Mike Cannon is a 23 year-old actor and musician who currently works for a tech startup in Brooklyn, as an account manager for a new mobile marketing app. He just got a promotion at work, so now felt like a good time to try to upgrade his look.
“I always knew that fashion was important to the way you’re perceived – I mean, I was an art student in New York City – but it felt really cost prohibitive to keep up with the stylish crowds in NYC. The problem seemed so daunting that I ended up sticking with the standard jeans and a t-shirt. I was bartending for a while, which got me stuck in a rut because the bar had these uniform shirts for us, so I didn’t really need to think about what I wore for the majority of the time…”
Last week we visited Mike in Williamsburg to check out his current wardrobe and see if we could offer some advice on looking more professional, now that he’s climbing the corporate ladder.
Here’s his transformation.
1. Business Casual
What we can learn from Mike’s “before” look:
- Buying a vintage jacket is a great way to save some coin, but the fundamentals have to be on point (a tailor can’t fix everything). Avoid anything that is too wide across the shoulders or that has beefy 80′s shoulder padding – or you’ll look like Lurch above. Also stay away from low-hanging lapels that are cut short by a high button stance. A longer lapel line is (higher gorge with lower stance) will always be more flattering.
- Not all shirts are meant for ties, or jackets. This weak-collared washed shirt above, for example, is not designed to stand up under a tailored jacket.
- If you’re wearing a jacket, always tuck your shirt in. Same rule applies if you’re wearing a tie.
- Nothing makes a man look like he’s got his sh-t together better than a clean haircut and sharp grooming. We gave Mike the ultimate summer cut – cropped short on the sides, faded up gradually, and subtly swept back with some light product. Like me, he feels a little too baby-faced with a clean shave, so we left him a very light, clean beard.
“It’s amazing how quickly my confidence was boosted by dressing better. The second I put on a fitted jacket, I was blown away by how secure I felt. I looked good, and I knew it; that’s a very powerful feeling.”