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Thank you all for helping change how I dress!

post #1 of 11
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I thought of simply posting this in the "What are you wearing right now?" thread, but I want to share with everyone a story that shows how StyleForum and AAAC have affected the way I dress and also to thank everyone for so generously sharing their knowledge (cross-posted on AAAC):

On Friday I went to the Ralph Lauren store in Beverly Hills to meet with Hilary Freeman and get fitted for a pair of Edward Green shoes (more on that in a separate thread). When I finished, I browsed several other stores on Rodeo Drive for about an hour, visited South Coast Plaza, and went to several outlet stores. By the end of the day I had received 5(!) compliments: two "You look very nice today", two "Nice shoes, where did you get them?" (thanks Chris, aka nightowl6261a), and one "I like the fit of your jacket". In my pre-forum days, I could go months between compliments, so five in one day is unheard of for me. Thanks folks!!

For the record, I was wearing:

Samuelsohn MTM jacket, tan with charcoal glen plaid and light blue overpane
Lands' End charcoal gabardine trousers
Lands' End "custom" shirt, French blue
Talbott BOC tie, brown/orange/gold/navy/light blue stripes
Tan/navy/brown paisley pocket square
Grenson Stowe wholecuts in brown calfskin/brown suede from Bennies (my new favorite shoes)
Brooks Brothers belt, dark brown
Brooks Brothers charcoal cashmere OTC socks

Hilary Freeman also described twice for RL salesmen being trained to fit EG shoes why my shoes from Bennies are such a good fit, so thanks once again Chris!

Please feel free to share how StyleForum has influenced the way you dress and the compliments you receive as well.
post #2 of 11
What can I say? It has been nothing but awesome being here, learning new things and in effect, buying new things. Speaking of which, earlier this morning before going to work, I decided to get that haircut I've been meaning to get. After that, I put on my best work clothes that I thought would look great in such a sunny, beautiful day. I then started my workday and recieved three compliments! Yaay! The highlight of the day was when my current crush was pleased (almost surpised) at how I looked. "You look really good today," she said. Then later on it was, "You know, you look really clean cut today, with that white spring jacket you looked sorta preppy. It's real nice. Who cut your hair?" Me: "Thank you" Me inside: "Yessssssssss. Booooyaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!! That's whats up! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me! Go me!" (I admit going towards the preppy route, but I never give it much thought when buying and/or trying. Only when I wear it and people comment about it do I realize that it is a bit preppy. So sue me...) Thank you StyleForum and AAAC for influencing me to dress my best, to not only impress others, but to impress myself and giving me the high confidence I have now. All of you have been truly helpful.
post #3 of 11
I've expressed this notion before too; I've really changed in the year I've spent here and AAAC.

Actually, the compliments wear off as the expectations rise, but that's okay too.
post #4 of 11
Amen. The biggest thing I've learned from here is to find things that fit CORRECTLY. Looking through my wardrobe two years ago everything I had was too big for me. I ousted my whole old wardrobe, bought all new shirts that fit correctly, new pants hemmed and tailored to fit, bought a new suit MTM, and got rid of all 6 pairs of my horrible rubber soled sketchers type shoes and switched to all Medium end shoes (C&J, Martegani, etc). Even the streetwear pointed me to brands such as American Apparel which are a godsend, as well as giving me new ideas in jeans which I never would have thought of before. I am a changed man, and have received many compliments which I feel much is due in part to this forum.
post #5 of 11
I'm very happy I found the forum before I spent a lot of money on clothes. Of course, after I found the forum I spent a lot of money on clothes.
post #6 of 11
Was it Todd's day off?

I spent a lot more money on clothes after this forum, but I think this time I'm more satisfied with them, and are less likely to replace them or let them rot in the closet.
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by chorse123
I'm very happy I found the forum before I spent a lot of money on clothes. Of course, after I found the forum I spent a lot of money on clothes.

Same here. Went from two suits (a Zegna-clothed gray with greenish pinstripes eBay fused special but pretty decent - and I knew it was not a real Zegna) and one navy Men's Wearhouse El Crappo interview suit to one greenish/grayish L. Barbera (St. Andrews), one RLBL and four (!) Corneliani suits. With shoes it was less drastic; bought C.T. black Loake chukkas, Loding wholecuts, Loake Norwich, AE Park Avenue black captoes, Grenson Ilkley boots and Facconnable suede chukkas. Must have also bought about 10 ties also including three from Chuck & Jill. Uhm, if I were home I could have run a category report in Quicken to work out how much that comes out to but I am afraid to do it

Oh, and for the most impressive change:

Props to the Streetwear peeps; I had NO jeans. I had not worn any denim for maybe a decade. HATED jeans with a passion - they were always uncomfortable and looked ugly to me. Took their advice, bought a pair of PDC GTOs. Now I have five pairs of jeans which I constantly wear

THANK YOU!
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by visionology
Amen. The biggest thing I've learned from here is to find things that fit CORRECTLY. Looking through my wardrobe two years ago everything I had was too big for me.

Same here. When learning how to dress myself appropriately, I found that I had too many clothes that were one size too big. I just never considered fit to be that important. Now it's all about fit for me, I'd never buy something if it didn't fit me just right.

And now you see men all over place who didn't buy a well fitting sweater or a shirt. If they just brought it one size down, it would make all the difference.
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by chrisc
Same here. When learning how to dress myself appropriately, I found that I had too many clothes that were one size too big. I just never considered fit to be that important. Now it's all about fit for me, I'd never buy something if it didn't fit me just right. And now you see men all over place who didn't buy a well fitting sweater or a shirt. If they just brought it one size down, it would make all the difference.
Good point, I should have mentioned it also. I got rid of A LOT of shirts that did not fit right.
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by chrisc
Same here. When learning how to dress myself appropriately, I found that I had too many clothes that were one size too big. I just never considered fit to be that important. Now it's all about fit for me, I'd never buy something if it didn't fit me just right.

And now you see men all over place who didn't buy a well fitting sweater or a shirt. If they just brought it one size down, it would make all the difference.

This is a big change for me, too. I'm in the process of switching to MTM shirts, since no one makes 15/36 shirts RTW. I wore one of my old shirts yesterday and felt positively sloppy. I also got dissed by my niece (a negative compliment?) who commented on how baggy my shirt looked.

I agree that the downside is the amount it costs to dress well, but at least I'm now spending my money on clothes that fit well. And when clothing fits well, I wear it more often.
post #11 of 11
I thought I actually had some information to offer since alot of my time is spent researching this sort of thing for my lectures. Not quite. I come here to learn.
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