Today on Style, we are fortunate to interview Jamal Jackson, the founder of the StyleSocietyGuyBlog.com.
He’s dedicated his time to not only showing his readers some dope style, but also delved into how readers can get the same style for themselves.
We sat down with Jamal to talk about his blog, his personal sense of style and any advice he can give our readers.
Tell us about yourself and your blog, http://stylesocietyguyblog.com. How did you get started being a men’s style blogger? How long has your blog been up for? Is blogging your full-time career or do you do something else as a day job? What do you think differentiates your style blog from everything else that is out there?
I am a mid-twenties-something blogger located in NYC (I naturally stayed here after college) who is originally from Maryland.
I started using my Instagram account as a journal log of all my outfits, new finds and sales.
For my blog, it started off as a voice for the man who wanted to “up” their style and read up on “how to’s”.
This is the 3rd year for the Style Society Guy blog but I actually started another blog two years before.
I do write and blog full-time but have several other long term projects in-between, such as “The average millionaire has 7 streams of income”.
In my blog, I show readers how they can accomplish a look they see, how they can build on a wardrobe and where they can find the items I feature on the website.
Much like other men’s style blogs, StyleSocietyGuyBlog.com posts photos or OOTD’s (which our readers love), but where we differentiate ourselves from everyone else is we explain how to put those outfits together and why we put them together.
I share more details with the reader, who essentially walks away with more knowledge from my blog over others who just want people to look at what they are wearing.
ESM is all about style. If you could describe your personal style in one sentence, what would it be?
How’d you guys know to ask me the toughest question this early on?
I’m still analyzing this myself but I try not to think about it too much – it just has to be the correct fit.
What advice would you give readers who are also trying to develop their style? What about those who are developing their style on a budget?
No matter what price range or style the same rules will always apply.
- Declutter (separate the items you don’t wear)
- Start with true basics and buy new ones if it applies (white shirt, chinos)
- Make sure the fit is perfect (I tailor 90% of my items, you don’t have to buy the most expensive piece just make sure it fits)
- Gather your inspiration articles (via Pinterest, magazines, photos)
Has your style developed as your social media presence (Instagram, Facebook, etc.) has developed? If so, how has it changed?
Yes, comparing my first OOTD posts on Instagram versus now is quite different. All the looks are still 100% my style but I discover new brands everyday which fit into my aesthetic.
I’m also interested in different brands as well – I compare to see which one is better and analyze what different techniques each brand uses
Oh, and my photo quality is a bit better (I documented with a iPhone 3 back then).
What are some of the benefits and challenges you have experienced as a fashion blogger?
- Connect – A chance to connect with not only great brands but more importantly, I connect with readers. I get to chat with people in China about trends and brands we both are interested in and share ideas.
- Positive Influencer – Nothing makes me happier than knowing I have a positive influence on someone’s life. It’s easy to wake up and get to work when you know someone appreciates your hard work and effort.
- Friends – Throughout this process, I have met some awesome friends beyond the fashion industry, such as the medical, legal and music industries. Style brings everyone together and we all have it.
- Deadlines – We all have deadlines for our normal 9 to 5’s, but as a writer I have several deadlines, and most projects occur last minute. Of course, there is the additional stress of finishing a project and perfecting it (I’m a perfectionist).
- Keep up with the new – As a men’s fashion blogger, I am expected to know EVERYTHING. Every new brand, trend, etc. The truth is I don’t have the time to research all of the new trends because I’m too busy writing every day and making last minute changes to a blog post. The pressure to keep up with every social media outlet is high.
What are some of your favorite looks right now?
Guys are taking more risks and I’ve been seeing one that started in Italy which is perfect – layering a turtle neck over a collared shirt.
The best part? The look is classy and this trend is already in your closet.
Do you have brands or designers you favor? For our readers who are developing their style on a budget, do you have affordable brands you can recommend?
My personal favorites:
- Robert Geller
- Todd Snyder
- Club Monaco
Great affordable brands:
- Topman (trendy)
- Zara (if you’ve seen a specific runway design Zara probably has it too)
- Jack Threads (a little bit of everything for the guy that just starting his style journey)
- Target (most items i purchase here needs to be tailored, but you can’t beat the price)
What is your philosophy on men’s accessories? What are your favorite accessories to wear?
Accessories compliment your style. Watches are essential and my favorite piece to wear.
Do you have any style icons? Who are they and why?
Mark Ronson is my favorite.
Google “Mark Ronson suits” and you will find awesome suits – some bright, some printed – but all of them fit well.
Color and prints are a big part of my wardrobe. Not everyone can pull it off, but if you can, you’ve mastered style.
David Beckham is also always on point with fitted clothing and simple style. Simple but stylish.
At ESM, we have a list of “Style Essentials” or pieces that every man should have in his wardrobe. Do you have your own list of style essentials? What are they?
- Tailored Chinos
- Navy Jacket
- Tailored Jeans
What is your definition of “style”? Is there a difference between “style” vs. “fashion”? If so what differentiates each?
Style is how you carry your own when no one else is looking, fashion will come and go. The difference in your style is the flair you add to it.
What does the future hold for Jamal Jackson and the Style Guy Society?
Personally, I plan to do much more traveling.
For the blog, a lot more open conversations about style and the lives of stylish people, like a forum!
I capture most of those conversations on Snapchat so follow me there for updates (StyleSocietyGuy).
To keep up with Jamal Jackson and the Style Society Guy Blog, you can check out their official website at http://stylesocietyguyblog.com, their Instagram account at https://instagram.com/stylesocietyguy, their Tumblr account at http://stylesocietyguy.tumblr.com, their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/jamal412 and their Pinterest page at https://www.pinterest.com/stylesocietyguy/pins.