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Tom Schwartz Proudly Stands by BravoCon ‘Couch’ Jacket After ‘Sad Sack, Basket Case’ Style Era (Exclusive)

The Bravo star opens up PEOPLE about how he's getting his "groove back" when it comes to his fashion choices

<p>Rich Polk/Bravo via Getty</p> Tom Schwartz

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Tom Schwartz

Tom Schwartz may “look like a couch,” according to his ex-wife and Vanderpump Rules costar Katie Maloney, who jokingly dissed the floral-patterned jacket he wore to BravoCon 2023.

But, the Bravo star and restaurateur isn’t willing to sit out on his fashion A-game any longer.

In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, Schwartz, 41, says he’s ready to reinvent his wardrobe after hitting a slump in the style department.

“I'm not known for my style. I've been extra schleppy lately and I was thinking I could also use a little bit of a symbolic reset,” he says, adding that he’s been a “sad sack” and a “bit of a basket case” for the last couple of years.

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<p>Rich Polk/Bravo via Getty</p> Tom Schwartz attends BravoCon 2023 in his floral-patterned "couch jacket"

Rich Polk/Bravo via Getty

Tom Schwartz attends BravoCon 2023 in his floral-patterned "couch jacket"

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Now he’s getting his “groove back” and is working with stylist duo, The Solomon Sisters, made up of siblings Elana and Dina, to level up his outfits.

And yes, he wholeheartedly believes that his “couch jacket” made for a fantastic look. “I'm going to go on the record. I stand by it. It was a great jacket,” he tells PEOPLE.

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<p>Frazer Harrison/Getty</p> Tom Schwartz

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Tom Schwartz

Schwartz’s closet isn’t the only part of his life that’s on the up and up. "I need to put more work into myself and I've been doing that. I've been working out, eating healthier. I've been spending more time with my family, which is bringing me so much joy."

He's been getting back on track after a difficult past year and a half that has played out onscreen and off.

"I felt like I was kind of falling apart," he notes.

In 2022, the Minnesota native became a new divorcee after splitting from Maloney — with whom he was in a 12-year relationship — and, earlier this year, was at a crossroads in sticking by his best friend and business partner Tom Sandoval, who was entrenched in a public cheating scandal aired on season 10 of the show in March. “Being publicly shamed is not fun,” Schwartz says.

Behind the scenes, Schwartz was also focused on being there for his family. "Almost having lost my brother, my dad and my other brother getting testicular cancer and having to undergo chemotherapy," he shares of his personal matters that made life especially hard.

But these days, Schwartz, who recently joined season 3 of Bravo’s Winter House, finally feels like he's "getting it together again" and is "more confident and happier. Homeostasis is back,” he says.

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