Originally Posted by Arethusa
There are certain things you could do to accent otherwise subdued outfits. The last one you posted, for example, is fairly monochromatic: white shoes, white tshirt, grey tshirt, black hoodie. If you wanted to mix in something more striking, ditch the white chucks for your grey ones and wear a red tshirt accented against the grey tshirt underneath. You'd still get some of it under the sleeveless hoodie. Alternatively, you could mix in a separate monochromatic palette, like a dark brown longsleeve tshirt with a khaki tshirt over it. None of this is particularly complicated; about the only rule, if that term is even applicable, is that it's probably best to make the tshirt lighter than the long sleeve tshirt if you're pairing it with the black sleeveless hoodie (which you can swap out for a sweater vest or even a suit vest, if you want to start doing unusual things).
There are plenty of other things you could do, obviously. You could swap out the multicolored beanie for a either a more fragile, fashion-y piece like a thin cashmere beanie or you could go the exact opposite direction and try a military surplus hat to go with the military style jacket (looks like it was modeled after Diesel's Jubetwo, though there's probably a real jacket with similar details I don't know about). You could, of course, try exploring more unconventional aesthetics if you wanted to, and speaking as a kid who is (as far as I can tell) a hell of a lot poorer than you, there are ways of managing that (mostly a mix of thrifting, learning to sew, eBay, and creative shopping). Not saying you have to; just that you don't have to spend more on an outfit with Demeulemeester, Diem, and Maltieri than I spent on my High Performance Civic.
See, lots of good advice.
Mostly I'm just trying to encourage people to feel free to criticize my fits, since at the very least it gives me a new perspective. And it's not like I'm going to get my panties in a bunch.
(BTW, without getting into numbers, my income's got to be among the lowest on this forum among people who aren't currently students (and I guarantee you there are students on this forum whose parents give them more money than I make each month). There are people here who have watches that cost significantly more than I make in a year.... Crazy. I have a lot of cheap stuff that I can afford mostly because I don't have a car or any transportation expenses. If I had a car, I'd be wearing the same jacket and one of my three shirts every day, with one pair of GAP jeans or something. When I hit the Powerball, though, it's Ann Dem/L Maltieri/Julius/etc until my closets overflow.)
I agree with both you and ts4them on the beanie--I'm not super fond of it. I can't do a cap, though, because my ears would freeze and fall off. Generally speaking, if it's cold enough for me to want something on my head, I need my ears covered, and otherwise, I usually prefer to go hatless (though I do rock a CMF-style newsboy cap once in a while). I've never really found a satisfactory solution.