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Trying to build a new wardrobe, Young gentleman and Marine.

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Hello everyone, I was searching for bespoke tailors in Japan when I stummbled across this site. I am currently a young US Marine in Okinawa and I plan to work my way into the business world whether it be IT or Wall Street. Either way, I like to to think of myself as a young gentleman, granted I have lots to learn about what makes a true gentleman. One key element to me is looking good, and looking good, to me, consists of a nice suit or sophisticated casual wear. 

 

I was wondering if I could get some input from the older, more experienced people here on where to look on building my wardrobe and if they dont have any advise on someone highly interested in menswear and the over appearance of looking good in it. I currently have a nice suit, from Kohls. It fits nice and looks good, I have a few plain shirts that are tailored in the chest and waist. Those shirts though werent tailored in the arms and have extra material, I have seen some shirts where that has been removed. Is that a normal thing to do or something they do to make it look better for a picture?

 

I thank you for your help and look forward to learning a lot.

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Here's a good place to start:

http://www.styleforum.net/t/309783/if-you-do-not-own-the-following-things-you-are-not-well-dressed

 

and here:

http://www.styleforum.net/atype/5/Styleforum_101

 

Don't start buying things until you have an understanding of what's going on.  Once you start buying things, but they slowly, you're going to make mistakes and if you buy everything at once, chances are you won't be wearing any of it for long.

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I would also recommend a few books.  Alan Flusser's "Dressing The Man" and Nicholas Antongiavanni's "The Suit" are excellent places to start.  Here's a thread that provides a very comprehensive list of the best books on men's style.

http://www.styleforum.net/t/309344/definitive-books-on-menswear-thread

 

Also, for gentlemanly reading, I would recommend "The Gentry Man", which can be found on Amazon.

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I would also recommend a few books.  Alan Flusser's "Dressing The Man" and Nicholas Antongiavanni's "The Suit" are excellent places to start.  Here's a thread that provides a very comprehensive list of the best books on men's style.

http://www.styleforum.net/t/309344/definitive-books-on-menswear-thread

 

Also, for gentlemanly reading, I would recommend "The Gentry Man", which can be found on Amazon.

I'm a young gentleman and former Marine and I fully endorse the first two books (Flusser and Antongiavanni).  Personally I realized the key is to buy the basics and make sure they're quality.  This day and age, people will know.  There is no need to buy anything exotic or flashy.  The fit and finish of the the classics, not to mention the fact you wear them, will speak for themselves.  Plus, you won't get the negative attention for wearing flamboyant attire. 

 

Good luck.  I was in the same boat you sound like you're in after I saw a bunch of tailors at Al-Asad.  I thought they couldn't be that good and I should get a handle on all of this but do my research first.  That was 4-5 years ago.  

 

Also if you want to get a suit in Japan I think one of the best places to look at is Sartoria Promessa. If you need more details PM me. 

 

Good luck!

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