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There are men who would rather have their teeth pulled than shop for clothes. Thanks to Megan Pitman and Chloe Brasier, they don't have to.

The pair will “detox” a client's wardrobe of ratty clothing, advise on colours and styles and even hit the stores for them.

“We are not looking to dramatically change a guy's style,” said Ms Pitman.

“We are looking to help put a more effective wardrobe together, one where items fit well, look fresh and are of truly flattering tones.

“Everyone feels good when they clear out their closet. After that, we create a personalised but simple formula to reference when shopping for any updates.”

Females fell in love with Sproosy when the company was created in 2014.

Men have since come calling: architects, CEOs, lawyers and bankers of all ages are among those on the stylists' roster.

Consultations tend to be fairly quick, because a lot of men just aren't all that interested in fashion.

“The majority of male clients don't have the time or the interest to shop, but have to look professional,” said Ms Brasier.

“Sometimes, when they are travelling to New York or London on business, they want to up their game. Some of them haven't bought a suit in ten years.”

One man told Lifestyle he loved that Sproosy helped “modernise [his] wardrobe with the lowest amount of pain”.

His wife arranged a “sproos” last November after she noticed his clothes were looking a little stale.

“You can spend a lot of time aimlessly browsing and not really finding things that work,” he said. “Get in and get out, quickly, that's my attitude to clothes shopping.

“The consultation and personal shopping service with Sproosy was an extremely efficient and effective way to enhance my wardrobe without endlessly searching stores in vain.”

It is not uncommon for men to hoard clothing just as females do, Ms Pitman added.

“We go in and get rid of the stuff that is ill-fitting and strip out stuff that is accumulated. We give advice on how to rework the things they have.”

Ms Brasier will then do an analysis to determine what colours best suit the client.

Sometimes it is simply about getting clothes that fit right, Ms Pitman said.

“Getting the right trouser length totally transforms professional attire,” she said.

If the client prefers, the women will accompany them into stores to pick out clothes or put items aside for them to purchase later.

They also prepare a shopping guide so the next time clothes are needed a client can choose quickly, and get out.

“They can go in and don't have to get overwhelmed by the shopping experience,” said Ms Brasier.

Ms Pitman said many of their clients were apprehensive when they come in because they felt so out of their element.

Our man said he was not nervous at all.

“Chloe was excellent in her approach and was very personable,” he said. “She was very tactful in critiquing my old wardrobe while providing more modern options and ideas.”

He was also pleased to be able to shop locally.

“I generally shop off the island when I'm away for business or vacation,” he said.

“I was pleasantly surprised by the variety and quality of options available locally.

“Chloe did an excellent job of finding items that worked for me.

“While my style hasn't changed much, it is more modern and fitted. My work as an executive leaves less flexibility for style statements, but the Sproosy choices definitely improved my overall look.

“I wouldn't say this was a life-changing experience, but it was a very effective and efficient way for me to upgrade my look and wardrobe, and Sproosy made the process very smooth and enjoyable.”

Consultations start at $130. Contact: info@sproosy.com, www.sproosy.com, 505-0361 or 332-0256.

The Gentlemen's Corner runs once a month in Lifestyle. Contact Jessie Moniz Hardy on 278-0150 or jmhardy@royalgazette.com with tips on trends, hobbies and events specifically for men.

Chloe Brasier and Megan Pitman of Sproosy (Photograph by David Skinner)
Suits you: Chloe Brasier, left, and Megan Pitman take the strain out of shopping for male clients
Chloe Brasier (left) and Megan Pitman of Sproosy (Photograph by David Skinner)
Chloe Brasier (left) and Megan Pitman of Sproosy (Photograph by David Skinner)
Chloe Brasier (left) and Megan Pitman of Sproosy (Photograph by David Skinner)
Chloe Brasier (left) and Megan Pitman of Sproosy (Photograph by David Skinner)
Chloe Brasier (left) and Megan Pitman of Sproosy (Photograph by David Skinner)

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Published February 10, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated February 10, 2017 at 7:55 am)

Smart guys let stylists shop for clothes

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