Hey, guys, I am completely new to fashion, and I need your advice. I recently bought a book written by a French fashion advisor called "Style for Modern Men" by a recommendation from a friend. He lists 11 basics that all beginners must have when it comes to fashion and articles of clothing you must own. A few of them that I am working on right now are:
1) A Gray Blazer
2) Gray Shoes
3) A pair of raw denim jeans
4) A winter coat
As of right now I have been shopping like a madman for a gray blazer specifically. The writer of the book says that a gray blazer is very versatile and works with a ton of outfits, as it is a neautral color and adds a little bit of class to casual/a little bit of casual to class. The thing is he recommends going for quality when looking for a gray jacket, and I don't know what quality is. I also don't have a very big budget at all and am going to have to scrape around in the savings account to acquire these 4 essential articles of clothing--especially if they have to be expensive and of quality.
The reason I have chosen to focus on a gray blazer first is because I think this simple garment will improve my confidence and outfits significantly, and the quickest of all of the other 11 essentials for a beginner's wardrobe. I have also chosen the blazer as a first priority because it is fall now and cooler, so I thought it would function as a light jacket for the time being, and I would go onto more wintery investments as the temperature drops.
But as of right now, I have been to practically every store in the city I live in and have tried on pretty much every gray blazer on the market. Some of the brands that have stuck out for me are Paul Smith, Comme Ce Garcon (Japanese brand), 5351 Hommes (or something like that, Japanese brand), Burberry, and Armani.
However, these jackets are reallly expensive--in the $400-$1,200 range--and I don't know if such a big investement would be worth it for how small my budget is and considering how many articles I need to purchase and FAST. For example, H&M has jackets for like $60 bucks, but I don't know if girls would find that cheap or if they would last long enough or worth the investment or what.
Any advice would be appreciated for gray blazers. Thanks a lot.