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post #61 of 135
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Originally Posted by tdellaringa View Post

I did try on an extreme slim fit blue Calvin Klein jacket that I really liked. I think it was $400. I wonder what you all think of it?


On a young, fit model, sure, it looks great. But anything would look great on him. Besides, you've got a blue jacket already. Move on to the next wardrobe gap. Nice shoes and blue shirts.
post #62 of 135
Here's your target. Get as close to this as possible.



post #63 of 135
Which of these shoes do you like?

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

You're in Chicago, which is basically home turf for Allen Edmonds. I have 9 pairs, and I can't recommend them highly enough. In Europe the go for twice the price you could get them there. The price / quality ratio is unbeatable for guys like us.
post #64 of 135
Thread Starter 

Got it on the shirts. I have worn the black shirt to work with my grey trousers - it was dark when I left and dark when I got home! 

post #65 of 135
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The target pic is nice. You match the pocket square to the shirt, or to the tie - or either? Really dig that second suit. 

 

I will say it IS very conservative. I have some wiggle room at work to be more casual or take more risks. If I walked in like that, people would wonder what the heck was going on. Nobody wears a tie - not even directors, not even VPs most of the time. It's reserved for C-level executives only. 

 

Doesn't mean I wouldn't wear one, just giving you the lay of the land. In my group, things are very casual. Lots of jeans, khakis, patterned and colored shirts. 

 

Nobody wears a suit - NOBODY. I've only ever seen the CEO in one. 

 

Of those shoes I like #2 the best - would love to have those. Hate #5. Again they look like old man shoes, and they are too conservative. 

 

The AE shoes are beautiful. Would LOVE to have some. I saw two on their site that I really dig. 

 

 

 

 

Hey, I'm 50 - but most people say I look 40. If I died my hair, I'd look in my late 30s (This is what people tell me, not my own opinion). I prefer to dress as young as possible, as long as it fits with me and my situation. I'm also an artist so - yeah. Maybe that explains the shoes ;)

post #66 of 135
Number two is the Park Ave. Great in black or dark brown.

The ones you posted are the Mcallister and the Strands.

Those three are my top three shoe models, and are the most classic as well.
post #67 of 135
If I were you, I'd upgrade my look by wearing great shoes, like the ones you posted, and a sport coat / jacket. As you say, avoid ties since it would stick out in your office.

When you wear classic shoes, shirts and jackets, people won't compliment you on how nice your jacket looks, or how nice your trousers look, or how nice your shoes look. They'll compliment you on how nice you look. And that's the goal.
post #68 of 135
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Originally Posted by Veremund View Post

If I were you, I'd upgrade my look by wearing great shoes, like the ones you posted, and a sport coat / jacket. As you say, avoid ties since it would stick out in your office.

When you wear classic shoes, shirts and jackets, people won't compliment you on how nice your jacket looks, or how nice your trousers look, or how nice your shoes look. They'll compliment you on how nice you look. And that's the goal.

 

That makes perfect sense. Thanks!

post #69 of 135
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Originally Posted by engchi006 View Post
 

Have you thought about thrift stores? There is a Salvation Army on Clybourn that sells gently-used clothes. I believe they select their clothes, because most of the stuff is in great condition. 

 

 

Is it possibly this one?

 

http://www.yelp.com/biz/salvation-army-chicago-14

 

Reviews seem a bit spotty. 

post #70 of 135
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Finally got the jacket, I had to wait to get the sleeves done. My gray trousers were not clean, but I really wanted to wear it so I went with the brown. Next time I wear it, I will go with the gray, and I will hopefully find a nice complementary pocket square. 

 

post #71 of 135
You look great! It appears to fit fantastically well. You lucky dog, nothing OTR fits me at all. I'm cursed.
Edited by Veremund - 2/18/16 at 12:38am
post #72 of 135
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Thanks! It does fit really well. They did have to shorten the sleeves, but that's no big deal. Thanks for the help!

post #73 of 135
That's basically unavoidable.

So, what's next on the shopping list? biggrin.gif
post #74 of 135
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Well, that's a good question. My head is swimming trying to figure that out. I did get a pair of Burgundy oxfords from eBay for $12 - figured couldn't go wrong on the price. I have a shirt from J. Hilburn being delivered on Sat, so I will post it when I get it. It's a pinkish/gray pattern (I think, it's been awhile) with gray contrast on the inside. 

 

I am feeling like I am constantly wearing the same thing. This is what I have been rotating for the last 4 weeks:

 

- Gray cotton trousers (flat fronts)

- Brown cotton trousers (flat fronts) - These are the two pairs of pants I wear. I will wear Jeans on Friday if I go into the office that day instead of working from home. 

- White dress shirt

- Blue dress shirt (I wear these two the most) 

- 2 similar gray/gunmetal dress shirts, 1 burgundy dress shirt. - I mostly wear these under a sweater. 

- 1 black dress shirt. I know, night time only. But I have so few shirts right now, I wear it. I'm wearing it now. 

- 1 black waistcoat

- 1 dark gray pinstriped waistcoat. 

- Brown pair of half-brogues

- The tan brogues everyone here hates (but I have honestly gotten a LOT of compliments on them). 

- The blue blazer, above. 

 

That's all I have, other than 2 3-button henleys (blue and brown).

 

Would a cream/lighter color of trousers make sense? I feel like I need another white and another blue shirt, maybe a button down collar. I actually love waistcoats, I would love to have this one (with that tie too!), but doesn't feel like that should be a priority right now. Would love to have a charcoal blazer. Would like a pair of lighter brown, nicer shoes (like used Allen Edmonds - have been watching eBay for those). 

 

I'm not sure where to go next. As the whole point of this thread is, my funds are limited. I have been digging around ebay a lot, trying to figure out what is there. I found a consignment shop in Chicago I want to visit. 

 

I'm a little overwhelmed trying to figure out what is next :)

post #75 of 135
Blue ocbd.
Blue white striped ocbd.
Dark brown suede shoes.
Khakis.

You have enough vests. And you have enough weird-colored shirts. You need duplicates of the essentials. Different grey trousers. Different blue shirts. Different brown shoes.
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