I am going to be entering college this coming fall in Houston (Rice University). Â I am hoping for some advice as to strategy for what I should try to be and what I will need. As of right now I pretty much have nothing. Â Some khakis and doc martens, a few dress shirts that don't fit, and some ugly ties. Â I know that I will have to get a few things that are relatively nice for college. Â After hanging out on this forum for a month or so, I think my tastes are a little too high. There are a few events I will have to dress up for for sure, but other than that I would just like to have a nice base to start from if I start interviewing for internships and such, for instance. Â Not sure exactly what this includes, but I'm sure you all can help with that My dad is telling me just to go to the department store and buy a navy blazer but I am not appreciating the expensive prices for poorly constructed things - especially when I hear about the prices you guys get some of the really nice things at. Â Not to mention I am thinking that if I purchase a suit instead (where it seems to be easier to find deals than just coats), I can wear the coat by itself in a pinch with khakis or jeans for a more "stylish" look? The cheaper the better basically, but for me deals are a bit hard to come by as I don't have great access to stores around me now, although this will be a different story when I get to Houston. There are a few formals at least where I will need a suit. Â I was thinking about a navy suit just for versatility - is this the right pick? Â Also, 3 button would be most appropriate I am assuming? Â I don't so much as mind the 2 button ones either, as long as the stance of the buttons is a little higher. Â I am a 6'0" 150 lb guy, so I am pretty skinny and not sure if that helps envisioning certain cuts and pants styles or what not. Â I am a 38R (I think) - I figure that whatever I get I will take to the tailor to get the pants finished and the fit checked to see if any improvements can be made. Â I am a 31/32 inch waist with about a 34 inch inseam to complicate the matter further. As for shirts, I am pretty hard to shop for with a smallish chest, long arms (about 36.5 by jantzen's measuring standards), and average neck (15.5). Â I would like to order more jantzen but I guess he has been taking longer, and my first shirt is a casual one (pink with wide spread collar, form fit) has already been ordered. Ties - not really sure where to go with this. Â The problem is that not only do I not really know where to find deals and what brands to look for, I am red-green color blind, can't match worth a crap, and don't really know what patterns are good and which are taboo. Â On down the list, shoes. Â I have talked to Ron Rider for some options but I am still looking. Â I failed to pick up the RL Black captoes as bluefly ran out of my size before I was able to order them. Â Would black be the most versatile color? Â Not sure about this one either, but would assume so. Â Where are the deals to be had here (I am a size 12 so ebay usually turns up empty for me). Thanks for listening to me drone, this board really is great. Â You all know so much - I hope that I will be able to get to the level that you all are once I get a job and start having to dress for work. Â Some of you have some very nice pieces . But any helpful suggestions for what I SHOULD OWN at this stage and where I can get these types of things would be great. Â Keep in mind I'm poor Â Thanks a lot.
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7/24/04 at 1:05am