I'd recommend first lurking around and looking and finding a favorite poster to emulate, or some pics for inspiration. For example, look up pictures of Sean Connery... is that you? look up Karl Lagerfeld, or is that you? look at the what are you wearing pictures for some ideas of brands. The first thing to learn is FIT. Make sure everything you have that you want fits properly and everything new you buy does too. what is the right "fit"? see the what are you wearing pictures for ideas of different silouettes. some things will accentuate certain parts or tone down others. Take anything you have to the tailor to make sure all your pants and polos fit well. I'm with you on the solids and avoiding patterns. also, and most direct to your question, I would suggest looking into different fabrics. They will affect the way the clothing falls/drapes on your body and that is what will accentuate your figure. I'd say a quick way to add sophistication is to work on layering. It implies a level of thought and education. with colors and textures, again, these can be used to accentuate the body in certain ways. new "pieces" to try adding in:
- Black turtleneck - definitely a pair of plain, slim, and DARK denim. - light grey slim fitted v-neck sweaters to wear over your polos, crew collar t-shirts, or even some dress shirts (probably not though.). These will give you form but still "smoothen" out your lines. -blue seersucker sportscoat Look at these, but of course just for IDEAS... not exactly this stuff, but this sort of image.