Regards to all.
I am a mid-60s engineering professor at a large southwestern university. I have become interested in upgrading my appearance, and while I can't do much about the ravages of age, I hope that I can offset that a bit by doing something about what I wear. I recently found this forum because I had bought a new suit and I was looking for tie/shirt/suit information (the suit is a Corneliani, up and away the nicest thing I have ever had; more about that in another post).
Among other things, I teach the capstone course for graduating seniors. As part of that course, I ask the students to do presentations in business formal attire. I also dress business formal for the presentations. Bottom line is that, with few exceptions, I didn't think the students had a very good sense of style, fit, or quality. Ok, we are engineers, we usually dont think much about that, but maybe we should. I also want to see in students of all classifications, a sense professionalism, and I think appearance as an important element of that. In either case I think I could do a better job of setting the tone/being an example.
I see a lot of information on the web for casual dress, but it seems mostly for the 20-30s guy. I don't think a lot of it appropriate for me. Few things looks worse than an older guy trying to look two generations younger (except, possibly, an older woman trying to look two generations younger)
I am tenured so I could wear cutoff blue jeans, flip-flops and a ragged tee shirt, and it would be fine, but I dont think it would send a good message. My normal warm weather class "uniform" is a white polo-type shirt and chino pants in khaki, olive or blue. all department store grade. In cold weather I usually wear light sweaters, either a wool polo type (one with a collar) or crew neck cotton sweater, usually without a shirt underneath. On non-class days it is usually baggy work jeans, fisherman sandals with socks and a sweatshirt. I have a navy winter-wool blazer but my lightweight blazer is worn out. I have no sports coats. All my button shirts are white, with the exception of one that is light blue. I have a reasonable selection of light-weight wool polo's.
I thought I might upgrade to button-up shirts, and maybe a subtle pattern or tweed sports coat. At some point I might wear an occasional knit or informal tie. I have no interest in being an administrator, so I doubt I would ever need to wear a suit daily, but I do wear one in class 4-6 times a year. I guess I would I prefer to start acquiring things of higher quality.
I am uncomfortable in making a radical change to my wardrobe, but gradual changes are ok. My physical appearance is ok, I am average height, fairly trim, active and in good health. I have all my teeth. most of my hair, although half of it is gray.
So how do I start?