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One Reader’s Style Journey

30th November 2012

I got the best email from a reader recently, and I had to share it because it made me feel like a million bucks and was just too good to keep to myself. Plus, I hope it encourages some more of you to tell me your own personal style stories. Read on for one guy’s reasons why he comes back each day to Style Girlfriend.

Josh wrote:

 

I feel compelled to send you a note saying thanks.  I stumbled across your blog 6 or 7 months ago…and began to realize that i dressed like a slob most of the time.  I was tacitly aware of this already.  Sadly, I really didn’t have any idea why I looked like an idiot.  I’d look in the mirror after getting dressed for work and see that I looked kinda dumb…but assumed that was just who i was.  Didn’t really realize what I needed to do to change that.  Your blog helped me figure out many of the things that I was doing wrong (fit, fit and fit were the top three).

The last few months I’ve gotten more compliments than I have in a really long time.  It ranges from everything to how slim I look (although I’ve lost no weight) to how sharply I’m dressed, and generally how handsome I am (who knew?).  You might enjoy knowing that one of the first new shoe purchases I made was a pair of Clark’s desert boots that I saw on your blog because I thought they looked cool.  I love ‘em.

 

I recently spent a lot of time in the hospital visiting my ill grandmother (since passed).  A cute (I swear!) nurse approached me in a room full of my family members and said the following: “Has anyone ever told you that you look like Blake Shelton?” as my family members looked at her as if she’d grown a second head. The answer is no, because I look nothing like Blake Shelton.  I did, however, dress nicely as I was almost always coming directly from work.

I’ve had a noticeable lack of confidence my entire life when it comes to my physical appearance.  That’s gone now, and the final piece to that puzzle was learning that I could, in fact, dress well enough to make myself stand out.
There are certainly other factors and other changes that have helped me find my stride, but I wanted to send you this note to express my gratitude for your perspective and advice on how a man should dress. So, thanks. Keep up the good work!

Great? Or great?

I mean, guys. This – THIS! – is why I write Style Girlfriend. Why I search for the perfect oxford shoe late at night when I’d rather be catching up on The Mindy Project on Hulu (it’s got so much potential!), why I format content early in the morning bleary-eyed before I’ve had any coffee, and why I find the time whenever else I can to write – to create a dialogue that helps you look and feel your best. Because it’s working! Thank goodness…

And also? Blake Shelton can get it. Not Shelton in his mullet days, but Shelton today. The Voice-era Shelton. He’s a looker! Just wanted to clarify to all you country-haters out there that there’s no shame in that comparison Josh received from the pretty nurse.

So, tell me your successes today.

I’ve found lately that “sharing my wins” has helped me realize that, hey, I have a lot of wins in my life. And you guys make up a ton of ‘em! So, anything good happen today? It doesn’t even have to be style-related (though those are obviously more than welcome) A compliment on a new haircut from your post man? Get a “good work” from your boss?

Share ‘em in the comments!

  • hbc14

    Congrats to Josh. SG has struck again.

    • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

      Ooh, I like that! Makes me sound like a superhero (or a villain…) Either way, I’m good with it!

      • average joe

        Smooth Criminal….like Michael Jackson

        • Dreadpiratehurley

          If only we could all wear white suits and matching fedoras.

          Is it bad if I secretly wish I could get away with dressing like Duran Duran, specifically any single one of them in the ‘Hungry Like the Wolf’ video?

      • average joe

        Smooth Criminal….like Michael Jackson

  • hbc14

    Congrats to Josh. SG has struck again.

  • average joe

    Love the story. SG – has a unique ability to show us what’s up even beyond the standard “dark wash jeans” starting point. I think Megan’s advice on layering and how to wear casual style is extremely valuable.

    • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

      And chukka boots! Don’t forget chukka boots…

      • Dave

        Today is my first official wear of my new chukkas at the office and they are getting rave reviews! Also some new dark Levis that actually fit for once and a Land’s End Canvas wool sweater. You’d think I’m wearing a tux the way people are commenting left and right. Pretty simple outfit but people seem to notice the effort.

        • average joe

          Dave that sounds like a fantastic outfit which you can wear to work on Friday and then transition to drinks afterwards

        • average joe

          Dave that sounds like a fantastic outfit which you can wear to work on Friday and then transition to drinks afterwards

      • Dave

        Today is my first official wear of my new chukkas at the office and they are getting rave reviews! Also some new dark Levis that actually fit for once and a Land’s End Canvas wool sweater. You’d think I’m wearing a tux the way people are commenting left and right. Pretty simple outfit but people seem to notice the effort.

    • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

      And chukka boots! Don’t forget chukka boots…

  • average joe

    Love the story. SG – has a unique ability to show us what’s up even beyond the standard “dark wash jeans” starting point. I think Megan’s advice on layering and how to wear casual style is extremely valuable.

  • BenjaminTyler

    Congratulations on the compliment. I have been improving my attire and people still call me Harry Potter.

    • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

      Do you have a lightning scar on your forehead?!?!
      (because if so, you’re probably not going to be able to escape the comparison..)

  • BenjaminTyler

    Congratulations on the compliment. I have been improving my attire and people still call me Harry Potter.

  • Cooper

    Josh sounds like a great guy and I’m glad he’s found the confidence and success in himself; it was there all long I’m sure. I got complimented last night on my scarf and told them SF helped me out!

    • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

      Awesome!

  • Cooper

    Josh sounds like a great guy and I’m glad he’s found the confidence and success in himself; it was there all long I’m sure. I got complimented last night on my scarf and told them SF helped me out!

  • Jami Crane

    As a fellow personal stylist, I love this! What an awesome feeling to get this kind of kudos. Congats!

  • Jami Crane

    As a fellow personal stylist, I love this! What an awesome feeling to get this kind of kudos. Congats!

  • http://www.twitter.com/iPodschun Derric

    It’s been a while (about two years now, I think…) since I started my journey into dressing better, and I still value every compliment I get. I also enjoy that the people that know me for dressing well take the time to notice details about what I wear.

    Mindy Project is still a bit rough around the edges, but I too believe in its potential and the latest episode with Mindy and her teen neighbor was really good I thought

    • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

      Right?! I want it to just be, like, a Little better. They said something like that on SNL recently, and I was dying.

  • http://www.twitter.com/iPodschun Derric

    It’s been a while (about two years now, I think…) since I started my journey into dressing better, and I still value every compliment I get. I also enjoy that the people that know me for dressing well take the time to notice details about what I wear.

    Mindy Project is still a bit rough around the edges, but I too believe in its potential and the latest episode with Mindy and her teen neighbor was really good I thought

  • average joe

    I should mention the anti-style of the day is that here, in my Atlanta office, almost everyone is either wearing a Georgia shirt or Alabama shirt

    • TJ

      I think exceptions can be made for the SEC Championship game. Roll Tide!

      • average joe

        …and I think we should hereby invoke the participation of Intern Gaby who previously espoused her lack of interest in sports so that she can comment on game day office wear!!!!

      • average joe

        …and I think we should hereby invoke the participation of Intern Gaby who previously espoused her lack of interest in sports so that she can comment on game day office wear!!!!

    • TJ

      I think exceptions can be made for the SEC Championship game. Roll Tide!

  • average joe

    I should mention the anti-style of the day is that here, in my Atlanta office, almost everyone is either wearing a Georgia shirt or Alabama shirt

  • countrymusicsux

    was gonna say who the fuck is Blake Shelton lol

  • brianmo95

    AWESOME!

  • Alexander

    Two things and one of them actually is style related, I managed to close a deal about some PC replacements I need (otherwise it would be unusable, bad if you have to write scientific papers) and my mum found a black Hugo Boss Cashmere scarf worth around ~190 bucks in the stuff people left but never bothered to get back.

    • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

      Nice!

  • Wearer #9

    You recommended the brown Penguin Oxford shoes recently. I got them and they’re awesome. I am proud of the shoes I’m wearing for the first time in…5 years.

    • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

      Yeah! Glad you like them!!

  • Moriarty

    Well, I must say that this blog is one of the reasons I am much more stylish these days, a fact which my mother appreciates for recent family photos. I discovered Stylegirlfriend shortly after resolving to upgrade my wardrobe, and it was extremely refreshing to actually hear a girl say what she thinks looks good on guys. And yes, Clarks Desert Boots are the shizzle.

    • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com Style Girlfriend

      They are indeed.

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