Well after educating myself about suit quality on Andy's board and being thrifty by purchasing suits on eBay and finding gems in thrift shops (e.g., the $3 Canali blazer, $4 Armani Le Collezioni dress shirt, $4 Polo Linen/Wool slacks), I find myself being complemented on my dress clothing when I wear it. However, I'm coming to realize my everyday, casual dress is probably quite unfashionable and somewhat slobbish. I have polo shirts that I still wear from five years ago...sidenote: I never tuck them in; and I have a lot of t-shirts, many of which I'd like to phase out of my wardrobe. Many of my clothes came from a time when brand recognition was important to me / when I was in a hip-hop phase (Karl Kani logo shirts, Rawkus Records shirts, Nautica Competition logo shirts). These don't really work for me anymore. I have no qualms about going about in gym shorts and a ratty old t-shirt. As for pants, I think I'm okay, but there's room to change. Practically all my pants are of some shade of khakis. Same for my shorts. They just seem to go with everything. I think I've gotten a little better with color matching since my suit education, so expanding my pants collection might be good for me. To complicate matters, I'm cheap. I cringe at the thought of spending $20 on a shirt. If I buy something new, I'll usually buy it at Ross and look for something of pretty good quality at a low price (e.g., $10 Alfani dress shirts, rather than $15 Van Heussen or Geoffrey Beene shirts). My roommate stocked up on $20 MX shirts at Express, but I can't bring myself to spend this much unless it's something I REALLY love. So help me out, be my style consultants. What can I do to dress more clasically / fashionably casual in a style that works for a college student on a budget? I live in Florida, so weather is quite hot here, especially in the summer--85-95 degree temperatures seem to be the norm recently.
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7/3/04 at 4:30am