Borrowing from Her Closet feat. Christian McDuffey

May 23rd, 2014

Long time Articles of Style reader Christian McDuffey, aka “jeanscuffed”, has had my back in the comments section for over a year now. I’ve always enjoyed reading his commentary, so I thought to myself; I wonder if this guy has style? I wonder if the Articles of Style effect is really working on these loyal readers?

So I reached out to “jeanscuffed” to see if he could share a bit of his style journey and potentially shoot his own feature. Turns out he’s a really fresh young man, and his girlfriend knows her way around a camera. She’s also very fly herself. So fly, in fact, that sometimes he borrows pieces from her side of the closet…

“I’m a 27 year old recruiter in the Scientific Division at Aerotek. I’m in front of young professionals all day; going on client meetings and interviewing potential contractors, so it’s important that I look sharp, savvy, and professional. Even though dressing-up is cool and all, I love to loosen the tie and get down to some funky streetwear. As someone once said on Articles of Style; suiting up is easy, it’s putting it together every day that adds respect.

Living in the south all my life I have adapted the ‘Southern Gentleman’ role quite well, but not in such a typical ‘dandy’ manner. I went through a back-to-basics ‘classic’ period, but lately I’ve been experimenting and having fun with trend pieces like hatsfrayed jeans, and ethnic prints. Ultimately, whatever I’m wearing, it all comes down to fit… Tailoring can take you from looking like you have a police record to looking like the man with the plan.

Take it from me; it’s going to feel weird at first… Going from baggy bootcuts to slim-fits took some time, patience, and an attitude of forgetting what other people think…but now I’ve never felt better or more confident.”

1. Little Black Suit


From her closet: the pashmina scarf

“This thing came out of nowhere. My gf said she got it at a Christmas party where they were exchanging ‘secret santa’ gifts – luckily she had the last pick so nobody could swoop it… Ever since she brought it home I’ve had my eye on it. The morning of the shoot it was exceptionally cool out, so I figured I would break this out for Articles of Style. It’s 100% cashmere, super warm, and the pattern brings some life to a simple outfit. “


2. Modern Retro Casual


From her closet: the leather pants

“Funny story… We went to Nordstrom Rack for a random visit. I find nothing (of course) and she finds a cart full of things (of course), including these leather pants. They’re just simple, straight to the point leather pants with no frills or thrills… She’s a bit curvy (ass and hips) so she struggled a bit to get them on in the fitting room. That’s when I knew I had a chance to wear these things, but I had never tried…

Then the day after Dan mentioned he wanted to feature me, I got the courage to try them on along with this tribal shirt while my lady wasn’t home. Suddenly I heard her coming up the stairs unannounced and I freaked, trying to take them off quickly but quietly (not an ideal situation for leather pants). She walked in and immediately asked if I had tried on her pants… I had to say yes as I frowned lol. After 4 years of being together, has our relationship come to this, where she catches her man trying on her clothes? Going forward I’ll be man enough to admit that if I find something fly on her side of the closet that fits me, I’m not going to act like I don’t want to rock it.”


3. Classic Southern Gentleman


“I remember when I first stumbled upon Articles of Style. It was before my recruiting position at Aerotek, when I was working as a teller at a local bank in Dallas. We didn’t get that much foot traffic then, so there I was, cruising viciously through the site. I was instantly addicted. I was so glad you had been writing since 2009, because I had SO much content to catch up on. To this day I look for editorials every morning and get mad when I don’t see something new (I know you’re a busy man, but damnit Dan! lol). It’s had a MAJOR impact on the way I dress and the way I look at menswear. More than anything, I think it’s important that you show your readers different perspectives on menswear and that everyone can (and should) have their own voice.

Being a part of this website now is definitely an honor. It’s not even about the exposure. It’s about being let it on something big…and the fact that you actually trust your regular readers to produce their own content. That feels very real. It’s like saying; why don’t we have the fans pick who should be drafted instead of the coaches and board.”

4. Blue Suede Kickin’ It


From her closet: the printed shirt (blouse?)

“I believe she thrifted this shirt during one of her random visits to the local Goodwill. As soon as I saw the pattern I wanted to try it on (this was way before the leather pants fiasco and actually the first time I suggested that I wear her clothes). You can imagine how awkward (and beautiful) of a moment that was for us. It’s a little flowy on her small frame, but actually fits me quite well… I wear this one more than she does, to the point where I’m getting used to the buttons being on the other side (the easiest way to tell if a garment is womenswear – for all you go-hard thrifters out there).”


“Some last thoughts on style… Shallow or not, a person is often judged by their physical appearance first – so play it to your advantage! Ladies notice…and ladies talk. Suddenly you’re known as ‘the guy who can dress’. Also, tailoring to my size (I’m 5’8”/ 155lbs) quickly made me stand-out and be taken more seriously both in business and social situations.

I call it ‘style’ over ‘fashion’ because as humans we can call bullshit very easily. We can see what is genuine and what is forced. Developing a comfortable style creates value from within and tells the outside world; “YO, I have a story to tell!”… I saw a quote somewhere that always stuck with me: ‘The better you dress, the worse you can behave’. And from my experience it’s very true… So I guess that means Dan and crew must be really acting a fool behind the scenes!”

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Articles of Style

  • Alex Miller

    Where does this guy get his loafers?!

  • Sushi

    way late on the discussion..but that last look…where are the shoes from??

  • Georgia Wangari

    Looking awesome coordination is epic your looking good as well as you clothing well of course most boring from your better half you guys are awesome together. Thumbs up ;)

  • Tyson

    Thanks kindly. The feedback is appreciated.

  • Tyson

    Well executed! Im currently buying a completely new & different wardrobe and taking style risks. This feature was indeed an inspiration. Where did you obtain the tribal shirt? I need it!

    • Jeanscuffed

      Thanks Tyson, the shirt I got from I’m glad I could be of an inspiration for you! That’s partially what menswear is all about!

  • Richard

    First of all Christian, lemme say “curls for the girls” are in order lol

    Great feature! Christian, we have the same body type(5’8 150lb) and having relocated to a place where suits and jackets come in huge sizes, I haven’t bought a jacket in a while. Your’s on the other hand fit perfectly! Whose do you wear? And please advise your jeans choices, which ones do you wear and what cuts? Lord knows my wardrobe needs the advice… thanks.

    • Jeanscuffed

      Well don’t be in such a rush to “complete” your wardrobe. That’s going to take time and I’m still trying to work on mine. My suit purchases vary from Asos to Nordstrom Rack to Express. This one in particular in the feature came from Asos. The grey jeans came from H&M. They are a bit long so I choose to cuff them eliminating the “puddle effect”….hence the name Jeanscuffed. I hope this helps Richard.

  • Adam

    All the looks are great, but number 2 is just insane. I never thought leather pants could look so good on a guy…

    • Jeanscuffed

      Thanks, learned from Dan the man

  • Jeff McAllister

    Damn dude! All four looks are killer. I’m a particular fan of the ‘blouse’ — Kanye-chella 2011 vibes and all.

    Also a huge kudos to Dan for reaching out to his readers! Once again, proving why this site is revolutionizing the online menswear discussion.

    • Jeanscuffed

      Thanks Jeff, I think it’s safe to say that shirt is mine now

  • JM

    When I saw Jeanscuffed I though”Where do I know that from” then it hit me, he is the biggest advocate for SuitSupply opening up in Dallas; I see him ALL THE TIME on Social media. these looks are really great, congrats on your feature!

    • Jeanscuffed

      Thanks JM, I’m still waiting for the Dallas store opening

  • Khaled Nasr

    I must say this is pretty killer. You wouldn’t think any of these things are women’s wear because they are incorporated so well into his outfits. Thats a testament to good style.

    • Jeanscuffed

      Thanks Khaled. I’m trying to step my tailoring game up like yours.

  • Pony Marshmallow

    What a great feature! I cringed a bit when I read the title, but after sifting through I’ll be the first to admit, this guys got style and a good story to tell! 100% cashmere scarf! Where does your GF work??? Think I need to get a job there!!!!

    • Jeanscuffed

      Thanks for the compliments, she works at an allergy clinic. I’m guessing that someone didn’t know what they had b/c I would’ve showed up with no present and kept it lol

  • Nicholas

    Those are some great looks man! Each look seemed to improve on the previous one. That second look though; I remember seeing that and thinking “damn, now that’s genuine AND looks great!”

    • Jeanscuffed

      Thanks Nicholas!

  • Dave Coakley

    This guy could well be the most stylish person I’ve seen on this site. All of the looks are totally on point and I would wear all of the items myself (apart from maybe the tribal print shirt which might look a big silly on a 35 year old white English guy….but looks effortlessly cool and relaxed, with the stand out black trousers on this guy, ha!).

    I’m honestly struggling to pick a favourite outfit and I’m inspired to try some of these looks myself (adding my own personal sensebilitys to them).

    Cheers mate and well done!

    • Dan Trepanier

      Nothing like a 35 year old white English guy in some tribal print. Keep them on their toes! Haha

      Thanks for reading, and sharing, Dave. Hope all is well across the pond.

    • Jeanscuffed

      Very honored and humbled choosing me for most stylish, although a very bold statement. I’ve seen a lot of gentlemen that are EONS ahead of me with their style

      • Dave Coakley

        I’ve managed to narrow it down to look 3 being my favourite. Really well put together colours.

        Congrats on the feature mate. Take confidence from it.

  • Todd Ruhnau

    I voted for you last month! Good to see you getting recognized. Love the simplicity of the outfits with the loud patterns. And props to the TSB team for representing and acknowledging your readers. That’s what sets this site apart. You’re building a community.

    • Dan Trepanier

      Thanks Todd. Exactly. The commentary and banter is my favorite part of the site. We’ll be cultivating that community aspect more in the coming months…more on that later.

      • Jack

        Tip of the cap on the way you and the team handle readers’ comments (good and bad). I’ve removed five or six sites from my Blogger reading list over the last two years specifically because the sites’ moderators picked fights with their commenters.

  • MS

    Dude knows how to dress! Awesome idea, Dan, truly. Doesn’t help that Christian is super easy on the eyes, too.

    • Jeanscuffed

      Lol thanks MS

  • kid_icarus

    Fantastic looks across the board, man!
    Back In college I wanted some slimmer jeans, but this was before “skinny jeans” caught on in menswear, so I had to rock some women’s jeans. No big deal. Hadn’t really considered raiding my wife’s closet, but she’s got pretty solid style, and now you’ve got me thinking. Hmm…

    • Dan Trepanier

      Hah My apologies in advance to your wife and her closet.

      • Jeanscuffed

        Man and wife, what’s hers is yours too lol

  • TO

    Nice work jeanscuffed!! This is an article readers have requested to be redone in the past and you nailed it!

    You must have a very stylish girlfriend too, and you both have a great eye for unique prints!

    I remember voting for that pic in the reader contest and I didn’t know it was you. So, nicely done sir.
    Also, we may have been reading TSB in Dallas at the same time, I was there summer of ’12.

    • Jeanscuffed

      Thanks TO, it’s gotten so bad to where I pray she finds stuff when we go shop

  • cam

    Fresh!! Would love to see a monthly feature on reader transformations. I would add some “before the TSB effect” pictures to really highlight the changes.

    • Dan Trepanier

      Well, naturally you would be up next Cam! You got something for us?

      • cam

        Ha…that may take some convincing…I’m like the Wizard of Oz when it comes to being spotlighted.

        • Jeanscuffed

          My initials are actually CAM….state your full name sir..

  • Christian

    NICE! Loving this Christian….oh my God…we have the same name?! BEST FRIENDS!!!

    • Jeanscuffed

      A group of Christians could be quite the force lol

  • JBells

    Very well written Christian! i’m loving that blouse!

    • Jeanscuffed

      Thanks JBells, all thanks to the better half

  • Miguel

    A very nice feature, all outfits are on point, I like how you use subtle and loud pieces, congrats on the feature Christian.

    • Jeanscuffed

      Thanks Miguel, I’ve always been curious to see a bigger picture of what you have on in your avatar

      • Miguel

        Jajaja, thanks.

  • Shawn

    Excellent feature jeanscuffed! I enjoyed reading it!

    • Jeanscuffed

      Thanks Shawn!

  • Juan

    Loved this from start to finish, especially the recurring “loud piece + simple outfit” theme. Very tastefully done, I definitely have to get myself one of those print button-downs!

    • Jeanscuffed

      Simplicity is key, thanks Juan!

  • Josh

    Excellent post, the writing was phenomenal. Kept me engaged from start to finish. Dude’s got style.

    • Dan Trepanier

      I think the format of keeping everything on one page really helps the flow of the article…it’s a better user experience, yea?

      Thanks for the feedback Josh.

      • Pony Marshmallow

        It works well for the features like this, but I wasn’t sure about the WIWT yesterday. It took me a while to figure out i had to click through to see a more in depth look of the outfit. I guess I’m pretty used to the ‘next page’ button!

      • Josh

        I like the flow of a single page. It’s better for mobile viewing as well.

  • Mark Smith

    Hands down my favourite editorial I’ve seen in a long time. If I’m honest, when I saw the preview picture of the printed shirt + leather trousers, I was expecting another trendy/modern/streetwear (circa TYGA) post. But god damn I was wrong.

    Incredible style @jeanscuffed:disqus, especially look 4. I’m a huge advocate of the white tee & slim jeans look, and that shirt and those suede slip-ons take it to a new level.

    • Jeanscuffed

      Thanks for the kind words Mark

  • Jeanscuffed

    I want to extend a HUGE thank you to the TSB team for the feature. I’ve said before that inspiration is everywhere and I’m just grateful I was given the opportunity to display my inspiration from my past experiences with menswear to what I’ve been exposed to from this blog.

    • Dan Trepanier

      No, No. Thank YOU my man. Getting a lot of love, as predicted :)

      • Jeanscuffed

        I’m actually surprised at all the positive feedback

  • Matt

    Where do your shoes come from? All of them are sick !!!

    • Jeanscuffed

      All the slip-ons are from Steve Madden, the camo print loafers are from Aldo

      • Sabir M. Peele


        Do you live you live in the Philly area? I see you work at Aerotek.

        Great feature. Your use of patterns is spot on.

        – Sabir

        • Jeanscuffed

          Thanks Sabir, I follow you too, you put out great content as well. I’m actually in the Irving office in Texas. If I’m out that way in Philly we will have to link

          • Paul Kim

            I used to live in Dallas. There are a lot of great places to shop in Dallas… I miss the Galleria…

            • Jeanscuffed

              It’s all about Northpark man

  • Anon

    *gets popcorn and a slush puppie*

    • Dan Trepanier

      Get comfy and stay a while, friend.