Back in May 2015, I decided to upgrade my appearance, financial planning strategy, and outlook on life after getting bored with the daily routine and all sorts of clutter for the last six years. I also became really curious about the growing popularity of the gentleman’s lifestyle revival here in Manila at the same time. Coincidentally, I was preparing for a job interview for the position that I badly wanted.
I wanted to transform from a guy on fauxhawk and skull shirts to a more refined young professional. First, I took off my earrings and stopped wearing those. But, I didn’t know what’s next.
It all started a few years ago with my fascination with dressing up like David Beckham and browsing male fashion influences from Fashion Beans. Then, I went to a barber to get a fresh haircut. After paying off my loans and saving more than enough money, I started buying timeless clothes and made to order shoes over trend. As a result, I became more confident and got a position in Human Resources. I will share with you the most appropriate business casual wear for men with the right fit and color combination without breaking the bank in the future.
The toughest part, however, was cleaning up my closet. I realized that there were too many well-loved clothes that were too dated and no longer fit my more athletic physique. So, I decided to pile those up and donate to the charity right before Christmas of 2015. I didn’t just improve my style, I also helped less fortunate people who are in need of decent clothing.
Currently, I’m developing my own capsule wardrobe after being inspired by the tutorial videos by Paul Nagaoka on YouTube. Settling on minimal yet timeless clothing made my life easier and helped me to save more money. As you can see above, that is my usual midweek workwear. Since I live in a hot country, I don’t really wear jackets.
I still admit that my style of clothing is still a work in progress. I’m not a guru and I’ll never be like one. I have lots of things to learn.
The quest for the right style has just begun.