I need a check list of clothing items and companies for my new job.
It's ultra casual. Even on our homepage, you see 4 men, all wearing jeans, sneakers and a button-down shirt or polo (actually I think the guy is wearing a t-shirt).
At this level, ties are just unacceptable, so my guess is to go for quality/coordination over level-of-dress. What should I be investing in, what should be on my wardrobe checklist, and where should I be purchasing from?
Perhaps these measurements might be useful in recommending certain companies over others, in terms of finding the best fit for my shape:
I want to break out of the dark denim+AA tee+sneakers routine I pull out every summer.
I'm feeling like I want to venture into a JCrew-ish (seersucker?) shorts and light-colored button-ups this year (think Vampire Weekend minus the douche factor) Just the thought of being comfortable in hot weather makes me want to say "the hell with it!" How can I pull this off without looking fratty? I have a Medium to Large build, Im pale and blonde.
I think for a great summer look, a good option is to look into Ivy/Prep and Nautical influences.
You're on the right track with seersucker and light colored button ups. Really the important thing, in my opinion, is being and looking comfortable when it comes to Spring/Summer dressing. In general, an addition of color to your wardrobe helps a lot (but not too much, you don't want to look like a walking rainbow).
Try linen shirts, or very lightweight sweaters. Go sockless when you wear shoes, I think what looks terrible is to see dirty white socks poking out of some vans/boat shoes when someone is wearing shorts.
Try a windbreaker, or an anorak, or just any general lightweight summer jacket.
Pay less attention to what article of clothing it is and more to the fabric, the colors, and the details. Any lightweight pants work great in the summer and keep my cooler than shorts (keeps the sun of my legs, allows them to breath). The most important thing is to wear clothes that breathe. A very nice, casual, unstructured, unlined, cotton blazer works too. Andrew Wallace posted one that looked pretty good to me.
In general just stick to a lighter color palette (more creams, light blues, etc), get clothes that breathe (linen), and just don't worry about it too much. Be comfortable, look comfortable.
^I have no idea why you'd want to wear a cardigan to a dance but Urban Outfitters, Zara and H&M are your go-to places for disposable fashunz. If you want something a little nicer, Club Monaco makes solid shit, in my opinion...fit pic later today with one of their cardis.
I don't mean to derail this thread, but how exactly do Vampire Weekend qualify as hipster douchebags? Most hardcore indie/hipster kids think Vampire Weekend is too poppy and mainstream, and the guys in the band are pretty genuine Ivy League guys. Je ne comprend pas.
Thanks Kodiak; I actually tried on a pair of Spring Courts today - size 42 is too small and size 43 is too big, so that's a no go. Plus, the thick soles/toe cap tend to make my feet look large, which is also the case with chucks. It seems like size 10.5 in converse tends to make my feet look very big...I don't suppose anyone has any other ideas? I appreciate the suggestion, though - very much so.