I’ve met men who tend to credit the stylishness or handsomeness of a man to his own physical attractiveness – “Wow, he looks good in it because he’s tall enough.” “He looks great in that shirt because he’s got a great body.” “He can look stylish in anything because he’s got a handsome face.“
It may be true to a certain extent, but I believe it’s very much about wearing the suitable and the right clothes. In this case, “suitable” means you’re wearing something that 1) suits the occasion, 2) fits your body and 3) fulfils the kind of person you want yourself to be perceived as.
That sounds like a cliche piece of advice from an image consultant, but really – if you’re talking about improving your image with the fundamental function of clothes other than keeping you covered and warm, it’s about the three aforementioned points.
Thanks to a friend who sent me the link to these videos. They prompted me to check on what I’ve been wearing, and what style I have not tried because of the not-good-looking/tall/fit-enough notion. A reminder of these classic advices from time-to-time is really useful and inspiring.
Tom Ford’s Project Upgrade is a series of zero-to-hero style transformation on real people, which demonstrate how “suitable” clothes can transform a man into someone he aspires to be like.
You said on-screen style transformation looks like a fairytale sometimes (we’re not sure what happened to those guys after the filming, right) but I’m pretty sure you don’t need 6-pack, 180cm to look great like the men in the series. If you say these guys are not bad-looking in the first place, that’s the point – you’re not bad-looking in the first place. Maybe it’s just your hair, your glasses or your sweater covering your best self.
Watch them! *Question: do you want a style makeover like that?
Images and videos by GQ