Originally Posted by BullionBro
My son loves brooks brothers. I recommend the Milano Brooks Brothers fit pants. For shoes I recommend alden. Or something cheaper incase you want to save.. maybe some clark desert boots.
For shirts you can get brooks brothers shirts or any well fitting dress shirt. You can pair it up with a nice merino wool or preferably a cashmere sweater.
Cardigans are also great!
No. I work in a highschool and you don't want to wear this stuff unless you're comfortable in it. High school is the time you get to express yourself however you wish and while I'm sure a cashmere cardigan, roomy trousers and a pair of $400 shoes are expectant of a principal or the higher-paid teachers, I'm not sure this is the uniform you should be aiming for at this stage in your life.
The fun thing about wearing clothes is basically that you get to ''choose'' your identity at a time when you're just developing it.
If you're looking for very basic advice on what to wear and what to avoid:
- Put on a bunch of logos. Your friends and peers may be adorned in them, but they're not flattering. Tiny ones here or there won't kill you, but avoid the 'skater clown' look.
- Buy things JUST because they're on sale. Getting something off the rack that's ten bucks cheaper than it normally is seems like a bad reason to put something in your wardrobe- it's just rampant consumerism. If it's something you've been wanting that's great, but if it's just 'cheap' or 'on sale' that's not good enough.
- Be concerned about a particular ''aesthetic'' or ''look''. You'll probably be the only one who actually knows the deep and thorough history of the Alden shoe you're wearing. It doesn't matter and you're probably still growing. Don't spend an absurd amount of money on stuff (like Aldens or cashmere) that you probably won't even fit in a few years.
- Wear really 'busy' things. You don't need back-pocket stitching or dragons or whatever on your tshirt. They make you stand out... which ironically in high school everyone else is wearing and just makes you look 'like one of those
people (whoever they are).
- Avoid affected accessories. This means don't wear something because you think it looks cool today... but probably won't wear in a month. Yeah, I get that I said that highschool was a time to experiment, but that doesn't mean you need to put on that fanny-pack or man-purse just because it has a Gucci logo on it...
- Wear things that you feel confident in. If you're constantly wondering "does this even work" you might want to avoid it until you're more comfortable with your own sense of style- and for most people that comes after practise.
- Wear stuff that fits. Not too tight, not too loose. This is hard to describe online, but the basic rule applies; put on clothes that don't hang off of you or look like you accidentally put on your little brother's shirt. You could wear the cheapest stuff you can find, but if it's in proportion to your frame it will look better than the most expensive ill-fitting clothes.
- Stick to the basics. If you look at the best-dressed people, they're all wearing very basic pieces. Not everything needs to 'pop' or be conversational. If you can go into your closet, in the dark, five minutes before the first bell rings and pull out an outfit that matches- you're miles ahead of most of your teachers! This means neutrals: whites, blues, greys, some browns. It's not rocket science- don't reach for that REALLY YELLOW sweater if you don't already have something a little more subdued. Go basics first, then you can go crazy.
- Make a "uniform"- if you like t-shirts, wear t-shirts. If you like button-downs, do that. You're just putting together explicit 'style rules' for yourself- even if those involve ''ok, I like t-shirts but I don't like them to say things.... or, i like button-downs, but I want to stick with ones that have button-down collars.
- Have a go-to that you can feel REALLY good in. This is good for dates and trips to the movies and stuff. Things that you put on and feel like james bond or whatever.
- Make a list of really simple things and get those. Stuff like "v-neck sweaters'' or ''a good pair of jeans'' that will guide your buying decisions. It will reduce the amount of waste in your wardrobe and add to your back account.
- And finally, do browse this forum. Don't get too caught up in either MC or SW&D- cruise both. One fit will kill in the denim forum and get puked on by all the crusty old bank executives in MC and likewise for the opposite. Putting on shell longwings and a cashmere cardigan might score you points in here but you'd get lauded out of the street wear forum.