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These guys recently made huge changes—and we helped them dress for their new lives.


THE GOOD FIT

A YEAR INTO the pandemic, 45-year-old financial planner Barjes Angulo had stopped exercising and was overeating. As his weight ticked up to 231 pounds, he traded his custom suits for hoodies. “Nothing else could fit,” Angulo says.

In January 2021, he started working out, twice a week at first, and cut way back on his calorie intake. A year later, he was down 40 pounds—and the custom suits were back.

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The Style Upgrade:

As people returned to work, office dress codes were relaxed. Uniqlo’s cashmere sweater wears like a comfortable hoodie yet looks sleek. Layer it under a topcoat that hits just above the knee for the best fit.

Wool Cashmere Chesterfield Coat

Uniqlo Wool Cashmere Chesterfield Coat

Cashmere Crew Neck Long-Sleeve Sweater

Uniqlo Cashmere Crew Neck Long-Sleeve Sweater
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THE MAN IN MOTION

IN AUGUST 2018, Donovan Brinson, 25, started working a retail job, but the company’s uniform didn’t fit. “I was super depressed,” he says. He was up to 414 pounds. “I couldn’t run a block without falling to the ground.” He began working out by jumping rope and doing pullups and pushups after work, then progressed to lifting weights five days a week and doing cardio after each session. All that activity, plus cutting out junk food, helped him drop to 218 in two years. “It’s a huge mental change,” says Brinson, who now works in finance sales.

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The Style Upgrade:

Polo Ralph Lauren’s herringbone jacket is sturdy but travels well from place to place. Pair it with this wool-cashmere sweater for extra on-the-go comfort.

Soft Herringbone Sport Coat

Polo Ralph Lauren Soft Herringbone Sport Coat

Suede-Patch Wool-Cashmere Sweater

Ralph Lauren Suede-Patch Wool-Cashmere Sweater

Now 29% Off

Soft Cotton Crewneck T-Shirt

Polo Ralph Lauren Soft Cotton Crewneck T-Shirt

RL Letterman Pant

Polo Ralph Lauren RL Letterman Pant

Polo Vintage 67 Watch

Ralph Lauren Polo Vintage 67 Watch
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THE MEAL PLANNER

INSURANCE AGENT Hector Camilo, 40, whipped himself back into shape after seeing a photo of himself from 2012. He took up marathon training and dropped 40 pounds, but his unhealthy eating habits didn’t change. “My diet was to work out to eat whatever I wanted,” he says. So in 2021, Camilo’s wife set him up with a meal-prep program. Since then, he’s lost 14 percent of his body fat. “I need to keep pushing to be healthy for my wife and kids,” he says.

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Get Hector’s look: Vest by Bugatchi; sweater, T-shirt, and pants by Banana Republic; sneakers by New Balance; socks by Bombas; watch by Rolex; bat by Victus Sports.
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The Style Upgrade:

These Banana Republic traveler pants have enough stretch for long commutes. Add this monochromatic vest and sweater, which are easy to layer for unpredictable temps.

Anzio Merino-Cashmere Half-Zip Sweater

Banana Republic Anzio Merino-Cashmere Half-Zip Sweater

Luxury Touch Performance T-Shirt

Banana Republic Luxury Touch Performance T-Shirt

 Slim Traveler Pant

Banana Republic Slim Traveler Pant

XC-72 Sneaker

New Balance XC-72 Sneaker
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The Watch

CZ Smart

Citizen’s high-tech timepiece has health-tracking features that rival those of the best smartwatches out there, and it looks much sharper.

The Hat

Tech Merino Hat

Mack Weldon Tech Merino Hat

Made with moisture-wicking merino wool. So you’ll keep warm without feeling damp.

The Bag

All Day Essentials Large Duffle Bag

lululemon All Day Essentials Large Duffle Bag

A suite of pockets stores just about anything—gym gear, over- night clothes, work stuff—in this go-everywhere Lululemon duffel.

The Shoes

Eliot Runner

These Tracksmith runners are constructed with a breathable mesh upper and a cushioned yet firm base. The signature collegiate piping just looks awesome.

The Shirt

Commuter Shirt

Rhone’s stretch fabric is made for office commuting, but—due to its built-in stink- and sweat-fighting technology—you can even wear it to the gym.

The Pants

484 Slim-fit tech pant

J.Crew 484 Slim-fit tech pant

J.Crew’s stretchy, cooling pants are tailored enough for the office yet functional enough for the golf course. A tapered hem offers extra breathing room for bigger calves.

The Hoodie

French-terry-cotton Hooded Sweatshirt

Hugo Boss French-terry-cotton Hooded Sweatshirt

Now 45% Off

This take on the college hoodie is made with French terry, which is plusher than whatever you wore as an undergrad.

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Deputy Editor, Commerce

As Men’s Health’s Deputy Editor, Commerce, Christian Gollayan oversees all shopping content on menshealth.com. He relocated back to New York by way of Portland, where he was the Associate Managing Editor at TheManual.com. Christian’s work has also been featured in InStyle, Food & Wine, the New York Post, and Tatler Asia.