Refresh your style

CorrespondentFebruary 16, 2013 

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    •  Story and styling by Sheon Wilson, or @SheonWilson on Twitter •  Photos by Juli Leonard •  Clothing from Liles Clothing Studio, 4350 Lassiter at North Hills Ave., Suite 106, Raleigh, ‪

    •  Hairstyling by Donna Giannini, Handsome Floyd’s Modern Barbershop, 8111 Creedmoor Road, Suite 155, Raleigh,

Roger Gore, 58, got a style wake-up call from the unlikeliest person: his daughter, Sofia. “A few nights ago my 8-year-old adopted Chinese daughter said, “Daddy, I have to tell you a secret. I tell some of the other kids on my bus that you are my grandfather,” Roger, the marketing director at the Springmoor Life Care Retirement Community in Raleigh wrote in an email. “I prefer she think of me primarily as Dad. I need to kick my style up a notch.” I showed him how to look like a modern man with beautiful styling and updated grooming.

Before: This is Gore’s typical work outfit of slacks, a vest and slim loafers, and the look is neat and functional. But the outfit shortens his frame; the boxy, dark vest overemphasizes his torso and the dropped crotch on the pants makes his legs look shorter. But the slim leather shoes are spot on and would look great with dark denim, a youthful look for any dad.

Hair: No guy likes losing his hair, and Gore coped by keeping some length on the sides. Trimming it closer makes his hairstyle more groomed and deliberate. Hair color punches up his gray strands to a subtle salt-and-pepper shade.

After-Dapper gent: Here’s why every guy needs a beautifully tailored jacket. Look how this orange plaid Liles Bespoke jacket balances his leg length, broadens his chest and flatters his physique. Two memorable accessories show personality: the Gladson fabric flower that buttons onto his lapel and the orange-edged pocket round (its circular shape fits easily into a breast pocket). The peek of blue from the XMI Classic shirt complements the Raffi zip sweater. The Coppley wool trousers are a great wardrobe builder that pair well with the Donald J. Pliner washed suede shoes, which can go casual or dressy.

After-Staying neutral: Gore looks cool and collected in neutrals and a soft pop of blue. The Yangir wool Samuelsohn jacket in off-white contrasts with the white Coppley shirt and blue V-neck cashmere sweater. A Wurkin Stiffs cufflink worn as a lapel pin and Eton silk pocket square add flair. Zanella gray striped trousers and the Donald J. Pliner shoes show he has pizzazz.

The reaction: Kudos to Handsome Floyd’s for giving Gore a free haircut and color and showing him a modern way to style his hair. Gore says Sofia gave the shorter haircut her stamp of approval. “She said the color wasn’t too dark, and she likes it,” he said. Gore loves to bargain-shop for clothes but he gained a new appreciation for high-end clothes and tailoring during the makeover. He says he might return to Liles for shoes. It’s one part of his wardrobe he’s willing to splurge on.

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