Life coach Andrew Asuncion, 26, describes his look as "suburbs-of-Tokyo minimalism." Credit: Isa Giallorenzo

Who knew a sleeveless button-down shirt could look fashionable? Granted, life coach Andrew Asuncion was covered in Helmut Lang while casually running errands, in an outfit he describes as the “suburbs-of-Tokyo minimalism”—a kind of look he often turns to.

“I’ve always been intrigued by the costumes and color palettes in Wong Kar-wai films,” he says. “In his film 2046 [the character] Bai Ling [played by Zhang Ziyi] always had a perfectly cut dress on, but it was actually the same in every scene—just in different fabrics and material. It was the color and mood that made each and every one distinct. That’s what I look for in an outfit: I want it to be my uniform, but different every day.”

Offering some coaching tips when it comes to menswear, the 26-year-old suggests, “Don’t think too much into it, but take risks,” adding, “Making sure everything fits correctly can make the biggest difference. I may be wearing a 5XL, but no one will ever tell me that it’s too baggy.” After all, “It’s not what you wear, it’s how you wear it.”