Win a Free Wardrobe Consultation

William Wilson, CEO William Wilson Clothing

Have you ever wanted to get your wardrobe professionally evaluated? Have you ever felt the need to have a true style specialist take a look at your closet and tell you where you stand in the world of style? Well here is your chance. One fortunate Charlotte-area subscriber will get that chance. I have joined with one of Charlotte’s premier personal style consultants, Catherine Horgan, to provide one fortunate subscriber with a free closet consultation worth $300. That’s right! Here’s you chance to win a professional wardrobe consultation by one of the best in the business.

Catherine Horgan CEO of Closet of Style

Catherine Horgan is the owner of Closet of Style, and editor of style blog [My] Style Files. Her love affair with everything stylish began twelve years ago. Styling friends and family — with essentials from fashion, beauty and skin care — was just the beginning of her unbeknownst career in the fashion industry. Her passion soon became her mission: to help clients identify and confidently express their own personal style. With a background in corporate branding, Catherine’s knowledge translates into real world experience. And it was evident two and a half years ago with the growth of her clientele, that the consummate stylist make the shift from part-time to full-time styling.

If you would like to win a chance to get your closet and wardrobe assessed by one of the best in the area, all you have to do is subscribe, and tell me why (in 50 words or less) you think you should win. There is no purchase necessary, but you do have to be a subscriber.

I wish you all the best. The contest is open to current subscribers as well. The contest runs until midnight July, 31st. But it won’t hurt to get in early. Until next time….

God Bless and Dress Well,

William Wilson, CEO

William Wilson, Private Clothier

My Apology To Women

William Wilson, CEO William Wilson Clothing

Let me preface this by saying, this does not pertain to all men. If you are doing what you need to do, then disregard this. If you aren’t, then maybe you need to re-evaluate your position. That’s totally up to you. Also, this is not intended for women that are not up on their game either. This is for the women that are doing thier best, to put their best foot forward. For those of you who aren’t, then maybe you need to re-evaluate your position as well.

Man was created in God’s image. And we have been sliding backwards every since. We have stopped thinking as individuals, and have let society, our boys, and entertainment figures dictate our lifestyles. We are more concerned with being seen as tough and strong in front of our boys, than being vulnerable and loving to our women. We have allowed rappers to dictate the way we dress, instead of our President. We have not only stopped seeking role models, but have also stopped being role models. We have gotten to the point where we are actually looking for credit for not going to jail, not hitting women, and raising our kids. We actually want credit for doing what we are SUPPOSED to do. How sad is that?

I look at the amount of time women put into looking good when they go out. They make sure their nails, hair and clothes are tight, their purses match, and some go so far (and thank you so much for this) as to even make sure their underwear matches. Those are the kinds of things they do. But us….

I go to a comedy show on Tuesday nights when I’m in town. Ladies, I can see the distinct difference in the amount of preparation you put into yourselves and that amount that we do. But it isn’t just there. I can go to events all over town and see how lazy we have gotten. I get so sick of hearing us say, “I just want to be comfortable, it’s not that big a deal”. I hear women complain about how their heels hurt their feet, and how they spend hours at the salon getting their hair right, and the money the spend in mani/ pedis. We give them so little return in their investment.

Ladies, I would like to apologize on behalf of the men that don’t put the same thought and work into themselves as you do to you. I apologize that we have gotten so lazy that we can actually brag that we don’t own a single suit, but we have the newest  Air Jordans, and shiny rims on our cars. I apologize that we can’t take you to a nice restaurant and treat you like Cinderella because our wardrobe consists of tee shirts, jeans, and big chains. I’m sorry we can’t give you culture by taking you to the theater or the symphony, because our cultural knowledge is limited to the likes of Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Trey Songz. I sorry we don’t write love songs anymore. I’m sorry that all of our slow songs are musical descriptions of how we will do you with our clothes off, but not about how we will treat you with our clothes on. I’m sorry that we will commit every weekend to watching the games, but won’t go to church with you. I’m sorry we outnumber you in the club and at the game, but you outnumber us in church and in college. I’m sorry we ask you to be ready when we get there, but we never show up on time. I’m sorry that we don’t give you fair warning when plans change. I’m sorry that the only time we treat you like a woman is when we are trying to get out of the doghouse, or into you pants. I’m sorry we treat you like you’re second to the things we care about, until another man comes along. Then we treat you like a queen until he’s gone. Then we go back to being the same person we were. I’m sorry we aren’t better role models to the next generation of men. I’m sorry our vocabulary is only increased when new rap slang becomes hot. I’m sorry we aren’t the leaders we once were. I’m sorry we don’t make you proud of us like the generation before us. I’m sorry we give you so much information to use in your man bashing sessions. I’m sorry you have to go out with your girls to have fun because we don’t take you anywhere. I’m sorry we have gotten so lazy with our appearance that when a man actually does pay attention to the way he dresses. He’s called a metrosexual. We have actually made paying attention to the complete package as a man a negative. I’m sorry you put so much work into looking good for us, but we give you so little. That you get breast implants, weaves, manicures and pedicures, liposuction, and try ever diet under the sun to look good for us, but we won’t put half that effort into you. I’m sorry we go out with our boys and have a great time, but we crucify you when you want to go out with your girls. I’m sorry we know the stats for every player in our fantasy league, but can’t remember your birthday, favorite color, or our wedding anniversary. I’m sorry we will spend hundreds of dollars on golf and strip clubs, but won’t buy you flowers (unless it’s a special occasion), or take you to dinner if the tab is gonna be over $100.

I will take it upon myself to apologize for all of these shortcomings and idiosyncrasies, even though most don’t even apply to me. But I will also like to add this. There are good men out there. Excellent men. Men that will be everything you want. Everything you could ask for. Men that take it upon themselves to be the men God called them to be. They pay attention to your needs. They’re there when you need them. They always have your back. When times are rough, they got you. When you need to cry, they have a dry shoulder. When you need to talk, they have an open ear. When you need a hug, they have open arms. They will never disrespect you. They will always be there for you. They will cherish you. They will love you. And they will be a man you can be proud of.

If you have a man like that now- tell him you love him. Tell him you appreciate him. Show him how much you appreciate him. There is a shortage of men to be proud of these days, and the list is shortening everyday. We may act tough, be we need affection too. We want to love too. We want to know we are noticed and appreciated just like you do. We get tired of seeing you accept lesser treatment, by pathetic men, but find ways to disregard the good ones. If you have a good man in your life. Let him know. He doesn’t have to be your man. He can be your friend that is always there for you. He can be the guy that listens through everyone of your bad relationships. He could be the guy at work that you can always open up to. Whomever he is, give him the respect and courtesy of saying thank you to him. Thank him for not being one of the men I had to apologize for. It may make his day. Until next time….

God bless and dress well,

William Wilson

There’s Never A Bad Time For Cuff Links

William Wilson, CEO William Wilson Clothing

I spend 80% of my waking hours in a suit. I don’t always wear a tie, but there is usually a good chance you will see wearing my signature accessories: my diamond earrings, a luxury timepiece, and pocket square (especially if I don’t wear a tie), and cuff links. I would not recommend you wear earrings to your place of employment, especially 4ct each, like I wear. That could be detrimental to your career (or just look crazy). But I would highly recommend 2 of the 4 accessories I mentioned, A nice timepiece and cuff links.

To me, cuff links are the quintessential male accessory. They are versatile, elegant, and (can be) inexpensive. I am in the process of replacing all of my regular shirts with French cuffed shirts. I like the look, the flexibility, and option of wearing them on any occasion, from casual to black-tie. If you’re wearing a long sleeve shirt, you can wear cuff links. I am known for wearing jeans (when I actually do wear jeans) and a French cuffed shirt. I think it provides an added level of style without going too far.

Your choice of cuff links is important though. You may not want to wear a pair of gaudy, pretentious cuff links if you are trying to be low key. By definition, that doesn’t work. But if you are wanting to add a personal touch to your style, cuff links are an effective-yet inexpensive (though they can be VERY expensive) way to do so. For those of you not fully committed to the cuff link game, I would recommend whats called a convertible cuff. It can be worn as a regular buttoned cuff shirt, or with cuff links. Many of my clients take this approach. It provides them with options. And they come in handy if they’re in a rush and forget their cuff links.
They can just button the shirt and keep going.

I actually look to see if men are wearing cuff links when I meet with them. It doesn’t change my opinion of them, but I like to see it. It speaks to a heightened sense of style, image, and dedication. It doesn’t make you a better businessman. I just think it looks better. But this is my perspective. Until next time…

God bless and dress well,

William Wilson

A Lesson in Toughness

William Wilson, CEO William Wilson Clothing

Imagine vomiting, while driving 190mph, racing 42 other drivers, for 600 miles, in 140 degrees. Sounds brutal doesn’t it. It sounds more like a scene from a futuristic prison movie with a sadistic warden that entertains himself by making prisoners race for their lives. But this is no movie. This isn’t even a plot for a book. This is what happened Sunday to Kevin Conway as he raced in the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. As a former military man, and as clothier to a number of NFL players, I have seen my share of displays of toughness. I have seen men get cortisone shots to play in a football game. I have seen men willing to stay and fight even with bullet holes in them and bleeding profusely. One place I never thought I would see the type of  toughness to impress me enough to write a blog,  is on a NASCAR track. But that is exactly what I saw this past Sunday.

Kevin Conway is is the driver of the #37 Extenze Ford, and is competing for Rookie of the Year. Kevin was an associate, that turned into a client, that has turned into a friend. His story is one of perseverance and dedication. He wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth ands he has worked for everything he has achieved. Even with his rise to the sports highest series, Kevin has remained humble and very accessible to fans, as evident by his appearance at a Tweetup at Charlotte Motor Speedway last Sunday.

When I was hanging with Kevin at the Tweetup, who would’ve thought just a few short hours later, his world would turn completely upside down and while having one of the best performances of the season, he would be living in his own private hell. Kevin got extremely sick early in the race. Before long, as I read his tweets (@ExtenzeRacing), it became obvious. Kevin was not in a good place. I read the first report of him throwing up. Now vomiting is bad enough. But imagine vomiting into a helmet, as you drive 190mph, inches away from other cars going 190mph, for 600 miles. A helmet that you have to keep on, mind you. My friends, that is toughness personified. Most people would’ve called it a day. I know, I’ve seen it happen numerous times. As a matter of fact, Michael McDowell was standing by to take over for him. But Kevin never relinquished the wheel. He toughed it out, finishing 35th.

Kevin Conway- Driver of the #37 Extenze Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

This led me to wonder. How many of us have that same drive and toughness. I read tweets of people “On the grind”,or “making it happen” or have all these dreams. This is fine, but success comes from persevering through tough times; even when you don’t want to. In your darkest hour, you find out who you really are. It’s easy to move forward when things are going well. But what about when things go bad? How tough are you? Many of us would like to think we would stay in the car, but we wouldn’t. I see people give up on their dreams of becoming successful business people everyday. Sometimes, they have bad ideas. Sometimes, they are too arrogant to ask for, or receive, advice of others that know better. And sometimes, they just give up because it’s too hard, and they aren’t as tough as they thought.

Imagine if everyone gave up when times get tough. Where would the success come from. What if Jesus would have given up on us, when we fell short our 100th time? What if Ben Franklin would’ve given up on discovering electricity? What if you would’ve given up on your dreams? Where would you be now? Where would others be? I am able to help a number of people achieve success, through the success I have attained. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t “arrived” yet, but I am well on my way. What if I gave up? And don’t think I haven’t thought about it. There have been times when I have sat in my house and just cried. When I was scared, confused, and felt like no one else understood, what I was trying to do. When I didn’t know which way to turn, or where to go. There were times when I wanted to give up. When people thought I was crazy and my goal was too high. But I didn’t. I persevered. I called on the 2 people all good Southern boys call on. Jesus, and my mama. Afterwards, I reached down to the same place Kevin did and said “I’m staying in the car.” I stayed in the car and drove,and I reached the finish line. I didn’t always finish first, but the important part is I finished.

Success isn’t about always winning. Sometimes it’s about participating and putting yourself in a position to win. As  my friend Michael Foster (@lyfelong) CEO of calls it, “Position of Power”. Life is like chess, the moves you make determines the power of the pieces. And you must always be 3-4 moves ahead of where you are. Do you have the toughness to be successful? Do you have the toughness to be great? Only you can answer that question. For only you know how far you are willing to go to see your dream through. Until next time…

God bless and dress well,

William Wilson, CEO

William Wilson Clothing