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Advice on improving my style

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Jeff Costello, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. hyt123

    hyt123 Senior member

    Feb 23, 2012
    I don't see a disconnect here. OP should be encouraged to develop his own style, but within the context/framework of being a 22 year old. There are many possibilities within that framework that can work well. After losing the try-hard fedora, and then paying careful attention to fit, color, and quality of everything else, he can still look like a conservative 22 year old without looking like his grandfather.

    Also, as much as you like to hate on gym-goers, it remains the single most effective way to improve your appearance, and as long as you're making efficient use of your time while in the gym and eating right while out of it, it doesn't take 6 hours a week.
  2. tacobender

    tacobender Senior member

    May 22, 2010
    Scottsdale / Las Vegas

    Okay, here we go, one last time....
    A 22 year old wearing suits on a regular basis to attend college is odd. Those kids in your class wearing a dress shirt and tie, probably work before or after class at a place that requires them to do so. Even the bank tellers at my bank wear that. Sure they are ill fitting dress shirts and ugly ties, but they are young, not loaded, and probably working to put themselves thru school.

    You have this fantasy that people are going to mistake you for James Bond. I think Brioni did the suiting for a while, now Daniel Craig is in Tom Ford. On either account, You are not likely to replicate a Brioni suit on your budget, and it sounds like you are too conservative to go with a slimmer / more modern cut that Daniel Craig wears.

    As for your fashion looks that are over the top that you are finding on websites. I dress over the top. I enjoy it. I dress over the top because I sell designer clothing and I feel like it helps people remember me, and people will often seek my help as I give off the appearance that I am into or care about fashion. In no way do I dress people in the same manner as me if they are seeking conservative clothes. A trial attorney would get kicked out of court of he showed up wearing one of my outfits. This forum doesn't believe you have the interest, financial resources, or anything else it takes to look like a runway model. You seem to be afraid of what others will think if you dress in a more fashion forward way, here is the deal....You are already peacocking so much more than you realize. Your peers are not dressing like you and you a sticking out anyway.

    Now, get the priorities in line. You are waiting till summer to get casual clothes? Its summer now. Whats the purpose of saying I want to get a suit first, then an over coat. Head down to the mall pick up some summer essentials and be done with it.
  3. TM79

    TM79 Senior member

    Apr 28, 2010

    I was on board until this part. The kid is 22 and probably short on money. Use the summer to figure out your look. Then buy said look during the end of summer sales and rock it in 2013.

    By the time you know your summer look for next year, you can do the same for your fall/winter wardrobe and build that during those sales.

    The hardest part is figuring out what your own personal style is. Just look through magazines, pics, and these crazy streets. See what looks you like - then be very, very honest with yourself and ask if you could also pull off this look.

    Sometimes I'll see a great outfit but I know it would look really out of place on me, and so I pass on it.
  4. duggyald

    duggyald Senior member

    Dec 20, 2011
    I used to observe what my colleagues at work used to wear and looking around at retail stores for styling options helped me build my wardrobe.
  5. Thanks SF (a new me)

    Thanks SF (a new me) Senior member

    Jan 18, 2011
    Chicagoland area
    FTFY :)
    Last edited: May 25, 2012
  6. Snedley

    Snedley Senior member

    Apr 17, 2012
    You said that you were just north of LA so I can't see worrying about buying coats and the like now. Begin with sportswear(or what it now called casual) nd buy the suits etc later if you have the money. If you like the 60's, classic, bit of Mod etc. there is plenty of stuff to fit the bill without looking too outré.Start with this:

    Red G9 jacket (like James Dean) although he wore the G35 model but I think the G9 is better because you can wear the neckj up and closed and the reverse pockets are nicer.

    Get some Polos and T's.Lacoste is good and the crocodile is classic (ignore the nonsense on here about logos)

    Get a few regular shirts in various designs and colours

    A few pairs of plain sportsshoes like Puma , Cole Haan or Mephisto (expensive) and a pair of nice slipons that can be wore either casually or with a sportscoat. Stay away from wingtips and other heavy clutzy looking shoes.

    Levis makes a large range of trousers so you should find an ideal fit. Check the website because not all are found in store and some are a limited run and unique and will be gone soon. Get the lightest weight denim or twill you can find because it's the most comfortable and hangs the best. Different colours within the same model are different weights so read the details.

    Try this one which is the 513

    And this 505 which is cut more like a trouser

    The 514 is the same but cut like a jean with a lower rise


    btw, if you buy 2 now you'll get 30% off and free shipping so that's like $35 a pair
  7. IndianBoyz

    IndianBoyz Senior member

    May 23, 2009
    delete please
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2014

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