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Richmond native Stephen Adkins has a very long, stylish resume. As a product, he has strutted the runway 25 occasions, from local demonstrates to New York Vogue Week. He designed a limited-run apparel line for men’s apparel store Alton Lane in Richmond, and he serves as the model coordinator and a board member for RVA Vogue Week. The 45-calendar year-old husband and father of two has taken on performing roles in every little thing from area commercials to appearances in an forthcoming Hulu collection. He has also created a line of men’s grooming goods, “The Fox Edge,” which is rolling out at neighborhood outlets and on line. We caught up with Adkins to get his thoughts on modern-day men’s fashion.

Richmond magazine: What advice do you have for curating a man’s wardrobe?

Stephen Adkins: You have to start out with your fundamental principles, which would be your black pair of denims — a effectively-equipped black pair of denims — no very low-using, bunching at the heel. It just drives me mad when you’ve received like 6 inches of too significantly material at the bottom of your toes, it looks ridiculous. I constantly say an eveningwear blazer. It is anything a minimal dressier, but it does not have to be a tuxedo. I adore pairing that with a pair of denims and a good pair of loafers. I can don a T-shirt and then throw the blazer around major. … I would say your typical nice, collared button-up shirt. I often recommend finding one in a coloration. Fellas tend to be a minimal terrified of that, like, “I really do not know about a pink or a purple shirt,” and I’m like, “Man, if you get it in the correct shade, and you know how to dress in it, and it suits correct, you’re likely to glimpse like a million bucks.” … You can have just a number of pairs of denims, a few or four pairs of shoes, a couple of evening meal jackets and some T-shirts, a couple collared shirts, and you’ve bought 15 outfits correct there, and if all of them match properly, you can interchange. … I feel personalized fit is the way to go.

RM: What are some frequent misconceptions adult men have when it comes to their wardrobe?

Adkins: One particular of the most important misconceptions that I get is selected colors they never experience comfy carrying, which I consider is the furthest matter from the fact due to the fact you can take any colour and incorporate it with a darker colour, and if it suits improved, it is gonna appear excellent. … You want to costume with intent, so that you will exhibit you as a professional, that you consider care of yourself, you’re properly-groomed, and if you place a minor colour or a little pop of a thing, it just separates you. You never just mix in with everybody else.

RM: How would you explain what you connect with your “Dressy Messy” design and style? 

Adkins: I can get one particular of my nicer jackets and throw it over leading of a printed T-shirt with a pair of distressed jeans and then put on my large-costume style footwear, and it appears to be unbelievable. It appears to be like you took time to determine out what you’re sporting instead of just finding dressed in the dim.  

Stephen Adkins’ Favored Men’s Trend Staples

“Fritz” Chelsea boots, Rider Boot Co., $460

“These black Chelsea boots are fantastic to costume up or gown down. They give that polished, sophisticated look, and this is a staple in my closet.”

Skinny-match go well with trousers, H&M, $35

“A new favorite of mine, these are terrific patterned trousers to be worn all seasons and have five pockets. They add sample and fashion to a T-shirt or costume shirt.” 

Adjustable holeless belt, Anson Belt & Buckle, $50

“I completely like the versatility of Anson belts. They occur in infinite shade combinations and permit for infinite options for all outfits.”

“Mason” Day-to-day Top quality Shirt, Alton Lane, $155

“A pink pastel button-up worn with or with no a tie adds a minimal far more pizzazz to your wardrobe and pairs nicely with a pair of denims.”