Hey Gents,

This week, I wanted to announce the winner of our last sweepstakes. I also have a few announcements, one style hack, and one request. Ready?

The Winner Is…

The $1500 Bonobos Wardrobe sweepstakes was our biggest giveaway, pretty much ever. Special thanks to the folks at Bonobos for running that with me.

As always, I hate having only one winner, and I always feel bad I can’t give something to everyone, but I guess that’s the nature of these things. You can blame the folks at Bonobos this time around, since I wasn’t the one to choose 🙂

Anyway, the winner of the sweepstakes is: Sean H!

Sean, the Ninjas will contact you about your prize, if they haven’t already.

Thanks to all who entered. I have a few more giveaways planned for this summer, so stay tuned.

Business With Style

I was in Anaheim over the weekend for the first—hopefully annual—Business With Style conference (aka StyleCon? I think we landed on StyleCon as an abbreviation).

It was a great event and I’m happy I got to be part of the inaugural gathering. Pictures and video coming soon, and I’ll link to them once they’re ready.

Just wanted to say thanks to all of you who came by. It was awesome meeting each and every one of you. The venue got a bit crowded towards the end, and if I missed you before I had to leave, so sorry about that! Hopefully next time we’ll be able to chat.

Did you come to the event? I’d love to hear what you thought. Let me know in the comments below.

A Quick Style Shortcut

stylelifehackTotally random, but I wanted to share this style hack with you really quickly.

I found it via Antonio’s site, Real Men Real Style, which references a tip originally from Aaron Marino of I Am Alpha M (both of whom were co-hosts of last weekend’s StyleCon).

This style hack involves using Google Image search when you’re stumped with how to pair certain items in your closet. Check out Antonio’s post here.

If you’re looking for an easy way to find and buy individual pieces, you can do so easily from the comfort of your own home by using a site called ShopStyle. I made a quick screencast available to all subscribers in the EG Vault. More here, in case you’re interested.

Two Quick Announcements

1.) I’ll be opening registration to EG’s premium members-only community, the Cladright Association, very soon!

It’s been a long time comin’, and we’re adding new features and courses as we speak. If you want more info on the community, check out cladright.com.

2.) We have a brand new Effortless Gent coming very soon as well!

The site’s had a few cosmetic makeovers throughout the years, but its structure hasn’t been touched since I first went live in 2009. Needless to say, I’m excited to show you guys.

Yes, it will look different, but better, as well as easier to navigate, and easier to find the information you’re looking for. Oh, also, mobile-friendly! Finally. Stay tuned!

Do me ONE small favor

I want to hear from you guys.

In the comments, tell me:

  • How can I help? What are you struggling with when it comes to clothes and personal style?
  • What articles do you want me to write?
  • Do you have any suggestions for videos?

Can’t wait to see your suggestions in the comments below. I read each one and your input is very important to me. After all, I do this for you guys, so I want to make sure I’m creating stuff that you’ll find useful.

Don’t hold back; I take every suggestion into consideration.

Till next week!

7 Responses

  1. Samuel Acuña on

    One clothing aspect I’m curious about… how to buy clothes if your expecting to lose weight? This has happened to me before, I go through all the effort of finding some nice pants, only to discover in a couple months they dont fit anymore because they are too loose. Similarly, I know guys who have lost weight, but are afraid to get rid of their “fat” clothes because they think they might put the pounds back in a year or so, especially if they are nice quality clothes. Or just what if you start gaining weight, and your clothes are getting tight, and so you start working out again, but theres like a 2 month window where things dont fit or look good. It doesn’t seem worth it to buy new clothes for that time period, but then again, you don’t really know how long it will be until that window ends (could be a year). So I guess tips for clothes when one is changing sizes… be it by bulking up or fattening up.

    • Barron on

      Good question, and a good problem to have. I experienced this several years ago (I used to be 80 lbs heavier). My advice would be to figure out what you wear the most—maybe a certain set of shirts, or denim, etc.—and buy affordable versions of those things, knowing you’ll have to replace them eventually.

      I personally got rid of my larger clothes. I didn’t want a fallback or excuse to get fat again.

      Health first, clothes second, but in general, buy stuff that fits your body NOW, and reassess in one or two months. If it’s a massive difference and you must size down, or else it looks like you’re swimming in your clothes, then buy a new shirt or two.

      I’ll write this question down and answer it again in more detail, perhaps in a video.

  2. Peter on

    As someone who has lost over 100lbs (and still losing) this is the ideal time to buy cheap and experiment with your look/fit. If you are just losing a spare tire I would just sacrifice the fit. You certainly won’t look like you’re drenched in your clothes if they were properly fitted before.

    Oh and it was fun see you live past Sunday Barron. Real chill dude. Plus he (along with Antonio of RMRS) were easily the best dressed there (or at least had the best fit). Half the reason I went was to see what men’s style looked like in real life and you really looked the part of effortless (like you weren’t dressed up as much as the blazer etc… suggests). Definitely reinforces the quality of advice on this site.

    • Barron on

      Hey Peter,

      Thanks, I appreciate that. I really do wear the clothes I write about, and I also do my best to keep it effortless, for the most part 🙂 Glad you made it out, and hopefully the event lived up to your expectations!

  3. Rahil on

    Hey Barron,

    First off I’d like to say that your website has been my first entry into the whole style game and I’d like to thank you for that. My only suggestion with respect to the articles would be to include more pictures, especially when referring to the right fit, cause that is one of things that is the most confusing for the newbies. Other than that, would love to see articles on a more regular basis as well. I know you would be more busy with the Cladright Association and Fifth and Brannan, but don’t forget us Effortless Gent enthusiasts mate.

    You’ve done a great job with the website and Fifth and Brannan, Barron and I wish you loads of luck and success in the future as well. Cheers.

    • Barron on

      Hey Rahil,

      I hear ya. When it comes to specifics, I do my best to include more photos of the subject at hand. I’ll keep that in mind for future articles.

      We post once a week because, at least for now, that’s all my schedule allows 🙂 Working on a redesign for EG, and that’s going to allow me to post more (but shorter) articles, in addition to the more detailed, longer ones we currently have.

      You’ll see once we go live with that design. 🙂

  4. hylndrfan on

    Hey Barron,

    Anyway I can contribute some of the articles on my page Homer’s Style Essentials to the EG Page