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08-01-2011, 04:36 PM #11Senior Member
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i truly believe in the kiss principle when buying clothes.
if your job dictates not buying high end clothing then do not do it for work.
the only things i spend more money on are good fitted boots and shoes, watches, and silver cufflinks.
08-02-2011, 02:44 AM #12Junior Member
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Honestly, I think if you are looking for something that is decent quality without spending too much, J-Crew is a good option. Im 19 as well and I find that their clothes are great for every-day type clothes. I personally like their "liquor store" clothes the best.
08-02-2011, 07:19 AM #13
G-Star gave you great advice.
- buy a very good tie. cheap ties are so easy to spot and a very nice tie will only run $300 or so. if you don't wear suits much, 1 tie will do.
- buy one great dress shirt made with high-quality material. again, like the tie, cheap shirts are easy to spot. get it from a tailor - it will only cost you $300-400 and it will pay dividends.
- buy a very good pair, or a few pairs, of shoes. $300-400 minimum, $1k if you can swing it, $2k if you're a baller. shoes matter. i can rock a nice polo, good jeans, and my $1500 shoes - and i'll look better than you 9x out of 10
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08-02-2011, 01:50 PM #14
+1 on the INC clothing, most of that line is well made and can be purchased on sale or with Macy's 20% coupons. I wear their women's line and have been very impressed with pretty much everything. Additionally, I've been able to sell old stuff that is too big for me now on eBay and recoup some of what I spent. The clothes last very well."An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it's going to launch you into something great."
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08-02-2011, 08:43 PM #15
Best advice is join Gilt.com If your a young guy not real sure about your style yet pretty much most of the mens stuff is selected by young guys that do nothing but know whats trending plus its all on sale. You can't go wrong.
08-09-2011, 06:03 AM #16
Here's something new I came up with
Ralph Lauren Polo Chevron, found at polo outlet for $60-70
Shorts similar to this in different colours from H&M, $40
Toms i picked up for $60
Also, I have two pairs of Sperrys that go very well with shorts+polos
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08-10-2011, 07:36 PM #17Junior Member
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Skip that Polo and go for something more discreet. Agree with the other two suggestions however.
01-10-2012, 03:39 AM #18Senior Member
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01-19-2012, 08:49 PM #19
a great dress shirt will not need to run you $400. you can get a custom made tailored shirt for $1-200. You can buy an out the box shirt such as an english laundry, robert graham, or zagiri is a good sport shirt that you can dress up or down under $200 and is superb quality.
Shoes also no need to spend $400+ unless you have the money. On the low side you can get a Joseph Aboud for $100, bump it up go Magnanni from $150 (on sale)-$295 and if you want to go super high end you cannot go wrong with John Lobb about $1200 starting.
It definitely is not how much you spend it is how you put it all together. When it comes to shirts, suiting, and most denim the more you pay the better it fits.
If you are looking to build a mature and sustainable wardrobe that will out last fashion trends, keep you looking fresh whether you dress up or down I would definitely recommend the Kiss approach as mentioned earlier. Keep it classic and you can get the wear out of the clothes for a long time.
You need to purchase:
a few white shirts and a few color (button ups) for great shirt at a great price you can buy Nordstrom brand Smart care shirts for $60 and it is great quality.
Black pair and Brown pair of dress shoes
black and brown belt
navy tie, and a power color, and a textured tie
Dark rinse jeans tailored fit that you can wear with sport coat t-shirt
and a sweater.
Nice looking watch
Dark Grey and Black slacks. if you're slim go with a tailored look such as Hugo Boss red label
Good basic sneaker or loafer - Sperry's, Ben Sherman, Aldo etc.
If you do it right you can get all this and some other misc. that you may need for under $3k and get good wear out of it for a very long time. Dress shirts wear out quick especially white so you will need to replace those every quarter or so depending on how often you wear and launder.
Hope that helps!
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01-21-2012, 12:35 AM #20
Everything mentioned above by G-STAR has been some great advice. I'll try to add a little too it if I can but if you only listen to one person on here go with what G-STAR said and you'll be looking great!
For some shops, I recommend getting a few nice button down shirts (worn with a suit, under a sweater, under a blazer) from brooks brothers (they can fit you with the right shirt at the store). As well as a few pairs of their (Brooks Brothers) milano chinos (slimish style non-pleated pant in any color you want). Then I would head over to Polo and pick up a what they call their "undershirts." They are solid one color shirts that come is a few different colors. I think they have two different grey's, white, and black (those are the colors I have) but they may have more. The polo logo is real small and at the bottom left of the shirt. I must have over 100 of them. They hold up really well (for an everyday white shirt) and have a classy look. Its also nice that they also come in a pack of three. As far as plain shirts go (that are marketed as "under shirts") they are a little on the expensive side but in my mind they are worth it. I would then head over to J-crew and pick yourself out some nice sweaters. Sweaters are the universal sophisticated look in my opinion. They can really be worn so many different ways. J-crew has everything from some really nice looking sweaters to the mix between a sweater and sweatshirt (still nice looking but much more casual). J-crew may be a little over priced but all in all I have found that their prices are fitting for their products. As far as shoes go, sperrys are nice but they are played out in my opinion. Three or four years ago I would have said grab a pair of sperrys but now it seems as if every frat boy and prep boy wears them, they are still really nice but just maybe not as sophisticated as they used to be. So my alternative and what I would recommend for you is to get a couple pair of nice sneaker/tennis shoes and get a couple pairs of clarks desert boots. I love mine and wear them all the time. They can be worn with a pair of jeans, khakis and probably anything else EXCEPT shorts. As for jeans, save your money. I will be the first to admit that I have WAY too many pairs of jeans north of the 200 dollar mark. Jeans are a BAD road to go down. All jeans are the same (remember that) all you are paying for is a name and certain fit/wash (usually that are available on a cheaper pair of jeans). I have tried all, okay maybe not all but a lot the designer brands. THEY ARE ALL THE SAME. The funny thing about jeans is the one brand that has ALWAYS remained in my closet since I can remember has been a pair of levi's jeans. So stick with your levi's and spend your extra cash on the rest of the outfit, then maybe down the road buy one or two designer pairs of jeans for going to clubs or what not. The last thing I would recommend you picking up is a nice coat. Something of the peacoat guild. A casual yet nice coat that could be worn with a pair of slacks or worn with a pair of jeans. A coat that could be worn everyday but maybe not something that would be worn everyday. I would recommend staying away from blue and going with grey or black but thats just my personal taste and opinion. For warmer weather you really can't go wrong with one of those plain polo shirts and a pair of plain shorts (khaki, navy). For these I would recommend a pair of white low cut canvas shoes.
Just keep in mind its not the clothes that make the man but rather the man that makes the clothes. The most important part of all this is your fitting. MAKE SURE you buy clothes that fit you properly. Don't buy too baggy and don't buy too slim. Buy what fits you and works for you. Also remember your style is an expression of yourself so buy what you like and you feel comfortable wearing.
And lastly, in most cases "less is more." It doesn't have to be flashy and doesn't have to have a name on it too look good. If you have nice fitting clothes and dress yourself properly you'll look sharp!