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Given no context, I'm sure you know what you're doing and it'll be fine.
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Brando, I'm guessing you live in the US, so I'm surprised you bought a french cuff shirt and a bowtie. Hardly anyone needs these in their adult life, much less in college. Try to stick to the basics for now. The list of stores in my post above should help. Ralph Lauren comes to mind, as well. Depends on where you live. You don't have to spend a lot on everything, but what I like about that focused list from Put This On is that most everything is so versatile and useful...
Yes, you're probably right about both. It's a list of vanilla basics at different price levels. For a college kid who wants to start dressing better, it's good to be willing to pay more for some nice things, and also know where you can get something inexpensive and nice.
This is a good start on a well balanced wardrobe: http://putthison.com/post/712103418/the-essential-mans-wardrobe-perhaps-the-most You can save the suits for last (or until you're graduating and looking for a job), but most of what's in there is classic, goes well with each other, and will blend into your current wardrobe along the way.. Theres nothing in there about brands. brooks brothers, j crew, GAP, and uniqlo are all good places to start. Joseph a bank is in the...
Just because it's a designer suit doesn't mean it suddenly meets all needs in all places.
When/wear do you plan on wearing it?
I wouldn't recommend buying something from Cole Haan or J&M because the quality isn't very high. Allen Edmonds are nice, and since those happen to be the style you're looking for and are on sale within your budget, I'd say it's a no-brainer.
I don't remember. Google "cobbler" and "the name of your city" and call them up. Those are Allen Edmonds, right? So maybe you got a deal and only paid $100 on them, but they're pretty nice shoes and it'd be a shame to let them disintegrate too quickly. The cost-benefit analysis is up to you.
I just don't think it's practical to do it yourself. It's not so expensive to have a professional put flush metal toe taps on your shoes. I have them on a couple of my pairs, and they're always a bit slippery for a few weeks (can't really be helped) until the metal gets suitably scratched up. They work well. A cobbler sold me on the leather version once, but they came off quite easily. I'm happier enduring the slight slippiness of metal in the beginning, for the...
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