Style Profile

The Look: Tom Riel

The VP of Sales & Service at the Providence Warwick CVB on how small details make a big impression


I’m still young, at least in my mind, but I know I’m not a kid. I don’t like to look as if I’m working too hard to look young, but I certainly don’t want to age out of my style either. Face it, when you hit 50 there is very little in the mall for you. Retailers are geared toward young and trendy fashions, or what I call disposable clothing. Not interested. While I feel young, I know I would look ridiculous in a pair of skinny jeans.

I try to find a classic style or designer who creates a timeless look and produces the quality I want. I’ll then purchase the same pants in a few colors or jacket in a few patterns to mix and match. It’s all about cut and quality.

I absolutely hate the restrictive feeling of a bulky winter coat. This awesome blazer by Joseph Abboud is a hybrid. It has a zip-out liner that resembles a down vest. I’m warm when outside and can quickly transform the jacket into a blazer for a business meeting, lunch or dinner. Since it has a modern fitted cut, it pairs well with dress pants or jeans.

I like more simple and classic accessories. I think that suits me best. A high-quality yet conservative watch set off with a classic simple ring. Personally I’m not a pocket square guy, but I love to see them on others. More importantly, however, are classic quality shoes. We’ve all heard it before: shoes make the man. Oh, and never wear an overly worn belt.