Would you hire a fashion stylist?

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    Jun 29, 2012 8:38 AM GMT
    For a good portion of my life, I've always been told that I wear nice clothes. Admittedly, I do get alot of compliments.

    BUT…..I think I look like crap half the time, if not most of the time. Sometimes I just don't think I pick out items that are right for my body. My chest is 44", but my sleeves for dress shirts are 32/33". So, basically it's hard for my chest to fit in medium shirts, but my arms don't fit in large shirts, not to mention my torso length. And my inseam is like 28". My neck is 16.5".

    I have gotten better at trying on everything before I buy it, but even then, I just get so frustrated I just leave the store alot of the times.

    I am seriously considering hiring someone to take all my measurements, look at my body type, grill me with questions about colors and styles I'd like to wear, then just go out and shop for me. Of course, this will be after I lose another 10 lbs or so.

    Would you ever do that?
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    Jun 29, 2012 8:43 AM GMT
    I wouldn't send somebody off like that, truth be told I'd rather order tailor made shirst and whatsnot online. That way I'd KNOW they will fit me.
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    Jun 29, 2012 8:48 AM GMT
    Crepuscule saidI wouldn't send somebody off like that, truth be told I'd rather order tailor made shirst and whatsnot online. That way I'd KNOW they will fit me.


    I've thought about that, too. But I just want someone who knows style and knows body types and understand fit and how clothes complement a body to do it. I wouldn't send him/her out to replace my entire wardrobe.

    Plus, i tend to be a pretty indecisive shopper. Not fashion-related, but I was staring at the iPhone cases for like an hour the other day trying to decide which one to buy. The Apple sales lady finally came over and said i had the most blank look on my face.
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    Jun 29, 2012 3:20 PM GMT
    If only clothing choices were as simple as ipod covers. I chose the only one that came in a rubberized case so it wouldn't slide out of my pocket or off gym equipment. As for a stylist, I may be a do-it-yourselfer but I see nothing wrong with delegating things to professionals to keep things fresh and learn a thing or two.
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    Jun 29, 2012 3:23 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidIf only clothing choices were as simple as ipod covers. I chose the only one that came in a rubberized case so it wouldn't slide out of my pocket or off gym equipment. As for a stylist, I may be a do-it-yourselfer but I see nothing wrong with delegating things professionals to keep things fresh and learn a thing or two.


    Well, go figure, I still haven't found a case for my iPhone…

    For the stylist, maybe I've been wathcing too much TLC or something. LOL
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    Jun 29, 2012 3:25 PM GMT
    It was even easy to wade quickly through the iphone cover color choices of black, gray and a color I'm not man enough for, hot pink - I'd wanted one that'd pop so it'd be less likely to lose and was hoping for safety orange, but settled on gray.
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    Jun 29, 2012 3:29 PM GMT
    Hire me icon_wink.gif

    I'd love to make guys look as fresh as they can be...Especially when it comes to dressing up. I would buy every shirt and tie imaginable if only it wouldn't put me into debt lol


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    Jun 29, 2012 3:38 PM GMT
    ^Too bad you live so far away...
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    Jun 29, 2012 3:45 PM GMT
    You should just watch more fashion-related TV shows (and I am not talking America's Next Top crap or Project Runway). Read more legit men's magags (depending on your style you can read the more mainstream ones like GQ and Details or the more indies ones like Nylon). For the fit, just try things on and get them tailored if they don't fit the way you want. Unless you look frumpy to the max, I doubt a stylist is necessary or even worth the money. And plus, do you really want another person to buy your clothes?
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    Jun 29, 2012 3:48 PM GMT
    ^^ Again, I can spot things all day long, but just b/c I think they look good on me, doesn't mean they really do.
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    Jun 29, 2012 3:53 PM GMT
    ^^ We can work something out hahah...I'll be your online consultant icon_cool.gif
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    Jun 29, 2012 3:54 PM GMT
    Jflana15 said^^ We can work something out hahah...I'll be your online consultant icon_cool.gif


    problem solved. You just found yourself and online consultant. YAY!!!!!
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    Jun 29, 2012 4:02 PM GMT
    What do you think I was doing in the closet for 16 years? I know how to dress myself, so no I wouldn't hire a fashion stylist!
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    Jun 29, 2012 4:20 PM GMT
    Hire me! I don't live far away!

    But really...I know a couple of guys that have similar measurements an proportions as you and (as much of a pain in the ass it is) the key really is taking stuff to a tailor and having it altered to fit you.

    I'm around 5'9" and the denim that I buy usually has a 34-36" inseam which is way too long so I already have to have my jeans hemmed anyways and I usually have to have dress shirts taken in as well. It's a total pain in the ass and it does get kind of spendy but things just don't always fit right off the hanger

    For example if you find that your chest fits best in a large shirt, a tailor can take in the sleeves to fit your arms. It's usually easier for a tailor to take in or let out the torso of an item though so the medium may be the way to go.
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    Jun 29, 2012 4:29 PM GMT
    ECnAZ saidFor a good portion of my life, I've always been told that I wear nice clothes. Admittedly, I do get alot of compliments.

    BUT…..I think I look like crap half the time, if not most of the time. Sometimes I just don't think I pick out items that are right for my body. My chest is 44", but my sleeves for dress shirts are 32/33". So, basically it's hard for my chest to fit in medium shirts, but my arms don't fit in large shirts, not to mention my torso length. And my inseam is like 28". My neck is 16.5".

    I have gotten better at trying on everything before I buy it, but even then, I just get so frustrated I just leave the store alot of the times.

    I am seriously considering hiring someone to take all my measurements, look at my body type, grill me with questions about colors and styles I'd like to wear, then just go out and shop for me. Of course, this will be after I lose another 10 lbs or so.

    Would you ever do that?


    I hear you. I've definitely had lots of bad experiences with off-the-rack clothes, which kind of sucks because gay guys are supposed to wear all the latest trends, right? It took me awhile to realize that my lanky frame--37" arms, 36" inseam, long-ass torso and neck--just doesn't look right in a lot of it. I think some fashion advice when I was younger would have helped me avoid some fashion mistakes in my 20s.

    Now I know what works for me, but shopping's more complicated than just waltzing into a department store and grabbing things off the rack. I can get my sizes through special-order and tailoring, but it's just so damn expensive. I'm thinking about boycotting clothes altogether ;-)
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    Jun 29, 2012 4:30 PM GMT
    Might just take you up on that, Mark! I got sick of taking almost everything I bought to the tailor, but I know it's one of the only ways I can get things to fit right.

    Just curious, why not get 32-inseams?
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    Jun 29, 2012 4:31 PM GMT
    novo said
    I'm thinking about boycotting clothes altogether ;-)


    I don't think there would be too many objections to thaticon_razz.gif
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    Jun 29, 2012 4:33 PM GMT
    ECnAZ saidMight just take you up on that, Mark! I got sick of taking almost everything I bought to the tailor, but I know it's one of the only ways I can get things to fit right.

    Just curious, why not get 32-inseams?


    If they have them I absolutely do, but my favorite brands tend to all come in the longer inseam and then it's just standard that you should expect to have them hemmed. I stick to 7's most of the time and they're almost always a 34".

    Sucks to be short hah
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    Jun 29, 2012 4:33 PM GMT
    Nah don't need to. I love shopping for clothes and I think I have a good sense of what suits me now I'm a bit older. Besides if your a non flamboyant guy it's pretty easy to shop for clothes.

    The only thing that restricts me is my budget as I'd love to be dressed head to toe in Alexander McQueen or Tom Ford icon_lol.gif

    One of the advantages of being slim is that I can always find clothes that fit me well. Especially here in the UK even the high street stores now stock smaller sizes for men.

    If yor ever need inspiration http://lookbook.nu/ is a great site to look at for fashionable street style.
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    Jun 29, 2012 4:36 PM GMT
    Nope. I think my taste in clothes is pretty good; I have a good sense of what looks good on my body (like ECnAZ, I'm not a right-off-the-rack size). What I'd like is enough money to have my clothes custom-made.
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    Jun 29, 2012 4:48 PM GMT
    whateveryo saidNah don't need to. I love shopping for clothes and I think I have a good sense of what suits me now I'm a bit older. Besides if your a non flamboyant guy it's pretty easy to shop for clothes.

    The only thing that restricts me is my budget as I'd love to be dressed head to toe in Alexander McQueen or Tom Ford icon_lol.gif

    One of the advantages of being slim is that I can always find clothes that fit me well. Especially here in the UK even the high street stores now stock smaller sizes for men.

    If yor ever need inspiration http://lookbook.nu/ is a great site to look at for fashionable street style.


    I looooooove McQueen but alas, I do NOT have the look for it. You do, though.

    I too would kill for my closet to consist of Tom Ford, Thom Browne (my latest obsession), and maybe a splash of DH.
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    Jun 29, 2012 4:54 PM GMT
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    I looooooove McQueen but alas, I do NOT have the look for it. You do, though.

    I too would kill for my closet to consist of Tom Ford, Thom Browne (my latest obsession), and maybe a splash of DH.


    LOL you could wear a fucking garbage bag and it would still look good on you, you lucky bitch icon_razz.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 29, 2012 4:55 PM GMT
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    novo said
    I'm thinking about boycotting clothes altogether ;-)


    I don't think there would be too many objections to thaticon_razz.gif


    Hmmm.... Judging by these rules, who defines "fashion mistake"? (Although, I do appreciate a man who wears a kilt well ;-))

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/amyodell/25-new-rules-for-mens-fashion
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    Jun 29, 2012 4:56 PM GMT
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    7Famark said
    I looooooove McQueen but alas, I do NOT have the look for it. You do, though.

    I too would kill for my closet to consist of Tom Ford, Thom Browne (my latest obsession), and maybe a splash of DH.


    LOL you could wear a fucking garbage bag and it would still look good on you, you lucky bitch icon_razz.gificon_biggrin.gif


    I'm not like...what's the word, svelte enough for McQueen, you have to be tall and thin icon_sad.gif

    I'll just stick to sportswear icon_cry.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gif
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    Jun 29, 2012 5:18 PM GMT
    7Famark said
    whateveryo said
    7Famark said
    I looooooove McQueen but alas, I do NOT have the look for it. You do, though.

    I too would kill for my closet to consist of Tom Ford, Thom Browne (my latest obsession), and maybe a splash of DH.


    LOL you could wear a fucking garbage bag and it would still look good on you, you lucky bitch icon_razz.gificon_biggrin.gif


    I'm not like...what's the word, svelte enough for McQueen, you have to be tall and thin icon_sad.gif

    I'll just stick to sportswear icon_cry.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gif


    I have a beautiful Thom Browne suit that I grew out of, and sadly can't wear this kind of thing anymore either. It's actually one of the few made in black. Other victims include a Balenciaga shirt with the best french cuffs ever, and for everyday wear anything that has "Theory" on the label.

    I have very particular taste in business attire, and the only salesperson I've kept in touch with is Billy at Barney's in San Francisco. He is amazing. I wouldn't really trust anyone else.

    Casual clothing on the other hand I need help with, ha. I think I'd take styling advice in that arena because I tend to just wear jeans and a dress shirt.