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I thought Diesel made good quality footwear? You have any suggestions on footwear and jeans? I also was thinking that I need just some basic solid color Tee's and V Necks. So, I was thinking of a few solid color Ralph Lauren Polo Crews and I have read something about Alternative Apparel being pretty decent. So I figured I would order a few solid color V Necks from them. Any suggestions? I'm just looking to get a foundation for a new wardrobe. Oh, and I am just not sure of what kind of footwear to go with jeans and some solid color Tee's. This is sad but I have mainly only worn Chucks and the sportier Diesel styles lol.

 

 

 

One thing is unequivocable:  Express is the bottom of the barrel.  It appeals to guys like you, guys who want to wear clothing that is fashionable but inexpensive.  Unfortunately, though, the quality is absolutely terrible.  the 1MX shirts are ok, if you have any of those, but the jeans are as flimsy as they get.  I'd say just return everything you've purchased from Express while you still have time.  You will hate in all in a couple of months, if you stick around on this forum.

 

Somthing you should know:  The average Style Forum member has tastes that are much different from yours.  The members here tend to go for more "high fashion" looks, and would never wear Express.  Your personal sense of style should be an organic thing-you should wear whatever you think looks good, and whatever you think your peers will appreciate.  If you stick around Style Forum, browse the threads, and post pictures of your clothing, your sense of style will change very rapidly.  But even if you don't let SF oppinions affect you at all, you should still never ever spend a large amount of money on one brand at one time.  Ever.  It is a huge financial mistake.  Your tastes, and your regard for Express/Diesel, will change. 

 

 

Build your wardrobe gradually, one piece at a time.  Try different brands.  Hang out on Style Forum, and get a subscription to GQ magazine.

 

 

 

P.S. Norteryx:  go with the top pair.  It is more versatile.

post #4127 of 4945
I wouldn't say SF is "high fashion." It just avoids looks that try to incorporate GQ flashiness, like tie + blazer with jeans. I'm learning that an outfit's context is important. Throwing on a tie doesn't suddenly make you better dressed, it makes you look affected. Dressing better is having a cohesive outfit.

Check the affordable swag thread for some ideas on how to rebuild a wardrobe.

Cheap jeans: Uniqlo or Levis. Levis have so many different cuts, one of them is bound to work for you.
Sneakers: Chucks, Vans, Prokeds. Don't get Clarks desert boots just because a lot of people "step up" into them from sneakers.
Ts: Just get whatever fits.
post #4128 of 4945

EDIT: didnt realize this was streetwear. Sorry facepalm.gif

 

Total noob is right.

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Any recommendations for an MA1 bomber that is slim in the body? Would prefer a designer interpretation over the standard issue army/navy surplus style.
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Looking a good casual button-down shirt.  Very slim, with a large check or plaid pattern, and hopefully not extremely expensive.

 

Something like this: http://www.parkandbond.com/product/91742658 (I love Thom Browne styling and fit, but not price).

 

Any suggestions?

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Wow. That's really tight. Sorry, no idea.
post #4132 of 4945
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Looking a good casual button-down shirt.  Very slim, with a large check or plaid pattern, and hopefully not extremely expensive.

Something like this: http://www.parkandbond.com/product/91742658 (I love Thom Browne styling and fit, but not price).

Any suggestions?

I think you can find reasonably price MTM shirts online. A sponsor of the forum is "modern tailor" and I believe they allow you to customise your own shirt - maybe check them out?

I've never ordered anything from them so I can't speak about the quality, but it's an option for you.
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Looking a good casual button-down shirt.  Very slim, with a large check or plaid pattern, and hopefully not extremely expensive.

 

Something like this: http://www.parkandbond.com/product/91742658 (I love Thom Browne styling and fit, but not price).

 

Any suggestions?


I like my shirts slim, but that shirt is objectively way too tight. I have a 36 chest and 28 waist, and the chest on a TB size 1 pulls a little for me. That model has a 38 chest and 31 waist. See how the straight lines of the plaid are distorted and rounded, arching in particular next to the tie? That's because the fabric is pulling severely at the buttons. The stylists tried to hide that by sticking a tie on him—they probably only received a size 1 sample for their photo shoot, unfortunately.

 

Made-to-measure is probably your best bet in terms of getting a perfect fit (not like the above) at a reasonable price. The challenge is you're looking for a somewhat specific kind of fabric, which they might not all have. I've personally liked neither the shirts nor the customer support I've gotten from both Modern Tailor (suggested above) and Proper Cloth. Ratio Clothing, on the other hand, have exceptional customer service, though their fabric selections are somewhat limited, and probably don't include what you're looking for. You'll also have to include any additional fit refinements in the notes when you submit your order, but they can accommodate almost anything (I know—I've done it!).

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Any recs for a sub-$200 black derby? Looking for something in a similar vein to the CP Officer Derby or B Store leather derbies. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Messenger bag needed. It's time to shed my ballistic nylon Timbuk2 bag that I've had since getting out of university. The thing is soo dated.

 

Can somebody recommend me a beautiful yet durable messenger bag, leather preferred (but not necessary) in the under $400 range? There are just too many options out there.

 

Environment: Coffee shops, walking around Boston, meetings with partners/investors, traveling in Europe

My style: Classically inspired cuts with distinctively understated modern flair

Contents: Laptop, kindle, hardware attachments, book, keys, leather portfolio, whatever I bought today.

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Changing up this year and I want to start wearing more button ups. I'm looking for a solid oxford shirt, light blue/olive/white. Something slim.. like this but preferably cheaper, any recommendations? Thanks in advance.

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Messenger bag needed. It's time to shed my ballistic nylon Timbuk2 bag that I've had since getting out of university. The thing is soo dated.


Archival Clothing? I have their messenger in gray, it's pretty great. No handle, though, just a shoulder strap. If you're meeting with partners and investors, you might consider a briefcase instead of a messenger bag, because it is significantly more professional.

post #4138 of 4945
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Originally Posted by xDonavon View Post

Changing up this year and I want to start wearing more button ups. I'm looking for a solid oxford shirt, light blue/olive/white. Something slim.. like this but preferably cheaper, any recommendations? Thanks in advance.

tough to miss with brooks brothers for a classic oxford. depending on how slim you want (their slim fit fits me perfectly with a 44" chest and 36" waist, and they also have an extra slim version cut slimmer still), they might work. their non-iron shirts are absolutely killer too...I've gotten comments on the crispness of shirts I hadn't had pressed for weeks.
post #4139 of 4945
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Originally Posted by BostonHedonist View Post

Messenger bag needed. It's time to shed my ballistic nylon Timbuk2 bag that I've had since getting out of university. The thing is soo dated.

 

Can somebody recommend me a beautiful yet durable messenger bag, leather preferred (but not necessary) in the under $400 range? There are just too many options out there.

 

Environment: Coffee shops, walking around Boston, meetings with partners/investors, traveling in Europe

My style: Classically inspired cuts with distinctively understated modern flair

Contents: Laptop, kindle, hardware attachments, book, keys, leather portfolio, whatever I bought today.



Check out Kenneth Cole.  They have leather messenger bags that range from $150 on up.  The Kenneth Cole website doesn't have much right now, presumably because they are updating their collection, but the Kenneth Cole store that I visited just before Christmas had a good selection of durable, stylish bags.

 

post #4140 of 4945
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Originally Posted by CDHagg View Post

Looking a good casual button-down shirt.  Very slim, with a large check or plaid pattern, and hopefully not extremely expensive.

 

Something like this: http://www.parkandbond.com/product/91742658 (I love Thom Browne styling and fit, but not price).

 

Any suggestions?


Thomas Pink Super Slim fits might work:

http://www.us.thomaspink.com/Shearwater-Stripe-Shirt---Button-Cuff/Super-Slim-fit-Shirts/thomas-pink/fcp-product/99919703

 

Beware imo overly slim looks (jeans / shirts / ties / lapels).  It's a faddy look and won't be in style forever.  However a slim / trim / tailored look will always be in style.

 

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