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post #16 of 34
You're on the right track fn, now you just have to step up and implement the plan. You'll make a few mistakes, that's ok. Most of my color advice is pretty safe, at least one layer will be neutral, no graphics to worry about, nothing flashy. It's easy to add flashy pieces to a base wardrobe, it's much harder to work with a wardrobe that is all flashy pieces. As ken said above, it's college, if you clothes are clean and fit you then you're 2 steps ahead of most everybody else. Certainly ahead of where I was. We're about the same size, I'm 5-11ish and 160 lbs, a pretty average body size. Really well fitting button downs are hard, check the thread above about untucked shirts. For most people it's hard to get where they want to be without going with someone like Jantzen or having some alterations done to an off the rack shirt. Your stuff won't be perfect but neither will anyone else's so it all balances out. Get some stuff. Take some pictures. Post them. Use the criticism constructively.
post #17 of 34
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
post #18 of 34
Thread Starter 
Thanks for both your help, making a shopping trip in an hour, will let you know what I pick up. Will also reply properly once I am back to you two! -fn
post #19 of 34
how did it go?
post #20 of 34
Thread Starter 
Sorry for the lack of update but there wasn't really much to update. My local mall (at my University town) was quite dissapointing, no J Crew or BR or RL. I picked up a couple of things but will probably make a trip to Chicago in a week or two. For the time being, I got a couple of things online. 1. J Crew button up, it's got some stripes. Pink, blue & green. Might sound like a wierd combo but I got it really cheap and works well with a sweater I have. 2. Just because I wanted to try it, I got a J Crew seersucker pant as well. However, it seems too late to wear it this year. We'll see, maybe I'll try it in the next week...maybe. 3. I got a jacket some of you may or may not like but I thought looked interesting. http://i3.ebayimg.com/01/i/07/b4/7b/44_1.JPG Casual jacket, for every class wear. 4. A BR Lambswool sweater, in a darkish grey. 5. A GAP Fitted Premium Long Sleeve shirt. Saw someone here have one and I thought the fit looked good. However, the main things I went for, I did not get. Namely the sweaters. Unfortunately, none of the places in town had their winter clothing out yet, they suggested I try back later in the month. Oh yea, also got a pair of pants from GAP, just brown casual pants, really like it. I'll take some pictures and post them later so you guys can critique. Don't have some of the items yet, bought them online. Also, I was looking at a sweater, a v-neck, looked nice but it is purple in color. What goes with a purple sweater?? -fn
post #21 of 34
Thread Starter 
As an update, went to Gap yesterday and picked up two sweaters. One is a regular grey V-neck but the other is the attached picture. I thought it looked cool, something different. I dont have and have never worn anything close to a cardigan..how do I pull this off without looking like a grandpa?

Still looking for thoughts on what goes well with a purple v-neck too!

Thanks!
post #22 of 34
Looks darn nice. Don't hunch over and use a walker and you'll be safe. A good fitted fit will help as well. Post a picture of yourself in it?
post #23 of 34
that's a nice sweater. i think it would look good with some aviator sunglasses. I definitaley agree that a fitted fit would be best.
post #24 of 34
That's a sharp cardigan, especially if it fits well. I prefer buttons to zippers, but there are just as many people who feel the opposite, I think.
post #25 of 34
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Originally Posted by fashion_newbie
Still looking for thoughts on what goes well with a purple v-neck too!

Thanks!

Dress shirt underneath? White or light blue, as a solid. Light green is a bolder choice, but if you don't already have one, there is no reason to bother. Pants in tan, olive, or maybe even in the light blue you want. Brown shoes or, if with light blue pants, even white.
post #26 of 34
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the comments, waiting for a cable right now but will update with some pics after that.
mens- Yes, dress shirt or maybe even a crew neck. The thing with the sweater though is the V is much deeper than I expected (from the online pics). So I think a shirt is neccessary and even then, I don't know how well I can pull it off. Again, will update with pics. Meanwhile, two pics below.

Remember, this is the new wardrobe I am building so starting with the basics, one is just a BR crew neck sweater and the other is the cardigan. I won't be wearing it with the shirt underneath, this is just for the purpose of the fit.
Thoughts? I'm not exactly skinny so a tighter fit is probably not a good idea, no?

Also, I realize it looks all yellow, I will definetly post better pics later.

-fn
post #27 of 34
Your pictures suck but the fit looks good on both of them. More pictures please.
post #28 of 34
Thread Starter 
Thanks. Will get up some more (better) pics later today. Any thoughts on the attached sweater? It's the purple one I was talking about earlier, the v-neck is a little deeper than I am used to. I felt a little funny wearing it but it doesn't look too wierd in the picture. -fn ps. took out the chest logo for the time being, its not a forum approved brand so I didn't want people to judge it too soon!
post #29 of 34
Sweater is good, the shirt looks like it has a really tall collar. Those collar points look like they want to bust out and go all crazy on you. You might find that a button down collar works well when wearing a shirt open collared. Good fit on the sweater by the way, I think it's exactly what you want.
post #30 of 34
Thread Starter 
Yes, the collars do look a little intimidating there. It isn't as bad as it looks without the sweater but point taken. A button down collar...got any pics/examples? I think I know what you mean but to be sure... -fn
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