Get Out Of Your Style Comfort Zone Once And For All With Brock McGoff
If anyone feels your pain, it's this guy. Brock McGoff...
He's the founder of The Modest Man which is dedicated to helping anyone who's 5'8" or under dress better and feel more confident
We both agree that the most important aspect of men's style is how well your clothes fit.
Unfortunately most brands design their collections for men that hover around 5'10" to 6' tall.
For those of us (myself included) who don't fall into that range it can be a challenge to find anything that fits you properly.
This usually means biting the bullet and paying extra to have your clothes altered.
Though his teachings are geared towards anyone who considers themselves 'short,' the advice he shared in this interview applies to anyone who's feeling stuck and ready for a change.
Without any further delay, let's get into the next segment of Street Gentlemen's interview series.
Here's what Brock had to say...
SP: What do you think holds men back from trying something new like changing their look?
BM: I think we get comfortable, both physically and mentally.
If you wear sweatpants everyday, a stiff new pair of chinos is going to feel pretty bad for the first few wears.
Similarly, if you never wear sunglasses, you're going to feel pretty awkward when you start wearing them in public.
But in either situation, you will get comfortable after that weird break in period.
Most men don't push through that first phase, which is the only way to figure out if you really like something, whether it's a certain type of garment or a specific colour.
My advice is to experiment with different colours and garments, and force yourself to wear them even if it doesn't feel right at first.
Do you always wear blue shirts? Try yellow for a week. Do you have suits? Wear one everyday for a month, and they'll start to feel like pyjamas.
It's worth it to actively expand your comfort zone.
SP: What advice would you offer to someone who's just starting out with improving their style but is feeling overwhelmed?
BM: First, don't buy anything yet.
Take stock of your current wardrobe. If you haven't worn something in over a year, ask yourself: Do you like it? Would you wear it if it fit better? Are you just holding onto it for sentimental reasons?
Most items you haven't worn in a over a year can be sold or donated.
Do this first. Then, any gaping holes in your wardrobe will be very clear. This makes shopping much easier.
It depends on your personal style and situation (job, lifestyle, age, etc.), but try to make a list of everything you need, something like this.
Figure out what you don't already have, define a budget, and start filling in the gaps.
Don't buy something on impulse, that you don't love, and never buy it just because it's on sale!
SP: What are some of your biggest pet peeves when it comes to men's style these days?
I'm kind of tired of the dandy, overly done up look -- too many accessories, overly aggressive tailoring, etc.
It doesn't look comfortable to me. I think it makes guys look like caricatures of stylish men.
Just remember that, when it comes to style, less is more. Stick with 2-3 accessories max.
This is why you see so many fledgling menswear enthusiasts, they're doing too much too fast.
If I see a guy with a double-breasted suit, sunglasses, suspenders, pinky ring, watch, double monks and bracelets, I know he's new to this stuff.
SP: Finally, what does being a gentleman mean to you?
BM: I think a gentleman works hard to understand himself and find purpose in his life.
He wants to add value to the world and produce more than he consumes. A gentleman focuses on other people, not just himself.
He is thoughtful, he listens, and he's willing to evolve.
Above all, he has control over his life and legacy. A gentleman doesn't settle for sitting in the passenger seat.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read today’s article!
A special shoutout to Brock McGoff for taking the time for this interview.
Hopefully you enjoyed his perspective on style.
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