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post #46 of 117
I'm a jobless college student, but that's never stopped me from buying some decent clothes. Isn't that what student loans are for?
post #47 of 117
+1
post #48 of 117
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Originally Posted by Lane View Post
I have a part-time, and I did the same shit in the summer except I went for two designer pieces and some mass fashion stuff. I was speaking for the OP who doesn't have a job. Only difference is I haven't bought schoolbooks yet :P

Yeah, I was more speaking in general terms as in "it's totally possible to cop nice stuff as a student". Sounds like the OP needs to worry less about a wardrobe, and more about copping a new stream of income.
post #49 of 117
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Originally Posted by RyJ Maduro View Post
RL, Brooks, Dave Matthews Tees.

There is not enough in the world
post #50 of 117
Campus part time jobs pay decent too. When I was an undergrad, I had classmates that worked 12-15 hours a week at the library and such, making no less than $11/hour.
post #51 of 117
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Well it's not that I'm a completely broke ass student, I have enough money for tuition and food and going out for dinner once in awhile. I can afford to invest in quality clothing for a decent price, so I think APC jeans seem decent, along with a pair of boots since i live in a rainy city. Thanks for all the replies though, seems like I should just go for slowly buying more and more, then seeing what fits me well and looks nice
post #52 of 117
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Originally Posted by captmomo View Post
muji and uniqlo too.

IME muji clothes don't fit that great but they go into discount easily.

I'm a highschool student with basically no money, but i find some nice stuff at thrift stores (Can't really do B&S). Do you guys look out for sample sales? If so, how?
post #53 of 117
I think the best advice is to spend time on the board and research for yourself rather than have people give you instructions. There's some good advice here but there's also some advice that won't work for everyone. Spend some time poring over the stickied threads and learning about what sort of aesthetic people abide by here. Most on-campus P/T jobs pay around $9-11/hr, right? So that means w/in a month you should be earning at least $500. Within 2 months, you should be able to afford a pair of CPs and a pair of APC NS. Alternatively, you could get several pairs of Gap denim, but the fit/quality will be inferior - it's your choice EDIT: Oh, and best to go w/ fail-safe purchases at first (e.g. APC NS)
post #54 of 117
Have you considered inheriting a lot of money? Also only buy Rick Owens.
post #55 of 117
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Also only buy Rick Owens.

goth ninjas get all the pussay
post #56 of 117
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There is not enough in the world

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZzCHcMKyDc

Get to the lax bro part at the end, I'm sure you'll enjoy
post #57 of 117
Haha fuck me nvm
post #58 of 117
I'd like to chip into this conversationas well since I'm in my second year of undergrad. Imployt was right to say that you definitely need a well-fitting suit. During the school year, you will undoubtedly have to wear a suit AT LEAST ONCE whether it's for an interview or event. You don't have to buy the suit now, but you should save up for the whole ensemble. Also, follow his advice to invest in some nice sneakers. You can find CPs on sale in B+S for half their retail price, you just have to be patient. You can be frugal and buy all your clothes from fast fashion like H+M, but you can't skimp on footwear. Having a pair of CPs or any baller sneaker (that isn't outlandish) will set you above the chuck/nike running shoes wearing crowd. Do not drop a wad of cash on everything at once. Your aesthetic WILL change. Like others suggested, be cheap on the basics so long as they fit you. Interesting pieces (with unusual fabrics or cut) will be where you want to spend money on. Styleforum's B&S and sufu's marketplace are your bestest friends. You will find designer clothing with price slashes that will make your head spin. I want to emphasize once more, DO NOT BUY A LOAD OF SHIT NOW. You may regret your buys later. Go lurk on WAYWT to get a sense of what you like and then wait for similar items on B&S. That way you will save a lot more and be able to be a mid-level baller.
post #59 of 117
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Originally Posted by JackTheRipper View Post
I'd like to chip into this conversationas well since I'm in my second year of undergrad.

Imployt was right to say that you definitely need a well-fitting suit. During the school year, you will undoubtedly have to wear a suit AT LEAST ONCE whether it's for an interview or event. You don't have to buy the suit now, but you should save up for the whole ensemble.

Also, follow his advice to invest in some nice sneakers. You can find CPs on sale in B+S for half their retail price, you just have to be patient. You can be frugal and buy all your clothes from fast fashion like H+M, but you can't skimp on footwear. Having a pair of CPs or any baller sneaker (that isn't outlandish) will set you above the chuck/nike running shoes wearing crowd.

Do not drop a wad of cash on everything at once. Your aesthetic WILL change. Like others suggested, be cheap on the basics so long as they fit you. Interesting pieces (with unusual fabrics or cut) will be where you want to spend money on. Styleforum's B&S and sufu's marketplace are your bestest friends. You will find designer clothing with price slashes that will make your head spin.

I want to emphasize once more, DO NOT BUY A LOAD OF SHIT NOW. You may regret your buys later. Go lurk on WAYWT to get a sense of what you like and then wait for similar items on B&S. That way you will save a lot more and be able to be a mid-level baller.

In three of years of schooling I have never once needed a suit. A decent jacket and slacks/chinos with an OCBD will serve you fine.

But everything else counts. Do spend your money on footwear that will last (last being relative, but something 1+ years is ideal). You're likely going to get taller/fill out, but your feet size will very likely not change, so now's as good a time as any to invest in something that will be kind to your feet and be durable. Of course I'm not recommending a pair of Alden's, simply that if the $90 price tag of DB's or another boot/sneaker scares you, know that it'll last you quite a while. It is budget-smart to purchase items once for a little bit more than to have to keep replacing items.

Do shop smart, as in waiting to purchase those big price items during sale times (Christmas, July 4th, etc) and buying out-of-season if applicable. Do buy utilitarian, like others have suggested, you should find pieces and basics that can be worn multiple times throughout the week, so pick things that work well with the other pieces of your wardrobe (essentially, consider thoroughly how each item you purchase will work with all the other clothes you have).

Don't be afraid to invest in good outwear, especially if you live in colder climates, however, do consider how many seasons each item you're looking at will work well in (i.e., it may be better to buy that pair of chinos which can be worn in fall, winter, and spring v.s. those linen pants which'll only really work well in summer). Buy used when possible.

Write everything you want down, build outfits, and realize the items which don't really mesh. Develop a simple budget, and agree to only spend a fraction on clothes each month, because your desired aesthetic may change from month to month or even week to week.
post #60 of 117
^You might not have needed to wear a suit ever but it probably would've been nice if you had worn one on certain occasions. Style noobs: get yourself a suit, even if it's from H&M, you should have one that fits so you can clown on all the fools at formals in their rentatux garbage.
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