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    I just finished cleaning out my wardrobe of all the extraneous kids clothes/ clothes i never wear/ clothes that don't fit and have come to the conclusion that i don't really own much.

    Is there any fashion guru out there that could point me in the right direction? As far as setting up a wardrobe that isn't going to break my bank but that will cover most the basis. I can provide pics/further information if need be. I'm 19 years old so i'm in the phase of shifting from shopping at Tillys to shopping at designers. I appreciate any help/advice i can receive!!

    Currently i own about 4 pairs of Levi 514 jeans various colors. Several v-necks, some Calvin Klein shirts, a few dress shirts, a pair of dress pants, some t-shirts and some other misc stuff.

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    If I were you, (I am 18) I would aim for slim fitting clothes, like those pants. Maybe mix in some Sperry Topsiders like these. I just bought them, and they are great with slim-strait fitting blue jeans.

    Sperry Top-Sider - Men's Bahama Chukka Boot

    Sperry Chukka^

    I find people seem to notice more when I wear a nicer pair of casual shoes. I really like Sperrys, and I highly recommend them. They are on sale too online! This is just my opinion though. And maybe if its cool out throw on a grey or dark blue cardigan from old navy or somewhere.

    Some of this stuff is a bit far out there, but there is good info if you dig around a bit.
    http://www.gq.com/style/wear-it-now/...-pincher-guide
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    Need more info...

    what do you do? Student? McDonalds worker? Financial Advisor?

    are you short/fat, tall/skinny?
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    I am your same age, I am not particularly short and much skinnier than you (Extremely skinny compared to you at 27 inch waist and not another guy from sufu haha judging from your fbook)

    Figure out what you want to look like first! the impression you want to give. the details of your "style" figure them out. Browse forums/blogs. Hell read check out thesartorialist which wont really give YOU a headsup but at least something to look at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimF355 View Post
    Need more info...

    what do you do? Student? McDonalds worker? Financial Advisor?

    are you short/fat, tall/skinny?
    I am a student/Auto detailer/avid weight lifter.

    I'm short and thick, rather muscular but really lean. So finding pants that fit my legs and waist is REALLY hard to do. I've got a 30 inch waist and a 28 long leg.

    The style i'm looking to go after is a mix between Bradley cooper. That sophisticated, educated and proper look. And something where i could wear some nice shoes, a nice pair of pants, a nice shirt, hat, glasses and watch etc. for informal occasions.

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    First off I applaud you for throwing away the silly kid clothing and going upstream to a more refined young gentleman. At the age of 19, it really isn't easy to go against the grain of what everybody else is doing.

    No one can really truly tell you how to put a wardrobe together because part of 'style' is how you feel in your ensemble and the self confidence that succeeds it.

    Since you know the general direction you want to take, it is much easier. A man's wardrobe is rather simple to put together as he only truly needs a few staple pieces to keep everything together.

    Without getting too complicated:

    -A good solid blazer/sport coat - navy or dark grey

    -reliable pair of dark blue denim jeans, straight fit-one color-nothing fancy

    -Trouser pant/Chino is a must for a more smarter look. You can only wear jeans so much.

    -smart cardigan or pullover sweater

    -A couple of solid button down shirts and a couple of patterned to mix things up

    -1 black belt and 1 brown belt

    -A couple of smart shoes that will generally go with your belts (smart as in oxfords, wingtips, something that isn't 'kicks'

    -A decent refined looking watch and some different colored straps for variety.

    In my opinion tie isn't completely necessary (unless for work) so it wouldn't be a staple but if you have extra cash to spare, why not! I might be missing some stuff but that is all I can think of for now.

    Chicks dig attention to detail and accessories (please don't go overboard with this).

    Don't be afraid to play with colors, I often see myself and others stuck in the white/black/grey-which are very important staple colors but little splashes of colors and details go a long way.

    Last but not least, the most important part of your outfit is how it fits and how it feels.

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    Kuester where are you!?! He'll help you out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G Star View Post
    First off I applaud you for throwing away the silly kid clothing and going upstream to a more refined young gentleman. At the age of 19, it really isn't easy to go against the grain of what everybody else is doing.

    No one can really truly tell you how to put a wardrobe together because part of 'style' is how you feel in your ensemble and the self confidence that succeeds it.

    Since you know the general direction you want to take, it is much easier. A man's wardrobe is rather simple to put together as he only truly needs a few staple pieces to keep everything together.

    Without getting too complicated:

    -A good solid blazer/sport coat - navy or dark grey

    -reliable pair of dark blue denim jeans, straight fit-one color-nothing fancy

    -Trouser pant/Chino is a must for a more smarter look. You can only wear jeans so much.

    -smart cardigan or pullover sweater

    -A couple of solid button down shirts and a couple of patterned to mix things up

    -1 black belt and 1 brown belt

    -A couple of smart shoes that will generally go with your belts (smart as in oxfords, wingtips, something that isn't 'kicks'

    -A decent refined looking watch and some different colored straps for variety.

    In my opinion tie isn't completely necessary (unless for work) so it wouldn't be a staple but if you have extra cash to spare, why not! I might be missing some stuff but that is all I can think of for now.

    Chicks dig attention to detail and accessories (please don't go overboard with this).

    Don't be afraid to play with colors, I often see myself and others stuck in the white/black/grey-which are very important staple colors but little splashes of colors and details go a long way.

    Last but not least, the most important part of your outfit is how it fits and how it feels.

    Thanks for taking the time to write that G Star. That is a very good foundation for me to start with. Now all i got to do is find specifically which style, type and where to buy them.


    Thought i'd add some pictures so you guys know what i'm starting with. 3 pairs of 514 Levi jeans various colors, a pair of Calvin Klein pants, INC dress pants...






    Several V-necks. A few other various T-Shirts, three dress shirts of various neutral colors. Puma jacket, fleece sweatshirt.
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    good advice gstar

    I personally am a very conservative dresser. When I was building my wardrobe I started with several staples from Lands End and Brooks Brothers.

    Everyday I wear a collared shirt. I entertain clients at my club a lot and as far as business goes, I know I can't go wrong wearing a dress shirt and keeping a solid tie in the car.

    Anyway...feel free to ask if you want my further opinion. I'm off to a meeting...

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    G-STAR gave you great advice... Always keep in mind KISS - Keep it simple stupid. The Basics with little details such as a contrast belt or shoes and tucking in your shirt go along way. Always have the various necessities in the staple colors then break out on a few pieces. Vest, sport coat, blazer, pullover, sweater, cardigans are all must haves and I think from the pics you are well on your way. Just build a piece here and there.
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