A guest post by Austin Roberson
We at Helvin are proud to present our first guest blogger, the stylish Austin Roberson! Let's start with an introduction.
''I grew up in a small town in Central Texas called Hico, Texas and currently reside in Stephenville, Texas where I'm studying to get my Associates Degree in Science From Ranger College. I got interested in the menswear scene at a young age. I struggled with low self image and confidence as a result from being bullied. I needed something to change in me. I had heard the term "Dress for Sucess" and "When you look good, you feel good." I thought that since I had nothing else to lose I should take the small steps to start dressing well. Once I began to find the style that expressed who I was, I had a new found confidence that I never had before. This new mindset was something that I wanted to give to other men and make them better. I love custom menswear because you can tailor everything based of the clients lifestyle and make it better.''
The Importance of Personal Style
So why is style so important? Why do you need to dress up? Style is such an instrumental weapon that men don't see the need in implementing. Now I'm not saying you're only stylish when you wear a three-piece suit. Of course you'd look great, but if that's not who you are, you're just wearing a costume.
Think about James Dean for a moment. Did you ever see him in a suit? Yes, but what he is known for is his "bad boy" style. Leather biker jacket, white crew neck t-shirt, jean, and leather boots and sometimes a hat. What personified his style was how he wore his clothing. He wore them with ease and confidence.
Now lets talk about someone one the opposite end of the spectrum. Fred Astaire. With his impeccable style, he strove for nonchalance elegance. Due to the relationship he had with his tailor, every centimeter of the length of his pants or the width of the shoulder of his jacket was perfect. He never wanted to like he was in a pristine new suit. In fact, he is quoted saying," I often take a brand-new suit or hat and throw it up against the wall a few times to get that stiff, square newness out of it."
What we can gain from these icons is that when you find the style of clothing that personifies who you are, own it. Wear it without a care of what others think or say about you. You're wearing the clothes and not them.
My personal style is one that you might call classically modern. I feel way more comfortable in a suit and tie than in jeans and a t shirt. It's much more functional in my opinion. The way I tie my tie is inspired by Lino Ieluzzi of Al Bazar. It is tied like a four-in-hand, but you wrap the tie around twice instead of once and then down in through. I fold my pocket square (which really isn't a fold at all) in a certain way. I pick it up in the middle and let the points drape down, fold that part in half and then stuff it into my chest pocket. this fold is inspired by Tom Ford and Luca Rubinacci of the Italian family brand Rubinacci. This allows the puff and points to protrude out. It isn't a crisp and clean way to do it, but it's what I like.
My challenge to you would be to find the nuances that tell who you are without having to say a word.
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