Open Talk with PKP – February 2014

This Wednesday, I am excited to host my monthly “Open Talk with PKP.”  From adjusting to college to blazer recommendations to life in general, all questions are welcome!

When:  Wednesday February 12th, 2013 @ 8:00PM EST with early submissions beginning now.

Where: All questions will be answered via comments through this blog post.

How:  To submit a question, scroll to the bottom of your page, type in your name, email address, and question you would like answered.  (All e-mail addresses will remain anonymous and confidential).

-Dean

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Comments

  1. Jason

    Hey man, having gone through the whole college process, and assuming you have a roommate; my question for you tonight is, what are a couple of ways that I may find the “right” roommate. It’s something that I will soon face and I’d like to tackle the somewhat stressful situation efficiently, and effectively. I greatly appreciate any advice or help you may offer.

    • PKP

      Finding the “right” roommate is can be difficult. I have a couple pieces of advice for you:

      1. Be honest in the survey you fill out. Most colleges will ask Freshman to fill out a brief housing survey that talks about sleeping preferences, your habits, etc. It’s really easy to “skew” your answers so be straight with yourself and don’t lie about anything.

      2. Make a couple of friends ahead of time. At GW, there was a Class of 16” Facebook Page that basically allowed you to interact and meet your fellow classmates. Originally, I was going to go random, however, I met two guys that were similar to me and decided to get a triple together. Note, I used the word similar. We weren’t all the same, but we got along amazingly well. Living with people who were different from me was an awesome experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything. Those two guys have become lifelong friends – even though one threw up on my entire closet at 1:00AM in the morning after a night of partying. I still give him hell about it on a regular basis, but it was absolutely hilarious in retrospect.

      3. Ask the important questions. So, if you decide to go the Facebook route, begin a dialogue with the new acquaintances you meet. Yea it’s a bit awkward, but everyone goes through it so don’t feel weird about it. You obviously don’t want to interrogate the person, but you can learn a lot of information just my browsing their Facebook page and finding out what they like, don’t like, etc.

      In short, you’ll be fine. If things are bad the first month of school, you can always roomswap resolving the problem permanently. Best of luck!

      -Dean

      • Emily

        To build on this question
        What advice would you suggest if you don’t have the option of choosing your roommate and you just get stuck with a random?

        • PKP

          If you get stuck with a random roommate, I would try and begin developing a dialogue as soon as possible. Be friendly, make yourself seem inviting, and take a genuine interest in the other person. Like I said before, it will be awkward, but the sooner you start up a conversation the easier it will be for you.

          -Dean

    • PKP

      Unfortunately, there is no “lucky lady” in my life at the moment. It’s not that I “don’t have time to date,” but rather that I haven’t really taken a serious interest in making myself available. I’m pretty bad about asking girls out on dates because I hate the word “no,” which has resulted in Friday being just another Friday in my world…

      -Dean

    • PKP

      Question 1: I most definitely recognize you from Twitter! Thanks for submitting.

      Question 2: To be honest, I’m really bad about networking within the blog-sphere as I prefer people to come to me instead of the other way around (a horrible habit). In regards to building a readership, my best advice is to just be authentic. Blogging is an extremely saturated market with individuals churning out the same content. Don’t be afraid to branch out and be a little bold!

      -Dean

  2. Shayla

    Hi PKP,

    I love your twitter and blog! I’ve been following you since the early ages. It’s been nice to watch you grow professionally and as a person: you sir, are quite amazing.

    Here are a few questions for you:

    1. When you go out to eat do you get the same dish or are you adventurous with your food choices?

    2. What is your favorite quote of all time? Why does it have meaning in your life?

    3. Do you like Louisville, Kentucky? I know that you’re a F. Scott Fitzgerald fan and there’s a lot of history of him here. The Seelbach is where Daisy and Tom’s wedding took place and was filmed! Also, I just came to know that there is a new restaurant called ‘Gatsbys on Forth’ that I’m looking forward to going to soon! Louisville is pretty cool area, if I do say so myself.

    Lastly…

    4. Of all the fish in the sea, whale you go to prom with me? 🙂 Haha. There had to be one (prom) proposal tonight. A girl could only dream to go with such a gentleman.

    Keep being classy, Dean. You are an inspiration.

    -Shay

    • PKP

      Question 1: I’m really bad about trying new dishes at restaurants I’ve already been to. I do consider myself to be an adventurous person in terms of trying new food (I love just about anything), however, I’m bad about getting into a “routine” at my favorite spots.

      Question 2: I don’t have a “favorite” quote because there’s so many that resonate with me for different reasons. If I had to pick one off the top of my head, it would probably be this one: “Know what’s important in your life. Your priorities should always be God, Family, and School.” – My father. This is something my dad always said to me when I was a kid that has stuck with me ever since. It’s a short phrase that reminds me what truly matters in life allowing me to give up or let go of things that just don’t matter.

      Question 3: I haven’t been to Louisville in ages. The last time I was there was for the Kentucky Derby, which must have been at least three or four years ago?

      Question 4: Haha oh that’s very kind of you…I actually never went to prom in high school. #FunFactOfTheNight. I’ll have to write about that sometime…

      -Dean

  3. Evan S.

    Just a couple questions for ya Dean:

    1) I enjoy dressing as nice as I can without completely devoting all my cash to clothes. Since I’m definitely not the wealthiest guy out there, I tend to be extremely wary about messing up my pricey new threads. So my 1st question would be: With all of your fancy/preppy/expensive clothes that you own, do you ever get afraid that you will mess them up?

    2) In the “The Shop” tab on the “Gentlemen” section, there is a cuff link or pin or something that has the letter D on it. Just out of curiosity, does that stand for Dean? Or is it just a happy coincidence?

    By the way, I just wanted to say that I am a huge fan. You are an extremely good role model, and I’ll follow you till the end man. Best of luck in all you do!!

    • PKP

      Question 1: I definitely worry about ruining pieces of clothing, which is why I take good care of what I own. Mistakes are inevitable, but if you treat your clothes with a little extra care, they’ll end up lasting significantly longer.

      Question 2: That was actually a gift I received at graduation from one of my close friends. The letter “D” does in fact stand for “Dean!”

      Thanks for the generous words. I certainly appreciate the support!

      -Dean

  4. Joe

    Hi Dean,

    Just want to start out by saying that your blog, your business, your style, and the way you carry yourself have been some of my biggest inspirations in the past year. You really seem like the best kind of person. 🙂 That being said, I need some style advice!

    First of all, you introduced me to Kiel James Patrick, and I’m loving their nautical oxfords and belts. What do you think about wearing nautical items in the fall/winter?

    Second, do you follow the designer end of the mens sartorial spectrum (e.g. Lanvin, Bottega Veneta, Dior Homme, Prada)? If so, what do you think about buying pieces from these houses as opposed to buying more affordable brands like BB and RL?

    Third, I know you’ve previously mentioned Fun Shirts, but do you prefer this one: http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Multi-Fun-Oxford-Fun-Sport-Shirt/MG01277,default,pd.html?cmp=AFC_CJ_rewardStyle_Brooks+Brothers+Product+Catalog

    or this one: http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Oxford-Fun-Shirt/MG00996,default,pd.html?dwvar_MG00996_Color=MULT&contentpos=1&cgid=

    Fourthly and lastly, which Ralph Lauren trousers do you prefer? Jeans style: http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=23092256
    or Chino Style: http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=23092236

    Thanks for all the work you do, it really does not go unappreciated!

    • PKP

      Question 1: Definitely think it’s all right to wear nautical pieces during the Fall and Winter. I have the same “concern” as yourself, however, as long as the piece is appropriately styled, you should have nothing to worry about.

      Question 2: I really don’t dabble in high fashion items. In my mind, I see the high prices of these brands reflecting the “label” instead of the “quality.” Don’t get me wrong, brands like Lanvin and Prada are incredible manufacturers in terms of durability, however, paying $700 for a white button down seems completely outrageous in my book.

      Question 3: Definitely this one. The colors seem much “cleaner” – if that makes sense.

      Question 4: I would go with this one, but the two chinos seem nearly identical. I don’t think you can go wrong with either.

      -Dean

    • PKP

      People have suggested it before, but I can barely manage what I do now. Editing, rehearsing, and all the “stuff” that goes into vlogs has never interested me. I prefer to write, however, I do commend those who have the tenacity to put those videos together.

      -Dean

    • PKP

      Short and to the point. I like your style.

      Question 1: Awesome. I don’t own a pair, but I wouldn’t mind adding one to my collection.

      Question 2: I really don’t follow too many blogs, however, I do keep up with the ones listed on the right column of this page. You should definitely check them out!

      -Dean

  5. Anna

    Hello, Dean.

    I was wondering what are some essentials for a preppy style wardrobe for a girl. Do you have any suggestions on where to get the article of clothing at a low price?

    • PKP

      That’s a pretty difficult question to sum up in a couple sentences. Perhaps it might be helpful to narrow it down a bit? I’m not too knowledgeable when it comes to women’s fashion, however, if you’re looking to save cash on purchasing items you should take a look at this blog post.

      -Dean

  6. DGC

    I’ve seen some Wayfarers come up on PKP from time to time, but I was wondering if you had any other thoughts on sunglasses (for guys)?

    I really enjoy the site, keep up the good work!

  7. EM

    Just wondering how you study/studied for your college classes? Best techniques and tips for adjusting to the course load?

    Also, is there another company similar to Lilly Pulitzer?

    • PKP

      Question 1: The best way to adjust to a more difficult course load is organization. At the beginning of each new semester, I would print out all of my syllabi and write all assignments/due dates in my planner. By doing this, you know exactly what’s going on during the current week (as well as the following week), which will allow you to stay ahead of the game. I really need to blog about this in depth…thanks for the reminder.

      Question 2: The only brand that I can think of that is similar to Lilly would be Vilebrequin – very neat swimwear line.

      -Dean

  8. Rande Johnson

    How do you feel about Chubbies shorts? Do you own a pair? If you’ve never heard of them, check them out chubbiesshorts.com

    • PKP

      I really like Chubbies, however, I believe there is a time and place to wear them. In my mind, I see Chubbies as resort-wear – something you wear on the beach or around the hotel during the summer. With that being said, I do not understand the trend with guys wearing them with bow ties and blazers. Personally, I think the pairing looks ridiculous especially if the weather isn’t 90 or above. I own a pair of shorts myself, however, I rarely wear them except in the summer. They look great with a simple polo or even an OCBD depending on humidity…

      My point is wearing them like a normal person…

      -Dean

  9. EM

    Hey PKP!

    So my question focuses on school. I go to a relatively small school and sometimes (or all of the time) I feel like my “friends” don’t include me or like me. Am I thinking about this wrong or do they really not like me? Am I overreacting and over thinking this or should I find new friends?

    • PKP

      Hmmm, well this is my advice. Friends are supposed to support you no matter what. If you feel you’re friends aren’t there for you during both your triumphs and failures, it might be time to find a new core group of friends. Sometimes we can get “paranoid” believing that our friends are giving us the cold shoulder when they are in fact just busy or preoccupied, however, I think the answer to you question depends on other current circumstances. Remember, it’s OK to change friends groups! Sometimes it’s good for a change…

      -Dean

    • PKP

      Question 1: Bean Boots are awesome. Highly recommended during the winter!

      Question 2: It really depends on the weight of the pants. If you look at my Instagram pictures, a lot of times I pop out the tongue of the boots and just let the ends of the pants crinkle up on themselves. Every time I try and cuff my pants their either fall down or just look “off.”

      -Dean

      • Falcon

        Dean,

        I think the question was more about the height of the bean boot, if I’m reading that correctly. For my money, the 6″ un-insulated bean boots are the way to go!

  10. Emily

    In honor of the Olympics,
    1. Who’s your favorite athlete?
    2. Thoughts on the polo cardigans that team USA wore in the opening ceremony.

    • PKP

      Question 1: I – guiltily – have not watched any of the Olympics. All I can say is GO AMERICA!

      Question 2: I thought the cardigans were pretty wild…the one thing I did like is that they were made in America. Other than that? Not much…

      -Dean

    • PKP

      Hmmm…I remember going to a gorgeous Country Club in either Kiawah or Hilton Head, Souther Carolina. I can’t remember the name (it was about four years ago), however, I remember the interior being spectacularly southern.

      -Dean

  11. Lauren

    Hello Dean!
    As a true preppy lady, I admire you and your blog so much! I love how you can be completely your true, classy self and just give off an air of confidence! Here are my questions:
    1. What do you look for in another person? (Qualities/characteristics)
    2. Is there anyone special in your life right now?
    3. What is your favorite & least favorite part of college?
    Thanks!

    • PKP

      Question 1: Whether it’s friendship or a relationship, the only thing I really care about is authenticity. I find it’s incredibly difficult to find “real” people who aren’t afraid to show their true self. Trust, worldliness, maturity, and composure all also important qualities/traits that rank high on the list.

      Question 2: I’m actually in a very serious relationship with myself. It’s been working out pretty well because we agree on everything (#Kidding). At the moment, there is no woman in my life. I shall be celebrating Valentine’s Day frantically packing for a 10 day trip up North.

      Question 3:
      Favorite Part – The freedom. My parents were extremely lenient in letting me do my own “thing” in high school, but the freedom in college in incomparable. While I was living in DC, a lot of times I felt like an adult booking my own trips, taking my clothes to the cleaner, doing grocery shopping, the dishes, etc.
      Worst Part – Not having access to my room – and closet. If I had the ability to fly home every weekend I probably would…nothing beats your own bed.

      -Dean

  12. Max

    Hey man, with spring break and summer quickly approaching, what are some of your favorite swimsuit brands to buy? I am looking for a bit tighter suit with about a 6” inseam.
    Thank you!

  13. Joseph

    Hey Dean,
    A while back you posted a playlist on Spotify through Town & Country Magazine. I study to that playlist almost every day. Is there any way you could do another playlist with your style of music. Last Open Talk I read that you like EDM music, which I enjoy too. We have very similar music tastes, with the exception of Texas country, but I won’t hold that against you. If you get around to making another spring or summer playlist it’d be much appreciated! Keep up the good work!
    Thanks!

    • PKP

      That’s so awesome! I’ve wanted to do another playlist, but always thought my choice in music was really odd/random. Since I know there is at least someone who enjoys my taste in artists, I can definitely add it to my to-do list.

      PS: I’ve been listening to this new band called Cherub and really like their stuff…

      -Dean

  14. Jerp

    Hi Dean! I know you’re a church-goer and so am I, so can you tell me wich christian denomination do you belong to? Thanks

    • PKP

      That’s actually a bit more complicated than you would think. So, my father is from a huge Greek family (Eastern Orthodox) and my mother is from a Polish family (Catholic). Since both families were a bit…stubborn…my parents were actually married twice – once in the Catholic Church and once in the Greek Church. Consequently, I was baptized in both churches and attend both services regularly. Personally, I associate myself more with the Greek Church simply because I prefer it’s formality. In reality, the two church as essentially equal minus the Pope. While it would have been easier for my parents to have just “picked one,” I’ve enjoyed learning about both of my heritages – and celebrating the holidays with double the food. I know it’s not “proper” to talk about religion, but I see no reason to hide it from my readers. Just to be clear, my religious affiliations are strictly a personal choice and bear no weight in anything I promote in regards to PKP. I respect those who believe differently than myself and believe religious preferences have no weight in living up to an upstanding individual.

      -Dean

      • Greek1

        Great to see another Greek around! Question of the hour: did you ever participate in the Greek Orthodox Youth of America programs?

        • PKP

          I participate in GOYA my last year of high school (better late than never?). I really was never that involved in it and only joined because one of my close friends was in it…

          -Dean

  15. Andy

    Hey Dean, I have a question for you. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, this winter has been one for the records. It’s been exceptionally cold. Because I live in the south, my normal winter wear is a polo or button down and a fairly light jacket; I only have a few heavy sweaters, but since it’s been so cold I feel like I’ve exhausted all my heaviest winter wear. What can I do to mix things up a bit without buying a bunch of new stuff this late in the season?

    • PKP

      Pretty sure Mother Nature really hates us right now…Anyways, the best advice I can give is to layer up. You might consider purchasing a basic vest (look at this blog post for suggestions) or another piece of versatile outerwear. While the cold weather doesn’t appear to be letting up anytime soon, there are some pretty great deals on the sale racks at the moment. If you want me to pull specific suggestions, just comment back and I will get to it when I make the second round through the questions.

      -Dean

  16. Mike Messina

    Hi Dean,

    Like I mentioned to you on twitter last Friday, I was in Georgetown starting my shopping for Spring. Georgetown is one of my favorite places to shop. What should I look for in your opinion that will be the great spring looks this coming season. You always seem to be on top of what’s the latest and best. Not saying that I know nothing about trends, but I would definitely trust your judgement on what will be the best things to be sporting this spring.

    Thank you,

    Mike Messina

    • PKP

      So, this is my plan for Spring 14’. I’m really focusing on diversifying the colors and patterns within my closet via not buying solid shirts/pants; incorporating bolder colors like red or orange; adding more madras or plaids; and finding pants that have some sort of texture/minimal pattern to them.

      In short, I’m just really tired of the oxford-shorts-loafers look considering I wear it at least two-three times a week during the warmer months. Unfortunately, I haven’t even begun to think about the Spring since it’s absolutely frigid outside. Stay warm up in DC. I heard they’re declaring a state of emergency or something this evening?? Hope everything clears before heading up this Saturday…

      -Dean

  17. Rande Johnson

    Salutations Dean! I have a question about men’s fashion. What are some essential in a preppy, ‘New England’ beachy wardrobe?

    • PKP

      Well, considering I’m not a “New England Native” I may not be the best person to answer this question. In all honesty, I don’t really see a big difference between “Southern” and “Northern” beach attire. The only noticeable difference is that New Englander’s seem to wear items that are more “nautical,” however, nautically-inspired clothing is huge right now so I don’t know how applicable that is. Perhaps it might be helpful if you elaborated a bit more on your question?

      -Dean

      • Rande Johnson

        I apologize because as I reread I notice my question is very vague. Let me try again, what are some staple pieces in an outfit to get a nautical look? And what are some brands that you suggest I look for nautical clothing?

        Thanks!

        • PKP

          Ahh, totally understand now. I would try and stick to a color pallet that has navy, white, and anything with stripes. In terms of brands, you can really go anywhere you want. I’ve found some great nautical pieces from places like Brooks or Ralph.

          -Dean

  18. Jordan

    What advice would you give to someone starting a fashion/lifestyle blog? Is there anything that you wish you had known going into it?

    Best
    J

    • PKP

      If I were you, I would put serious time into the name of your blog. My biggest regret is not choosing a more professional name that spoke more to my personal philosophies. While PKP is certainly “unique” I don’t exactly like the juvenile undertones the name gives off… Other than that, write about content that interests YOU. Remember, there are a million blogs out there – make yourself different from everyone else!

      -Dean

    • PKP

      I was wondering when this question would come up!

      Best: The best part about going public is being able to share one of my largest projects with my entire friend group. It’s been very difficult to keep this from people at school, however, I’m glad to finally “come clean” for lack of a better term. More importantly, I feel it’s significantly easier to interact with my readers as well as write content. No longer having to “guard” my identity is a responsibility that felt amazing to give up last Monday.

      Worst: There really hasn’t been a “bad” part to going public. The only thing that has been weird is that I feel my life, opinions, and decisions are now under closer scrutiny of just over 100k individuals. Like I said in my post last week, I’ve never been someone who enjoys being in the spotlight making my current position a bit odd to be in. It’s certainly a new territory for me and will take time to become fully “comfortable” with the new attention.

      -Dean

  19. Jill

    Hi Dean,

    I currently live in a dorm with very liberal minded individuals. This has been tough for me after living in very conservative environments. My dilemma is that I really wanted to make a Lilly print GOP elephant plaque for my room, but I’m not sure how the other people in my dorm will react to it. I don’t want hide my views, but I also do not want to be ostentatious either. Thanks for your advice and have a good night and keep warm.

    Sincerely,

    Jill L. S.

    • PKP

      Definitely a delicate situation to be in. The space you share with your roommates is equally owned giving you a right to put up whatever decorations you want. However, if the living situation is already a bit unstable, it might not be a good idea to put up any political posters. Have they put anything up that reveals their political affiliations? How “bold” is the print? If it’s something that doesn’t scream “GOP,” then I don’t see a reason why your roommates would have an issue with it… My point is proceed with caution. The last thing you want to do is have an argument over an insignificant piece of artwork…

      -Dean

  20. Andrew P.

    Good Evening!
    So this question is kind of different but it’s one I have to ask.
    I’ll be attending the University of Alabama in the Fall, and it is well known for parties. I am all about going out and having a great time (like most people in the south) but have you ever had to deal with the pressure to drink? How do you feel about alcohol in general in a social aspect? (In no way do I plan on blacking out. I feel like that is not how a southern gentleman should act.)

    • PKP

      Question 1: I really haven’t ever felt “forced,” however, at times I have felt when I “should” have something in my hand. For me, I’m pretty adamant about what I like/don’t like and have no problem making that clear to other people (i.e. no one is going to “tell” me what I should do). If someone is pressuring you to drink then they are probably an idiot and should be ignored.

      Question 2: This is a pretty “big” question that I’d like to address via e-mail. The fact is, I want to give you the best advice instead of trying to type out a quick answer. E-mail information is under the “Contact” tab.

      -Dean

  21. Jerp

    I just want you to know that I’m your age, and it is amazing to see that there is a person who thinks just like I do! It would me so cool if we were friends

  22. Connor K.

    Hey Dean,

    Love and admire what you’ve done with PKP thus far! I have a question regarding mens fashion. I’m starting to look for some seersucker pieces for the coming warm weather (hopefully) and I was wondering what brands you suggest to look at.

    Thanks!

    Connor

    • PKP

      When it comes to seersucker pieces (i.e. jackets and pants) I would suggest purchasing from either Brooks Brothers, Ralph Lauren, or J.Press. There are a handful of other smaller labels that I would be happy to refer you too, however, I’ll have to check my “archives” as I don’t have them off the top of my head.

      -Dean

  23. Christine

    I first have to say how impressed I am with the blog and that I am now even more impressed now that you aren’t anonymous!

    I know you follow the blogs listed on the right of this page, however, if you had to choose the “female version” of PKP what would it be? I know I found The College Prepster through your blog but I’m wondering what your favorite would be!

    • PKP

      Well thank you. It’s certainly nice to no longer be under the “anonymous” label.

      Hmm…difficult to say. I really don’t keep up with the female blogs too much. You should check out “Life Without Tan Lines” by Lauren Maxwell because she’s a close friend – and just generally awesome.

      -Dean

    • PKP

      I do. I took AP English (Junior & Senior), AP Stats, AP Econ, AP Govt., AP Human Geography, & AP US History. I think that’s all of them…it’s been awhile.

      -Dean

  24. Rande Johnson

    Not really a question, just a mere suggestion. I think it would very interesting if you did a Gatsby themed blog post. You could talk about the ‘Gatsby’ style and some articles of clothing that you have or have seen that might be a nice collection. I remember Brooks Brothers did a ‘Great Gatsby Collection’ but I don’t think it quite did it justice. Just a suggestion!

  25. Rande Johnson

    One last question. Do you know of anywhere that I could acquire a Blackwatch Dinner Jacket? They have one at J. Crew that has been sold out for what seems like months. I can’t seem to find one anywhere else. Thanks so much! Stay warm!

    • PKP

      Honestly, I can’t think of anything on the market right now. I know Nordstrom has one, but it appears it’s no longer available online…

      -Dean

  26. Sydney

    Hey Dean!

    I must say that you are by far my favorite anon account.. Guess not so anonymous anymore.. Anyways I have always been a huge fan of your blog and twitter account! Also I love my PKP shirt, it’s my favorite!

    My question for you:
    I love books and my favorite ties between The Great Gatsby and The Paris Wife… My question is do you have any book suggestions?

    Thanks!

    • PKP

      Well thank you , Sydney. I certainly appreciate your kindness.

      I do have a book recommendation for you and it’s called “The Other Typist.” If you liked “The Great Gatsby” you will love this book. It’s so awesome I’ve thought about re-reading it.

      -Dean

      • Sydney

        You are certainly welcome, I only wish there were more guys with your style in my senior class.. Maybe you could come and teach a class on how to have some class. I read the synopsis of “The Other Typist” and can’t wait to get it. If you haven’t read “The Paris Wife” I highly recommend it. It’s about Ernest Hemingway and his first wife. It’s an easy read and very well written!

  27. Darren

    Hello Dean,

    I am in the market for a new watch, would you recommend a gold or silver watch. I am wanting one with a leather band and one I can wear with anything. Any examples would be helpful.

    Thanks

    • PKP

      I would go with silver. When it comes to examples, it all depends on price range. Whatever you decide, go with something that isn’t too “flashy” or eye-catching. You want something that’s functional, simple, but interesting to look at.

      -Dean

  28. Nick

    Hello Dean,

    What is your opinion on contrasting color and cuffs, specifically the blue shirt with the white collar and cuffs?

    Thanks!

  29. Stephanie

    Hi Dean,

    I am curious as to how you are adjusting to everyone knowing who you are now. It’s like you were Batman, and now everyone knows you’re Bruce Wayne! When you did decide to go public, my first thought was, “This is definitely going to change things.” So… What’s changed?

    • PKP

      Well, to be honest nothing has really “changed.” It’s certainly odd having my entire friend group (and school community) know what I do, however, I think it’s for the best. I feel it’s been significantly easier to work with brands, say yes to opportunities, and be a little more “strategic” in what I want to do. In short, it’s been the best decision I’ve made.

      -Dean

  30. Andy

    Dean,

    Congrats on the reveal. You’ve been really helpful so far, so here is another one to throw out at you. I am currently in the market for a tie and pocket square from the tie bar. I need some advice on tie/ pocket square combos. I have realized the identical matching of tie and pocket square is a no no and am struggling of how to pick what tie to use with what pocket square. This is specifically for a job interview, so a classy confident combination with an actual tie bar on top of it. I prefer the 2 1/2 skinny tie look. If you have any advice on the matching or have a match from the tie bars website that would be incredibly helpful. I will be wearing a navy blue suit as well. Sorry this is late, but I know you always have great advice regarding matters like this.

    • PKP

      I’d be happy to help! If I were you, I would go with a white shirt; a tie with a simple pattern (like this one); and an interesting pocket square (like this one). You don’t need to do anything too crazy, however, a pocket square should give a little “pop” to your outfit. I hope this helps! Best of luck with the interview!

      -Dean

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