Originally Posted by archibaldleach
Telling someone to experiment and dress like a celebrity is not good advice; well, not the experimenting part so much as experimenting with emulating celebrities. Celebrities can wear whatever the hell they want and get away with it because they are rich and attractive. Unless OP is a male model with a trust fund, he doesn't have this going for him. Also, trying to imitate someone else instead of finding what you like almost always ends badly. OP is not going to look like Justin Timberlake. Perhaps you missed the part where OP said that funds were an issue; what's "trendy" changes way more often than classic style pieces costs more to invest in. Buying something that is going to be trendy for a year or so is just dumb unless you're a slave to trends or have money to burn.
Nothing wrong with bright socks and some brighter chinos, but they are not versatile.
I respect your stance on this, even though I do not agree with some of the points. I meant no disrespect with my 40 year age comment, just that most posters on this board aren't going to give appropriate advice to an 18 year old on what 18 year olds like.
I am a believer that 18 is the time to experiment with style. 18 year olds are heavily influenced my celebrities and peers, where the peers are most likely trying to emulate celebrities. Yes, celebrities can wear whatever the hell they want and get away with it--- and so can 18 year olds.Graphic t shirts of super heroes are completely acceptable on an 18 year old, as is man shorty shorts. Do I recommend he wear them? I don't recommend he wear or not wear them, I recommend he wear what he thinks looks good or what the girls/people he is after looks good.
The OP will not look like justin timberlake, but if he chooses to wear a fitted shirt, a jacket with slim lapels and a slim tie, he will look infinitely better than a kid wearing an oversized black shirt, with black tie, and black dress pants that can fit their 3 closest friends inside with room to spare. The cost is the same. Whether he chooses to dress trendy or classic, he can spend very little or very much money, it is based on how he chooses to shop. Thrift store vs online, vs neiman and credit card debt.
I also completely disagree that he can get a shirt that fits him properly at the age of 18, and realistically expect it to fit him with a few alterations. For me to fit in any of the shirts I had last year, I'd have had to been wearing balloons. I do not know the OP's body type, if he is overweight, then buying things to last may work with alterations, if he is skinny--- I would strongly advise against it.
Buying trendy on the cheap cost less than buying quality classic clothes to last. The actual dollar amount is more to buy cheap trendy and then replace with quality classic, but at a time in your life where buying $10 chinos from express when they are on sale (normally $80, but on sale OFTEN) doesn't require any lifestyle changes, but buying quality slacks from RLPL, or brooks brothers will require you to eat ramen for a month--- then you should wait until you get a real job and just have fun buying whatever you find fun at the time as long as you can seriously afford it.