Clinton Kelly has fashioned time to fit him. Between cooking up commentary on the ABC daytime show "The Chew" and advising people "What Not To Wear" on the TLC mainstay, the style guru is partnering with Canadian tailoring company Stitch It to launch Perfect Fit By Clinton Kelly.
The newly branded shop opens its doors in the Orland Square Mall in Orland Park on Friday and promises to help guys in need find just the right look and feel to form an unforgettable outfit.
Kelly, a former Northwestern graduate student, is more than happy to school scruffy Chicago guys on the finer points of style. Kelly recently spoke to RedEye to give a few pointers on how regular guys can up their fashion flair.
IT'S SHOE, NOT ME
It's not impossible or even challenging to achieve your own amazing feet.
Kelly says: "I think the average American man could benefit greatly from a casual shoe that is not a cross-training sneaker. Perhaps a suede loafer or a boot."
PASS ALONG GOOD JEANS
For all those caught in a denim dilemma, it's time to replace the Jordache look.
Kelly says: "I also think that many men need to think about new jeans. There have been great advances in denim design, and all too often I see men wearing the same jeans Seinfeld wore in the '90s."
WELCOME RULE BREAKERS
While some choose to adhere to outdated myths, those who break rules can define their cool.
Kelly says: "There's a huge difference between the rules and what people think are rules. For example, it's a ‘rule' that your socks should match your trousers, not your shoes. Is it the end of the world if they don't? Probably not. If a stylish man wants to wear an interesting sock as a statement, I'm cool with that. Brown and black are both neutrals and can be worn together whenever you damn well please, when done correctly."
IF THE SUIT FITS, WEAR IT
The well-dressed man doesn't have to be the one with the deepest pockets.
Kelly says: "Style really isn't about how much money you spend; it's about having a point a view, knowing how clothes should fit and knowing how to put an outfit together. Buy the best quality you can afford, have those pieces tailored so they fit you like a glove, and replicate the outfits you see at more expensive stores. It really boils down to fit.
"You could spend $5,000 on a Prada suit and if it's too big you'll look like a schlump. If it's too tight, you'll look like a stuffed sausage. You're better off wearing a $200 suit that looks like it was custom-made because you had an expert fit it on you. If you don't have fit, you don't have style. End of story."
Keeping your grooming game intact can keep you from striking out.
Kelly says: "Bathe. Clean your ears. Clip your fingernails. Clip your nose hairs. Make sure the hair on your head isn't too perfect or crunchy. Apply only one squirt of fragrance to your body, not your clothes and don't be a tool."
Anthony Roberts is a redEye special contributor.