Originally Posted by fashion_newbie
I have enough jeans and khaki's, I tend to prefer one over the other depending on my mood and where I am going. All I need to pick up is a lighter shade of blue in the next month or so.
It sounds like you have casual pants down. You sound like you're like me...last spring I was really into khakis but later this summer and now I am starting to be anti-khaki for some reason.
I don't know where you are from but I think you underestimated the severity of my winter! I have some tee's, buying them over the last few months since the old ones don't fit. I have enough polo's but wearing them through the fall is unlikely. I will need to start layering, but I get your point. What are sport shirts? Same as casual shirts?
I am actually from Maine, so very used to the winter thing...our winters here are probably worse than you, and I do understand the need to layer. It's warm enough for short sleeves in these parts until at least the end of September, but obviously don't wear something when it's too cold. A sport shirt is what you seem to be calling a casual shirt; a collared shirt, i.e. a button-down, differing from a dress shirt only because it is meant to be worn casually and is looser-fitting.
I will be picking up some sweaters from RL and will make a trip to the mall to check our BR, Express and J Crew. Maybe even Gap & Old Navy. For a hoodie, no, there is no high fashion but there are nice sweater hoodies that look good. However, for the sweaters, I plan on sticking with the solid neutrals as suggested above, it would be easier to match them when time comes.
Again, you seem to know where to go and what to buy. Just to warn you, though, I have found Polo Ralph Lauren sweaters to be VERY expensive and really not the most bang for your buck. The cheapest price I have ever seen for one of his sweaters was $85, and that was on sale at an outlet. As for hoodies, the sweater hoodies are really nice and I may be looking for one myself; I thought you meant a sweatshirt hoodie. I have a German friend who has one and it looks so great. Solid colors are a good idea, and that way you won't need a lot as you can form a lot of outfits from them.
It isn't that I don't want to be too dressy but rather I don't want to stand out when I walk into class. It is different when I go out at night but going to class should be different, it isn't a fashion statement. Not sweatpants but a sweater or a shirt with a jacket and some jeans. Some here may disagree but I believe in that. I am much more open to experimentation at night.
I'm glad to hear you aren't going to be wearing sweatpants or jail pants (<= an insider term for the pants riding really low so boxer shorts show) to class!
As for being expensive, I actually spend quite a bit of money on clothing, I just didn't think or plan them out ahead of time. I am trying to change that. The reason I brought up cost is because I now need a basic wardrobe in a short period of time, as opposed to buying expensive pieces over time which is more reasonable once I have the basics to begin with.
Once you've got your wardrobe set up so you're only shopping for replacements and occasional additions, I would strongly advise giving yourself an annual or per-season budget. I try not to spend more than $1000 annually.
I have a pair of Birk's already! I have a cool Puma driving shoe but I do need to pick up a brown dress shoe and some cool sneakers for daily wear. I will look into the Puma, some of the brands suggested above are nice too, I'll make a decision sometime soon. Any suggestions on brown casual shoes? Just to wear out to bars and such so it should be able to take some wear & tear.
I've never been to a bar for obvious reasons, so am not sure what would be good for that setting, but I would strongly suggest trying them on in the store to make sure they are sturdy as you probably don't want to wear something flimsy to a crowded bar. I love J. Crew's driving moccasins in mushroom or brown. They are pretty expensive but last quite a while and are quite comfortable in the winter. They don't look too crazy if you wear them during the day, either. Banana Republic has some nice brown casual loafers.
I have a three button black suit which I used for interviews a couple of times. I am pleased with it for the time being. For shirts in those scenarios, I have a couple of shades of blue and a striped black/white. I want to pick up a couple more, with slightly more interesting color. However, I remember going to an information night for Morgan Stanley in my early days of college where the recruiter reminded us that an interview is not the place to make a fashion statement. A plain blue shirt won't hurt or help you but a red one probably would. However, yes, I would like a little color. There is a very light plum-ish color I once saw at Express I might pick up. Any other suggestions for conservative colors with a black suit? The colors would probably work better with the business casual dress code as opposed to a full business professional. Also need to pick up some ties, probably make a trip to J Crew, maybe even eBay!
The recruiter from Morgan Stanley was, for the most part, right. It sounds like most of your suits will be for business purposes, so I would suggest conservative dark solid colors, one or two pinstriped. Remember that there is a difference between fashion and style. Style is classic and conservative. Fashion is always changing and sometimes a bit racy. You want to be stylish at the office, but save fashion for the clubs.