Manly Style :: An Interview with Wayde Stover

I am so excited to introduce you to Wayde Stover, our newest Manly Style expert. Wayde is the husband of a childhood friend of mine and the couple reside in Des Moines, IA with their two adorable children, Ruby and Sterling. I’ve always been impressed with Wayde’s easy elegance and was so happy when he agreed to answer a few questions ::

  • Shirt: Tommy Hilfiger, thrifted
  • Knit Tie: Vintage? thrifted
  • Tie Clip: Sears
  • Jacket: Vintage Southampton, thrifted
  • Belt: Target (10 years old)
  • Socks: Hand-me-downs from my Grandpa
  • Shoes: Walk-Over derby bucks
  • Watch: SNK805 Seiko 5 Automatic, Amazon
  • Jeans: Levis 511,

What do you do for a living?

I am a web developer at a publishing company.

What first made you interested in fashion?

I would say I am more interested in style than fashion. I have several friends that I think have well-developed personal style. A couple years ago, I made a conscious decision to pay more attention to how I dress, and to try to better develop my own personal style. I don’t think it was that I was a bad dresser, but I wanted to be more intentional about my appearance.

Where do you gain inspiration for your style choices?

A lot of my inspiration comes from blogs and what my aforementioned stylish friends are wearing. The Sartorialist is great for seeing people from stylish cities around the world with looks that range from fringe to traditional — I really like seeing what the older, Italian men are wearing. Also, I find that Broke and Bespoke is great for thrifting inspiration.

How has your style evolved over the years?

In high school and college I was part of the skater/punk-rock scene. I would wear vintage t-shirts, skinny jeans, hoodies and canvas tennis shoes. I still try to keep some “edge” to my look. I think the biggest change has been replacing hoodies with blazers. I have always enjoyed “dressing up”. Now I just feel like I am able to do it in a way that is more appropriate for every-day wear.

I love your glasses! Any tips for choosing a good pair of frames?

My vision is horrible, so it doesn’t do me a lot of good to try a pair on and look in the mirror. I shopped around a little and snapped photos of myself wearing a few different frames. I waited a couple days to choose the pair I wanted. This gave me some time to weigh my options and make an objective decision about which pair to go with.

Your outfit is a great marriage of casual and classy. You look sharp and put together without being stuffy or pretentious. How do you pull off a relaxed style while still paying careful attention to details?

I love wearing a sport coat and tie, so I try to do it in a way that is as relaxed as possible. For me, a nice slim fit and little to no padding in the shoulders of the jacket are key. Broken-in denim and casual shoes bring everything down to earth as well. I also love knit ties for their casual feel. 

I noticed that a lot of your clothes are thrifted. What’s the secret to wearing vintage in a modern way?

I don’t think that menswear trends ebb and flow nearly as much as trends in women’s fashion. Over the past few decades, there have been a lot of fads that have come and gone, but there has always been a common thread of classic style. The key is to find timeless, well-fitting items that avoid extremes—such as lapels that are too big or too small, tons of padding in the shoulders, or weird button stances. Also, avoid polyester. Finding the perfect item isn’t always easy. It takes a lot of persistence and sometimes a little tailoring. Fortunately for me I enjoy the thrill of the hunt.

Bonus Questions :: Has being a father changed the way you dress? (Just cause I’m curious.)

Being a father (and now a homeowner) has definitely helped me become a more responsible person. I think that part of that maturation process has been me being responsible with my appearance as well. Also, having a wife that stays home with the kids forces me to be more resourceful, so it’s a good thing that I enjoy thrifting!

Thanks so much, Wayde! I can’t wait until you start a men’s style blog of your own (hint…hint…). :)

P.S. You can read other Manly Style interviews here, here, and here.

Posted by Aanna on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

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