Introducing Our Very First Reader Getup! Zac Silk + Submit Your Own to Be Featured!

Our Very First Reader Getup:

Zac Silk!

+ Submit Your Own to Be Featured!

As part of Primer’s 10-year anniversary celebration we’ve been rolling out a few new features and this might be my favorite so far…

I’m very excited to be publishing – for the very first time in Primer’s 10-year history – a 100% reader-submitted Getup! And find out below about how you can submit yours!

The Getup: Teaching Smart Style For Less

If you’re reading this you probably already know The Getup defines Primer Magazine; it’s my opportunity to bring you top-notch style at regular guy prices, incorporating style education, deal picks, curated accessories, and pieces I’ve personally tested.

The process for creating a Getup is more art than science: there’s no formula, and I might spend weeks scouring the internet for the perfect deal to complete a look rather than post a Getup that isn’t the right balance of style and price point.

I’ve been wanting to feature reader Getups for a while and our 10-year anniversary seemed like the perfect opportunity: it’s a chance for me to feature your outfits and inspire the Primer community with contemporary, timeless, affordable style.

Meet The Mayor of Primer’s Comments Section: Zac Silk

Deciding who should be featured in our very first reader Getup was a no-brainer: Primer fan and honorary mayor of the comments section Zac Silk. If you've been a reader of Primer, you've surely come across one of his comments, always continuing the conversation, sharing photos of his own Getups or products that he's tried, or helping other Primer readers with follow up questions they have.

Putting this project together I had the opportunity to learn more about Zac, who’s been part of the Primer community for a few years now.

Primer Reader Getup - men fashion allsaints black leather jacket black leather cole haan shoes hm henley

hm henleyallsaints leather jacketblack gap slim denimblack leather cole haan sneakers

What’s your background, and when did you start reading Primer?

I’m 23 years old and I live in a town in Oxford, in England. I’ve been reading Primer since about 2015. Before I came to University, where I’m in my last year, my final year at school was probably when I first started caring about my personal style.

I had been getting some money from a part-time job. I’d use that and invest in clothes and I really started to look into clothing blogs and clothing websites, and after that, I started my own blog. Through Primer and my own blog, it allowed me to develop my personal style.

What’s the concept behind your reader Getup?

With this Getup, I use it to go out on a date or to a bar or cafe, or to a concert. It’s an edgier Getup for me, with a leather jacket and black jeans that kind of mold together quite nicely. With the muted colors, it would probably be more of a nighttime look – a smart casual sort of thing – with the leather jacket balancing out the black jeans. The monochrome color palette definitely lends itself to nighttime rather than the daytime.

black leather jacket zac silk

Has Primer influenced your personal style?

Having Primer as a resource has really allowed me to develop my personal style. It's given me a kind of a sounding board for where my personal style is at and given me something to resonate with and realize that, year over year I’ve been developing my personal style. It’s been a process of adding and taking away bits, tweaking and purging my wardrobe each year. It allows me to realize what I want my personal style to be in the years going forward.

Style has also had a big impact on my overall university degree. I had a module where I was graded on the clothing and the presentability, and just something as simple as knowing how an Oxford shirt should fit, or wearing a nice pair of jeans and pair of Brogues, it set me apart from everyone else in my journalism degree program.

Just having that solid foundation in style really allowed me to kind of show myself to my best ability and having that sort of footing in college and being able to read Primer really gives me and everyone else in my age bracket a real advantage.

Over to You: What Is Your Getup?

I want to say a huge thanks to Zac for sharing his Getup and inspiring words, but most of all, for his incredible support of Primer over the last few years.

I also want to invite you to submit your own Getup! We’re going to feature regular reader Getups as part of our 10-year anniversary celebration and I’d love to see the amazing style you create from your own closets!

Share Your Getup to be Featured

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Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.


  • Reply May 19, 2018

    Vincent Adultman

    It’s so cool to see reader submissions, I see Zach’s comments all the time! I’ve been reading primer religiously for about 3 years now and I’d love to contribute sometime soon.

    • Reply May 19, 2018


      We’d love to feature you!

      • Reply May 20, 2018

        Vincent Adultman

        Absolutely! I’m in the middle of getting a new job and moving apartments but as soon as thats done I’ll be sure to submit something.

        p.s. Your article on apartment hunting from a few years ago was a huge help btw.

  • Reply May 20, 2018

    Zac Silk

    Thanks for featuring me Andrew, honesty the work that’s gone into this has blown me away. The attention to detail and how you’ve crafted everything together is just amazing.

    It’s been such an honour to be featured here and I’d like to wish everyone else in the community good luck in both improving their style and being featured here.

    Thanks for all your tireless work you do Andrew, I’m sure in between articles looking up products, the bits we don’t see that I appreciate so much.

    • Reply May 20, 2018

      Jason M

      Congrats Zac! Definitely appreciate your regular input and agree you were the right first choice for Primer’s reader getup.

      Primer has definitely helped me hone my craft too. I’ve learned about colour patterns, fit and layering. I receive compliments almost daily on my “getups” and I’ve become known as the handsome snappy dresser in my department! A big THANK YOU to you as well as Andrew and your team! #DownWithBadStyle

      • Reply May 21, 2018

        Zac Silk

        Thanks for the kind words Jason. Glad to hear that Primer is having the same impact on your life as it has for me.

  • Reply May 20, 2018

    Ethan Berry

    Cool, can’t wait to see more! This one is a little too edgy for me. I can’t say I dig the near monochrome look but it would definitely work for some people

  • Reply May 21, 2018

    Daniel LaCombe

    I honestly never looked at the comment sections until this article drew attention to it! Now I have to go back and see what people say about some of my favorite posts!

  • Reply May 21, 2018

    James Baxter

    Really cool getup Zac! Love the jacket. Over-all a great balance of edgy and style.

    • Reply May 21, 2018

      Zac Silk

      Thanks James, All Saints are a great balance between the two if you’re on the lookout for a leather jacket.

  • Reply June 23, 2018


    I can dig on this!

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