Who should I listen to?
Charles is very clear about this: listen to the advice of your stylist! Even if your loved ones “have a good eye” or think something looks good on you, it never equates to the expertise of an experienced stylist. It’s their profession: their advice is thoughtful and comes from years of experience. Listen to your stylist in the same way you listen to your coach or nutritionist—they are literally paid for it!
Learning about style doesn’t mean you have to become a fashion enthusiast. It’s always beneficial to be aware of your clothing choices and learn how to select the right colours, textures, and materials.
For someone starting to build their wardrobe, the first investment should be in a good pair of shoes. Don’t be afraid to spend $400 or $500 on a pair. Why? Because your feet won’t change, but as your career progresses, the rest of your body will.
If you stick to buying $50-$60 shoes, you’ll find yourself purchasing new ones almost every year due to the lower quality of materials. In the long run, you’ll end up spending the same amount as you would on a pair of high-quality shoes that can last you a decade or more.
Learn how to iron your shirts
Charles couldn’t be clearer about this: learn how to iron your shirts! There are numerous tutorials available on YouTube, and once you’ve mastered the skill, it will benefit you for life. You don’t need to spend a whole Sunday afternoon ironing your entire wardrobe; you can simply iron the shirt you’re going to wear that day. Incorporating ironing into your morning routine, just like shaving or washing, is a simple way to take care of your style without overwhelming yourself.
According to Charles, there’s something very masculine about it: the desire to look good and distance oneself from the image of a man who doesn’t care about his appearance. He takes care of his own shirts, chooses his socks, ties, handkerchiefs, and so on. For him, it’s part of the famous sartorial quest, without falling into caricature or dandyism. Just as we take the time to choose and maintain our cars or get regular oil changes, our clothes should receive the same level of attention and care.
Whether you prefer to dress exclusively in navy suits or explore colours like pink, it’s important to feel comfortable with what you have and not be afraid to wear what you want, to try new things.