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Building a "smart casual" wardrobe - Need some help

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by j0h3ll, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. j0h3ll

    j0h3ll New Member

    Jul 25, 2013
    Hey guys, newbie here, nice meeting you all :)

    I am a 23 y.o. professionnal school student looking to get some advice on how to build up a new wardrobe that would help me break the jeans-and--t-shirt-or-chinos-and-button-up rut in which I have been stuck for most of my college years. I am starting to take a serious interest in style and have read a LOT on the subject, but I must say things are rather overwhelming and I have absolutely no idea what the logical next purchase should be...

    I therefore thought I would post the main elements of my wardrobe and let you guys comment on what I should buy next to complement it and/or what interesting outfits could be built out of it in its present state... Sad as it is, I must say that regardless of how much I read, I often get confused as to what are dos and don'ts when I am trying to dress up stylishly, so any pointers would really be appreciated as I dearly need them :)

    So, here are the main things I have bought in the last few months since getting more conscious of style and clothes in general:
    - Black sport jacket (need to get it tailored, will do in the next week)
    - Navy blazer with VERY subtle pattern (ditto on the tailoring)
    - Many decent button-ups. Have some in solid white, black, grey and light blue as well as many versatile patterns (I think I'm pretty set on that front, really)
    - Charcoal, black, orange, red and light gray cashmere or cotton v-neck sweaters
    - Good pair of raw indigo denim (Levi's 501s)
    - Khaki and black chinos
    - Good quality reversible brown/black leather belt
    - Brown leather oxfords, navy espadrilles, navy boat shoes (i love navy...), black sneakers.

    There you go. I was thinking my two next purchases would be suede desert boots of some kind (to complete the blazer-jeans-solid-button-up look) and navy or gray chinos (I don't find black to be that versatile, to be honest...). Next on the list would be some solid polos (say, black, navy and gray, or should I experiment more with color?) and a few solid ties...

    Overall, what do you guys think? The good part is that all aforementioned clothes fit absolutely great, and I am starting to feel a lot more confident in my clothes than I ever did before. Still, I'd just like to find a way to break the shirt-chinos or t-shirt-jeans rut. Blazers obviously seem like the easy answer but I keep thinking they look a little too try-hard... Maybe I just need to get used to it.

    Anyway, sorry for writing a novel, I guess law school made me really verbose :) Thanks a lot for your time in helping me with this. You can expect me to give back to the community tenfolds.

  2. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

    Mar 15, 2006
    Style Forum obviously loves this kind of thread.

    Anyway, most of the purchases sound okay. A "quality" reversible belt is almost an oxymoron. Get separates. Navy and gray generally aren't considered good colors for cotton pants. Maybe buy corduroys or more jeans instead. The real problem with the post is the lack of visuals. How the clothes look on the wearer is what matters.
  3. mkarim

    mkarim Senior member

    Sep 24, 2008

    Is taupe a good, versatile color for cotton pants?
  4. crosswound

    crosswound Senior member

    Jul 11, 2008
  5. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

    Mar 15, 2006
    On most people, taupe looks fine. That is, "taupe" that is the color of typical sand. Medium brown usually is more versatile.

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