From Boys to Men: Tips on Updating Your Wardrobe

Gentlemen, this one is for you.

Have you been sporting that old sweatshirt from college or slightly too big suit for longer than you would like to admit? Do you have too many old graphic tees and holly jeans that you never wear just sitting in your closet? If so, its time you revamp your wardrobe ASAP! No need to worry we've got a few tips up our sleeve to help your style make the transition from boyhood to manliness. 

1. We'll start with the basics. Don't be afraid to spend a little bit more money on those essential pieces. Quality versus quantity goes a long way in the game of style in that it pays to look better with items that last longer. Investing in these pieces ( <-- to your left) will having you looking sharp through many wears so you wont have to rush out and buy another pair. Remember the foundation is everything.

2. Befriend a good tailor. The power behind a good tailor cannot be stressed enough! Proper fitting clothes make you look much more polished in professional settings and more put together in a casual one. Finding a good tailor will also save you money in the long run because instead of having to toss the clothes that are too big for you, you can have them fitted perfectly to your needs.

3. Be mindful of your body type. While a tailor may solve many of your problems its important to keep in mind your body type while you are out shopping for yourself. Certain prints and cuts are things to consider when looking for what is most flattering on you. There are a few different body types:

  • The Average Build: This consists of broad shoulders, lean legs, and slight definition overall. With this body shape you can pull off a variety of prints (this includes both horizontal and vertical) with ease. You'll want to emphasize your lean/athletic build so paying attention to the shape of your clothes is important.
  • The Inverted Triangle: This is typically what we would refer to as the athletic build. This person would have larger proportions than the average build in that your chest is broader but your waist is slim. When it comes to tops, crewnecks and V-necks will work more in you favor to draw more attention to your waist. As for patters just keep in mind that horizontal lines will make you look wider. We suggest looking for slim bottoms to accommodate for your narrow waist and if you aren't finding anything that fits that is where your tailor comes in.
  • The Rectangle: A narrow build, or simply put straight up and down best describes this figure. The hips are narrower than the shoulders and chest but only slightly and most likely lacks in muscle definition. To add definition through clothing laying is the way to go. Add a jacket to give more definition in the shoulders or where skinnier bottoms to give the illusion of an inverted triangle. Luckily patterns are not a concern for this body type because you could pretty much get away with anything (but don't go crazy lol).
  • The Triangle: A little cushion for the pushin is how I describe this shape. This silhouette consists of larger midsection than the rest of the body. Adding structure to up top, paying attention to color (black is your bff), and leaving horizontal stripes behind will instantly slim your figure. Opt for straight leg trousers when shopping for bottoms as this will add more visual balance to your overall appearance.

And wait... there's more! Don't forget about your height. If you can't find anything that fits how it should again this is where your tailor comes in.

4. Accessorize. Don't be afraid to spice up your style with some accessories.  Once you move past the basics (aka the watch) its time to step your game with some simple add ons. The best part is you can be as cheap as you want and still look great!

5. Disregard Trends. Just for now. Since you're probably building your wardrobe to where it needs to be its best to avoid buying something that is super on trend. Building a timeless style first is will help set the foundation for how you want to portray yourself. From there you can build your image by adding more trendy pieces to your now solid wardrobe.

Keeping all these things in mind when building your wardrobe will get you off to a great start on your journey to your most stylish self. If there's more to add that you think I missed comment below I would love to hear your thoughts!

[#NoBODYLeftBehind: A Series on Body Types] THE RECTANGLE

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Can you believe that it's the end of the road?? This is the final body shape I am going to cover in this #NoBODYLeftBehind series.  Hopefully this has been helpful for you and your style journey! Let's dive in:


Believe it or not, this is by far my favorite shape to dress as a stylist. A person who is rectangle shaped is often looked at as having a boyish figure with no curves, but clothes can be used creatively to give the illusion of curves and create all types of beautiful silhouettes.  You are rectangle shape if:

  • Your waist, hip and shoulder widths are similar. 
  • Your bust is small.
  • Your waist is undefined.
  • Your hips are narrow.

Again, this is not a death sentence.  You have so many options when it comes to fashion. 


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Images: Getty Images

Generally, a person with a rectangle shape wants to create curves and a more feminine silhouette.  Here are some basic do's and don'ts to do just that:

  • DO wear a deep scoop or sweetheart neckline to create curves. 
  • DO wear long jackets to create a lean look.
  • DO wear tops with collars, ruffles and details to add volume to your chest.
  • DON'T wear overwhelming or super dramatic styles.
  • DO layer to add more dimensions.
  • DO wear dresses with ruching. Cinches on sides are ideal.
  • DO have fun with colorful bottoms.

I also included a downloadable infographic below that outlines the rectangle shape and what clothes look best on you.  If this is your body type, save this image to your phone and use it as a shopping guide; you'll immediately see the difference in your appearance. 

With every single body type, it is important to wear a good bra (lift and separate) and good foundational undergarments. Even the tiniest supermodels wear spanx when they are showcasing garments. The point is to smooth everything and make you look your very best!

Stay tuned for more from The Modern Disciple. Spring trend report coming soon! 

[#NoBODYLeftBehind: A Series on Body Types] THE INVERTED TRIANGLE


Hey y'all! I'm continuing the series on body types here for the next couple of days.  Hopefully, you're finding this information helpful in determining your shape and the best clothing for you. Let's jump right into today's shape:  


I always thought growing up that this was my body type - and to be honest, it was.  As I grew older, I started to get hips and they balanced out my shape.  In other words, I have a ton of experience dressing this body type. You are an inverted triangle if:

  • Your shoulders and chest are broad. 
  • You have a narrow waist and hips.
  • You may have an athletic build.

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The goal in dressing ANY body type is balance.  In this case, you want to highlight the beautiful parts of your shape and disguise what you dislike. Here are some do's and don'ts:

  • DON'T wear spaghetti-strap tops.
  • DO wear bright colors on the bottom.
  • DO wear wide-leg pants.
  • DO wear full skirts.
  • DON'T wear boat neckline tops.
  • DO wear high-waisted styles.
  • DO look for clothes that create the illusion of a waist.

I also included a downloadable infographic below that outlines the inverted triangle shape and what clothes look best on you.  If this is your body type, save this image to your phone and use it as a shopping guide; you'll immediately see the difference in your appearance. 

The #NoBODYLeftBehind series is just starting. Only ONE more shape left! Tomorrow is the last day. Leave your comments, questions or concerns in the box below and I'll be sure to respond.  If you found this information helpful, feel free to share on social media too! XO, Kendra

[#NoBODYLeftBehind: A Series on Body Types] THE APPLE

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Hey y'all! I'm continuing the series on body types here for the next couple of days.  Hopefully, you're finding this information helpful in determining your shape and the best clothing for you. Let's jump right into today's shape:  


Though a lot of us (read: y'all) like apples (I hate apples except apple juice lol), women who are apple-shaped don't always feel liked.  Women who are apple-shaped tend to carry their plushness in the middle.  But it's cool. I promise it is.  Not sure if you're an apple? Here you go:

  • You have a larger bust and/or tummy. 
  • You have narrow hips. 
  • Your ribs and back may be broad. 

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The goal in dressing ANY body type is balance.  You basically want to draw the attention away from your midsection and put the focus on your greatest assets. Here are some do's and don'ts:

  • DO wear monochromatic looks.
  • DON'T wear tight clothing around the torso.
  • DO wear empire tops and dresses. 
  • DO belt your waist at the smallest point.
  • DO wear shorter skirts to show off your legs and look taller.
  • DO wear bootcut pants to create balance. 

That's all I have.  I also included a downloadable infographic below that outlines the pear shape and what clothes look best on you.  If this is your body type, save this image to your phone and use it as a shopping guide; you'll immediately see the difference in your appearance. 

The #NoBODYLeftBehind series is just starting. There are only 2 more common feminine shapes left! I'll go over them in the next two days. Leave your comments, questions or concerns in the box below and I'll be sure to respond.  If you found this information helpful, feel free to share on social media too! XO, Kendra

[#NoBODYLeftBehind: A Series on Body Types] THE PEAR

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Hey there! I'm continuing the series on body types here for the next couple of days.  Hopefully, you're finding this information helpful in determining your shape and the best clothing for you. Let's jump right into today's shape:  

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As much as the hourglass is deemed the "perfect figure" by societal standards, we are seeing a huge wave of pear-shaped women being praised.  With the culture leaning more towards women with hips, booty and thighs, this season is for you!  You are pear-shaped if:

  • Your hips are wider than your shoulders.
  • Your booty is wider and larger than your chest. 
  • Your waist is well-defined. 

Images: Getty Images

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While many of us in the black community may feel like this is the "perfect body", there are still do's and don'ts that will keep your body balanced:

  • DON'T add volume to your lower body with ruffles and lots of layers.
  • DO rock a-line skirts. 
  • DO try to wear lighter tops and darker bottoms for balance. 
  • DO wear darker tops and lighter bottoms for emphasis. 
  • DO wear ruffles up top. 
  • DO show off arms and shoulders. 
  • DO wear jackets with hemlines that dance right at the hip.
  • DO wear a dramatic top. 

That's all I have.  I also included a downloadable infographic below that outlines the pear shape and what clothes look best on you.  If this is your body type, save this image to your phone and use it as a shopping guide; you'll immediately see the difference in your appearance. 

The #NoBODYLeftBehind series is just starting.  I'll be covering the other 3 common feminine shapes over the next three days. Leave your comments, questions or concerns in the box below and I'll be sure to respond.  If you found this information helpful, feel free to share on social media too! XO, Kendra

[#NoBODYLeftBehind: A Series on Body Types] THE HOURGLASS

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Body types. Sure, lots of people have written great content on this subject.  A quick Google search will pull up pages upon pages of information regarding your body type and shape.  So why am I writing on this? Well...bear with me. 

WARNING! THIS MAY BE OFFENSIVE TO YOU AND YOURS, but I am SICK and TIRED of seeing people just wearing whatever.  Don't get me wrong.  Personal style is just that - personal.  And we have a choice as to what we put on, but why wear something that makes you look bad when you could improve your image with a few basic guidelines? 

Also, I might get blacklisted from the church for this one, but some of these female preachers wear WHATEVER in the pulpit. In the last few months, I have seen some of the most outrageous outfits mounting the sacred desk, from loud mermaid dresses to mid-thigh bodycons and the looks are usually:

  1. Too tight; 
  2. Too short; or,
  3. Just not flattering. Period.

My best fran would add, "Or just plain ugly," to the list, but I digress.

By basic industry standards, there are 5 feminine shapes and 3 masculine ones (though this can also be 8 feminine and 5 masculine depending on who you ask... idk idk).  For the intents and purposes of this blog, over the next few days, I am going to focus on the 5 primary feminine shapes because every body fits one of these profiles.  Keep in mind that body type has nothing to do with body size.  A person who is a size 2 can be the same body type as someone who is a size 20W.  And believe it or not, less than 10% of the female population is shaped perfectly - so love your body no matter what shape.  So let's jump right into the first one:

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Disclaimer: You may disagree with me...and that's fine. :) The hourglass figure is the most coveted shape and ultimately what most people strive to look like.  There is a great balance and harmony to a person who is hourglass shaped.  You are hourglass shaped if:

  • Your bust and hips are proportioned.
  • You have a well-defined waist - approx. 9" smaller than your bust.  
  • You have proportioned legs. 

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While this is indeed a beautiful shape, those with hourglass figures must be mindful that they maintain proportions and a defined waist in their garments.  Here are some basic Do's and Don'ts to look your best:

  • DO wear form-fitting clothes.
  • DO define your waist with belts.
  • DO wear high-waist bottoms. 
  • DON'T wear oversized clothing. 
  • DO wear skinny, straight or tapered jeans and pants.
  • DO wear jeans with stretch. 

That's all on that.  Hopefully, this cleared up any confusion on this body type.  I also included a downloadable infographic below that outlines the hourglass shape and what clothes look best on you.  If this is your body type, save this image to your phone and use it as a shopping guide; you'll immediately see the difference in your appearance. 

The #NoBODYLeftBehind series is just starting.  I'll be covering the other 4 common feminine shapes over the next four days. Leave your comments, questions or concerns in the box below and I'll be sure to respond.  If you found this information helpful, feel free to share on social media too! XO, Kendra