#MCM Style Inspiration: Tyler Nail

all photography for this post is by @kristenmbryant

all photography for this post is by @kristenmbryant

  • How would you describe your style?

Basic, minimal, and mostly accidental. I like solid colors. Dark colors. Slight personalization/alteration here and there. I'm minimally expressive with clothes, meaning anything unusual I do is subtle, and ultimately not very important to me. 

  • What are your staple items? Is there something that you couldn't live without?

Probably boots. I don't take many other types of shoes seriously. I need heavy boots that are down to take a beating.

  • When you wake up in the morning, how do you decide what you're going to wear?

Of course part of is depends on whats available, considering how much laundry I've done prior. Weather has it's influence. Otherwise it's a question of what I'm up to. Some clothes make me feel equipped to conduct an interview or talk about an artistic project. Some clothes are sports equipment or relaxation equipment. Whatever I wear has something to do with who I'm being that day.

  • Are there any inspirations for your style?

Not too much. I'm sure there are but I'm not very aware of them. I guess it's a subliminal thing, or something impulsive. I don't even know how I came to own most of my clothes. I know a lot of them were gifts. It's as though people in my life are saying to me "Here, I think you should wear this from now on." So I've just gone with the ones I like, or the ones that feel to me like "my style" for some subjective reason.

  • What do you feel most comfortable wearing?

Well fitting slacks, tight boots and long sleeves.

  • What are your favorite brands/stores?

I like Levi pants. Otherwise I don't have any real favorites. I also like the "Thursday Boots" guys. They make nice looking boots.

  • What accessories do you always seem to pair with your outfits? (watches, etc.)

The watch is good. I love my watch. I also always wear a chain with a charm on it, but I wear that with or without clothes on. I used to be pretty into cool hats, until Jason Mraz came along and kinda lit the fire that exhausted cool hats for everyone. Luckily Future Hendrix is bringing them back to life.

  • What advice do you have for other guys that would like to achieve a similar style? 

Don't wear clothes that you would have worn in 6th grade. Unless you had really good style in 6th grade– in which case, by all means. Also, wear clothes that fit well. If you have the option, it just makes good sense. And avoid prescribing to the idea that there is such a thing as what you do and don't wear, because no one is paying attention to that. Wear something "odd" every once in a while, if you want to. Why be bound by your own imagination?

  • You said it helps to throw in something “odd” every once in a while. Is your white and blue, bottom layer shirt your “odd” addition? Or is there any part of your current outfit that fits that description?

Yes, that would be the odd detail. Like I wouldn't normally wear that shirt out on the town, but I can do it under the blue shirt. Exactly.

  • How does your style change throughout the year?

I don't enjoy wearing tee shirts or shorts, so when it's hot out I feel unlike myself. I prefer jackets and sleeves and so on. So I don't feel very expressive with my clothes in the heat of the year. 

  • Do you have any style icons?

Not really. There are very few people that I even recognize as stylish. But Future Hendrix would have to be one, probably. Maybe Earnest Hemingway. 007. And the guys I know that are into sailboats.

  • Is there a favorite color that you always end up incorporating into your outfit (i.e. you always end up wearing a lot of black or blue)?

Black is the main one. Everyone likes wearing black, it seems. Blue comes up quite a bit. Red is my favorite color, so I throw it in when I can. White and yellow have their moments too. I avoid purple, green and orange, because screw those colors. 

  •  If we could go through your family photos and see a photo documentary of your style phases, which style phase would be the most embarrassing? We’ve all had them!

I've had so many. When I was in 4th grade I would only where Wrestling Tee shirts to school, like with Stone Cold Steve Austin's face on them, or The Undertaker, or someone. When I was in middle school I got really into Sean John denim jackets and jeans. And when I was a kid, I might have gone to school dressed as a Power Ranger once or twice. I was pretty deep into the karate back then, and thought I might have to pull out my (self-taught) Karate moves mid-class. If this were to be the case, I felt it best to be prepared. So Power Ranger costumes were a go-to.