Let me begin by saying I am sure this has been covered multiple times. I ran a couple searches and found some good advice, but nothing that seemed to directly address both of my issues. A brief bit of background for you lads. I am from a rather small town and grew up with JC Penney and The Buckle as the only source of clothing. Unfortunately these choices have left lasting effects on my sartorial collection. To be quite frank, I am sick and tired of the cookie-cutter Abercrombie look I've seen (and been guilty of myself) here at the University. I would like to think that my additions of Egyptian cotton shirts, high-end jeans, and a few blazers has set me a bit apart from the others, but it's a small step at best. I have recently acquired a substantial desire to upgrade my wardrobe. But this desire has been (and I say must be) tempered by a worry about remaining fashionable within the college atmosphere. So, question number one: how is a college boy to dress sophisticated without appearing fresh out of The Hamptons, and on the typical college budget? I would describe my style as preppy, though after viewing a few Cary Grant films, I have realized the preppy style is really my way of repressing an urge to clothe myself in pure bespoke goodness every day. Not exactly practical or proper for the college atmosphere, I realize, but then again we all have dreams. Question number two is somewhat related. I will be studying abroad in Europe this summer, and would prefer to not stick out like the typical American tourist. I will be in France, Germany, and the Czech Republic if that matters. My present summer wardrobe consists almost exclusively of cargo shorts and polo shirts combined with flip-flops. Something tells me this is not typical of the European wardrobe. Again, keep in mind this is on a rather tempered budget. I have around $500 of disposable monthly income, and leave at the end of May. Any advice is much appreciated.