Gents, It’s been about five months since my original post and plea for sartorial advice, and I think it’s finally time for my follow up post. I’ve honestly been putting off writing this for a good while, as I’m still pretty green, but I feel I have a very good grasp on who I am and my personality, and it’s time my clothing became an extension of my personality. I’m, quite honestly, approaching this very seriously, because this is something I want to get better at. Anyway, I’m going to stop rambling and get to it. Body Composition: Age: 24 Height: 5’10” Weight: 172lbs Bodyfat: around 8-9% Skin: Caucasian, somewhat tan Build: Athletic build Hair: Dark brown Eyes: Hazel Random shot. T-shirt is baggy as hell and shaped terribly. I tucked the front you could get an idea of my proportions. By invertig0 at 2010-06-06 Quick note on hair: My hair’s short, a lot like Jake Gyllenhaal’s on the last cover of GQ. I’ve been using American Crew Fiber, but it’s not really doing what I want. I think I need to switch to possibly a matte finish? GQ recommends Kevin Murphy Night Rider, but I know a lot of you guys like Gatsby wax. Could I get some recommendations and the best way to use the product? Measurements: Tailor number one: Chest:43 Full length:31 Back width: 9.5 Overarm: 51 Waist:35 Natural waist: 33 Seat: 40 Inside sleeve: 16.25 Trousers: Outseem: 39 Inseem: 29 Bottom: 19 Tailor number two: Neck: 16.5 Sleeve: 34 Outseem: 40 Chest: 42.5 Overarm: 50 Seat: 39 As you can see, I have a good 9-10 inch drop, which makes buying shirts a pain. Also, I’m not sure if this is normal, but my chest measures at 42.5-43, but a size 40 coat fits me best. Is this normal? Personal style: Personality: Extremely laid back, but competitive Music I like (I feel like music is a good indicator of personality): Classic rock (CCR, Led Zeppelin), Jam Bands (Cream, moe.), REAL country (Hank Williams, Guy Clark), Bluesy bluegrass (Old Crow Medicine Show, or think “True Blood” soundtrack), Live music, Acoustic guitar Favorite ice cream: homemade vanilla Interests: Anything outdoors, fitness, sports, fishing, hiking, hunting, swimming, dive bars, naturally pretty girls that don’t wear much make-up, good Bourbon on the rocks, naturally pretty girls that don’t wear much make-up that drink good Bourbon on the rocks Literature: I’ll read about anything. It’s hard to deny the classics, but I’m also a fan of Modernism, leaning more towards Hemmingway than Joyce. I like the old world feel of their type of stories, where it was perfectly acceptable to drink cocktails at the cafÃ© all night and have promiscuous sex with virtually everyone. A time where people did what they want, rather than what they thought they should do. Guys I view as icons: Gary Cooper, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Warren Beatty, and Brad Pitt Clothing Style: This is where things might get messy and I apologize. I know this is long, and I know I left out some details in trying to make it shorter. I took the advice after my last post and cruised affiliate threads, WAYWT, and a few blogs. I got a good idea about fit from a few helpful links Lel posted up for me. I looked through the newest version of WAYWT, and though I saw some good fits, nothing jumped out at me that I want to try and recreate. I also checked out the latest trends on my sartorial journey. Other than a few outerwear pieces, I’m not into the workwear trend. I don’t have to wear suits, so Mad Men is out. I’m not an elitist self-admitted progressive so no Ivy League trad/prep. Though it’s neither profound nor new, my personal style really fits the mold of classic, clean, American-prep (but what were you expecting from a guy whose favorite ice cream is homemade vanilla). But not in the frat boy/country club sense, I can’t stand that nonsense. I like well-fitting basics, and want to keep things SIMPLE. I’m a minimalist, I like the simple things in life, and I can definitely see this transpiring to my clothing. I would honestly rather have 5-6 outfits that I love and feel comfortable in, than 25 that are just OK. My color palate will probably be pretty bland, but I plan to make up with that and get some color from socks/scarves. This is a casual look, so I figure I could possibly incorporate more trousers and shoes over jeans and sneakers to dress it up a little. I know my outfits will probably be pretty bland, but I hope that the fit and ease with which I wear them will make them great. I would like to get a few interesting pieces to spread throughout my wardrobe, but I’m not quite sure what they’ll be yet, but probably more along the lines of outerwear in the winter, I really like the surf-bum/hippie/gentlemen persona. So I suppose my style is about simplicity and keeping things clean cut. I want to master the art of looking good without appearing to give a damn. This is going to be a complete wardrobe makeover, which really isn’t going to be difficult since I’ve already gotten rid of most of my old clothes. What I have that can still work: one pair of APC NS, Earnest Sewn Fulton’s Baxter Wash, Black Pea Coat, Tanner Goods natural leather belt, Adidas Sambas (though I think these will just be my bum-around-town sneakers; I don’t really like the contrasting white and black, and I don’t think they look good with dark indigo), Sperry Top-sider boat shoes. That’s it. I do really like the raw denim trend that came with the workwear, I like the idea of clothes that last forever, and all the stories they could tell. I’ll sort of list out items I could use, but please don’t think of it as a shopping list, more like areas I’ve identified that need work soon so they’re in my short term mind. Footwear: I feel like footwear makes or breaks an outfit. The last few summer I’ve worn flip-flops exclusively (Father forgive me for I have sinned), but since I don’t like near the beach yet, I do need to pick up some sneakers and boots. I’m thinking some DB’s in brown suede, non-baller sneakers (SeeVee’s is my upper limit when it comes to sneakers) probably white and canvas; I don’t like Converse of JP’s. Bottom: I’ve got: 1 pair APC NS 1 pair Earnest Sewn Fulton’s Baxter wash (my one impulse buy off Gilt a few weeks ago; they’re OK, I’m not a huge fan of fake distressing, but at least there’s no embellishments or ridiculous back pocket stitching I would like: A few more pairs of denim (I can see myself developing an obsession). Really too much out there for me to sort through, but maybe another pair of dark indigo, and a more medium wash or grey pair Chinos (Grey, Stone, Navy) Shorts (for the beach) Possibly Shades or Greige Cords or one of the other shorter pairs I saw on Need Supply Top: Here’s where I run into trouble. I rarely find anything I like for my upper body. I’m definitely a T-shirt guy (plain T’s) and was thinking possibly Velva Sheen, even though there are pricey. I’ve completely stopped wearing OCBD’s and polos the last few years, but I hope I can find something that fits me well. I’m thinking 1 White OCBD and 1 Navy OCBD. I never liked short sleeve button ups, but the BoO one’s look nice. Lapels I’ve identified that I think I’m interested in: Unis, Riviera Club, BoO Notes I know it sounds like I’m saying “build me a wardrobe to these specifications,” and in a way I am, so I feel a need to explain myself. After the last few months of reading about style & fashion, I’ve realized there’s a lot I don’t care about and way too much out there for me to sort through. Now that I’ve sort of carved out my niche, I’m looking for any help possible in cultivating it; whether it be blogs, forum members that share my same sartorial sense, literally anything. Biggest problem My biggest problem is where I’m currently living there is ZERO inspiration. I have to get any inspiration from this website, blogs, or the occasional GQ. This affects me because I have to do all of my shopping via the internet, and I’m not particularly good at building outfits because I never see what a well put together outfit looks like. Thank you for reading this entire post, I sincerely appreciate any and all help/advice.
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