We’ve all been there – the frantic rush to find a last-minute gift for someone special, which usually results in the receiver trying to hide their disappointment at your ‘thoughtful’ gift. Now is the perfect time to flip the script and make someone special in your life feel truly understood.
Throughout my career as a menswear stylist, my focus has been on dressing others. And one crucial lesson I have learned is the power of listening and observing. Every person I’ve worked with has certain preferences when it comes to clothing. By attentively understanding their needs, what makes them comfortable and even encouraging them to step out of their comfort zones, I’ve been able to help them express themselves through their clothes choices in the best possible way. From the vibrant extrovert who embraces bold colours and textures, to the introverted guy who prefers a subtle approach with pieces that make them feel confident without drawing unnecessary attention. Some clients have a much more laid-back attitude, but still want to look and feel good, so I curate outfits that offer effortless style, while appearing they haven’t given their outfit a second thought. It’s all about finding the perfect balance between effortlessness and thoughtfulness in every outfit I put together for my clients.
So, whether it’s your partner, brother, dad, son or friends, take the time to surprise them with a gift that truly speaks to their style. Don’t be afraid to challenge those stereotypical gifts. Remember, it’s about making them feel truly valued and considered.
A more considerate approach takes a bit of sleuthing. Here are my tips to help you find the ultimate thoughtful gift this season.