– Hi. Welcome back to my Ask AW show where I answer all of your
questions about style, grooming, etiquette, dating, and so forth. So if you have any questions, be sure to leave it in the
comments section below, or visit the link in
the video description. It’s definitely been a minute since I last did an Ask AW episode, and I’ve gotten so many great
questions from you guys, so I decided to bring
on a very special guest to help me answer those questions, and, you may recognize him from some of the latest videos I’ve done. He’s also my fiance, Dorian. – Hello. Nice to officially meet everybody. I don’t think a lot of people know really who I am or what I do in
this whole little AW universe that we’ve created, so, what am I exactly? – I’m not sure. He’s so behind the
scenes, he does so much, he wears so many hats. So what exactly do you do? Just remind me. (laughs) – So I’ll tell the audience as well so we’re all on the same page. So I basically help with
all the back end stuff. Ashley obviously does all the writing and all of the outfit details. And then I do all the really boring stuff, like set up the website,
social media stuff, basically just handle the
business end of everything. Ashley makes me model as well. I’m sitting at my desk, she’s like, “hey by the way, try this on.” I’m like, what is this? She’s like, “oh yeah, we’re
gonna do a shoot today,” and I’m like, why am I in this? I don’t want to be in this. – I get to tell him what to
do, so, and he has to listen. – Any opportunity she gets
she’ll take it to boss me around. – First up, Brian asked,
well first he said “I love the site and videos and
have used your advice often, but I get the feeling that
everything you recommend is something you’re paid to promote and is not always your honest opinion. Can you talk about how
you do this for free, and why I should take your
recommendations more seriously.” That is very frustrating,
but a great question. I have always maintained
this in all of my videos, and that is the integrity of my advice and the site always comes number one, so the products that I recommend … I’m not getting paid to recommend them. The beauty of what I do
when I style my clients, when I style projects, is
that I get the opportunity to touch hundreds and hundreds of awesome, and sometimes not so awesome items, so it’s really nice to be
able to have a platform where I get to only recommend
and let you guys know all of the great products
that I’ve touched and that I would love for you guys to own, but I’m not getting a piece of that pie. I’m not getting paid
to promote that brand. – They think people are just used to it on YouTube specifically
because I’ll notice, like I’ll get an email
one week from a sponsor, hoping to do something with
us, and I basically turn down all of them because it’s cheap crap. So it’s interesting to
see those come through, and then watch the wave
happen through YouTube of everybody start
recommending these items, and it just doesn’t feel right
to me and Ashley as well, so we really go out of
our way to make sure that we don’t do things that
aren’t organic to the channel. We do do an affiliate program,
so when someone clicks on links from the website to buy things, we get a small commission of that, and that’s pretty much industry standard. That’s not like some weird witchcraft that we’ve figured out to do. That’s just kind of how a lot
of channels make their living on top of sponsorships
and things like that. So that’s why we’re able to
do this for free for you guys. And as far as, like her
recommendations based on sponsorships, number one,
you have to disclose that by law, so you would know that. The second, we just
pretty much don’t do them because it’s tacky and cheap. If it was organic to
the channel or something that Ashley really liked, then
yeah, we would do something like that, but we pretty
much turn down 99.9% of stuff because it just feels gross. This is not our career. We don’t make our living this way. – So Seth asked, “What’s
the best way to pack a suit or sport coat if I’m
not checking any bags, and only have a weekender and a backpack?” So this is a really great question because a lot of times when we travel, you never want to check a bag. – No. – And I don’t like checking a bag because it just takes
up way too much time. So you usually only have a backpack and a weekender actually
so this is kind of perfect. – Basically when I’m in that situation and I need to bring a
suit or like a sport coat with me, and I don’t
want to get it wrinkled, if my weekender is not completely full, I’ll take my sport coat or
suit and pack it in there kind of lightly, and it should be okay. If it’s full, then I have to
basically get a garment bag, and hang it over, like, you
know, a strap on my weekender or my backpack, and no
one’s ever given me trouble for getting on planes with that because it literally just sits on top of your bag in the overhead bin. I think once someone was
like that’s three items, you can only bring two. I’m like this will go on top
of that in this much space. As far as how to fold it, I think you said you wanted
to like do a demonstration. – All right, I want to
show you guys real quick how to fold it because it’s
actually really simple. Can I have you hold this? – Sure. – All right. One sec. Okay, I’m back. (laughs) So I’ve got a sport coat, but I’m actually gonna turn it around so you guys see the back side of it ’cause it’ll be easier for
me to demonstrate this. So what I do is, it doesn’t
matter what side you start with, I’ll start with my left side,
but I take my left hand, and I’ll push it through the left sleeve, so like this right here,
left side of the sleeve, and I’ll just bring it inside
out, so now, it’s inside out. Then, what I’ll do is take my right hand, and push it through this right sleeve, but I’m not going to take it inside out. So basically what I’m
gonna do is take this hand with this sleeve, and go
through the other sleeve. So now you’ve got basically a folded jacket. So it’s basically folded
lengthwise, like this. And then you just take this
sleeve, you fold it over. Sorry, if you can’t hear me. You fold it over, and
then you fold it in half, and you place it on the
top of your weekender bag. You don’t want to place it in the bottom of your weekender bag because
all of that weight on top will mess up the padding in the shoulders. So you just place it on top, zip up your weekender, ready to go. Eric asked, “My current wardrobe
consists of mainly black, gray, white, navy, olive and
burgundy colored clothes. What can I do to be more
colorful, and what can I do to elevate my style so I
can appear more stylish rather than boring, basic, and simple?” I got a bone to pick because
I think a lot of men think that in order to be
stylish, you need to wear bold colors and be mixing patterns a lot. There is nothing boring or basic about wearing simple essential pieces and keeping your colors neutral. It’s very heartbreaking when
I see guys just mixing a bunch of patterns and colors together, and thinking that they look
amazing because it’s not. You got to keep it
simple, keep it timeless, and don’t you agree with that? – I mean look at James Bond. Does he wear any, like you
know, flashy everything? No. Very understated, very refined. I mean certainly for your
personality, if you want to add color and things like
that, you certainly can. The details are where
you can add little pops of color and personality, so like your pocket
square or like your tie, or your socks, like I know you
talked about the socks a lot. So I think those areas are opportunities to really show your personality while still being a refined
gentleman as opposed to like loud, like a clown basically. It, sometimes you see it
out, and you’re just like, dude, like I don’t think
that’s exactly how you want to portray yourself, but maybe you do. – But, some advice though. If you want to have more of a bold look to your current style, then what I would recommend
doing is I’ve noticed that you already said
that you incorporate, you’ve already been incorporating
burgundy and olive colors, which are really great colors
to inject into your wardrobe, so why not wear a burgundy bomber jacket, or an olive sport coat,
and just team it up with neutral colored items. That way, you will have a bold, stylish, but still timeless look. – Yeah, the biggest
mistake is going, like, I need eight statements
pieces in one outfit. Maybe one is more than enough. Yeah, I think you recommend
that all the time. Just one statement piece. – So the next question is from Michael who asked “Is it okay to
get the same pair of Oxfords in black and brown when
you’re just starting your wardrobe, or is that lazy and tacky?” So that’s a really great question because my brother’s
actually kind of like this. He works in the fashion industry as well, and he always gets,
even if he loves an item and it comes in different colors, he won’t get that item
in the different colors. He just wants to get a brown pair of shoes from this brand, and then
a black pair of shoes from that brand, not brown. What I do with my clients and what I always recommend is that if you find a Oxford shoe
that you absolutely love, and it’s offered in black and a nice chocolately brown color, then get both. There’s no reason to go and
try to find another style of shoe in a color that you’re looking for if it’s right there in
front of you already. So I see there’s nothing wrong with it, and with my clients, I do the same thing. So, and you, with you,
you have multiple pairs of the same shoe. – That goes for clothing too
and not just shoes for me. If I find something that
fits me and looks good, I’m like, please, I’m
going to stock up on it. I’ll have the same thing
for like five years. Once I find something I like,
I just buy a bunch of it because I don’t know why I
would make it harder on myself. – Not lazy or tacky at all. – No. – Very smart thinking. And we’re done. – Oh really? – That’s all the questions. – Nice. Okay. – So that is the Ask AW show. If you do have any
questions, please make sure to leave it in the comments section below, or visit the link in
the video description. I love answering all your
questions about, you know, dating, grooming, style,
etiquette, all of that good stuff, so be sure to, like, let
me know your question. I’ll answer it, we’ll answer it. Dorian, thank you again for being on here. Sorry you had to walk
the ten feet over here. (laughs) All right, thanks so much for watching. I’ll see you on the next one.

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Dennis Veasley

53 thoughts on “AskAW 11 – Am I Scamming You?, Suit Packing, Elevating Your Style, Dress Shoe Colors”

  1. Hey Ashley! I'm about to get a custom suit made and I already have the basic navy, grey colors and I wanted to get another one. Any recommendations on which color or even pattern would be a great addition to my wardrobe?

  2. I would love to hear your thoughts on complimentary colors for those of us lacking some hair on our heads! 🙂

  3. First, awesome content on your channel. Very informative and full of surprising tips. I would leave like a 100 questions but I'll ask this. When it comes to buying clothes where should I start (shoes, pants, shirts, accessories, etc.) when trying to have clothes that go together as well as with anything else I have? Basically which type of clothing can best put together anything that you throw on?

  4. I feel hurt, that someone asked the 1st question. You should check the products she recommends. It's easy to see, she recommends nothing but the best products. You are the original deal Ashley. Much love.

  5. I have a good question! Have you ever thought about giving advice for younger men (around 17 year olds). It seems like you would fill a hole in the youtube fashion advice community. Most of your videos are good advice for graduation/prom night. Plus, I'm curious to see what you think about stores like PacSun. I buy most of my clothes there, but some of the styles they have are a little too out there…

  6. thank you for all those videos you do they are very helpful any chance to do one for gym wear and what to war on the way to the gym in the winter
    thanks again

  7. Hi Ashley, Thanks for the informative session. At least, now I know a little more about the person from whom I get the fashion advice. In regards to the "same kind but different color" it works in some cases and not for some. For things like shoes, watches, cuff links, sport coats etc I find it always better to get something different rather than just a different color.

  8. Of all the men's style youtube channels, I honestly think Ashley does the least amount of sponsored videos. I find it absolutely ridiculous when sometimes every other men's style channel somehow "discovered" the same obscure brand in the same week's span.
    /rantover

  9. As always, great video.  Some of the items you cover are obvious to me that I already do in my wardrobe, but others I cannot live without your videos in educating me so I can enhance my style – thanks.  Oh, you and your fiancé make a great couple together.

  10. Ashley, any chance of you doing a vid on mens skin care and recommendations? Keep up the great work! Cheers from NYC! ( How about a trade, we send Megan to the Dodgers and you to the Yankees! LOL)

  11. AW: I don't know if you've covered this but what is your shoe maintenance recommendations? What are I Items that are must haves for keeping your shoes looking as new as possible? What is a foundational process you feel is acceptable when cleaning shoes? – Love the AW Q&A segments! 🤓

  12. Nice to meet Dorian. Lucky guy.

    1. Will you guys cover beanies/hats/caps in your Winter Essenstials?

    I see a lot of guys wearing dorky knited hats berets or dated hats like bowler hat. Super casual hats ushankas with a suit when they could have easily switch it for a warmer newsboy flatcap with or without removable ear flaps.

    2. Will you make a vid about more Winter accessories there is a definite niche for these:

    winter leather/fleece gloves (a lot of people choose their hand sizing wrong or can't get the fingers tailored to their length which looks weird), Scarves ( some wear too thick ones more like stoles or just thin materials like foulards which do no match), hand warmers (the zippo ones are neat and useful, not a bad gift), EarMuffs (pretty discrete and pocket friendly), Longjohns ( the most underrated item that will keep your butt warm under those wool trousers), Handkerchief (another one of those things made out of 100%cotton that can clean your nose and not only that: hands, shoes, etc)

    Just some of the stuff that your channel would gladly talk about. Something those product peddlers would never promote or talk about even though 'this the season to stay warmy.

  13. I can admit I haven't always enjoyed your videos because I don't always feel your idea of style meshes with mine, however you are truly professional with your advice at all times and I did find this video very helpful.

  14. Would you please write out the entire reader comment/question next time? It's weird to be reading along as you read it out loud and then you read something we're not seeing on-screen. Aside from that, great tips!

  15. I thought all of your products were sponsored actually. Most of your videos you never mention sponsorship, but occasionally you will call out a particular product and say they aren't sponsoring you, and the way in which you do makes it feel like the other products are sponsored. So maybe try changing the phrasing when making those statements to "And as always none of my products are sponsored" opposed to "this particular product is not sponsored"

  16. I'm glad you were honest about the $ part. I always trust your advice… knowing that its legit and timeless!!!! Your recommendations are appreciated, especially when you provide different cost levels. Thank you Ashley and congrats on your engagement!!!

  17. Is your fiancé wearing makeup? What do you think about makeup for men and will you make videos and articles about it?

  18. how should a Chelsea boot fit. i recently bought one online and i felt it little loose in the heel area while walking, it moved little up and down. is it normal

  19. With shoe color/styles, I recently bought a pair of red wing heritage boots, and they are such great boots that I plan to buy a second pair (you "should" have multiple pairs of shoes anyway so you give each pair time to recover) in addition to saving up for the wolverine 1ks

    So if you find a pair of shoes/boots you really like, I encourage buying multiple pairs. At the very minimum your shoes won't wear out as quickly and if you buy them in different colors they become versatile.

  20. Ashley in regards to watches timex weekender which dial color would be best for casul wearing. Was thinking cream or blue. And you rock bdw.

    Thx

  21. I absolutely love the fact that everything you recommend is something you have some personal experience with. And that everything has budget options as well. Most other fashion based YouTubers really are sponsored in most of their videos. And often they aren't upfront about it.

  22. That is why I take your advice seriously. Because you are NOT like alpham, which by the way in my humble opinion is one of the worst when it comes to pushing his sponsors products. And pretty much almost every one else on YouTube. Thank you for your integrity.

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