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post #61 of 74
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Originally Posted by HalfCanvas View Post
Regarding your statement that "dress pants are more comfortable." I don't think that necessarily has to be the case. For example, I have some RRL straight leg jeans which have a nice slim line but a longer rise; I don't find them uncomfortable in the least. And even dark denim can take a pretty good beating, and so they are "more comfortable" than dress pants in the sense that you'll never have to worry about whether someone is spilling some beer on you, etc.

Here's a pic of what I'm talking about, by the way: http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,2036...769074,00.html It seems to me that this would walk a happy medium between what you are wearing right now and what a well dressed, stylish college student might wear.

I have a pair of selvedge RRLs and even those are comfy when brand new!
post #62 of 74
I agree, everything is so perfect and overconsidered you do remind me a bit like a boy band member- lose the vest and no tweed on the bottom, dress pants are ok but have them taper so they don't look like dress pants. Make sure your tailoring is super razor sharp- this isn't a bank so don't wear a bankers suit- wear a suit that says 'Jude Law'


I wear tailoring nearly everyday at university (i'm 21) and I never have the problem of looking 'too smart' because it's always smart, but tailored in a really modern way- this is our oppertunity to show people that a suit does not have to be a poorly fitting stuffy garment which lawers and dads wear.

Here are some example looks i've worn in the past few weeks so you can see what i'm talking about


post #63 of 74
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Originally Posted by mrjames View Post

This guy's clothing, which doesn't fit in the first place, is just a hodgepodge of current trends and fashion forward details. It's still a mess like the OP, but it looks like the guy definitely carries himself more confidently which means it's going to work out exponentially better for him.
post #64 of 74
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Originally Posted by DerekS View Post
I was told in a company meeting that I was the only person anyone in my building had seen in a bow tie in real life. I told them they needed to get out more.

OK, that's it. I'm getting a bow-tie. That dark green one.
post #65 of 74
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Originally Posted by mrjames View Post
I agree, everything is so perfect and overconsidered you do remind me a bit like a boy band member- lose the vest and no tweed on the bottom, dress pants are ok but have them taper so they don't look like dress pants. Make sure your tailoring is super razor sharp- this isn't a bank so don't wear a bankers suit- wear a suit that says 'Jude Law'


I wear tailoring nearly everyday at university (i'm 21) and I never have the problem of looking 'too smart' because it's always smart, but tailored in a really modern way- this is our oppertunity to show people that a suit does not have to be a poorly fitting stuffy garment which lawers and dads wear.

Here are some example looks i've worn in the past few weeks so you can see what i'm talking about



you look really good. good personal style.
post #66 of 74
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Originally Posted by spitfirees20 View Post
This guy's clothing, which doesn't fit in the first place, is just a hodgepodge of current trends and fashion forward details. It's still a mess like the OP, but it looks like the guy definitely carries himself more confidently which means it's going to work out exponentially better for him.

Stuff fits fine, not everyone wants to dress like middle management.
post #67 of 74
I didn't see a ton wrong with Mr. James fits, but the look is very fashion forward / trendy. I am not sure that solves OP's orginal problem of - How do I dress nicely and fit in? Or at very least not be made fun of. Even though I, and for obvious reasons most of us on a fashion forum enjoy a certain look, the bottom line is most of middle America, or in this case college students are not going to enjoy it or think it is the norm. A preppy look isn't going to be very popular outside of an Ivy League, a southern gent look isn't going to be popular in a northwest tree hugger school, and in any school, the engineer / comp sci department are always going to wear ugly khakis, ill fitting polos, and or looney tunes ties.
post #68 of 74
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Originally Posted by Lel View Post
Stuff fits fine, not everyone wants to dress like middle management.

There's a difference between being stylish and being incorrect. The sleeves are too long in the first jacket, and the second jacket seems to be too tight, although it might be the photo. I'm not going to even mention the pants.
post #69 of 74
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but one of the important aspects about being sartorially inclined is being able to do all styles well. A well put together casual look is equally as classy and impressive as a a 3pc when placed in the right environment.
QFT
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Originally Posted by spitfirees20 View Post
This guy's clothing, which doesn't fit in the first place, is just a hodgepodge of current trends and fashion forward details. It's still a mess like the OP, but it looks like the guy definitely carries himself more confidently which means it's going to work out exponentially better for him.
Sorry to thread hijack, but can you give me a fit critique- I know the red sports coat is ill fitting, i've just dropped it off at the tailors to have a shoulder lift, sleeve shortening and sliming, and some waist supression, but is there anything wrong with the beige jacket, I just picked that up from the tailors- was pretty happy with it
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Originally Posted by tacobender View Post
I didn't see a ton wrong with Mr. James fits, but the look is very fashion forward / trendy. I am not sure that solves OP's orginal problem of - How do I dress nicely and fit in? Or at very least not be made fun of. Even though I, and for obvious reasons most of us on a fashion forum enjoy a certain look, the bottom line is most of middle America, or in this case college students are not going to enjoy it or think it is the norm. A preppy look isn't going to be very popular outside of an Ivy League, a southern gent look isn't going to be popular in a northwest tree hugger school, and in any school, the engineer / comp sci department are always going to wear ugly khakis, ill fitting polos, and or looney tunes ties.
to OP No offence but it's clear that your lack of experience with dressing smart is formed by trying to copy what's happening on SF, but without having enough knowledge to really make it your own and nail it. Find your own style niche and then move into something new from that, take baby steps from what you know to get where you want to be, you can take risks- but as you've seen it's easy to get laughed at, I totally did the same thing, understand colour and pattern before you move to anything wacky I think you're very much jumping in at the deep end with your waistcoat and trousers outfit, that's the kind of thing I'd expect an experienced SFer to wear after years of refining, something as bold as that requires precision and a perfect fit- i'm just not getting that here, and a waistcoat without a jacket is a bizarre look especially with the rolled up sleeves, very justin timberlake Dress for your context, which is a 20 year old male teacher, not a 50 year old teacher/banker- SF is a good place to learn but it's also a dangerous place to spend your youth, because you get so bogged down with conservative business dress and you forget that you're not actually a business man and realistically you don't have any use for this knowledge, and if you do decide to dress like a business man you better make sure you make it fucking spectacular because you're going to stick out like a sore thumb. I find it odd to think that someone who seems to want to shy away from attention would wear such a statement piece, and if you don't wear it with confidence you will be sending out a very mixed message, which people really won't like It's all about the persona you create, if you look like you're wearing a suit because you think you're better than everyone else then you will be a hated man, but if you look confident then you'll look successful and most importantly look like you're wearing your clothes rather than the clothes wearing you also why do you want to 'transition into full conservative'- you'll regret not appreciating your youth when you get older. I have no idea about the US, but in europe/the UK fashion forward suiting is becomming a perfectly acceptable and very popular form of dress for the masses. In the Uk we have 'chavs', who wear tracksuits and trainers- when I first started dressing 'smart' I got a lot of abuse, but when I look back on it I would probably have abused myself too as really I did look like a kid in a suit. So now I started taking a fashionable take on 'smart' I haven't had any bother at all, people may not like what you're wearing but they can in some sense respect the quality of the outfit you have put together. You should stop looking a little less like you're trying so hard- I am very guilty of wearing a 3 piece suit to a bbq. Blazer and jeans is all you need. Slide it more casual with a scarf, more formal with a pocket square also can you please post up some more looks- so we can see if you're taking our advice on board
post #70 of 74
to mr james : i like the first style, especially slim fit pants. but not second, pants are soo slim that i wouldn't wear personally.
post #71 of 74
Student to student, while it's great that you have your own sense of style, when 9/10 of your peers wear jeans and a polo and you're wearing trousers, a vest and skinny tie, you'll look like a fucking tool and always will. I'm just being blunt with you. People may have said it (I didn't bother to read the whole thread) but there's a difference between having your own style and just looking way out of place. Denim is your best friend at our age. Collared shirts are fine too, you could probably even tuck them in and look fine. Just please, no vest and tie. Especially no tie for casual wear. Again, I respect what you're doing, and you do look pretty sharp, but I can see why you're being made fun of. It's easy to make fun of someone who sticks out like a sore thumb.
post #72 of 74
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Originally Posted by ajmanouk View Post
Student to student, while it's great that you have your own sense of style, when 9/10 of your peers wear jeans and a polo and you're wearing trousers, a vest and skinny tie, you'll look like a fucking tool and always will. I'm just being blunt with you.

People may have said it (I didn't bother to read the whole thread) but there's a difference between having your own style and just looking way out of place. Denim is your best friend at our age. Collared shirts are fine too, you could probably even tuck them in and look fine. Just please, no vest and tie. Especially no tie for casual wear.

Again, I respect what you're doing, and you do look pretty sharp, but I can see why you're being made fun of. It's easy to make fun of someone who sticks out like a sore thumb.

ding ding ding!

This is the point I was trying to make. Love it or hate it. Perfectly Tailored Dior suit or the most conservative Brooks Brothers navy suit and you still look out of place. 18-19-20 year old college students absolutely do not care about fit, cost, style of your clothes. To them a nice suit is one that is ironed/pressed. If you want to pull off a more professional look as a TA. Nice jeans, Polo shirts and a decent pair of shoes are your friend.

Looking out of place is why your attracting that unwanted attention. I am not saying you should care what these kids think of you, as you are under no obligation to hang out with them outside of class or once you graduate. But understand where they are coming from.
post #73 of 74
wise words
post #74 of 74
I think dressing "your age" is such a silly concept

You dont have your shorts pulled up to your nips and are wearing an irish pete farmer hat so you dont look like you got off the set of grumpy old men

If you feel comfortable wearing what you do then go with it as you're going to look more like tool if you dress in a different manner for the sake of pleasing others.Not to mention you're gonna feel uncomfortable.
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