Three Style Lessons You Can Learn From This Guy’s Makeover

Use it to improve your look this winter.

Azeez Jacobs and Nadia Windt |

Our dads are always hard at work – so who can blame them if they don’t always keep up with the latest trends, or wear the coolest threads? We decided to give a deserving dad a style upgrade.

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Name: Schalk Jonker

Location: Cape Town

Occupation: Editor, go! Drive & Camp

The Change: From Too Bad To Cool Dad

1. Groom Regularly

Grooming has never been part of Schalk’s arsenal; he’s been growing his hair and beard for months with no upkeep. We booked an appointment at Barnet Fair in Cape Town for a haircut and a traditional shave.

Master Barber Godlin gave Schalk a classic cut (a short back and sides, and longer on top). “It’s a haircut that’s low maintenance, easy to style, and it makes him look sharper than my blade.” Grab some Reuzel Clay Matt Pomade to keep it sleek, Godlin adds.

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The next challenge was Schalk’s facial hair. What separates messy beards from great beards? “The shape,” says Godlin. It should accentuate the jawline, and make it look more square. “We trimmed quite a lot to create a full, defined beard shape.”

In our opinion, beard hair needs to be tamed if you want people to cosy up to it. Beard oil will soften coarse hair and help make it supple and easier to style. And behind the scenes, it will help condition the skin underneath, reducing the chances of it becoming itchy or flaky.

2. Have A Solid Foundation

Guys don’t have to choose between comfort and style. For Schalk’s new look, we kept things modern, with stylish winter essentials that had enough stretch in them.

Standing 1.94m tall, Schalk often struggles to find clothing that fits him. When dressing for a long torso, look for shirts and jackets with a longer cut, but make sure they don’t appear baggy – opt for slimmer or regular fits.

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We styled Schalk in a light-weight jersey with a narrow waistband that doesn’t cinch in his waist, giving him a streamlined appearance with the darker jeans. Then we added a cool suede jacket to the mix – it shaved 10 years off his look, making him the coolest dad on the planet. It’s also a great way to class up a look if a blazer feels too stiff or formal; and it can easily be styled with most casual looks, too.

3. Invest in Cooler Kicks

While you need to be careful with cloth-ing choices, it’s your footwear that can make or break your look. Your shoes will show your sophistication or lack thereof, so invest in a quality pair that you can wear with multiple looks.

In Schalk’s case we opted for a pair of charcoal suede Chelsea boots. They’re great with jeans and chinos, and with flat-front trousers you can wear to the office (or even a friend’s wedding). A good pair will last you a long time if you take care of them – see page 57 on how to take care of your suede boots.

Related: Why Boots Are The Must-Have Footwear For Winter

Watch the video below to see Schalk’s full transformation:

TIP: Any shirt you’re going to leave untucked must be flat-bottomed. And avoid any upper-body gear with an elastic bottom; it’ll cause the material to bunch up at your waist, making you look heavier than you should.

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