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semi-upscale casual for an older professional

Discussion in 'Menswear Advice' started by drblind, Apr 23, 2016.

  1. koolhistorian

    koolhistorian Well-Known Member

    Mar 14, 2008
    Here are some of my €2 cents - disclaimer I am from Europe, and in a very niche academia (think government school) so it tends to be super formal, compared to other kinds of academic institutions.
    First step - identify your needs (aside the fact that you need a wardrobe vamp up) - teaching, conferences, travel, other activities (committees, fund raisers, alumni relations).
    Second step - see in activities what kind of outfit can overlap - teaching with conferences and travel, etc.
    Third step - build capsules i.e. One sport coat that will go with 3 pairs of pants to create 3 levels of formality looks - e.g. a dark blue donegal tweed jacket with mid gray flannels, plus cord, plus jeans. Attached to each outfit 2 shirts, 2 ties, one pair of shoes.
    Fourth step - do your research - start with Style Forum (see the coherent combinations thread), go tumblr, forget Pitti.
    Fifth step - burn the sandals (your choice of event - public, family or private).
    Sixth step - start building look books if you need a visualization.
    Seventh step - compute a budget.
    Eight step - establish priorities.
    Ninth step - start operations.
    Shoes and footwear are deal breakers - get measured, it is extremely important for comfort. A well fitting Goodyear shoe is more comfortable than a sandal. As a model, monkstrap shoes are quite versatile if you are in an informal environment - you can wear them with almost everything. Search for 100% cotton socks, or better in very hot weather 100% linen.
    Visit your barbershop regularly, I've seen great outfits ruined by scruffy looks.
    Think seasons- I remember seeing the editor of an ultra important review nearly dying of heat stroke because he donned a tweed jacket on 40+ degrees Celsius, so have also that in mind.
    So, good luck and Godspeed:)

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