A couple of months ago I attended a Gala that required male guests wear a tuxedo. One of the gentlemen being recognized was a customer of my studio. He was asked to speak at this momentous occasion. As he walked on stage I could immediately tell his tuxedo was too small and very dated. Being friends with the stately gentleman, I asked him how old his tuxedo was. He immediately began to tell me a story of how his college roommate, an ex pro ball player, gave him that tux 20 years ago. Without pause I suggested he let me pick out a better fitting and newer tuxedo for his next event. He was adamant that his tuxedo was still in style and that it had tremendous sentimental value regardless of the fit and finish. I am still waiting to hear back from him. Maybe I should call his wife?

Remember gentlemen: it’s ok to remember the past but please live in the present when selecting a garment that you intend to keep for a period of time. Plan to keep it for 5 to 10 years at the most. After that, let someone else enjoy it.

Image Consultant James Carter uses this model to mold and sculpt men’s style.

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