CelebrityHow to Dress Better Starting Right Now, From Hollywood's Top Stylists
Fall is just around the corner, which means it’s a good time to step up your style game. Your boss will be back from vacation, you’ll be going on dinner dates instead of beach trips, and you’ll need to navigate layering all over again. But improving your skills doesn’t simply mean maxing out your credit card on some stylish new gear, it also means taking a good, hard look at your basic getting-dressed skills. To help you with that part (because you know we’ve got the new-gear thing covered) are a few of Hollywood’s most knowledgeable and influential stylists. Here they share their advice on how to dress better, starting today.
Almost every stylist we polled thought guys should start buying clothes in smaller sizes ASAP. “Most men want to be comfortable and so they wear bigger sizes than they should,” Alexander Skarsgard’s stylist, Jeanne Yang said, “Every 38 thinks he is a 40, and every 40 thinks he is a 42. This isn’t doing guys any favors! Too-big clothes make you look bigger, shorter, and slovenly.”
Jeff K Kim, Michael B. Jordan’s go-to guy, claims that once you size down, you’ll never go baggy again. “Buy something that fits you properly, and looks amazing on you, you’ll end up training yourself to buy the right size all the time. Once you find clothes that fit you, anything other than that will actually be uncomfortable.”
Visit a Tailor
But nailing fit isn’t just about buying the correct size. It’s also about understanding construction, or making friends with a tailor who does. Avo Yermagyan, who dresses Nick Jonas, claims the relationship with your tailor is everything. “Whether you are on a budget or not, adding some simple darts to the back of a shirt to slim it down, or tapering a pair of jeans changes everything,” he told us. “A well-dressed man always looks effortless, with pieces that look like they were made for his body. Achieving that is often just a matter of ten minutes with your tailor and a few dollars. It’s worth it.”
Other than fit, stylists were quick to point out that you don’t need a movie-star’s salary to look just as great. “Know what pieces are worth investing in,” said Jonah Hill’s stylist Michael Fisher, “A cheap suit won’t wear in as well as a higher-quality suit. Sometimes it’s worth investing in quality, even if it means owning less.”
Ilaria Urbinati, Ryan Reynold’s stylist, recommends buying nicer staples. “A good pair of white, low-top sneakers or a great chino from a modern brand like J Brand or Rag & Bone will elevate your entire wardrobe”, she said.
Bottom line, unless you’ve got a PhD in menswear, buying your 40th pair of wait-in-line sneakers this fall should be the last thing you’re worrying about. Nice suits and strong basics should always come first. The rest is just icing on the cake.