THE PERSONAL
STYLE MANUAL

We asked four of our friends and neighbors to share how they developed their unique dress codes and for some tips on the right way to wear our latest looks.

Jenna Lyons - founder LoveSeen

KEY INFLUENCES?
Growing up in Rancho Palos Verdes, California I was wearing OP t-shirts and shorts, but I had a grandmother on the East Coast who would send me navy blue blazers and kilts. It was the time when roller skates and tube tops were big. . . So I was putting all of that together. And I became obsessed with these pictures of Lauren Hutton I loved the way she wore tennis shoes with trousers. She looked beach-y and effortless and wore her shirts unbuttoned. It was sexy but different than what we think of as sexy today. I had this book by the photographer Antonio Lopez, Antonio’s Girls, and it showed women like Tina Chow and Jerry Hall who were sexy but in a unique, rough and tumble way. That [too] was a huge influence on me.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO WEARING MEN’S CLOTHES?
I was 6 feet tall at age 13, so there was nothing in the stores that fit me. My dad had given me one of his old three- piece suits, and I wore the jacket and vest to school over a t-shirt with pearls, and I remember a girl coming up to me and saying, “That’s cool.” And it got me thinking.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT WHEN YOU GET DRESSED IN THE MORNING?
Are those sweatpants clean?

IF MY STYLE WERE A SONG, IT WOULD BE...
“BadGirls”by MIA



ANTWAUN SARGENT - Art Critic, Author of "The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion" + "Young, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of Artists"

KEY INFLUENCES?

My mother is incrediblystylish, and growing upin Chicago, she taught methe importance of self-presentation. Around thirteen,I remember really wantingto dress myself. Sincethen, my style has beeninfluenced by both artistsand fashion designers. I lovethe way that a designer likeGrace Wales Bonner thinksabout black masculinityand the black diaspora,and there are days whenI want to look as elegant as aBarkley Hendricks painting.

HOW DID YOU BECOME AN ART CRITIC?

At Georgetown, I studied to be in the foreign service but came to New York in 2011. I was working teaching kindergarten in East New York by day and reviewing art exhibitions by night. And when I would google a lot of the black artists that I was interested in, there wasn’t a lot there. And I wanted to make sure their voices were being heard, and people were seeing what they were constructing.

IF MY STYLE WERE A SONG, IT WOULD BE...
Solange "Binz"



Takashi Yamada - Denim Guru, Surfer

KEY INFLUENCES?
I started reading Popeye [Japan’s leading men’s magazine] when I was 14 or 15. And I’m still reading it every month. It was about more than just clothes. It was about a lifestyle, and before the internet, it was a way when you’re growing up in Nagoya, Japan to see what guys are wearing in New York and Paris and learn about surfing and skateboarding culture.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT SURFING
I get up at 4:30am and drive from my house in Westchester to surf in The Rockaways and be at my desk by 9am. So you know it is important to me. I like being in nature, the way the waves feel. I like that it is always a challenge, and like an athlete I have to stay in shape and always try to improve. I also like all the diverse friends I’ve made whether it is surf buddies from twenty years ago in Japan or Beach 67th Street in Rockaway.

IF MY STYLE WERE A SONG, IT WOULD BE...
Jack Johnson’s “Flake.”



DAVID COGGINS - FISHERMAN, BON VIVANT, and AUTHOR of "MEN & STYLE"

KEY INFLUENCES?
Growing up in Minneapolis, I used to play tennis with my dad every week. And he wore a V-neck crick- et sweater that had pink and black around the collar, and he carried his racquets in this canvas carpenter’s bag. At the time the look really upset me, but as I got older I realized it was an incredible combination of refined and rugged. My dad has always been a style influence on me even though now he thinks I’m overdressed all the time.

WHAT ABOUT IN MOVIES OR MUSIC OR ART?
I like people who wear nice things but aren’t afraid of wearing them hard... English painters like Lucian Freud or Francis Bacon. Michael Caine in the film after Get Cartercalled Pulp. Michel Piccoli in Contempt.

DO YOU HAVE ANY RULES?
Rules. I’ve got lots of rules. I’ve always liked formal clothes, clothes that make me feel put-together. I don’t wear jeans. I don’t own a t-shirt. I don’t leave the house without a collard shirt on.

IF MY STYLE WERE A SONG, IT WOULD BE...
“This Charming Man” by The Smiths.