In this new series, we ask Styleforum members to tell us what sparked their interest in fashion, and how they found their way to Styleforum. An Acute Style is a regular fixture in Classic Menswear’s “What Are You Wearing” and “Casual Style” threads. He’s known for his unique, sometimes experimental take on Ivy and Prep style, and excels at injecting color, pattern, and texture into everyday outfits.
Four major events have moved me along the sartorial journey. First, I started teaching high school right out of undergraduate. I was 22 and my students were 18. I wanted to do something to differentiate myself from them so I grew a mustache and started wearing a tie to work. On the occasions I didn’t wear a tie, the security guards would summarily mistake me for a student, requesting that I present ID to gain entrance to my job. I made the shirt and tie a standard to cut down on the embarrassment.
Next, my girlfriend (later wife) at the time recommended I look into British shirting, a tip from one of her coworkers. TM Lewin changed the game for me. Well priced, slim fit shirts with great collars and patterns at affordable prices. Sign me up.
Then, my wife start a personal style blog. As I helped her with her site, my style began to develop as well. I started my own blog on Tumblr soon after. Through Tumblr, I was first introduced to the #menswear community. I slowly took my place in it, adding new brands, sport coats, and pocket squares to my mix. I was also introduced to the world of thrifting. I still wasn’t earning bespoke money, so looking fly on a dime was important to me.
Lastly, my blog was growing in popularity, but I wasn’t getting much feedback on how to improve my style. I heard a few people mention this thing called Style Forum so I figured I should check it out. I’m so glad I did. The WAYWRN thread is one of the few places I’ve found on the internet to get honest and constructive feedback about classic men’s clothing. I’ve seen so many people come through the thread and make huge progress after just a few months. People pay good money for the service that the WAYRWRN thread provides for free.
It’s been a pleasure being a part of the SF community. I try to help out and give advice in the same way that I was helped when I first joined. I hope one day, a former student of mine will stumble on to SF and I can help him prepare for his new job. That would bring things full circle.
My first post on SF May 20, 2013. I tried to keep it tame for my first showing.
October 5, 2015. A more recent outfit after getting lots of feedback on SF.