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Hi,

 

I am new here, so first let me introduce myself and thank you for reading and considering my problem. I am 30, live in Central Europe and I work in creative field in a managerial position. I am an avid GQ reader and you could probably tell. Today you would see me wearing slim fitting navy blazer, rigid dark denim jeans, tan grenson brogues, camo tie and a jack spade swiss brief. I wear tortoise Persol prescription glasses, my hairstyle is could be described as undercut pompadour, recently I've grown beard and I have a slim build.

So far so good, people compliment me on my style very often and I consider it good myself. 

I am struggling with the fact, that yesterday, you would see me wearing white shirt, dark blue tie, grey vest, jeans and brogues. The day before chambray shirt, knitted tie, navy blazer and jeans. And before that jeans, brogues, white shirt, dark tie, navy v-neck sweater with rolled sleeves. And the fact is that I like all of these individual outfits, they are even very cost-effective as they consist of very few items yet you can create completely different feeling of them, but that is exactly something that I don't want. I want my style to be consistent, not hipster-ish one day and GQ-smart other day, it almost gives me a feeling of having a different personality. And my transition to casual style is even more difficult - is it polo with jeans and brogues, or t-shirt with blazer, or chinos and shirt, nike vortex or comme des garcons jack purcell (both of which I am very fond of)?

 

So, please, what would be your advice on how to build a consistent wardrobe and having a consistent style? Preferably with concrete outfit examples but I will appreciate any take on this topic.

 

Thank you a lot and have a nice day


Edited by ahasver - 9/4/13 at 1:51pm
post #2 of 7
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Originally Posted by ahasver View Post

And the fact is that I like all of these individual outfits, they are even very cost-effective as they consist of very few items yet you can create completely different feeling of them, but that is exactly something that I don't want. I want my style to be consistent, not hipster-ish one day and GQ-smart other day, it almost gives me a feeling of having a different personality.

You wore jeans to the office four days in a row, and you want to be MORE consistent?

I'd say you're plenty consistent already. Plus, IMO, GQ-smart is a lot closer to hipster-ish than it is to classic business attire.
post #3 of 7
Write a few words or sentences describing the goal of your aesthetic. How do you want to be perceived?

Now re-examine your wardrobe and decide if it fits this 'mission statement'. Use this guideline when making new purchases. This will help your wardrobe stay calibrated against your goals.
post #4 of 7

This isn't going to be the response you want, but I think you're over-thinking the issue. From what you describe, your personal style already sounds pretty consistent to me and my guess is that you're essentially the only person who perceives (or cares about) any lack of consistency.

post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hi Alex and Rolex, thank you for your input - it is not a response that I "don't want". Sometimes you need to hear opinion from like-minded people to know whether you are over-thinking something or not. In the eyes of ordinary person, probably everyone who posts in forums like this is over-thinking his personal style. So thank you for your responses I can be more reckless from now on :)

Also, I crawled through this forum with new eyes of a member and realized that I might post this in wrong forum (since I consider my tailored blazers, expensive silk ties or grenson shoes to be rather classic than casual) - so sorry for that

 

Thrifter, that is actually a good idea, I've never look at that from this perspective. I will try to use this approach at least as a perspective on my current outfits.

post #6 of 7
Versatile clothes that don't stand out much, and wearing a limited number of pieces at any one time. It sounds like the main problem might be figuring out exactly what to communicate to the world. When that's known, it usually is easier to settle on a stable style.
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Originally Posted by Alex Dumortier View Post

This isn't going to be the response you want, but I think you're over-thinking the issue. From what you describe, your personal style already sounds pretty consistent to me and my guess is that you're essentially the only person who perceives (or cares about) any lack of consistency.

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