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I am making changes to my wardrobe and have a few ideas and have questions about them.


1. Based on Askmen website I have medium skin tone (I have black hair, dark blue eyes, and look like medium in the mirror). The colors they recommend for me are 

  • beige
  • burgundy
  • royal blue
  • navy
  • black
  • pink (stripes)

I like them all except for beige and pink. 


2. First I would like to get some different color henleys. I would probably go with short sleeve. I would buy navy, royal blue, and burgundy. I would wear those with black jeans only. For me personally I don't feel comfortable wearing anything other than black, white, or grey top with blue jeans.


3.  I need to buy a jacket. I am thinking of getting either a harrington or leather jacket. If I get a harrington it will be black with vintage fit. I think the fit is like the one in this picture. If I am wrong please correct me. If I buy leather I will do it based on guide on art of manliness.


4. I need a pair of sunglasses. Based on the measurements I took of my face (I took guidelines from a fashion site) I have oval face. Therefore I am thinking of purchasing aviatars, because  I like how they look. Any guidelines on them? I saw plain black glass with silver frame pair for $10 somewhere. Is that fine or poor quality?


5. I would like to get a bracelett. I don't know however, how to choose one and what outfit it is appropriate with.


6. Beyond the above points I would like to have some layers. I was thinking I can have shirts over henleys, shirt with tie and light v neck over it, and just shirt with light crew neck sweater. I would like guidelines on that though. I know sweaters will be  black, navy, royal blue, or burgundy (my preference), but then I don't know how to pick the tie and shirt color and tie pattern.


Numbers 2 & 3 are the most urgent since I might buy those tomorrow.

I look forward to your inquiry. 

post #17 of 20
Sorry for not replying sooner - haven't been keeping up with Streetwear. If 2) and 3) already happened, maybe those purchases were okay. No red flags in the comments. Listening to much advice from AskMen would be worrisome. (Fortunately that's a complexion that can wear virtually any color.) There's no realistic chance that any $10 pair of sunglasses is worth wearing except in an emergency. Just to have decent sun protection (e.g., polarization) built in costs more than that. Layering a shirt over a visible henley is somewhat weird. Traditionally henleys were underwear. At this moment, not enough time to explain shirt-tie color-and-pattern matching, but most Google results on those terms will be moderately accurate. A bracelet is arguably appropriate with any casual outfit. Avoiding bracelets that look cheap or flashy (e.g., an inch wide in imitation gold) is the harder part.
post #18 of 20

After some farther thought for now I will buy some items of my current list + few extra items I thought of. This should be sufficient for now. During the summer break I will purchase the rest. Mostly those I find too complicated to figure out how to buy in a limited amount of time.


There are a few things that came to my mind when I was thinking about buying those items. My questions are numbered. The rest is additional information towards the questions.


I already went after the henleys. I am currently in Poland. Over here I've been to two big department stores, but niether was big on them. I could only find two I liked. 


The first I found was black (I don't remember the material) and when I tried it on the length was right, but the material below the chest was loose and on arms was loose. Now I read a good henley should be tight fitting so I didn't buy it. In a different store I found a navy blue henley. It was 35% cotton and 65% polyester. 


I. Is 35% cotton and 65% polyester a good material for henley?


It fitted much better. It was tightly fitted through the whole body even though it was also large. 
After this I wonder.


II. How much material should I be able to pull on the side if I wear a well fitted Henley? What would be a difference in looseness between a well fitted t shirt and a well fitted henley?


III. Is Henley well fitting when the material is right or is it more about the cut? Because since the henley, which fitted well was made mostly from polyester I guesses that maybe the properties of polyester allowed it to be more form fitting. Is my assumption correct?


The second henley was fitting well. I am a mascular guy, but since I am bulking at the moment I am not shredded. But I am not fat either. Currently I have 12% bf and my stomach is flat. To me form looked good in the mirror. The female staff thought the same. 


IV. What's the good max body fat level for wearing a henley?


V. I found on the internet that for me since I am caucasian with light skin, black hair, and blue eyes my skin tone is winter. I asked my friend who's brother is a fashion consultant and he agreed. The colors listed for me as best were on fashion advise sites (among others) were royal blue and navy blue. The henley I mentioned above looks closest from what I found to oxford blue. Is that fine, because what they meant was simply the dark shades of blue?


V. I saw a third henley I liked. It was also navy blue, but with brown buttons. However, the rest of the outfit I would wear it with would be black (no brown colors; black belt,shoes, jeans, leather jacket, watch with leather strap). Would that be fine or is the mismatch too noticable?


VI. I like two types of braceletts. I am thinking of something black to match a black watch and dark outfit. I can't really seem to locate a good guide on how to choose a good one anywhere. I would advise on this. Also if I purchase one would I wear it on the same hand as my watch or opposite?


VII. I also got an idea to buy t shirts with pictures of women. I always liked how they look. However, I don't know what to look for with those in terms of dos and don'ts for this so some advise would be appreciated. Most likely they will be black with grey images. Maybe containing some dark blue or deep red detail, but I am not sure.


VII. I am buying a backpack. I want it to be stylish, but not leather. Is that fine? It would be made of black material. Primarly I think leather backpack and leather jacket together would be too much. Also I would save a few bucks.
Here is the link:
I like the "backpack with laptop sleeve".


IX. I would like to buy a custom ring. I like silver, white gold, or platinum. I would like advise on, which one is best. I think silver is most economic, but I don't if it looks just as good. What are good dos and don'ts for buying a custom ring. If I find something fast that is affordable I will buy it. If not it will wait for later. 


X. I heard it recently that style is an expression of oneself. Your clothes send a message. So far my philosophy has been to wear what I like, matches my body, right for the occasion, and is styliscly correct. Is there something additional I should look into in terms of the type of message I am sending to people through my outfit?


XI. For the summer I am deciding between short sleeve henleys and v neck t shirts. Which one should I go for?

Edited by black8ghost - 4/12/15 at 11:00am
post #19 of 20
Uh, that sheer number of questions is more suited for a consultation and probably would never be answered in much detail on a forum. Nevertheless, some answers..
I Mostly synthetic isn't a good choice for any non-athletic apparel.
II A slim-fit tee shirt and a slim-fit henley should fit about the same.
III Synthetic adds stretch, but there's no need for a high percentage of it.
V Don't obsess over color.
VI There probably aren't any good guides for men's bracelets. Wearing on the same side as a watch probably should be avoided to keep two metal items from banging into each other.
VII Don't wear clothing with pictures of people on it.
VII [repeating a numbering error] That backpack looks good, though arguably there's no such thing as a stylish backpack.
X The missing element is wearing items that, on the whole, directly communicate personality. It's difficult to explain on the fly, though try picturing an intellectual and a biker and then remember that there's a point at which one looks like a stereotype.
XI Variety is good for almost any wardrobe. Have some tee shirts and at least one short-sleeved henley.
post #20 of 20
Try the BraveStar skinny jeans. Excellent quality for under $100
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