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post #61 of 117
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Originally Posted by AndrewRyanWallace View Post
^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.

Exactly what I thought. We're living in an age where guys aren't expected to wear a suit unless they're at a funeral. Even then, it's not a rigid expectation, unless you're the one in the box. Just because there aren't expectations doesn't mean you aren't going to be in a handful of situations where a suit wouldn't be out of place.

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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.

I'd advise this route for any college student. You won't need a suit for a whole lot of occasions, unless you're a member of the Young Republicans or some shit, in which case, you have bigger problems than buying a suit, asshole.

But for the average college student, or really even 20-something, you can get away with owning a suit that fits well but is made of fabrics the MC crowd wouldn't wipe their mouths with after eating their grilled rabbit with mango duck sauce dinner. It's rare to see a college-aged person wearing a suit and it's almost Big Foot sighting territory to see any of them wearing a suit that fits well.
post #62 of 117
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Originally Posted by Piroshky View Post
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.
depends on your major, and probably also where you live. i was a business major, and during functions where we were expected to wear a suit (and also interviews) we were expected to wear a suit, not an odd jacket and trousers. that being said, getting some cheap suit and just taking special care to make sure you got your right size and tie your tie correctly would put you ahead of most people, no need to go all out on an expensive tailored suit.
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Originally Posted by APK View Post
unless you're a member of the Young Republicans or some shit, in which case, you have bigger problems than buying a suit, asshole.
made me lol, thanks
post #63 of 117
Don't buy white sneakers until your raw jeans are a month+ old.
post #64 of 117
Solid post by APK, take note those who seek guidance.
post #65 of 117
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Originally Posted by APK View Post
Exactly what I thought. We're living in an age where guys aren't expected to wear a suit unless they're at a funeral. Even then, it's not a rigid expectation, unless you're the one in the box. Just because there aren't expectations doesn't mean you aren't going to be in a handful of situations where a suit wouldn't be out of place. I'd advise this route for any college student. You won't need a suit for a whole lot of occasions, unless you're a member of the Young Republicans or some shit, in which case, you have bigger problems than buying a suit, asshole. But for the average college student, or really even 20-something, you can get away with owning a suit that fits well but is made of fabrics the MC crowd wouldn't wipe their mouths with after eating their grilled rabbit with mango duck sauce dinner. It's rare to see a college-aged person wearing a suit and it's almost Big Foot sighting territory to see any of them wearing a suit that fits well.
I dunno, it's not hard to save up $400 or so (20 handles, not exactly the end of the world) and pick up something decent, $600-$800 and you can get something really fucking good (Jil, RLBL, BBBF, Dries, etc.) and those are brand new prices Also, if you're a style nerd, wearing a suit is a lot of fun, wear it without occasion and get the girlies talking
post #66 of 117
I don't have time to read all the replies, so my apologies if I say anything that has already been said.

1. Buy quality. You'll find out what quality is by reading SF and some of the recommended blogs. It's always better to have a few quality things than a bunch of crappy things. This goes for anything.

2. Don't fall for trends. For God's sake, don't be that college student with desert boots, selvage denim that hasn't been washed in a year, some really ugly ironic t-shirt or sweater, and an American Apparel hoodie. You'll look ridiculous; like a poster boy of the latest month's trend. Buy classic stuff that fits, will last, and will be something you can wear in 5-7 years.

3. Dress your age. Don't be the guy who wears a tie and loafers, but is 20 years old. At the same time, don't buy ironic t-shirts and ugly sweaters.

5. Find a good tailor. This will do more for you than any other tip you can get. Get stuff that fits you pretty well, then take it to a tailor to have any things that need to be adjusted worked on. Pay attention to the length of sleeves and pant legs, as well as shoulders and chest areas on your clothes. You don't want slim or baggy clothing - you want things to fit you well.

Lastly, remember that girls in college don't care about how well you dress after a certain point. Wear stuff that fits, and put in a minimal effort, and you'll be fine. Don't look like a slob, clean your room, be hygienic. In the end, if you accomplish that, that's your baseline in terms of appearance. After that, do the things that girls do care about - be polite, be considerate, be interesting, be smart, be charming, be witty, be funny, be all the things that actually matter. Know that women don't care about how we look in the same way men care about how they look, so don't obsess over this clothing stuff. Note, I'm only putting this point about girls here because you're in college, and you probably aren't married, so you probably care about such things.

Also, I have to say this as a graduate student - please note that you should be paying attention more to your classes than what you wear. This time in your life matters a lot.

As for the basics, you need:
1. A nice blazer, preferably navy blue, or something khaki or grey.
2. Good straight-cut blue jeans.
3. Khaki pants.
4. Mid-gray wool pants (something like a tropical wool, if you need something to go to interviews or fancy events on campus).
5. White and light blue oxford shirts
6. One dress shirt, either white or light blue.
7. A tie, either something solid or striped.
8. A grey crewneck sweatshirt
9. Cashmere v-neck sweater (light gray or camel/oatmeal are good colors).
10. Plain white, or monochromatic, sneakers
11. A pair of captoe shoes, preferably oxfords (for when you go to nice events).
12. A pair of chukka boots or plain toe derby (for everyday wear)
13. Belts to match shoes (try to get the color to match)
14.. Plain t-shirts - get white, navy, brown, and heather grey
15. After this, you may need one or two casual jackets. For cold weather, you can get a peacoat or duffle coat. For less cold weather, you can get a Harrington jacket or field jacket.
16. Depending on the weather, you might need things like overcoats, gloves, scarf, raincoat, or rainboots.

After that, get some other button up shirts - things in solid colors, or bengal stripes.
post #67 of 117
Just saw that people advised you to get a suit.

Don't. You will rarely need to wear one. If you absolutely must, do something cheap like Indochino. It will be 10000x better than anything your peers will have, and nobody around you will even understand the difference between an Indochino and a Kiton. Getting anything better will be pointless. Invest the rest in getting nicer stuff that you will wear everyday.

Seriously folks, telling a college student he should be looking for a quality suit is just insane. Have we lost touch with what it means to be in college?
post #68 of 117
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Originally Posted by chasingred View Post
Just saw that people advised you to get a suit. Don't. You will rarely need to wear one. If you absolutely must, do something cheap like Indochino. It will be 10000x better than anything your peers will have, and nobody around you will even understand the difference between an Indochino and a Kiton. Getting anything better will be pointless. Invest the rest in getting nicer stuff that you will wear everyday. Seriously folks, telling a college student he should be looking for a quality suit is just insane. Have we lost touch with what it means to be in college?
I'm in college. I own a suit. I will likely be buying a new suit next year. I am disappointed that I won't be allowed to wear a suit to my sister's wedding.
post #69 of 117
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Buy classic stuff that fits, will last, and will be something you can wear in 5-7 years.
lost interest in what you had to say as soon as i read this
post #70 of 117
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Originally Posted by chasingred View Post
2. ... Buy classic stuff that fits, will last, and will be something you can wear in 5-7 years.

3. Dress your age.

What the hell?
post #71 of 117
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Originally Posted by chasingred View Post
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16 is a lot for basics.

Because you're a grad student (I am one too) doesn't mean you have to look boring. Hell, I wear beat up Margiela sneakers and dirty jeans to teach and would probably quit it if I had to dress the way you suggest.
post #72 of 117
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Originally Posted by chasingred View Post
2. Good straight-cut blue jeans.
Please elaborate on this item. Earlier in your post you decried selvage denim; now you're recommending "good" straight-cut blue jeans. Basically, I'd like to know which jeans, specifically, you would recommend.
post #73 of 117
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Originally Posted by chasingred View Post
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This seems way too MC.

Also, no one is telling him to spend 1k+ on a Jil or McQueen suit. We're just saying to find a suit that fits him well. It could be a $150 wool blend suit from Uniqlo or $1000 Mohair suit from xyz designer. The only part where he shouldn't skimp out on would be the oxfords which you are advocating him to buy anyways.

If OP wants a job or even an internship (depending on his major), he will need a suit. I'm guessing OP wants to look good and stand out from the rest of the kids at college who are wearing chinos and an ill fitting navy blazer to interviews and events.
post #74 of 117
you guys really could have just quoted my post over and over, kthx thread can die now
post #75 of 117
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Originally Posted by chasingred View Post
Seriously folks, telling a college student he should be looking for a quality suit is just insane. Have we lost touch with what it means to be in college?

No one told him to spend a lot on a suit. Most people who mentioned a suit told him to go cheap/thrifty with an emphasis on fit.

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As for the basics, you need...

He doesn't need most of those things. A lot of those items will end up making him look like something in a St. John's Bay ad.

He's best off with a reliable pair of jeans, well-fitting tees and a lot of hours spent researching/browsing to determine what aesthetic appeals most to him.

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This seems way too MC.

Well, 138 of his 173 posts are in MC, so...that explains the basics list and likely his "don't buy raw denim...buy a "quality" pair of blue jeans" suggestion.
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