I had the pleasure of catching up with a fellow social media connect and male fashion guru who I have admired for some time. While all sorts of men prefer a range of different styles, trends and comfort — our guy, Jordan Pitts is definitely what us [women] can appreciate as being the perfect example of a fashionable, well-groomed — career-oriented male of our generation. And you know our picks are always the best — so grab your pen and paper — of course he had some good stuff to say!
CHARLI: I’ve been following you on the social media platforms Twitter + Instagram for quite some time and I’ve always admired your groomed look & fashionable wardrobe. Describe your personal style (casual, chill, Sunday’s best — etc.) What makes you feel “your best”? And describe that feeling.
JORDAN: Thank you for the compliment. I truly appreciate it. If I were to describe my personal style, I would have to first say that Mr. Pitts — that’s me — is definitely preppy at heart. I can be getting ready to go to any relatively casual function, and a polo shirt with some chino pants and boat shoes is the very first thing that pops into my head. Like, that’s just me, in a nutshell. I also love to dress up in a nice suit for sure, as you can see through my Instagram and now my blog. But when I really want to be super casual, you can find me in my favorite pair of jeans, a Batman-related t-shirt, some Jordans, and a Star Wars watch. Nerd moment.
What makes me feel my best is when I have a vision for an outfit in my head, I put it all together, and it turns out looking great! That’s such a cool feeling because it makes you feel like you got this fashion thing all figured out. Trust me, there have been some misses as well, and I’ve been upset because an outfit just came up short. But hey, that’s the only way you learn.
CHARLI: What’s the inspiration behind your brilliant fashion blog, www.SundaysWithJordan.com?
JORDAN: Many people in my life whose opinions I value actually suggested that I create a fashion blog since they know I’m so passionate about putting together a nice outfit. At first, I would just brush it off and laugh; because even though I love fashion, I never pictured myself as someone who would sit down and write about it. But it occurred to me one day about a month ago that maybe this was a good idea, and that it wouldn’t hurt to give it a shot. My mission with this site is to get young men more enthused about dressing up and presenting themselves in a respectable manner. Not to sound too much like an old man, but it just bothers me when so many boys/men in my generation feel completely comfortable walking around with their pants hanging off their butt, just looking like they have no respect for themselves. I want to show the younger guys that may look up to me — as well as my peers — that what’s cool is being able to say that you know how to tie a tie, you have a cologne for every occasion, and the people in your life consider you a gentleman based on your presentation and behavior. Guys get enough visuals from the media about what is “trendy” in fashion, and it’s time they know that there’s always another cleaner option.
CHARLI: What type of content/segments do you create to draw in your audience and readership — and what’s your main goal for the men of our generation?
JORDAN: The main section of my blog Sundays With Jordan — the one for which the site was named — is dedicated to suits since I wear suits to church most Sundays and never miss a photo opp. These posts are meant to help inspire a diversity of suit combinations, but with a personal spin.
In Casual Cool, I feature different casual outfit combinations that can be worn without feeling any less polished and well put-together.
Feature Fridays is just that: an opportunity for other well-dressed young men to be featured in a suit or casual gear, whichever most represents his personal style. I’m sure folks would get tired of only seeing my face if I didn’t shine some light on others making statements in men’s fashion!
Last but not least, in the How to Be a Gentleman section of my blog, I provide tips throughout the week about different ways a man can demonstrate both his self-respect and respect for others. This is in an effort to encourage young men to be the most respectable men they can be. Because suits don’t make the man, character does.
Above all, I want to impress upon men in my generation the importance of taking themselves seriously and demonstrating it in order to reach their full potential. If a man walks into a room looking like he just got out of bed, he surely can’t expect to be taken seriously by his peers. Yes, it does take some effort to make yourself presentable, but it can be both fun and rewarding once you get the hang of it. It’s cool if they receive compliments on how fly they end up looking, but that’s not my goal for the young men who read my blog. My hope is that I inspire them to become better versions of themselves for no one but themselves.
CHARLI: Have you ever had a wardrobe malfunction (and/or) embarrassing moment? (lol)
JORDAN: Haha, I don’t think I’ve ever had an extra embarrassing moment that everyone noticed, but it definitely had me panicking for the day. I was at work one day, wearing one of my older — I like to call them vintage — pair of dress shoes, and I thought it was just going to be an ordinary day. Little did I know that the second I got up from my desk and walked two steps, the soles on my shoes would start crumbling beneath me! It’s like they chose their own day to pass away, and didn’t give me any type of warning. So I’m walking around not tip-toeing in my Jordans, but in my dress shoes! And I have to do this, because they’re leaving behind chunks of sole that resembled Oreo crumbs. Yeah, don’t ask me how I got through that day without anyone really noticing the shoe chunks were coming from me, because I don’t have the answer. lol
CHARLI: (HAHA) Okay, consultation tip — what advice can you give the aspiring male fashion guru?
JORDAN: Hmm… this one is tough, because I’m really still a student of it all myself. But if I had any advice to give, it would be to simply pay attention to the details. The things that separate a nice outfit from a memorable one are the small pieces, such as the right handkerchief, a timepiece, or a pair of beautifully colored socks. It’s always cool to pick up a GQ magazine and get some inspiration. Lord knows I do. But you definitely have to put a whole lot of YOU into what you wear, because that’s what makes it fun and not a chore.
CHARLI: For the ladies: what qualities do you, as a man, value in women?
JORDAN: Nice change of pace haha. What is immediately attractive to me about a woman is strong faith in God, a sense of humor, and a beautiful smile. When it comes to fashion, I like a woman that knows how to put an outfit together that works for her. So many try to mimic what they saw Rihanna or Bey wearing it at the latest award show. That’s corny to me. I believe every woman has a unique make up and I love when she knows how to style herself according to what will complement her body,even on a budget.
CHARLI: When it comes to your personal style, career, goals/dreams — Who do you list as your role models/mentors, and why?
JORDAN: Well, this is probably the easiest question for me to answer of them all. I’d have to say my dad, without question. Growing up, I can’t even count how many pieces of clothing I “borrowed” from him, and he had to ask me where it was later. And once I grew to be as tall as he was, it was over. That man’s closet became like a store to me. But, of course, I don’t admire him simply for his incredible fashion sense. The amount of hard work and perseverance that he put into climbing his career ladder is amazing to me. He takes no days off, and nothing for granted. If I can become half of what he is when it’s all said and done, I will be a success. I’ve been blessed to have my dad in my life from Day One, and he’s been my life mentor ever since.
CHARLI: Thank you Mr. Pitts! Where can we find you on social media?
JORDAN: You can find me on Twitter and Instagram:
I want to thank you again for the opportunity to be featured on your site. It’s been fun!