what type of look should a college student be aiming for in terms of style?
Style for the college student, any suggestions?
THIS. I just graduated and really wish I did this. Spent so much money on shit that nobody cared about and I ended up hating/giving away after a while.
OP: it would be in your best interest to search out the thread mentioned and read through the whole thing. You can get by very well on very little if the pieces are well selected.
I bet just as many people care what you look like in college than they do anywhere else in life, and besides, you should dress nicely for yourself, not to impress other people, I know I feel 10x better when I go out dressed nice than when I don't put any effort in. If the guy wants to spend his money on clothes, then why not.
It's not about "looking nice" or not (I would assume that everyone cares about what they look like), it's about being realistically dressed for school. The basic idea behind the post that he's referencing is that 1) Most of your stuff is going to just get destroyed in college 2) People can't tell the difference between high end and low end and 3) You'll have money after you graduate, it's better to not invest in expensive pieces and invest in a social life that you're not going to have post-grad.
But when I started posting here at the beginning of my freshman year of college I was already very interested in clothes and my personal style (as well as art, music, design, literature etc...you will find this is a common theme here...), I just had practically no knowledge of fashion and was kind of just slapping together what I could find at the mall that wasn't too hideous.
If you are entirely clueless at this point you may be alright just going down the clarks dbs, ocbd, apcs route (you will find out what these little acronym formulas mean shortly), but to me that is so boring it's painful to imagine. If you are an aesthetically or intellectually inclined person at all then getting into clothes will probably be easy and make sense. If not, you may be a bit more satisfied just appearing decent or put-together by something like, I dunno GQ standards. That is setting the bar rather low, though. Get cozy and really read well some threads in this forum...get a sense of what the status quo is here, what seems desirable etc...that should give you an alright indication of where you may want to be. Hopefully you'll get a couple of alright responses in this thread that won't just link you to really old really overly-long discussions of this full of shitty posts like some of the above, but such is nature of internet forums. There is a ton of excellent info and discussion here. Good luck homie.
1. Nobody cares how you dress in college? Reality check...unless you live in an extremely hip section of NYC/LA/Tokyo, just about nobody...and i mean nobody cares what you dress like, anywhere. In fact, most people will hate you if they think you spend more on clothes than them. It's just human nature. There will always be a few people (mostly women) who kind of give a damn. But mostly no one cares.
2. You are in college. Fashion for men in college is simple. Buy 2 pair of clarks db's and some trendy Nikes/New Balance sneaks you like. Get some APC's and a few good tops from Wings + Horns and Uniqlo. Call it a day. You can get your whole wardrobe for like $500.