Story by JOYCE-LYNN WILLIAMS // Photos by MARCUS OWENS // May/June 2017
In years past, IN has transformed deserving mothers with a Mother’s Day fashion makeover. They received wardrobe and makeup updates.
This year, IN is doing something different. I and hairstylist MarQuita Erwin made over a deserving father.
Meet Jeff Brower, the loving husband of Tiffany Brower and a father of two handsome boys, Hudson and Camden. Jeff’s routine consists of allowing his wife to get a few extra zzzz’s by getting their boys ready and then taking them to daycare. From time to time, he squeezes in a workout.
This sporty dad sends a couple evenings each week with his kids at T-ball practice and games. Jeff says that they don’t have too many activities on weekends other than resting and spending time with other family members.
Jeff is 31. His wardrobe mostly consists of workout clothes and T-shirts. During the week, he wears simple business casual khakis and button-down shirts.
Jeff looks nice in his 8-to-5 wear, but we can take it up a notch!
Let the transformation begin.
We start with a haircut by MarQuita, a master hairstylist at Hair Glory Studio. It’s amazing how fast one’s appearance changes with just a good haircut! MarQuita trimmed the sides and left length on top so he can either spike his hair or comb it to the side. As finishing touches, she groomed his mustache and beard.
For the wardrobe, I wanted to create transitional outfits from which he can take pieces and mix with other selections to wear to work, date night and special occasions.
Our more formal look features a blazer and button-down shirt. Gingham shirts are a summer-season must for men and women. The Thomas Dean button-down shirt and light weight Cremieux blazer are a perfect match. The jacket’s pocket square has the same pattern as the shirt
His pants are dark denim, which is a dressed-up alternative to slacks.
For the casual look, I went for something fun that showed a different side to his personality. Jeff is pretty laid back but also has a fun personality. We wanted to emulate that with this modern look.
I know what you’re thinking. Red pants? Yes! Colored jeans definitely are a summer statement piece. Men can pair colored pants with a denim shirt or a black-and-white striped shirt.
As far as shoes, classic canvas shoes are always a good choice. A white pair of Converse keeps it casual while Sperry boat shoes dress up an outfit a bit.
These corduroy Steve Madden oxfords worked for both the formal and casual looks.
Accessories aren’t just for women. A good watch and nice pair of sunglasses instantly upgrade an outfit. For Jeff’s casual outfit, we tied in a bracelet (Aldo Stores) with his shoes and a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses.
Jeff already was a cool guy but the sunglasses made him even cooler.
“I enjoyed the makeover, the haircut and being at the salon was the best part,” Jeff says.
By the end of the makeover, Jeff’s wife and their boys were in attendance. They love the results.
Photographer Marcus Owens used Hollytree Country Club in Tyler, Texas, as the site for the photo shoot. It was perfect in that its bar area provided a grown-up setting and the golf course set a playful and chill tone.
Special thank you to Dillard’s for the wardrobe.
Visit the Tyler store in Broadway Square Mall and check out the brands featured in the makeover.