Ever since John Long had been a young man, he had avoided wearing any pants that extended below his knees. Given the active nature of his job, shorts were a good fit for him, after all. However, when John’s wife put him forward for a television makeover, she eventually realized how stylish her husband could be.
John lives in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. There, he owns a snow-plowing company and also works in construction. However, despite working in the elements, he had a penchant for a very particular type of garment.
Yes, John had reportedly worn loose-fitting shorts every single day of the year since leaving high school in 1987. At first, the items of clothing were simply something to pull on at the beach after surfing; in time, though, he chose not to wear any other type of garment on his lower half.
And John was unapologetic in his love for shorts, even having his wedding tuxedo altered to reveal his calves on his big day. “I liked wearing shorts and never went back to wearing pants,” he told The Mercury in 2016.
Continuing his praise for cargo shorts, John added, “They’re easy to buy, inexpensive. I work construction so they’re comfortable and I move around faster. I just found them really easy and convenient.”
Rose would explain that she and her husband often found themselves at the center of attention when John’s legs were on show, however. She revealed to The Mercury, “We’d go out to restaurants and I’d think, ‘Wow, do I look extra good today?’ Then I realize, ‘Oh my gosh, everybody’s looking at him because it’s freezing outside and he’s wearing shorts!’”
However, while Rose managed to largely endure John’s passion for shorts, she had had to fight him over one other fashion choice – his dyed blond hair. John’s locks had even begun to break off, since they had become so damaged from over-processing.
Consequently, by 2016 hair stylist Rose had reached the end of her rope – and she decided to take drastic action. In particular, she contacted the producers of The Rachael Ray Show to enter her husband for a “man-over.”
And as it happens, Rose’s application was successful, meaning that before long she and John found themselves in a New York television studio. While John underwent his transformation, however, Rose enjoyed the city’s world-class shopping opportunities. Then, when the time came, she headed back to the studio to see her husband’s new look.
Ahead of the big reveal, Rose admitted, moreover, that it wasn’t the shorts that had caused a rift between her and John. No, it was something else in particular that troubled her about her husband’s appearance. “His hair is an issue. We never argue until I do his hair,” she told host Rachael Ray and stylist to the stars Clinton Kelly.
With that in mind, it may have come as quite a relief to discover that John had agreed to have his hair color altered to something much more natural-looking. And, according to Kelly, she could look forward to even more changes when the makeover is revealed.
The time eventually comes, though, for Ray to introduce Rose to her new and improved husband. According to Kelly, John had once been stuck in a “style rut” – but that’s not the case any longer. And upon seeing John’s transformation, his ecstatic wife leaps from her seat, clapping her hands in approval.
Then Rose runs towards John and greets him with an enormous hug. And it’s clear that the shorts lover’s style has been given a serious do-over: not only is his hair brown, but he’s also sporting a pair of long pants, a shirt, a sweater and a blazer.
Once Rose has composed herself and returned to her seat, though, Ray proceeds to compliment John on his new look. “You look so sexy,” she tells him. “Honestly, fierce. Your hair is amazing with the fade. My god, you look so hot.”
And it seems that Ray and Rose aren’t the only ones astonished by John’s transformation. When asked how he feels about his first outing in long pants for almost 30 years, the construction worker gushes, “I can’t believe they fit.”
When asked his opinion on his new look, however, John revealed, “Actually, I didn’t recognize myself. I didn’t. I had to double-take and I’m looking all around.” He added, “At first… I felt a little weird. But as the day progressed and it was moving around, I don’t feel any different than I was with shorts on.”
In the end, then, Kelly reveals that it wasn’t that hard to get John to change. “It turns out that your husband doesn’t mind me telling him to wear pants or to change his hair,” the stylist told Rose. “He just doesn’t want to hear it from you.”
Then, when filming for The Rachael Ray Show had wrapped, the host sent John and Rose for a fancy meal at a New York City restaurant named The Smith. There, they enjoyed a date night. And for the first time in years, Rose didn’t have to feel conscious about John’s bare legs.
And now that she could concentrate solely on her husband, Rose complimented John on his new style during that evening. John later told The Mercury, “She said, ‘Holy cow, that’s what your butt looks like in jeans.’” He added, “It turned out to be a really cool experience. It was her idea to do it all. She talked me into it.”
Following his television appearance, though, John admitted that he had returned to his beloved shorts. However, he now understands that there’s a time and a place for long trousers. And in his interview with The Mercury, he told the paper that he had worn another smart outfit on the night that his edition of The Rachael Ray Show was screened, adding that he was “dressed to the nines.”