How to Wear Brown

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
– Theodore Roosevelt
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Jason is wearing a heavy gauge cable knit sweater I bought in Paris, France in 2004 – glad I held onto it!  The burgundy shirt is by Theory.  The distressed leather jacket is Banana Republic.   Jason is wearing the Levi denims he wore to the shoot.  The boots are Italian lace ups.

Almost everything Jason is wearing is from my closet.  I don’t consider myself a pack rat at all.    On the contrary, I clean out and edit my clothes continuously.  However, I do keep great items that look classic and current.  I bought the leather jacket at Banana Republic years ago and every single time I wear it, people complement the jacket.  The years of wear have actually made it look better.

Jason Ross was a pleasure to work with on this shoot.  He loved the zip front sweater so much that I gave it to him.  Truth be told, it wasn’t as tight in 2004!

Happy Thanksgiving, Everybody!

Model: Jason Ross
Photographer: Beau Bumpas Photography
MUA: Ariel Haymond
Stylist: Kurt Michael Haymond

He Dresses Men

Good clothes open all doors.
– Thomas Fuller

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Kurt in 1996 wearing Calvin Klein Collection

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Kurt in 2002 wearing Calvin Klein Collection, photo by Les Hall

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Kurt in 2014 wearing jacket by What Goes Around Comes Around NYC, shirt by Hugo Boss, tie by Etro, photo by Beau Bumpas

Before 1996 I thought I knew a lot about fashion and I believed I had great personal style. Then I started working for Calvin Klein.  About a minute after I got hired, I felt like a country bumpkin. In my first days there, I let go of everything I thought I knew about dressing well.  My boss Barbara summed it up for me in one statement. “Calvin Klein does not care about your opinion, Kurt, he wants you to learn about his.”  Best career advice I ever received.

Here’s where my style transformation began.  Calvin Klein provided my entire wardrobe – Italian made suits, shirts, ties, shoes, belts, and yes, even underwear.  What I came to understand quickly was dressing impeccably everyday was really simple if you had the right wardrobe.  It was beyond effortless, it was almost thoughtless. A  black suit with a white shirt or a black shirt?  Black shoes and belt, done!  I changed.  My confidence grew and I matured a little.  I evolved into a version of myself that felt good, true, and authentic.

Good clothes really do open all doors. The Calvin Klein experience shaped me, my career, and opened doors for me.  The education and training I received impacts every encounter I have with my clients today.  I’m not here to convince you or to persuade you in any way, but to show my point of view.  The purpose of my work today is to share what I’ve been given, and to demonstrate what I’ve been taught.

My point of view about dressing:

  • Build a core wardrobe to make your life easier.
  • Choose masculine, classic clothing that fits well and is made well.
  • Dress in monochromatic color stories of black, grey, and navy to get started.
  • Keep it simple, uncluttered and uncomplicated.
  • Use the images on He Dresses as a guide.
  • Relax, getting dressed is easy with a little help.

Take what you like from He Dresses and leave the rest.  I’m glad you’re here!