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Advice on dressing more stylishly and losing the "boy" look all the time

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jcp42877, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. jcp42877

    jcp42877 New Member

    Feb 2, 2013
    New member here, hello all!

    to being with, I'm 22, around 5'11", weigh roughly 187 with more muscle tone than a normal person that size, and a taller top half than legs and naturally keep a shaved head.

    i usually wear slim bootcut/slim straight jeans with v necks, baseball raglan tees, and short sleeve Henley type shirts.

    well I recently had a suit purchased for me for my grandfathers funeral, and enjoyed the look it gave me. The "Bond" feel was very nice haha. It led me to also wanting to try out new things including vests, sports coats, slimmer fit dress shirts, and ties.

    well I went to Express and H&M tonight to try on a few of those, and everything just seemed to clash with my slim straight jeans and Vans lo pro shoes, even though everything fit fine.

    it might've been the mirrors, or simply my mind telling me it looked bad even though my girlfriend kept insisting everything fit fine and looked good.

    i know shoes play a big role, but even if I had had on some nice dress shoes, I fee like the look still would've been "off".

    i still want to try to dress more sophisticated, but not if it doesn't look like I fit the style. That'd be a terrible waste of money!

    heres a pic of Joseph Gordon levitt that I just think looks great style-wise, but I have no clue how to achieve it and look "together".

    any tips would be great!

  2. Loathing

    Loathing Senior member

    Mar 2, 2011
    1. Buy nice shoes.
    2. Stop wearing jeans.
  3. add911_11

    add911_11 Senior member

    Jun 3, 2010
    Have a look in Streetwear and Denim division, I don't think you are ready for anything that possess true sophistication.
  4. bertie

    bertie Senior member

    Jun 30, 2009
    North of
    While I won't comment on the issue of whether or not you are ready for sophistication, the advice to spend a little time on the street wear part of this site is good. This part (men's clothing) focuses on traditional tailoring and it's unique rules and attributes. The picture you posted would be more in keeping with the street wear side.

    As a start though, consider some good polish able leather shoes or boots and invest in a good piece of outerwear that is versatile and has some structure. Maybe add some Oxford button down shirts and either dark denim or slim fit chinos. You'll find little love on either side of the site for most mall brands maybe except for J Crew.
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2013
  5. GBR

    GBR Senior member

    Mar 15, 2006

  6. Hayward

    Hayward Senior member

    Jul 31, 2011
    1. get good shoes. Alden, Allen Edmonds, RM Williams, Paraboot, the better English brands etc.

    2. Stop wearing clothes with slogans or obvious logos.

    3. Reconsider the t-shirt as underwear that is occasionally visible, rather than as a proper clothing item.

    4. what bertie said
  7. Liquidus

    Liquidus Senior member

    Mar 7, 2009
    San Francisco, California

  8. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

    Jan 3, 2008
    Princeton, NJ
    I dress in classic menswear when it is called for, but honestly these days I'm often pairing jeans with a henley, sportcoat and boots. Losing the 'boy' look has alot to do with attention to detail in fit and choosing clothing that is well made and free of obvious logos.

    Logos either have you looking like a fanboy or a fashion victim.

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