Originally Posted by Duveen
Only other advice/question would be -- do you think you'll really be using that tailored clothing (suit, blazer) very much?
Think about staggering your purchases by order of most urgent need:
- Underwear/socks as you have it
- Basic trousers/shorts first (as you state - again, maybe 2 jeans @ $150+ each and the rest the same)
- Tops (polos, button up casual shirts, t-shirts, 1 white dress shirt, 2 ties)
- Casual shoes, sneakers, flip flops, belts, etc
- Blazer (a nice one, please! - no Macy's/Dillards/Belks, etc)
Then, phase II (in order of need)
- Dress shirts - remaining shirts, ties
- Leather jacket (if you decide you really need it)
- Dress shoes (likely can wait at least a few months on these - get a deal on a classic pair of Allen Edmonds...)
- Suit (save up and buy quality)
This way you space out your $ spent and think about what you want and look for a deal on the most expensive items (suit, shoes, leather jacket).
Seriously, that is as far as I would go buying now. You will find that college fashion tends not to correspond to real-world fashion, and quantity (come laundry time) will be your friend. A few staples in terms of dress clothes (i.e. suit, shirt, tie, shoes) are important, but in terms of everything else, I understand your desire to make an impression, but you may find that what you buy now may not be what you want to wear in a few months.
I have to believe that the clothes you descibe yourself as currently wearing, cargo shorts, jeans, hoodies, etc will be exactly what everyone else is wearing.
While the type of clothes you describe is probably right on the money, it is a question of style and what you buy in your home-town now might not be what you are comfortable wearing day to day. Plus bear in mind that if you end up spending your leisure time at dance clubs, etc. you will want to dress the part (to some extent), on the other hand if you end up spending most of your time standing around a keg in someone's backyard or basement, those club clothes will look way out of place.
Best advice - patience. You will have plenty of time to blow your $.