By J. DeVoy
A short while ago, a fellow member of the bar asked me if something he was planning to wear looked “like shit.” I don’t know. Probably. It’s not an uncommon problem for professionals like accountants, journalists, lawyers, engineers, and others in research positions who subordinate style to substance. Rather than ask someone who is similarly lacking in vision, why not direct the question to someone who knows what they’re doing?
I did this with Tanner Guzy a few weeks ago and it was the right decision. Tanner runs the blog Masculine Style and offers very reasonably priced consulting services. Tanner was able to immediately hone on in what I was trying to clean up about my appearance and offer clear, detailed, and succinct advice about how to improve it. For $25 and five minutes of time spent filling out a short submission form, I had a detailed analysis within 24 hours that included the following excerpts:
For suits, you’ll want to avoid dark, deep colors like black, charcoal, and midnight navy as you don’t have a strong enough contrast and they will wash you out. Notice in your second picture that the focus is more on your hair than your face and that your lips look a bit pasty. That’s because the colors are too dark for your complexion.
Because of your height you will have the freedom to either opt in or out of having cuffs sewn into your dress pants. This visually anchors your legs and will make them appear just a bit shorter but also larger and more substantial. You can also roll your jeans if you’d like to.
Your dress pants should have a slight break or not break at all. This will visually lengthen your legs and help you appear taller. Too much break will make you appear shorter, ruin the slimness of tailored trousers, and make it look like your suit doesn’t fit.
Does this kind of stuff come naturally to some people? I don’t know, maybe. But $25 is a pretty good deal for nearly instantaneous advice about how to dress better. As Brian Tannebaum has previously pointed out, the best attorneys are not the flashiest dressers, but a slight tune-up can improve the visual effect of even the most casual clothes.
Tanner offers a number of other services, such as finding items for specific events (e.g. weddings, funerals – others’ or your own – and the like), or generally finding items to add to your wardrobe. The cost? 10% of your pre-tax budget. Considering that some personal shoppers and “”"style consultants”"” charge hourly, this is a pretty good deal. Plus, Tanner has a written record of actually understanding what he’s talking about, down to the nuances of jacket arm hole positioning. Unlike a personal shopper, there’s no upselling with Tanner, and you’re in charge of using as much or as little of his services as needed.
I had such a good experience with Tanner that I wanted to write this to promote his service, available here. The value he unlocked for $25 was substantial.