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post #16 of 23

Congratulations on feeling better!

 

I'm in college as well, so hopefully I can give some insight...

 

My personal stance on this matter is that simplicity is best. In college, most students come to school dressed in ill fighting jeans and sneakers, so by wearing a collared shirt and casual trousers, you'll already stand out and look much more presentable. For that reason, I tend not to go too crazy on patterns and stick more to solid coloured shirts, with the main focus on fit. For cost reasons, most of my wardrobe is from J.Crew and Uniqlo.I love polo ralph lauren, but only buy from the outlet and they don't always have the best selection of "fitted" clothing.

 

I'd say start off with 2-3 polo shirts, 2-3 oxford shirts, 2 pairs of chinos, and 1 pair of jeans as the basis of your wardrobe. From there, branch into 2-3 sweaters and a coat, squaring off with 3 pairs of shoes (2 oxfords-1 black, 1 brown, and 1 pair of brown/burgundy loafers).

 

Just my point of view as a fellow college student, which I'm sure will differ from the more traditional taste on this forum.

post #17 of 23
Start by going to stores and trying things on. Don't be afraid to make the salespeople there talk to you and fetch you multiple sizes. Be mindful to not overwhelm yourself in a room full of clothes, though.

Be well, amigo.
post #18 of 23

I like CanGren's advice.  You really can't go wrong with that list.  These are good foundational garments to get you on your way.  

 

While in grad school I found SF.  SF has proven to be an invaluable resource and has saved me a lot of money and time and helped me to reduce the mistakes in wardrobe selection.  Here is what I have learned and maybe it will help you too. 

 

For approx every $20 you are planning on spending spend one hour studying the following threads.  Since you are in university this part will be easy for you.  Start with  this thread   on mistakes we have all made when updating our wardrobes.  Then  check out the WAYWRN: MC casual edition thread.  There is a broad range of looks here but you will see all the iterations of casual wear and you can get an idea of the nuances.  Follow the discussions on that thread and note the reactions (good and bad) of forum members and you will in good time understand how to put together a solid look for yourself that won't break the bank and that you won't regret buying. 

 

Maybe make a folder and drop in fits that appeal to you and then you will start to notice their commonalities (e.g. trouser type and cut; sweater styles, shirt colors, etc).  Strive for cohesion and steer away from items that are very difficult to pair with more than one garment.  You will begin to find that there are really just a few variables of color you need.  For example, if all you had for shirts were blue oxford shirts you could create three great outfits with one pair of dark denim jeans, one pair khaki chinos, and one pair of grey chinos.  With nice shoes (in your case as a student desert boots, aka chukas, would be a good choice) and a field jacket or pea coat (depending on weather) you will look great and will not be out of context at most universities.

 

Start slow and be stingy with your money. I have been greatly influenced by the ethos and acumen of SF member Orgetorix who has the Thrifty Gent site.    His looks kill just about every time and he barely drops a dime.  Much of it is more business oriented than what you need for school but the lessons and skills are the same.  And on SF you will constantly encounter the mantra that fit is everything and it is absolutely true. 

 

Eluther makes a great suggestion.  I'll add just this: Don't even take your wallet with you.  See what the clothes look like on you, take a picture in the mirror, look at it that evening and then sleep on it. 

 

Congratulations on your recent life successes and I wish you the best with your studies. Good luck with your search, you will do fine! 

post #19 of 23
Thread Starter 

I can't express how grateful I am for all the helpful replies I've received so far. I found out there's an outlet mall with a brook's brother's and J.crew store in it not too far away from me so I'm gonna go check that out soon. 

post #20 of 23

Mark24, glad you are feeling better and taking steps to a better wardrobe

post #21 of 23

You have $500 and some money for shoes so you really are just looking for basic stuff.But what have you been wearing ?!

post #22 of 23

Cheers man! All the best and I hope you're able to find the right clothes that will work for you.

post #23 of 23
McBindle stated it best, and I echo his sentiments exactly. Do some research of your own on the forum, save the photos, and you'll likely start noticing patterns that you didn't otherwise know existed. In essence, data mine yourself.

As for stores in your budget, I still really like Club Monaco the most. Price wise, it is at about J,Crew level, so well within your means.
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