Win a FREE copy of The Effortless Guide to Graduating Your Style

April 22, 2012 · 269 comments

in Effortless Guides

Hey gents,

So about a year ago, I had this idea.

It came about after receiving numerous emails with very similar questions revolving around these topics and thoughts:

  • I want to start dressing better, but I’m on a limited budget. How / where do I start?
  • What’s in my closet that’s worth keeping, and what should I get rid of?
  • I took your advice and started to buy classic pieces. Now I have a bunch of great stuff. How do I put it together?

It was amazing to see these same questions popping up, all worded a bit differently, but essentially having the same themes.

Then I realized, the answers to these very questions are the fundamental building blocks of creating one’s own personal style… Which happens to be part of the very mission that guides this site!

I had to wonder, why the heck hasn’t anyone written a guide on how to do this stuff?

Total lightbulb moment: If it can help the very readers (you) that ask the questions, why not spend a few days writing up something helpful?

Ha. I actually thought this would take a few days.

The Effortless Guide to Graduating Your Style was born

…but little did I know it would take MONTHS to finish.

Truthfully, I had the first draft of the manual written over the course of a few weekends, but what took the most time was perfecting it: finding links, illustrative examples, supporting photos, you get the idea… as well as formatting the book in a clean, presentable manner that was easy to read and follow. The more detail, the better and more helpful.

I didn’t want to just slap something together and release it into the world; it had to be of EG-level quality (and I’m a bit of a perfectionist).

There were periods of time where I had to put it away and not work on it for a few weeks. At one point, I had the thought of scrapping the whole thing.

Now that I’ve gotten great feedback by several readers who had early access, it’s crazy to me that I almost gave up on this… especially when I get these kinds of comments and emails:

It’s an excellent piece of work. Great information to begin a style overhaul. I highly recommend it.

–Christopher Dravus,

…if I had a copy of this guide two years ago, I would have saved a ton of money by avoiding stuff that caught my undeveloped eye. The guide has just the right level of detail and flair.

–David Li

The BEST Resource

I honestly believe GYS (as I’ve so affectionately dubbed it) is THE BEST resource out there that can kickstart your wardrobe and style overhaul. Once you finish this, you will have set up a solid style foundation for yourself that you can continually build on at your own pace.

Now that I’m older and wiser (and more handsome, ha!) than my 20-year-old self, this is the resource I wish I had back then. It would’ve saved me a bunch of money and time and stress, trying to figure out what I should be wearing and what’s not worth my time.

  • Not sure exactly where to get started? Covered that.
  • Short on time and just want an all-in-one, step-by-step solution? Done.
  • Want to know exactly what kinds of items you should be purchasing? Told ya, in the guide.
  • Need suggestions for putting items together into actual outfits? Totally covered that, too.


Your chance to win a free copy of your very own

I’m giving away three digital copies of GYS (retailing at $26, officially releasing on May 1). Here’s how you can win one:

Simply leave a comment below and let me know what your current style / wardrobe hang-ups are, and what you hope to achieve by reading and implementing the ideas in GYS.

What do you need help with most? What would you like to improve upon most? What kind of outcome would you like? No issues are too big or too small, so let it all out in the comments.

I’ll choose three winners this Monday, April 30, at 11:59 PM Pacific, so make sure to leave your comment in time.

That’s it!

I’ll announce the winners this Tuesday, May 1. Good luck! Can’t wait to read what you have to say in the comments.


Edit 4/23 10:52a Pacific: 103 comments already! Amazing. Keep them coming, guys. There are definitely some great ones in here already.


Barron is the founder and editor of Effortless Gent, a site dedicated to helping guys figure out what looks best on them. He's based in San Francisco. Connect with him on Twitter and Facebook.

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