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Hey gents,

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard of Graduating Your Style. If not, it’s an eBook I released earlier in the year that helps readers take their style from clueless and uninspired to grown-man and classic.

57 pages (plus a bunch of bonus material) walk you through the whole process, from evaluating your current closet situation, to identifying what’s worth keeping and what you need to get rid of, to (finally) restocking your closet with the essentials and shopping for classic staples meant to last you years.

On top of that, we show you exactly what to do with the things you buy and how to pair them with everything else. Our list of twenty-something items yields numerous different outfits applicable to just as many social situations.

GYS has gotten such great reviews and priceless feedback, and I’m so happy that it continues to help many people take the steps needed to upgrading their personal style.

(Want to take another quick look at it? Click right here. Don’t worry, I’ll wait.)

I truly believe the content in GYS is awesome, and if a reader takes active steps to follow everything in the book, he will have massive success.

There’s always been one thing that’s bugged me, however. It’s still a book.

I can’t (easily) edit a book. I certainly can’t edit the one that’s in your hands (or on your hard drive).

I can’t answer your questions, should you happen to have one after finishing a certain section. You could email me, but then you’d have to frame your scenario, describe what section you were reading, and finally ask the question. That’s a big pain in the ass for you, the style student.

I can’t easily update any links to the latest products or photos (or fix broken links in general).

There are lots of things I can’t do when it comes to a published digital guide.

What’s one better than a killer eBook filled with resources you need?

How about a course?

A fully-stocked, interactive, engaging course filled to the brim with useful content and information you need to help you get to the next level of your own personal style?

I’m talking about a specific topic with modules, lessons, action steps, shopping lists, clothing descriptions (so you know exactly what you’re looking for), instructional videos, forums (so you can interact with others in the course, hold meetups, buy and sell or trade items), and a more personal conversation with me?

I’ve always believed the next logical step would be to create a course… like a more organic version of GYS, alive with buzz and the feeling of community, plus a way to interact with others on your level as well as me (whom you’ll have special access to on a way more intimate level).

Sounds kinda awesome, right?

The best thing about this course is that it’s not done yet. I need YOUR help to build it and bring it to life.

I want to hear from you and get your input so I can build something that YOU will find extremely useful and valuable… and more importantly, applicable, so you can get out there and confidently upgrade your style and make the changes you want to see.

What would you want this course to cover?

I have a general outline of this course already complete. I know the direction I plan on taking it, but I need your help to get it there.

No suggestion is too small or too big, no concept too advanced or too simple. I’m open to any and every suggestion. I can’t promise every single one will be incorporated, but I’ll do my best to include the things a majority of you want to learn about.

So let’s hear it, gents. We’re all style students, just at different levels of experience.

If you had a style-focused course at your disposal, what would you want it to cover? What are you still hung up on and where could you use some help?

Make sure to leave your ideas in the comments at the bottom of this post.

Looking forward to reading your suggestions!

Fifth&Brannan’s upcoming collection III

EG has grown a bit and gained quite a number of new readers since the last 5&B announcement, so many of you might not know I also own a menswear label.

I co-founded Fifth&Brannan with my fiancé Kate about three years ago. We started out with a selection of shirting, wonderfully fitted and made of the best fabrics we could find, all created in small batches locally in San Francisco.

Since then, we’ve expanded our offering to include accessories (our ties and bows are sewn by a half-century-old tie making company in New York), made-to-order denim (also crafted here in San Francisco), and as of this collection, a tailored denim jacket and a selection of chinos perfect for when your denim needs a rest.

We’re really excited about our latest collection and I can’t wait to show you guys more. We plan on doing more pop-up shops around town too, so if you’re planning a trip to SF any time soon, make sure you check in. We just might be having one the same time you’re visiting.

Stay updated with Fifth&Brannan by hopping on our list. We infrequently update (so you’re not getting a bunch of email), but when we do, it’ll be delightful, uplifting, and will fill your heart with joy. Hopefully.

Sign up here, and we have a little gift for all you newcomers once you get on the list.

That’s all for now

Like I mentioned before, we’re busy over here! Can’t wait to hear your suggestions for some course topics.

Till next time!

 

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PUBLISHED November 15, 2012


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 Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr.



  • Chris.

    I think focusing on how things should fit, and how to tell quality of items would be key for a module. Although honestly, I don’t think I would pay to get a course – there are so many good blogs about honing your style online already that I would not spend for this. I already supported you by buying the eBook. I can’t imagine what a course would have that I haven’t already seen from you, aside from new combos of seasonal trends.

    • Chris.

      That was not intended to sound as dicky as it might have in the last two sentences – I apologize. I enjoy and support your site and love the book. My bad if that sounded jerky.

      • http://www.facebook.com/doosra Jawad Ali

        You did not sound bad at all, but I do disagree with you. Fit is exactly the kind of thing that is well suited for a class. Fit is very 3D and based on movement, and is exactly the kind of thing that is hard to capture in photos, books and blogs. I would recommend “fit” as the first, and perhaps the most important, topic. Class participants bring a few items of clothing (maybe B provides a few) and take turns modeling the fit. The class critiques the fit, and maybe we use pins and clips to alter the fit and discuss again. I would pay for such a class.

  • Brian_inAlberta

    I’m generally with Chris on the value of a course to “me”. That said being a relatively slim 5′ 6″ gentleman (eh-hem) pushing 50 I’m always on the look out for useful information that works for those of us of smaller stature.

  • Brian Snider

    I’m working towards a “bang-for-your-buck” uniform approach to my wardrobe based on the general principles EG supports. In short – I try to buy classic clothing because it will be in style next year and the year after. I could certainly stand to learn more about what tailors and cobblers can do and how I can tell if it’s an option before I buy the specific article of clothing. As an extreme example: can they take a pair of 8″ surplus army jungle boots and shorten them to 6″ or chukka height?… The other idea that might be of interest to EG is something along the lines of a men’s wardrobe wiki…. Break down a mans wardrobe by item: T-shirt, polo, button up, pants (dress / casual / work) etc and then allow comments / suggestions for EG readers to discuss the brands/sources they find…. it’s still a rough idea in my head but I think there’s merit in a place where EG readers (and their like) could go to research a quality garment.

    • Jason

      I like the wiki idea above (or something in that vein). Being able to share where to get great specific items would be cool. I also said something regarding using tailors, below.

  • Jason

    Things that you might consider: what to look for in a tailor (for us short guys that need to have things altered and how to buy those clothes with “having to alter” in mind, how to match and use patterns – best uses, how to use color and safe easy ways of adding color without having to think to hard about the color wheel – tips and tricks, what to look for regarding overall quality of clothing, getting best bang for buck, maybe a list of brands that we can trust…

  • Grady

    I’d love to be able to tell you about the items I have in my closet, even provide you photos from, say, jcrew.com, AllenEdmonds.com, Frank & Oak, etc., and get some tutorials on how to combine those items into viable outfits. Also, help identifying the gaps in my wardrobe would be fantastic. For a test, we could take photos of how we left for work that day and get graded on our style, individuality, panache, etc.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Howie693 Charlie Howard

    I know that before I started reading I had huge issues with how things fit. Also denim is a great subject because people have a tendency to not do it right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1639650547 Dan Kennedy

    I think some advice on what colours look best in a season would be cool, but that’s just a specific thing. More broadly speaking, I don’t know how much the general reader-base has read on your site (or others), but I know that GYS was a bit basic for me, and I feel like I could benefit from some more advanced advice.

  • Ben H

    When to splurge and when to skimp, and how to pick colors/patterns/shapes (for glasses) that match well with your face or body. For example, some people can pull off plaids better than others, while some people should never wear pea coats.

  • John

    Fall/Winter vs Spring/Summer wardrobe, different groupings for people who wear suits a lot vs business casual, budget purchases vs upgrade purchases, coordinating ties, age-specific styles vs timeless styles

  • Jon

    I’m sure this has been done a few times before but I’m always interested in common style mistakes (such as how to button a blazer/jacket). However, what most of these articles don’t say is a functional reason why they are/are not done.

  • brian

    The killer would be an all in one app, that has all of your content available on smartphone/tablet. You can edit all you want, and the end user always has the most up to date info. Plus, we can take you wherever we are therefore better armed whenever out and about and tempted to make some purchase that we will later regret. Apps are the way to go B.

  • Jeff

    I would like to see a fit comparison for jeans/pants on different body type guys. I have the damnedest time trying to find properly fitting jeans and pants and some comparison pics of different brand jeans on different body types would be an incredible resource.

  • Kyle

    I wouldn’t mind seeing a section (or a few) on how to adapt your style to not only what you like to wear, but to fit in with your environment. For instance, how to feel dressed-up in a casual work environment, or well put together for a casual hangout with friends-or vice versa.

    Thanks!