Dear members, I am pretty satisfied with my business wardrobe now, and I would like to build up my casual wardrobe, because I am tired of wearing business clothes on weekends. .... and who else would I turn to, other than esteemed members of StyleForum? From my perspective, casual clothes can be broadly grouped into three categories: a) The american preppy casual style, best exemplified by Polo Ralph Lauren b) The european understated casual style, exemplified by Ferragamo, Faconnable, Zegna c) The ETRO shirt + jeans look Of these, I consider style (a) and style (b) to be most viable. They also fit my philosophy that clothing should be understated and tasteful, with an emphasis on quality fabrics, fit and subtle details. It should look very well put together. The idea is to convey a sense of refinement while appearing casual and leisurely at the same time. I don't want to look like Old Navy dressed me. Do you have a preference for any particular style? I have lots of pique polos and khaki shorts right now, and the twist that Ralph Lauren and JCrew puts on the preppy style (lots of bright colors, ribbon belts, etc) is attractive. However, I wonder if I will get tired of it, and if this twist looks too much like a costume? I am looking at the european understated casual style (something like the picture below). But clothes in this style seem to cost more, as there does not appear to be a J.Crew equivalent. Just want to see what others think.
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3/30/05 at 8:04pm