Upgrading My Dad’s Style: Mike O’Hearn

February 10th, 2013

One of Articles of Style’s biggest fans and supporters, since the early days, is an old friend from my high school bball days.

Tim O’Hearn, or TO as he goes by in the comments section, is a fellow hooper-turned-style-enthusiast who studies the game, has a keen eye for detail, and is passionate about helping guys dress better.

In response to our before & after post with Gabe, TO shared with us the transformation that he, and Articles of Style, have had on his father Mike.

Check it out below, written by TO himself.

Weekend – Before


It has been a process to convince my father to come around to dressing better.

Being a criminal lawyer and workaholic, when probed, he almost seemed permanently convinced that his craft was much more important than the way he looked. Upon examination of his fellow law workers in the region, he was right.

However, he has recently changed tune and upgraded his look quite a bit, in part due to a horde of reminders from a certain one of his offspring.

Weekend – After


It has taken several birthdays and Christmases to help get the idea across, but my dad is starting to truly understand the value of quality basics and, more importantly, fit.

Office – Before


No, he didn’t get taller, but he slimmed down his look considerably (from a three-button 42L to a two-button 40R).Β Now my dad looks at suiting in a whole different light.

The next project is convincing him to invest in some shoes well-made enough to be passed down, to a certain offspring.

Office – After


And finally, a word from the man himself:

“After thirty years of practicing law, a lot of things become routine. My dress was probably the oldest of all my routines. Tim had to work a long time to convince me to try something new. When I look in the mirror now, I love what I see. It’s amazing how something as simple as a new wardrobe can make you feel more confident and re-energized!”


Special thanks to Tim and Mike for this awesome submission. These kind of emails remind us of our impact and motivate our team to push Articles of Style to the next level.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

  • Mishal

    This is fantastic! Wish my own dad would be up for something like this. Might take me a few birthdays and Christmases too though. Hah! Great job to all!

  • http://www.theseals.com.au Desmond

    TSB upgrade is a winner! Keep ’em coming, team

  • Joe

    Of all the new changes to the website from the website format change, TSB Upgrade is one of my favorites. Great job TO and TSB crew.

  • RC

    Fit, fit fit!! Isn’t it amazing how properly fit clothing makes you feel more powerful and radiates confidence?! I’m constantly preaching this to the men I work with that still choose to wear an XL sweater, when in reality it should be a medium! Thanks Dan and TO for posting and showing all men, regardless of age, how clothing should properly drape and fit.

  • Nik

    I love these TSB upgrades. Please keep them coming.

  • Marianne

    I can’t believe how much younger he looks. Love this transformation.

  • Ace F.

    Wow! That’s a very nice transformation.
    Well fitted clothing is really a must.

    Thanks for sharing guys!

  • Michael

    I think that black shoes would look better with the suit.

    • TO

      @Michael- agreed that black shoes would work really well in this case. A darker brown would be a nice place to start for him and black in definitely a safe bet. He has confidence, though, either way!

      Like mentioned, I’m still working him over to invest in a nice pair of handmade shoes (in either black or brown or ideally pairs of both) and trust, these were the best current option in his case!

    • Jack

      They would, but who cares?

  • WWW

    Mike, you are truly treading spritely but go lightly, those shoes definitely are deserving of a certain offspring! Very impressed with both Son and Father.

  • John

    Biggest lesson i took away from this is always smile

  • Andrew N.

    Tim demonstrates his expertise. Mike demonstrates how good he can make a suit look. Brilliant post!

    • TO

      Thanks for the words Andrew!

  • Keaton

    Since I started following TSB, I’ve always enjoying reading TO’s comments. It’s always evident that he really knows what he’s talking about and this transformation only confirms the fact. Great job, kudos to Mike for taking on the challenge!

    • TO

      Never knew anyone noticed my comments, haha. That’s nice to hear, appreciate it Keaton!

  • Brady

    It’s amazing how much power your clothes can have. When you look good and like what you see, it makes you feel like a better man (or woman). Gives you a reason to take pride in yourself and hold your head a little higher. Lookin sharp Mike!

  • TO

    Thanks DT and TSB Team! Appreciate the love.

  • John

    I like his transformation! He proves that slimmer clothes aren’t fonr young guys only!
    I believe he looks a bit younger as well!

  • Justin

    Good for you, Mike. Congrats on having the courage to try something new after years of routine and good for your son for caring enough to want you to look your best. The looks are great. Awesome post.