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New College Grad That Needs Help Defining Style

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Hi all,

 

So I'm a recent college grad looking to get into the corporate finance  (not i-banking btw, just working in finance at a company) or accounting world and I'm in need of redoing my wardrobe as it is currently filled with cargo shorts, American Eagle/Hollister shirts/tees that are just not appropriate anymore for someone my age.

 

However, I'm having trouble defining what style of clothing best suits me. A lot of my friends know that they are preppy, so by default they shop at Ralph, Brooks, J Crew, etc. but I feel like I'm a hybrid of a lot of things. I do enjoy a lot of preppy items, for example, I own am building up a collection of ralph/brooks polos, I prefer Khakis/slacks to jeans, I wear boat shoes, etc. but I really don't like wearing very bright colors which is typical of a prep. I prefer wearing darker, more traditional colors like navy blue, beige, black, gray/charcoal, etc. and only like things like lime green, bright yellow, etc. for polos during the summer or as a sweater for layering (although sweaters would more likely be argyle). I can also never see myself wearing those bright nantucket red, green or other combination and mostly see myself as a person who wears jeans, chinos in colors like the aforementioned gray, navy, etc. and then slacks in the traditional colors along with classic patterns like pinstripes and maybe a subtle plaid. I also will make white and light blue shirts the dress shirt staple with subtle colors tossed in here or there, but I feel like I'm all over the place and don't really know what stores to start at.

 

The other issue is that I don't know where to shop at. I'm from Oregon and we have very limited shopping options and limited discount retailers that offer expensive brands at cheap prices. I could shop online but then sizing becomes a problem and I don't know how to overcome this since measurements can be misleading. Furthermore, I'm a young professional so I can't afford really expensive brands like Burberry. I own a good amount of Polo Ralph Lauren and Brooks, but even though these are more affordable, I can't afford a ton of stuff from them and had to buy it at heavy discounts. So based on my style preferences that I listed above and my limitations, I was wondering if anyone has suggestions in terms of what stores I should shop at? I know a lot of this that I stated is pretty vague so I can be more detailed if specific questions arise.

 

Thanks and sorry for the long post

post #2 of 4
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Originally Posted by brooksbrah12 View Post

I own a good amount of Polo Ralph Lauren and Brooks, but even though these are more affordable, I can't afford a ton of stuff from them and had to buy it at heavy discounts.

Welcome to Styleforum

Develop your personal style, then go here: http://www.styleforum.net/f/6714/mens-clothing-classifieds

Consistently 60 to 70% off PRL and Brooks Brothers. Sometimes more.

If you like Brooks Brothers and Polo and Burberry, you can also try:


J. Crew
J. Press
Uniqlo
Hackett (basically the British equivalent of Polo)
Corneliani (maker of Polo suits)
Zegna
ZZegna
post #3 of 4
Having a more hybrid style is not bad in itself. Just figure out what you like and have your own style. For a young professional you might need to follow some more stricter dressing rules while at work and put more money into building a business wardrobe rather than expand your casual look.
post #4 of 4
That is basically the point of the business.

People probably could direct you to online retailers likely to fit you if there were pictures and measurements in this thread.
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