LESS EFFORT, an Effortless Gent Curation

Hey Gents,

Today I’m unleashing my new pet project unto the internets: LESS EFFORT.



Essentially, it is a curation of various media (images mostly, perhaps some occasional video and written word) I’ve collected over the past several months. And when I say collected, I actually mean “took photos of using my iPhone”.

Initially, I snapped these photos of random strangers to remind myself of subjects I could address in future posts. In my mind, the dudes in these photos represented the type of guy who put less effort and thought into their presentation than they should—due to their lack of understanding, knowledge, or care—and it clearly showed. A few may have tried, but were still clueless to some degree.

One day on the train, however, I realized how helpful these images could be if they were actually used as examples of what not to wear (as a self-respecting male who cares about self-respect and outward appearance.*)

Some of these style “rules” and guidelines are obvious, some aren’t.

Many are open to subjectivity, but mostly, I thought it’d be fun to facilitate conversation among the community and gather everyone’s input and opinion. Personal style isn’t easy to pinpoint, as I’m sure you know. Perhaps these conversations can help others find their own style, or at the very least, discover what they’re doing wrong day in and day out.

The point of this project isn’t to make fun of the individuals in question (and I’ve obscured faces when possible), but merely to serve as visual representations of which habits to steer clear away from, if your aim is to man up and dress appropriately.

I made it a little easier to participate in this conversation.

Not only can you comment (and I surely hope you do), you can also send in your own photos. So as you go about your day and you spot someone with a questionable ensemble, snap a photo and submit it HERE with any questions or commentary you may have. Fun, right?

Let me know what you think in the comments below, or better yet, hop on over to LESS EFFORT. Peep the images that are up so far, comment, and send in your own photos.

If you have any questions, you can ask me here. Looking forward to building up this project with you!

* :]

PUBLISHED September 29, 2010


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.


  • Freddy

    This is a quality idea!

    I love records of things that I’ve seen and like/not like – although I’m never brave enough to actually take photos

    • http://effortlessgent.com Barron

      Thanks Freddy! I get that way too, but hopefully this will inspire you to take some covert photos so you can send em in. :)

  • Tergiversator_Maximus

    I’m a little mixed on this project. It seems awfully negative at times, straying away from constructive criticism with negative examples and veering toward mocking certain style decisions. I suppose it can be a rather fine line. I must say – I liked some of the newer posts and pointing out things like leaving vents closed and tags on sleeves are excellent. I don’t know why people do that and I try to discretely point that out whenever I see it.

    • http://effortlessgent.com Barron

      You’re right, there’s definitely a fine line. I have to concentrate on pointing out the “wrong” things, as this blog already focuses on the “right”. Although I don’t directly endorse any negative comments (the site allows for reader submissions) I often agree on the submitted images as examples of what not to do. The truth often hurts, and the overall goal of all this is (so far) being met.

      I do try sprinkling in examples of good style, but I try saving any in-depth ideas for Effortless Gent.

      Thanks for your comment, and I encourage you to send in your own street photos. :)