Thursday, September 13, 2007

After One Year – Mr. Terron Schaefer

Having developed a well-defined personal style doesn’t mean never evolving that style.

How often have we seen someone who “found their look” in their 20′s or 40′s and have never really changed it since then.

I took the photo (bottom) of Terron about one year ago, I love how he has retained the very sophisticated nature of his “look” while still updating and trying something new.

Lets not make this about “I liked him more before…..or after” this post is not about that. it is about not been afraid to evolve and not letting yourself get stuck in a style rut.


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  1. Hong Kong Loudspeakers

    September 13, 2007 at 9:11 am

    The clean shaved, well groomed look made him look younger. It was a pleasant touch.

  2. SartoriallyAddicted

    September 13, 2007 at 9:25 am

    If Terron is happy with his look that is all that matters. He does a good job of using the three button (and I bet a high two) to hide any weight gains. Great use of handkerchiefs.

  3. Stoner Lines

    September 13, 2007 at 9:26 am

    If we’re talking about clothes here, what changed?!

  4. Anonymous

    September 13, 2007 at 9:30 am

    There is a change.He is quite old and you can see it by looking at the photos.I think that even if you keep the same style or looks year after year it simply tells that you are quite confident of yourself.There are more important issues in life than those concerning how you look this year and how you look next year.

  5. steph

    September 13, 2007 at 10:05 am

    Shave and a haircut, two bits.

    Yes indeed, they both look good.

  6. Anonymous

    September 13, 2007 at 10:13 am

    I love the flowers in the breast pocket detail and the same pin on the lapel.

  7. Deirdre

    September 13, 2007 at 10:29 am

    What a fabulous transformation.

    I’ve been thinking a lot about how I’m going to make the move from older young woman to young older woman.

    This guy did the transformation beautifully.

    • Lea

      December 19, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      I think heĀ“s getting beautifully older!!!

  8. Anonymous

    September 13, 2007 at 10:31 am

    I think hes very stylish with either look. Each evokes a very different feel, well somehow both avoiding being casual…but still comfortable ?

  9. Anonymous

    September 13, 2007 at 10:40 am

    Bravo Sart,

    I liked your comment about not making it about before and after – such things prevent people from taking risks, something I struggle with in finding my own style. Your blog shows people taking risks all the time and that’s what I love about it. He looks great!

  10. Laura

    September 13, 2007 at 10:46 am

    What is the little pin (?) he wears in his buttonhole?

  11. Butch

    September 13, 2007 at 10:59 am

    Gotta say, in terms of the cloths, I don’t see an evolution so much as a variation on the theme of beautifully done and accessorized suit.

    Now, eternal gratitude to anyone–you, Scott?–who can say once and for all what’s going on behind the buttonhole that seems to involve, then and now, a cord of some kind….

  12. Rice and Beans Vintage

    September 13, 2007 at 11:01 am

    A beautiful point, a lovely dressed man.

  13. Sonia Levesque

    September 13, 2007 at 11:36 am

    Oh how I love THIS!

    Transformation of oneself, without it being a total makeover is the spice of life. He did it well. We should all strive for “telling something new” with our life… and style is just one way to achieve that.

  14. cflorax

    September 13, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    I like the three-button suit, too. However, you can tell by the sleeve heads that that is no ordinary suit. He looks great.

  15. smallcitystyles

    September 13, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    So many people get stuck in a fashion rut. I suppose they do it because they feel it is easier than needing to go out and buy a sorts of new stuff.

    Your example shows that it doesn’t require extreme effort to update your style.

  16. Anonymous

    September 13, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    Is that a metal heart in the buttonhole? It looks really good. A dandy touch without being silly on a more mature man. Shows his personality, and that he’s not afraid to display it.

  17. stone

    September 13, 2007 at 1:29 pm

    I love his confidance in letting go of his old self, to have a bare and rather strong new self.

  18. stone

    September 13, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    it makes me think too, and not for the first time, you never know who someone has been.

  19. Anonymous

    September 13, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    To anonymous 9:30, I’m not sure if he is “quite old” or if you are “quite young” (interpret as you wish). Aside from that, I love the buttonhole pin, breast pocket details, and agree with butch that it’s beautifully done variations on a theme.

  20. Butch

    September 13, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    Anonymous, 9:30, I hope you won’t mind if I correct you. In neither photo is the gentleman “quite old.” In the top shot he’s probably around sixty.

    I make this point not to defend geriatrics, but to try to get younger people, of whom I assume you’re one, not to view the world quite so solipsistically.

    Thank you.

  21. Anonymous

    September 13, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    The “evolution” is interesting. Thank you for including a man – and an older one at that – in your “Look At Them Now” series.

    Both looks are interesting. It’s like he’s gone from renegade to upgrade.

    While I don’t like facial hair when it comes to kissy time, Mr. Schaefer actually looked nice with his. What is has retained in his update, however, is that sense of grooming…even though there’s less stuff on his face to groom.


  22. Stacy

    September 13, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    Exactly! Similar to your post about the young lady who moved to New York, knew no one, and was THEN able to find HER own style, without fear of judgement from friends or family who could only see her one way.

    The point is the same with this gentleman.

    The thing is, we can gain confidence with age and become less concerned with how friends or family will react to our changes. AND…we can also surround ourselves with people that encourage and support our evolution in all aspects of our lives.

  23. Anonymous

    September 13, 2007 at 5:28 pm

    So confident and handsome looking…
    He could and should run for President.
    STYLE in capital letters.

  24. Candid Cool

    September 13, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    I like how in both pictures there are similar & identical elements such as that interesting accessory peeking out from his lapel.


  25. Anonymous

    September 13, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    This is no mutton dressed as lamb…this is a man who knows what he likes and knows how to wear it with confidence and ease.

    He should give lessons!

    Love the handkerchief and the lapel pin that show up in each picture.

    Will you photograph him again next year?

  26. Anonymous

    September 13, 2007 at 7:28 pm

    As men begin to lose their hair, I think they look a lot better if they cut it short. This is a very good look for this gentleman- younger looking, less fussy, and very neat. Bravo!

  27. iopine

    September 13, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    Evolving a look is a good thing to think about. I forget to do that and realize that I’ve got all the same clothes that I had from four years ago, and they’re not necessarily pieces that deserve to be kept that long.

  28. Anonymous

    September 13, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    would love to know where he gets his suits – both appear to be bespoke

    like his attention to detail – the pocket square, perfectly tied tie, lapel pin, and the hair – long or short it looks good

    good choice

  29. Anonymous

    September 13, 2007 at 11:18 pm

    It’s amazing how much difference facial hair (or the lack of) and a different hair style can totally change a man’s look.

  30. jason

    September 13, 2007 at 11:55 pm

    It’s interesting, he seems to have gotten “looser,” more creative looking later.

    I like that.

  31. MacGuffin

    September 14, 2007 at 1:39 am

    He looks great in both photos.

  32. Anonymous

    September 14, 2007 at 1:50 am

    He’s strikingly handsome in both. Sure, the shaving habits and haircuts are the most obvious difference, but I think he gives off a slightly different air in each. In both pictures, he does a beautiful job of showing how simple, clean elements can make for an uncommonly elegant whole. I do perceive a bit more of a visual juxtaposition in the newer photograph, however. In a good way.

    MuzzBuzz in Nashville

  33. Curiosity.Killer

    September 14, 2007 at 5:41 am

    I love that facial hair he’s got beforehand… and of course after a year – shaving it off just feels like a breath of fresh air… nice.

    And there’s nothing wrong with a great suit. With pinstripes, it’s always fine.

  34. Anonymous

    September 14, 2007 at 10:07 am

    Hmmmm …. somebody has to say something about ‘teaching an old dawg new tricks’!

  35. Anonymous

    September 14, 2007 at 6:08 pm

    He looks like a class act – a gentleman.

    Nice to see someone who wears clothes well and appears to be comfortable in them.

    Nothing looks forced…

    He is not fashionable, but oh so stylish.

  36. Anonymous

    September 15, 2007 at 9:13 am

    I think this shows what a huge difference the change in grooming alone can make. His style of dress is unchanged, but I wouldn’t have thought this was the same person from one year to the next. I prefer the cleaner look now, but mostly admire his willingness to make such a drastic change.

  37. M.A.H.

    September 15, 2007 at 10:51 am

    Block out Mr. Schaefer face and you are able to compare the small differences in his clothing without the dramatic change in hairstyle and facial hair.

    He simplified his wardrobe’s accessories. The tie before was patterned and now is a solid as well as the handkerchief. (One poster said flowers but I do not see that but I am also not young.) The less busy tie and handkerchief shows off how well his suites are made and well they fit him.

    The greatest change of course is losing the beard and cutting the hair. His strong chin more than makes up for his jowls and need to hide them with a beard. The crew cut’s value is that two tone hair is now one color and is a more modern look. Look at how many men of all ages ware a buzz (or crew) cut of one length or another. The slicked back hair so Miami Vice or Wall Street (Mr. Gekko you are late for your 11:00 AM takeover).

  38. Anonymous

    September 16, 2007 at 7:24 am

    To butch:IĀ“m anonymous 9.30 am and I am not so young as you assumed.My husband and I are both 56 and I tell you that my husband looks much,much younger than the gent in this picture.Maybe you are young yourself and donĀ“t have a clue of peoples ages. I stay with my opinion that this man is quite old-lots over 60.DonĀ“t understand your reaction to this age business.

  39. Anonymous

    September 16, 2007 at 4:33 pm

    Wow – this guy has it together.

    Nice to see someone who looks like a “gentleman” – so few of them around today.

    Is he European or American?

    Interesting accessories.

    Love the pin in the lapel.

  40. Anonymous

    September 18, 2007 at 8:14 am

    Great shot. He looks wonderful, as usual, and has quite a presence. This is really what it is all about.

  41. Anonymous

    September 18, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    I don’t care what anyone says about him – full beard, long hair, clean shaven, short hair.

    He ALWAYS looks fabulous.

    I his style/manners and confidence!

    He is a real “gent”.

  42. Anonymous

    September 18, 2007 at 8:27 pm

    “Rule, Britannia!”

  43. Anonymous

    September 19, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    dapper dude! whats that in the button hole on th lapel????

  44. Mik

    September 21, 2007 at 8:27 pm

    I like his update. The buzz cut and clean face makes him seem more playful.

  45. jestandefer

    December 18, 2007 at 12:44 am

    Regardless, shaven or unshaven, he always has amazing fashion sense and and pulls in meticulous details with great ease. he and his mother are my two fashion heros.

  46. dcinDC

    April 23, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Agree with Stoner Lines and a couple others – “What changed?” If this is “evolution”, he’s not gonna live long enough to evolve into something different. Evolution is any change across successive generations… Evolutionary processes give rise to DIVERSITY at every level… These outfits are just about identical. If you look up images of him, he seems to have a boring gray suit too, tho he does have a couple of colorful pocket squares for when he’s feeling rowdy.

    If you mean his beard and hair, well, we all like to change that up now and then – I still don’t see any “evolution.” Maybe the point of your post should have been how it’s o.k. to have a style that works and stick with it…

  47. Nivia

    July 7, 2014 at 7:15 am

    I love the frist photo, so I love him much more in his nowdays shape…

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