Originally Posted by sq4you
I recommend Esquire The Big Black Book. See if you can find the 2007 red edition on ebay or something. the current one is a black/dark blue 2008 edition that u can find at barnes and nobles. new they are like 15 dollars each. there is lots of good info in there. especially in the 2007 one. at the back of the book there are all sorts of bits of information about how to identify a good suit, types of tie knots, how to mix and match patterns and then throughout the rest of the book there are lots of good images and explanations of items and their history. they are also good about putting pricing on each item they describe. lots of the stuff is over the top (like a 3500 dollar knit sweater) but u can find lots of more affordable stuff from brands like paul smith, etc. http://www.amazon.com/Esquires-Big-B.../dp/0641853831
if you want shirts that u can wear untucked i would recommend looking specifically for short shirts (i.e. with almost no tail). i generally tend to prefer shirts that are relatively straight along the bottom or with a very minimal angular cut. long shirt tails hanging out of a pullover is pretty douche-baggy if u ask me. if the shirt is pretty straight at the bottom u can have a bit showing to contrast without looking like a clown. for shirt brands...zara makes some nice shirts, avoid H&M at all costs! u spend 35 dollars on a shirt and it will rip the next day (literally, the shirt cloth tore around the button the first time i wore one i bought. complete crap quality). paul smith makes nice shirts. shipley and halmos (these fit amazing and have nice detials, cost about 170$ each. will last forever + garner u lots of compliments). thomas pink makes cool shirts too but generally more formal stuff (french cuffs, etc). u can find cool shirts at Rugby (youthful spinoff of ralph lauren) as well as at official ralph lauren stores (the slim ones are generally more expensive though).
if u want skinny leg jeans (which im guessing u dont) get AcnÃ©. for very good fit yet a slightly looser style Nudie (black coat black coat black coat! grey coat is cool too
. APC are pretty sweet as well. If you want looser get Diesel or G-star (g-star has some nice tapered jeans with really cool materials). everyone on here seems to talk about Paper jeans but ive never seen them or tried them on.
go to the paul smith website (note UK version is WAYYY better) and order a set from there immediately.http://www.paulsmith.co.uk/us/shoes-...productId=5719
. these shoes will last u forever
or try http://www.schuhstore.co.uk
(they have paul smith as well). ive ordered from them and never had to pay import duties.
Thanks for the great advice! I'll be checking out the big black book today. I also looked at both of the shoe websites you sent, and absolutely could not find any paul smith chukkas on the second site, only tennis shoes. Any direct links? I would like to check them out and possibly buy a pair.
In response to the "clubbing" clothes, yes, I want clothes that I can wear to the club, but no, I don't want clothes that I can ONLY wear to the club. I don't want to buy douchebaggy clothes, and I think that if I look like every other a**hat at the club then not only is that not distinguishing myself from the crowd, but also not portraying a true representation of myself. I want to look good at nightclubs, but above all else classy, and not look like some fratboy out with his buds.
Some people also mentioned discount stores; I don't know any specific places like that in the Boston area. Any suggestions? We do have a filenes basement, and I sometimes go there for dress shirts, would that be a good place to check?
Also, a big question that I've had is that I wear my dress shirts every week or every other week, and after about 4-6 months of throwing them in the washer on weekends they fade and look like garbage. How do you wash your shirts without having them fade? I found that if I washed them every weekend and every other weekend used a dryel home drycleaning kit, it drastically slowed down the fading, but still by not that much. Any other suggestions?