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Advice - I think my clothes might be boring

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I do not think my clothes really inspire to any one to take me seriously, whether with women or business. I try to do the best I can. The place I work is business casual, I generally wear dockers khaki and an english laundry or a lacoste polo shirt. I wear a pair of black new balance cross trainers that look like dress shoes with Robert Graham paisley socks. I have suits for business situations where required.

I do want to 'dress to impress'. Maybe I need some fashion advice. My dad was never a fan of colour, but my mother loved colour - I got mixed messages. I do work out, I am not bad looking but I have shorter legs relative to my torso. I am not perfect, but by no means gross. I have trouble finding nicer shoes that really fit.

I do not mind spending money for quality, I just do not know where to start.

Advice?
post #2 of 10
Any pics? I can not get Crazy, Stupid, Love out of my head with your description...
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I can't imagine any New Balance look like dress shoes. Business casual is a pretty loose term. Where I work we use that term but I'd send you home for wearing sneakers if you worked for me.

What industry are you in and what do you want to accomplish here?
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I can't imagine any New Balance look like dress shoes. Business casual is a pretty loose term. Where I work we use that term but I'd send you home for wearing sneakers if you worked for me.
What industry are you in and what do you want to accomplish here?

+1. I know folks who do this, and trust me, they do not look like dress shoes. They look like sneakers trying to look inauspicious, which is even worse than just wearing running shoes IMO. At least that's honest.

A few things to concentrate on:
  1. Learn what properly fitting clothes look like, then make sure your things fit very well.
  2. Get some real shoes. Plenty of threads here on good budget offerings.
  3. Get some real trousers. Dockers are (usually poorly fitting) casual clothes.
  4. No more polos. Button up dress shirts. Start simple--white or blue, solid. Add in some simple white and blue stripes and checks. Nothing crazy.

If you can do this, you will be way ahead of the game.

Once this is done, you can start mixing it up by adding in sportcoats, sweaters, etc. But start simple.
post #5 of 10
And whatever you do, please do not wear shiny black dress shoes with khakis.
post #6 of 10
Let me make some suggestions for starting out. Later you can add to, but this will get you started in a very easy to use approach.

1. Pick a look.
The easier way to start out is decide what look you are going for. Are you a more preppy type dresser, prefer a traditional look, Italianate, English, etc.? Once you figure that out, commit to it. I'd say go with pretty strong imitation until you have a real handle on the style. Don't break the rules of that style until you know what you are doing, that is for experts. If you have a celebrity that you are similar to in looks, copy their style maybe.

2. Outsource your outfits
For example, let's say you want to step it up from Dockers and polo shirts. J. Crew might be a good place to start. Pick up a catalog and just buy some good looking outfits whole. Wear the knit tie, the pocket square, the plaid shirt, the herringbone blazer, etc. Find a tailor in the neighborhood who knows what they are doing and budget that into your purchases.

Copy shamelessly in the beginning.

3. Buy a few good outfits and be consistent
Don't buy mix and match in the beginning and don't mix looks, pick one and stick with it - if you are buying Zara and J. Crew, you are going to end up muddled looking. If you buy outfits and hang them together, you will always look put together.

Once you start dividing your clothes up into different contexts in your lives, pick a look for each. I go to J. Crew for business casual at work; I go to Zara to get nightclub clothing; etc.

After a while of paying attention to style, you will start to get in the rhythm of it and can break free of these suggestions...
post #7 of 10
upgrade yo shoe game

No, for real though, check out Allen Edmonds if you want to buy a quality shoe for a non-exorbitant. Upgrading shoes, even if you keep everything else in your wardrobe constant (although your pants should really fit better than I'm assuming your Dockers fit you), will hugely benefit your look.
post #8 of 10
More men should make that realization about their style. In terms of apparel, shirt color probably has the most impact on whether someone looks interesting. But that can become tasteless or clashing if one doesn't know what he is doing. After that, shirt pattern and clothing fit. Fabric is also a factor; regular cotton can seem boring if worn exclusively. Polo shirts can avoid the boring assocation if they have interesting colors or other details. Yes, answers to the questions asked would hlep.
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