Bentley Caldwell

Nstyle: April 2024


Her Style: How to get out of a style rut

A podcast host recently asked me a question I really loved talking through: What should you do if you’ve fallen into a style rut and don’t know how to get out of it? Much to her surprise, I told her climbing out of a style rut can be easy — and you don’t have to spend a small fortune in the process. 

By following three simple steps, you can reconnect with your personal style and reinvigorate your wardrobe. The key? Focus on the clothes you really love, and find little ways to have fun every day.

Clean out your closet

It’s no secret that I’m a big advocate for routine closet edits, and that’s exactly where I would start if I were in a style slump. How could you possibly know where you’re headed if you don’t know where you’re starting? Go into this process with the goal of taking inventory of what you use the most. That information is just as important as knowing what you don’t use.

Elevate your everyday essentials

Rather than trying to reinvent the wheel, elevate your everyday “uniform” by upgrading your go-tos. If you’re the kind of person who lives in workout clothes, don’t force yourself to start wearing 6-inch pumps. Instead, look at what you already use and wear the most, and give those items an upgrade. Could you swap that old pair of running shoes for an elevated fashion sneaker? 

Have fun with hair and makeup

During one of my first courses in college, we learned that fashion refers to anything that adorns the body. While I’m certainly not an expert when it comes to hair and makeup, I believe both play vital roles in your overall sense of style. Sometimes refreshing your makeup collection or trying a new hairstyle can create the momentum you need to get out of a style rut.

Everyone goes through phases where personal style takes a backseat — or maybe gets kicked out of the car altogether. In these moments, it’s important to remember that nurturing your sense of style is neither a selfish pursuit nor a waste of time. It’s a fundamental way to practice self-care and self-respect.


His Style: One, two, three, quiet luxury

Happy April, gents! Way back in the year of our Lord 2018, a little show premiered on HBO, centered around the Roys and their family business. That show would go on to become a cultural sensation for four seasons and spur an emerging fashion trend. The show? Succession. The fashion trend? Quiet luxury. 

Quiet luxury refers to an understated approach to fashion with an emphasis on quality pieces. Elegant, timeless and simple — no flash needed. I’ve called this “elevated simplicity” when talking to clients. Quiet luxury fashion is devoid of big logos and gaudy embellishments. Think the opposite of the full Louis Vuitton tracksuit or anything that’s been bedazzled or riveted with rhinestones. (Don’t act like you didn’t have a phase in high school and college.)

Much like the old money aesthetic, discretion and subtlety reign supreme here. Say you have wealth without saying you have wealth — and get the look by buying from brands that excel at quality clothing-making.

Sunspel

A British heritage brand founded in 1800, Sunspel is synonymous with understated luxury. Its Sea Island Cotton is one of the finest and rarest cottons in the world, and the brand uses it for everything from its boxers to its polos — which, by the way, were worn by Daniel Craig’s James Bond. If it’s good enough for Bond, it’s good enough for me. And did I mention that Sunspel is all about sustainability? Adhering to a “no waste philosophy,” its garments are built to last.

Brunello Cucinelli

Ironically, Brunello Cucinelli started as a colorful women’s cashmere brand. Today, it is a staple for both men and women looking for elegant and elevated wardrobe essentials. All the beauty — none of the fuss. And the brand’s headquarters are in a kickass 14th-century Italian village. How cool is that? 

Loro Piana

Widely known for its stellar suits, Loro Piana offers some of the best wool and cashmere money can buy. From start to finish, its garments are made from the finest fibers available. If you’ve ever had the desire to just roll around on a bed of fabric, this is that fabric! Much like the other brands on my list, Loro Piana is deeply committed to sustainability. Everything the brand creates is truly made to last.

These quiet luxury brands will have you doing your best Kendall Roy impersonation in no time. I’d recommend maybe staying away from the sibling infighting and backstabbing — but at least if you go all out, you’ll look good doing it. 

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