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post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by mymil View Post

Don't spend too much money on it.

This. In the beginning you will mess up how you want things to fit, what you like best, etc. Buy few, but decent quality items and build from there. College attire is inherently more casual in nature, so you are probably on track there.

Suggestions to get you started:

1. If this is mainly motivated by looking good for the womens, then go to the gym.
2. Invest in 1-2 decent pairs of shoes. One clean sneaker (such as converse) and one lace-up (I would recommend a plain dark brown).
3. Dark medium weight jeans that fit, and for summer I highly recommend a pair of Essex pants from J. Crew (I prefer the classic fit, it is a little more tailored but no obnoxiously slim).
4. 3-4 collared shirts/OCBDs (I recommend a white and light blue, then pick colors/patterns you like). I recommend a lighter cotton, but you can try linen, which is admittedly cooler, but wrinkles pretty heavily. Stay away from material that is easy to see through.
5. V-neck and crew neck t-shirts. Pick whichever you like (grey is a good color if you want a recommendation). American Apparel and J. Crew have more fitted ones and tall sizes. My personal favorite for summer is the grey Jaspe V-neck T-shirts from J. Crew. The particular heather pattern they use hides sweat well in the summer and they are reasonably cool. Urban Outfitters also has nice T-shirts.
6. V-neck sweaters.

If you have a fraternity or college event where people get "dressed up", I would highly recommend a navy blazer, a white collared shirt, grey wool slacks, and a black shoes with a leather sole. You will look nice without looking so far out of place. It will seem like a trivial outfit on these boards, but if you make sure the clothing fits, you will look much better than everyone else there. I have been to many of these functions and 90% of the guys will be in: a blue shirt of some sort that is too big for them, black pants, black clunky square-toe shoes, and a tie they took from their dads closet. Styleforum also as a general rule hates black shoes, but they are pretty normal in the real world. If you want to spice it up a bit, get a wing tip or something other than plain toe. Make sure the clothing is fitted and don't button the top button on your shirt. Match your socks to your pants, unless you have black shoes, then black socks.

Don't wear a fedora, you will be that guy. I would stay away from ties unless it is a real formal event.
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by Gauss17 View Post

This. In the beginning you will mess up how you want things to fit, what you like best, etc. Buy few, but decent quality items and build from there. College attire is inherently more casual in nature, so you are probably on track there.
Suggestions to get you started:
1. If this is mainly motivated by looking good for the womens, then go to the gym.

If you have a fraternity or college event where people get "dressed up", I would highly recommend a navy blazer, a white collared shirt, grey wool slacks, and a black shoes with a leather sole. You will look nice without looking so far out of place. It will seem like a trivial outfit on these boards, but if you make sure the clothing fits, you will look much better than everyone else there. I have been to many of these functions and 90% of the guys will be in: a blue shirt of some sort that is too big for them, black pants, black clunky square-toe shoes, and a tie they took from their dads closet. Styleforum also as a general rule hates black shoes, but they are pretty normal in the real world. If you want to spice it up a bit, get a wing tip or something other than plain toe. Make sure the clothing is fitted and don't button the top button on your shirt. Match your socks to your pants, unless you have black shoes, then black socks.
Don't wear a fedora, you will be that guy. I would stay away from ties unless it is a real formal event.

Not sure where you go to school but if most people are dressed like that then the campus is definitely not FAF. Instead of grey wool slacks keep it simple with khakis, it looks a lot younger and does not look security guard like. As for shoes I'd two of the following: loafers, camp mocs, canoe mocs, boats shoes in darker shades, it helps you keep casual and is easier to go sockless with. Also I'd probably get three navy blazers - one mainly for drinking / partying (tons at goodwill normally, you can put the patch of your house on the pocket area, I have a machine washable one which is super nice as you can do anything in it and it doesn't matter what happens), one for slightly more formal events (no gold buttons), and one for tailgates / pairs and such (with gold buttons). If it's colder weather than get a tweed blazer as well.
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Originally Posted by mymil View Post

I like cardigans, but they're "smarter" than hoodies or sweatshirts. And I think they're more versatile than stevent gives them credit, since they can be worn over a t-shirt most casually (not terribly recommended, however), over an OCBD without a tie, or over a shirt and tie for something a little nicer. As long as it fits, you'll look better in a cardigan and tie than everybody else wearing a suit or odd jacket at least one size too large, and they're much less expensive.

The only cardigans I think that work are the higher neck ones like a stark. The others in most cases will get you comments like did your grandfather give you that, regardless of how nice it is cut / fits. If it's on campus and you are walking then a high neck cardigan provides function. If it's for at night and such, pledges should be driving you and you don't need any blazers / knits / jackets.
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

If I was going to college now, I'd just invest in "lounge" pants. For real

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post #18 of 23
I still wish I had had my Indy boots when I went to university.
post #19 of 23
These threads are becoming more and more common, I usually ask the same questions.

1. What is your overall budget? versus what do you want to spend on each item.
2. Where are you? How close to malls etc, or will everything be purchased online?
3. What is the time frame, ie, do you not have time to find some goodies on ebay that might take a few months versus, when I come back to school in September I want to have a new identity.

If you give me some of that info I can help you out a lot better. I can't suggest a pair of 200 dollar jeans to someone who is looking to spend 500 dollars total and expects to get 30 new items. Nor do I want to over dress you for college and make you an instant outcast that women are afraid to approach.
post #20 of 23
Another important point, please don't dress for your friends or ladies, you should dress for yourself, that means whatever feels comfortable to you. If you don't feel confident in your clothes, people will notice it. So try to find a style you like, buy something cheap in the beginning, then buy some quality products, such as some bespoke odd jacket...etc

I am really surprised that no one mention few pairs of trouser, is it like university should only buy a pair of jeans and wear it for the rest of their life in campus?

For a good preppy look, cord patterned, chinos, light flannel trouser will also give a better vibe with shirts

Jeans with shirts is just not the best, especially with the low waist unflattering cut.
post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by stevent View Post

Not sure where you go to school but if most people are dressed like that then the campus is definitely not FAF.

From this and your location I assume you go/went to Miami? Either way, glad to see some SF/TFM interplay.
post #22 of 23
I really think it depends on where you go to school. I went to undergrad at a southern "Country Club" school, and I generally wore some sort of patterned button down and khakis with boat shoes or drivers, every day for four years. Throw in the odd polo, pair of shorts, and colored pants and away you go. For khakis, I normally wore Bill's Khakis, J Crew, or Banana, and for button downs, Vineyard Vines or Southern Tide.

Now, if you attended school somewhere north of the Mason Dixon line--my advice is probably not where you want to start.

I pretty much second everything stevent said as well.
post #23 of 23

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Originally Posted by Nadis View Post

I will be finishing up my freshman year in the next month and I am planning on changing my style around for this next year.

 

Some close friends have told me to look at what people around me are wearing, but I go to a community college and the majority of students here wear sweatshirts, etc. What would you recommend for a sharp, but casual style? I am not looking for suits, but I want to get rid of all my name brand clothes and rebuild my wardrobe. 

 

Right now I have a couple button downs, white tees, and maybe 1 or 2 nice sweaters. Summer is coming up soon as well, summer clothing styles also welcome!

 

Thank you for reading!

 

 

 

 

 



 

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