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I'm a grad student who expects to be a working professional in approximately 1.5 years. I know next to nothing about fashion but I'd like to start dressing better. How do I begin? What steps do I need to take (e.g., get measurements from a tailor, read a certain book, make sure my wardrobe has these pieces, etc. etc.)? Can someone help me out?

Context: I'm living in Los Angeles, so it's a warm climate and the style out here is more casual than Washington, D.C., where I lived beforehand.
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Originally Posted by SharpSmooth View Post
I'm a grad student who expects to be a working professional in approximately 1.5 years. I know next to nothing about fashion but I'd like to start dressing better. How do I begin? What steps do I need to take (e.g., get measurements from a tailor, read a certain book, make sure my wardrobe has these pieces, etc. etc.)? Can someone help me out?

Context: I'm living in Los Angeles, so it's a warm climate and the style out here is more casual than Washington, D.C., where I lived beforehand.

Well, what is your chosen profession?
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I'm a grad student who expects to be a working professional in approximately 1.5 years. I know next to nothing about fashion but I'd like to start dressing better. How do I begin? What steps do I need to take (e.g., get measurements from a tailor, read a certain book, make sure my wardrobe has these pieces, etc. etc.)? Can someone help me out?

Context: I'm living in Los Angeles, so it's a warm climate and the style out here is more casual than Washington, D.C., where I lived beforehand.

You should just pick up some magazines, look online, see what you like on other guys that you would like to emulate. Lose the jeans for at least 5 days a week, buy things in your size, invest in one great pair of shoes, and get a haircut. For starters.
post #4 of 10
Some members your age have had good luck going straight to Rubinacci and Nivea skin care products.


- B
post #5 of 10
This book has served well: http://www.amazon.com/Suit-Machiavel...7126691&sr=1-1 As much about the underlying rules for looking well presented as suits themselves, and written by a SF formite under a nom de plume.
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This book has served well:

http://www.amazon.com/Suit-Machiavel...7126691&sr=1-1

As much about the underlying rules for looking well presented as suits themselves, and written by a SF formite under a nom de plume.

Is a porn star who acts under a different name using a nom de poon? This seemed like an appropriate time to use that joke.
post #7 of 10
I would start with upgrading your shoes. This is where a large number of people don't get it right and where you can make a big improvement. Search the forum for "shoes" and you'll read for days.
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Originally Posted by Drydis Greis View Post
Well, what is your chosen profession?

I'm in law school but I can't start dressing like a lawyer while I'm in law school.
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Is a porn star who acts under a different name using a nom de poon? This seemed like an appropriate time to use that joke.
as long as it isn't gay porn
post #10 of 10
I suggest you find a style you like and start acquiring pieces. As mentioned above, shoes are an important starting point because if all you have are loafers or big square toes with rubber bumpers your look will never be complete. If you are acquiring pieces slowly ensure they are consistent with the look you want.

My biggest mistake when starting was buying random pieces I found on sale and from different looks.
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