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post #16 of 32
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5) is there a forum default - otherwise why is that most noobs have a tan/brown shoe for an avatar?

Yes - see my thread bitching about it under new forum support.
post #17 of 32
Thread Starter 
Ok, so I will wear the black shoes for both and I was aware of how out of date both pairs are, but I will be taking several tens of thousands of dollars in loans out over the next few years... Second I have actually been looking for a purple plaid shirt to wear instead of the lactoste shirt. I found a English Laundry shirt I dug but they didn't ha my size. If anyone haas any suggestions "links" for shirts Oxford or Polo and a cheaper proper pair of black shoes I am all ears. Third, I appreciate not being torn a new asshole here..:I've read plenty of other threads and see that happening quite often. It may just be a forum but I did think twice before posting for that reason.
post #18 of 32
Try getting a plain oxford in white or blue first...
post #19 of 32
Those shoes, horrible.
post #20 of 32
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Originally Posted by Achillus View Post

Those shoes, horrible.
I am aware..like I said earlier my local Nordys Rack has a pair of Allen Edmond Hale in brown for $210 it seems like a pretty good deal. I do wish they were black but they do seem like a worthy investment.
post #21 of 32
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I am aware..like I said earlier my local Nordys Rack has a pair of Allen Edmond Hale in brown for $210 it seems like a pretty good deal. I do wish they were black but they do seem like a worthy investment.

PM allaboutshoes he has Park Ave as well as other Allen Edmonds, first quality, $249 shipped if I remember correctly.
post #22 of 32
BB's Brooksgate used to excel at this niche. I still wear a Brooksgate SC to the movies, now and then, that I got as a college frosh 30 years ago.
post #23 of 32
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Originally Posted by jadough View Post

Ok, so I will wear the black shoes for both and I was aware of how out of date both pairs are, but I will be taking several tens of thousands of dollars in loans out over the next few years... Second I have actually been looking for a purple plaid shirt to wear instead of the lactoste shirt. I found a English Laundry shirt I dug but they didn't ha my size. If anyone haas any suggestions "links" for shirts Oxford or Polo and a cheaper proper pair of black shoes I am all ears. Third, I appreciate not being torn a new asshole here..:I've read plenty of other threads and see that happening quite often. It may just be a forum but I did think twice before posting for that reason.

You may have to put in a few hours of work, but you can improve the shirts and shoes pretty easily. If >$200 is too painful, maybe try a place like Johnston & Murphy, or the Cole Haan selections at Macys. Or a basic cap toe at DSW.

http://www.johnstonmurphy.com/product.aspx?c=1215&pid=83475
http://www.johnstonmurphy.com/product.aspx?c=1215&pid=72649
http://www.colehaan.com/colehaan/catalog/product.jsp?sizeDescription=&catId=100&productId=357200&productGroup=357201&pwpHash=shop,pwp,c-100/f-10002%2B70016%2B4294966454/ipp-40/pn-1/so-finalPrice|true&scrX=0&scrY=1482

I agree with everyone telling you to find white and light blue shirts. That black gingham shirt looks like you're still in college. Purple gingham to me looks like friday biz casual unless you have on a proper tie (but maybe a deeper purple could look ok). If this orientation is an interview extension as others say or at least a place where you need to make an impression, then you need to look the part. And if isn't well then you'll look better than the rest. Most everyone will have lots of loans. But as a post-undergrad it's time to start looking polished. In life, a little effort goes a long way. College is over. Good luck.
post #24 of 32
Here are some good check designs for you to think about: http://www.acornfabrics.com/grange_checks1.html

I prefer to have at least half of my shirts be blue.
post #25 of 32
Your budget is modest, and that is both fine and understandable. Your primary goal should be buying the most versatile pieces of clothing possible. Don't go for flashy pieces like shirts with multiple plaids. You cannot wear those very often without it being very noticeable, thus it's not versatile. Instead, hit up a few stores in your price range (Macy's, TJ Maxx, Marshals) and buy some light colored dress shirts - white, varying pleasant shades of blue, perhaps light pink or light yellow if you insist on some braver colors. Make sure they fit, as in you buy a proper neck and sleeve measurement. If there is a noticeable gap, you need a smaller size. If the shirt looks like a deflated hot air balloon at your waist, opt for a slim fit shirt. If you can afford it, perhaps try a Brooks Brothers outlet.

Sticking to the above will get you the most mileage out of a limited budget. You might not be as flashy as you'd like, but overall, you will be happier and you will look the part.

As for the shoes, buy a new pair of brown/black cap toes when you get a chance and the funds. Keep in mind: rectangle = bad.

For what it's worth, I'm probably closer to your age than 95% of this forum.
post #26 of 32
Oh the shoes! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #27 of 32
Yes I would ditch the frist shirt it is far too casual to pull off with that suit coat, the color is ok but the pattern is far to busy. I do like the teal shirt or whatever it is that one seems to work nicely.
post #28 of 32
Thread Starter 
So, after your advice I went shopping, bought a new shirt and a new pair of shoes both from Nordstrom rack so they were within my price range. The shirt I was measured and fitted for, an embossed blue English Laundry shirt and I spent the money on a proper pair of dress shoes. I got the AE Hale in Chili I must say they do look quite nice and add a lot to the outfits. The second out fit with the polo and blue chinos I am set on, however the first not so much. The pants is the issue I have, they are slim cut just like the blazer but I do not know if I have the stones to pull them off. Also, I would like to take the jacket to get tailored any advice on what needs fixing? Thanks in advance. 500500
post #29 of 32
Those shoes are a significant upgrade. Every outfit you wear will look better now.

The jacket sits a bit awkwardly on you. Are you slouching in the picture?
post #30 of 32
That is a pretty solid look, good job!
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