Hey Gents,

The weather is starting to warm up (at least in my hemisphere), and hopefully the same goes for where you are.

Even if you’re on the opposite side of the world, there’s a good chance you’re experiencing a weather transition.

Today’s Ask the Readers question is: How are you transitioning your wardrobe to accommodate for the changing seasons?

  • Are you picking up a few new items?
  • How are you retiring / storing last season’s garments?
  • Do you do a closet overhaul, or simply shove everything over and bring all the new stuff front and center?
  • What’s your organization strategy?
  • Are you applying any of the Lean Wardrobe principles we talk about in the book?

Let’s hear your plans in the comments below.

Last time, on Ask the Readers

We haven’t had an Ask the Readers segment in quite a while! The last one was from December 29, 2012, when I asked you guys what your two biggest resolutions were for the new year… one being a lifestyle change, and the other a wardrobe change.

Here are a few of your comments:

My style resolution? Be a source of positive change amongst my friends and coworkers…. My lifestyle resolution is, in broad strokes, do less stuff better. I get involved with way too many extracurricular projects that I don’t get to give them the proper attention they deserve… – crockeronline

…to live in the moment–to be present and take things in as they come, and to have more perspective along with that. …and stylistically… I want to continue to push myself to try new color combinations and take more chances with different looks, possible trends, etc. – Bo

Lifestyle – Stop making excuses and follow thru with educational/certification plans I’ve had for a couple of years. Style – Like Ryan, thrifting. And recreating. The idea is partially about finances, but more about cutting down on waste. – CJ

After being frustrated with dress and sport shirts not fitting properly and the amount of tailoring needed being kind of a hassle and a chunk of change I decided to stop buying those shirts from regular retail channels. In 2013 I will only buy shirts that are MTM. – Aaron Trent

Seems like you guys had some ambitious (though achievable) plans. How have those worked out for you, now that we’re almost halfway through the year?

Would love to hear how your year is going so far. Even if you didn’t answer the question last December, let me know what goals / resolutions you set for yourself in 2013, and how they’re going so far!

Lastly: The 96-Hour Notice: The Combo Deal is Ending SOON!

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Just a quick heads-up that the special GYS + DLAG combo deal is ending soon. 96 HOURS soon!

That sounds like a long time, but it’s only four days. So Sunday, May 12 (Mother’s Day! Hi Mom) is the last day to take advantage of the GYS + DLAG Combo Deal.

“What the heck is a GYS + DLAG Combo Deal?!?”

Oh, sorry. Graduating Your Style (GYS for short) is EG’s first eGuide, and Dressing Like a Grownup (DLAG for short) is our second published eGuide, geared towards the younger, more budget-conscious Gent.

You can read a bit more about both, and purchase the combo deal here.

Don’t forget! You only have till Sunday, May 12th at 11:59pm Pacific, so don’t delay!

Till next time :)

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PUBLISHED May 9, 2013


Barron is the Founding Editor of Effortless Gent and the Cladright Association. He's from San Francisco but currently living in New York. Connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Tumblr.



  • Bea

    As the weather warms up, I’m itching for a shopping spree of spring and summer-y items. However, this year I’ll opt to re-wear what I did last year, remixing things in different ways.

    My closet is fairly small so there’s no need to store off-season items. But with the changing seasons, I follow this guide: http://theasksection.blogspot.pt/search/label/perfect%20closet%20series
    By taking all out and putting it back nicely, I see what I have and wear it more

    I have no interest in partaking in recent spring trends for girls such as cutouts and lilac items but I’ll be trendy with things I already own like all black/white outfits and monochrome looks.

    I’m working on a few investments this year following the principles of the lean wardrobe, buying few quality items. My jeans have a massive hole in the butt and I’ll replace them with better ones, and tailor them. I have found that I keep quality items longer and feel and look better in them.

    Guides geared toward men explain this better using plain items you can wear everyday instead of investing in a hot pink designer bag, which i couldn’t possibly justify.
    Thank you for the easily followable advice

    • http://effortlessgent.com Barron

      Thanks Bea! I’m with you, grabbing a few investment pieces can really pay off in terms of longevity of the actual product, at least in my experience. Glad you can take the lessons here and adapt them as necessary.

  • crockeronline

    This was a good reminder to take an evening next week, pull it all out, clean what needs cleaning and store what needs storing. Also, determine the past season’s clothes I should look for in the off-season.

    I could probably use some new items in the “layerable” category, since southern California is hard to dress comfortably for if I’m leaving for the day.

    Also, out with the flannel PJs, in with the Japanese cotton ones.

    And hey- thanks for featuring my comment!

    • http://effortlessgent.com Barron

      I feel like down south has the same need for layering as we do here up north. Weather can change, but rarely enough to need a really heavy coat. Usually multiple layers works just fine.

      Japanese cotton? Fancy. :)