just have a realistic outlook on where you want to end up. be comfortable, always be comfortable - and by that, i don’t mean in your shoes. i mean with yourself. you’re going to catch some shit from friends, maybe even family. they’ll come to accept that your tight pants are just the way you prefer to wear your pants. you should never attempt to justify dressing how you see fit & the reasoning “because i prefer it this way” should always suffice (within realistic reason) and if it doesn’t, tell them they have questionable morals.
- don’t rush.
- wait on purchasing big things.
- acknowledge that your aesthetic will change. in some cases - drastically.
- don’t spend beyond your means, but appreciate nice things.
- wear your things, beat them up - cultivate relationships with cobblers, tailors and repair folk.
- don’t be a dick, your blazer may have housed the highest pricetag in the room but you’re not entitled to anything.
- dressing like a gentleman only works if you’re actually a gentleman.
- clothing is not armor, nor is it completely a canvas - certain situations call for practicality above all else. note this.
- keep it to yourself man, believe me when i say - noone but the internet cares. detail for yourself simply present well for others.
- progress slowly, be careful of the peacock. most of the shit you see floating around the internet (occasionally some of my stuff) only really looks good because of quality photograph and being in new york city.
yesterday was my last day at Ernest Alexander it was also the day of our SS14 presentation. i did a lot of the styling on on these guys and it’s something i’m really proud of. EA will always be a truly special brand for me but it’s time to make some moves.