#1 shoots back with this picture, highlighting that the khakis/polo look can be stylish:
I had to laugh when I read #2's reply: "...it's how villains in 80's college movies dress and modern day wannabe fratstars who are overcompensating."
Some good points were raised. I'm not a jeans person, but an "off brand polo and ill-fitting dockers" are the height of tedium right with generic Wal-Mart jeans and old t-shirt (for any SW&D fellows with us today). However, if the preppy look goes too far, you go to the picture there or worse yet, a Rugby Ralph Lauren photo shoot. Especially in the latter's case, there is being classic and preppy, then bold and preppy, and then there's being a bloody stereotype out of the era ushered in by The Official Preppy Handbook. Having said that, I am facing graduation this June, a little Eurotrip with my grandparents, and then life thereafter.
How would you guys suggest balancing an older sobriety with youthful color, while keeping the fit indicative of my position on the right side of 40 and the 200 pound mark? IE, how does that "preppy collegiate" look grow up without becoming the soulless, failed marriage of Izod & dockers? It's important to note that I'm planning to head off to Australia (Brisbane) for a couple beginning in July. Even with the "winter" there, wardrobe recommendations should bear in mind year-round spring/summer temperatures. As for budget...I'll put it this way, I have a worthwhile inheritance (with a commensurate high cost there) , but $300 per pop trousers and shirts are out of the question. I'm still very price conscious.
BTW, I had this linen sport coat in mind for the graduation garden parties and to "class up" summer in Europe (rather than the usual yank tourist: . Any thoughts? I am not sure if blue or tan would be more versatile.