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Lately, more and more of my photographers friends have begun to blog about their personal style in posts like my friend Tori’s “Wardrobe Wednesdays” or Jen + Ashley’s “Style Sessions.” As someone with very little natural intuition in the ways of fashion, I really look forward to those posts! I’m not an innovator AT ALL when it comes to dressing myself, and I’m more often than not left panicking about what I should wear to a client meeting because I’m a terrible shopper and can’t assemble outfits without the help of someone much more knowledgable. 

It turns out, though, that someone in my family DID get the fashion gene! My big brother Ethan is a champion dresser- remember his e-session? Within the past couple of years he decided that it was time to start taking pride in his attire,  so we began to see a change in how he dressed. No more ratty t-shirts or hoodies- these days, he dons ties, cufflinks, boat shoes and waistcoats, and he does it all on the budget of a single parents serving with the United States Marine Corps. This dude can find a deal ANYWHERE.

So since I lack any fashion sense whatsoever, I decided to focus on men’s style seeing as I have one very fashionable brother. Plus, I feel like when it comes to choosing a groom’s wedding day attire, people feel limited to Men’s Wearhouse. Don’t think like that! There’s a lot of creativity to be had! Ethan helped to style both the groom from our Harry Potter wedding shoot and our groom from our yet-to-be-released styled shoot, and as his own wedding is coming up this October I’m incredibly excited to see how he and his groomsmen outfit style blogmen style blogmen style blog

When I asked Ethan about his wardrobe choices, he told me he keeps an eye on stores like Jos. A Banks, then pounces when they announce some of their larger sales. He’s incredibly budget conscious and almost always sticks to clearance/sale racks, but he did emphasize that he’ll drop extra money on a few choice pairs of shoes or a nice suit. Wardrobe staples are important, and once you have a few key pieces, you can outfit the rest of your closet with less expensive items to mix and match.

Land’s End button down shirt: $10, H&M vest (waistcoat): $30, The Tie Bar tie: $12, Target leather belt: $10, EXPRESS socks: $5, Calvin Klein leather boots: $105.

Was this post at all interesting? Let me know- if y’all liked it, we’ll do more in the future!

An attempt at a style blog post

May 30, 2012

  1. Spring

    May 30th, 2012 at 8:14 am

    I have been going nutz looking for grey vests like that for the groomsmen at my wedding and or H&M only has tan and black!! Great post 🙂

  2. MissBeth

    May 30th, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Love this. Ethan is one of the true gentleman of our ages and dresses like it. I hope this blog does well, I will continue to watch it.

    If you ever need a model up in the Chicago area, hit me up 🙂

  3. molly stillman

    May 30th, 2012 at 8:42 am


  4. Rebekah Hoyt

    May 30th, 2012 at 9:02 am

    I love this Abby! I especially love his socks. Matt and I have been looking for a vest for him, and I hadn’t even thought of looking at H&M!

  5. Jean Hensley

    May 30th, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Great pictures of Ethan, Abby. What a handsome grandson!

  6. Rachel Brenke

    May 30th, 2012 at 9:31 am

    ah love it!

  7. EthantheBrother

    May 30th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Spring, if you have a little bit extra coin to spend (or don’t mind making the groomsmen buy them) the absolutely best bet for your money, in my mind, is having the groomsmen pick up this $99 vest from Indochino ( ). If you have a moment, mess around with the customization and you’ll see why it’s worth the money. Each vest made to measure, so anyone with a bodytype that doesn’t usually work with the off the rack clothing gets a perfect fit. Additionally it let’s you customize it to a ridiculous degree, which you’d never get outside of going to Saville Row and dropping several thousand pounds on a new suit (color of the back of the vest, number of buttons, thread color, single breasted, double breasted, etc. etc.) Worth looking into. If this color doesn’t grab your fancy just click up top-left where it says ‘VESTS’ to see the rest.

  8. ashley barnett

    May 30th, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Awesome! I’ve been thinking of forcing Jeremy to do this for me (as if I didn’t annoy him enough hahaha). I did not know Land’s End had such fun shirts!

  9. Natalie Franke

    May 30th, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Style posts are so fun! Love this Abby!

  10. Christy Tyler

    May 30th, 2012 at 10:03 am

    So cute! Love the added touch with the socks! 🙂

  11. Katie Nesbitt

    May 30th, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Oh John would looove to do this! HAHA. He lives for H&M!!!

  12. Amy Leigh

    May 30th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    What a handsome fella! I think you did a great job!!!

  13. Karen

    May 30th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Um, this is totally awesome. If I ever did a style blog about my brothers it would include a dorm t-shirt from college, cargo shorts, and flip flops. ALWAYS flip flops. And they’re both military too! Ha! Love the socks. 🙂

  14. AlenaEthansFriedn

    May 30th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Abby, what a wonderful job showcasing Ethan’s style! I love the way he dresses. He always looks so classy and handsome!

    Ethan, lookin’ good, man! I’ve already told you this before, but Jess is one lucky girl! Also, *lets (it’s the singular nongender pronoun’s conjugation of the verb “to let”). You know I <3 you and just had to be a grammar jerk. 😉

  15. Karen Field

    May 30th, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    I’m the mom of ETHANTHEBROTHER and I approve this post!

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