…plush and luxurious. Its the all-time favorite fabric for the holiday season and this year is no different. I especially love this one from Reiss in a bit of color. Looks great with the contrast lapel and black pants. I would also suggest wearing it with a clean, black jean if you want to play it down a bit. Another great way to wear velvet is to try it in a pant instead. This one looks updated and can be worn with a well-tailored, crisp button down shirt and dress shoe.

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Its all in the details. You can try more subtle options that will still get you noticed. This is my take on the vest look. It needs to be slim and worn with a fitted dress shirt. Try it over a color block plaid shirt for a more fashionable look. Another way to add some subtle flare is with a bow tie. So many options out there these days so you can definitely find one at the thetieBar.com that suits your personality. And to top it all off, make sure to wear the appropriate coat. It must be well tailored and long enough to cover your blazer or sportcoat. This is a must: the right coat will last you many more winters to come!

So, why not try a more festive look this year? Get into the holiday spirit with some of these more updated party looks and try not to gloat too much when the compliments come flying your way….

Were these tips helpful? Tell me what you end up wearing this holiday season!

Fashion Trends For Every Guy

Fashion Trends For Every Guy

 

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Its official, Fall is here! So its now or never, guys. Time to incorporate some of the newest Fall trends into your wardrobe. Here are just a few of my favorite looks for Fall 2014.

Shirt & Tie-less

That’s right, time to replace that same old shirt and tie combo for a more sophisticated suit look. Mr.Owens pulls this look off so effortlessly in shades of grey but no need for head to toe matching. Just grab any neutral crewneck sweater and throw it on under your basic grey or navy suit. You can also try adding it over a button up, shirttail un-tucked for an even more stylish look.

Sharp Tip- make sure to pick a light weight sweater that fits slightly on the snug side so it doesn’t look too bulky under your suit jacket.

Suited & Booted

Okay, I know what you’re thinking…boots with suits, really? The answer is, yes! Lets face it, you are tired of leaping over slush-filled curbs in your dress shoes. This year’s winter weather will be no better. So try throwing on a pair of boots instead, either a dressed up boot style or even a more rugged style like the ones above. Both will kick it up a notch.

Sharp Tip- might be time to update that pair from a few seasons back, check out these lace ups from the Frye Company or this Chelsea style pair from H&M for only $99.

Get Layered

Instead of just throwing on a heavy, bulky coat this season, why not try layering. Just start with a simple button up then throw on your favorite cardigan or long sleeve crew, layer it with a sportcoat and top it all off with a down vest. That’s it, no need to overcomplicate this one.

Sharp Tip -make sure your pieces aren’t too baggy to avoid from looking sloppy when you layer one piece on top of another.

 

Fashion trends come and go, lets hope these few stick around for awhile.