Interesting point about looking uncomfortable. Maybe I'm just not very photogenic? When I put on something to wear, it's very comfortable for me, and I feel quite a high degree of confidence too. I have been told fairly often that I dress well (girls or guys of age group too). It's a bit ironic to me that they thought so because of many posts in this thread suggesting otherwise. I do agree that I need better fitting clothes, but I'm not after the ultra slim look that fashion models on the catwalks in Milan are wearing. I am deliberately trying to buy stuff that can pass as classic, but the modern side of traditional. Apparently I'm missing the "modern" fit aspect, but it is what I'm planning for in the future, although not exaggeratedly so.
As for random purchases, I don't exactly see it that way. Given the nature of eBay, it is purchased at random, but whatever I'm after is usually thought of for months in advance. I happened to grab that coat for 15 dollars, and in any event I didn't waste any money. At this point, the worst that had ever happened is that it's just a slightly loose/drapey coat, but I'll still wear it. How easily can overcoats be tailored anyway? It's worth noting that I'm not even wearing a jacket under the coat, so that's why it appears looser.
Also, I've been told by one other guy elsewhere that I could do with a slightly shorter suit jacket as well, so should I start considering "short" sizes now?
I also think dressing up is okay but the style you are wearing looks very conservative, the suit looks like a sack suit for example. Would go for slightly more fashion forward cuts and fits if I were in your shoes.
Reserved and formal? Sure, that sounds like me, and I am very conservative. Sorry, but that's just how I am. You could say it's what I'm after out of choice. I didn't have a sack suit in mind when I bought it though, it was labelled their "tailored fit." I think the problem is that I got the wrong pants (traditional, not tailored fit), and I'm going to be getting the tailored fit pants soon. I'm trying to workout too, but I'm not noticing a big difference yet. Since three years ago, I went down to about 155 lbs and I'm 6"1' in height. Now it's a matter of me gaining some weight in muscle.
The outfits you have posted remind me of what middle age men who no longer really care about clothes tend to wear - that's unfortunate and ironic given the above posts clearly indicate you are giving a great deal of thought to your outfits and wardrobe. The individual pieces are pretty bland, don't fit particularly well and generally look quite old fashioned (and not in a cool, vintage inspired, type of way).
As others have noted, you seem to be buying random things (largely because they are cheap and not because they fit well or look nice). Whilst I can completely appreciate this is because you are on a budget, the result is a series of outfits which lack any overall sense of style or direction.
I note you mention you are going for a 1960's type of look. My honest advice is that this will end up looking too contrived and costumey (and a little bit weird at your age).
As some of the earlier posters have mentioned, there are a whole host of places where you can go which are in your budget to find things which will fit better, look more age appropriate and generally give you a more polished overall appearance (Gap, H&M, J Crew etc). Whilst the quality won't be amazing, at your age people are still experimenting and finding their style and so it makes sense to shop for more affordable items at this stage.
Another thing which you may find useful is to browse the internet and magazines to find pictures of outfits/looks that you like, and then focus on buying key staple pieces from these outfits (e.g. a slim pair of chinos, a slim pair of jeans, a fitted blazer etc etc) focussing on items that you can mix and match with each other.
Good luck with your efforts!
Thank you for your input. I am very conservative, and much of that is reflected in what I wear too. It has been since the age of 19 a deliberate choice, as I felt that there needed to be more formality in society, and I happened to start liking the way I looked in smarter (more "formal") clothes. It's now a habit to put on a dress shirt or chinos instead being forced into wearing it for an event. Yeah, and to clarify on that '60s point, I had the more conservative styles exemplified by Don Draper and James Bond in mind, not the groovy swinging London or hippie looks. I'm a film buff that happens to like a lot of the movies from that decade as well. What I've noticed from those old movies and TV shows between the 1950s to '60s is that people dressed generally well, even extras meant to be walking in the streets or sitting at the bar, and I wanted to try to bring that aesthetic into my choice of clothes. As for the '30s and '40s, well the pants are too wide for my tastes. The hats are really cool though.
You're 22, not 52.
Honestly, you most likely won't figure out your personal "style" until your mid to late 20's
Now is the time to take some risks, check out seasonal trends(throw in some bright color, "slim" cuts, etc) + mix and match until you find your style.
You should be dressing MUCH younger than what I saw in the pics(a few of the pieces remind me of Forrest Gump)
I'm in my 30's and you appear to dress 20 years older than I do(this is not a good thing)
Also, I'm not really sure what women or men your are going to think about a 22 year old kid in a Fedora(I don't care what "traditionalists" think.) - DITCH IT.
If you're still hell bent on purchasing a bunch of swag to build a "look":
- Blazer from H & M that's inexpensive -- get it tailored
- A decent pair of dark designer jeans
- A solid pair of wingtips(AE/Magnanni)
- POSSIBLY a pair of double monks or Slip ons in Brown(AE neumora comes to mind)
- Canvas shoes for summer(white)
- White long sleeve button down(H & M)
- A slim pair of chinos --- Don't be afraid of color.
This is a small list that I came up with in 2 minutes but it's a solid base that you can mix polos, V neck tees and pretty much everything else with.
Best of luck!
OK thank you. It's become very clear to me by now that I dress much older than my age. I would rather not change my general style so much as just to improve the fit of my clothes though, as I've dressed this way since I was 19. I used to just wear loose t-shirts and jeans all the time with big tennis shoes, and that was a point in my life I didn't care about how I dressed. Also, I'm not going to just quit wearing the hats, but I don't wear them as often as you think either. The grey one, although my favorite, happens to get worn the least, usually on a rainy day. Even then I only wear the other hats (more country or outback in appearance) to the local park or on a hike, not in the city. I'm not into baseball caps, and I don't even personally own one.
Sure, I'll keep looking, and I will consider clothes I already own for alterations. I'll be more mindful of fit in any new purchases though.
You should just try to be yourself and wear what feels right since you're still young. I didn't develop my style until I was in my late 20s.
See, the type of clothes I wear feel right to me, as in the general style and formality level, but I recognize that I'm not wearing the best fitting clothes I should be.
OK, thanks everyone.