College Wardrobe- What to wear?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Dostoevsky, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. Dostoevsky

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    Thanks for the help guys.
     


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    On the subject of shirting... I really, really, like Stephan Schneider shirts. I love just about everything he makes to be honest. Do you guys think MTM shirts would be vastly superior? I just LOVE the fabric/design/color palette of all his stuff, and was thinking of building my wardrobe around most of his clothing.
     


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    Just a simple from my part. You can go cheap on shirts and pants but, DO NOT go cheap on shoes and sport coat. They are usually the main and most important pieces on a man's wardrobe. The Sport coat must fit properly. For the shoes, they have to be comfortable. Trust me. Walking around with bad shoes can spoil your day pretty fast.
     


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    If you like it, go for it. The MTM shirts will fit better, but Stephan Schneider has a specific aesthetic that would be hard to replicate. Consider whether or not you're interested in standing out on campus; I doubt many other people will wear Stephan Schneider. Each campus has different norms. I know it wouldn't be very common on mine, but there are people with whom you could identify. To be fair though, most of the people at my school wear Brooks, J. Press, Vineyard Vines, etc. I will say, the "Ivy League" collection from Stephan Schneider is pretty far removed from real Ivy League, for better or worse.
     


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    Yea i have no problem standing out. I think SS is relatively easy to pull off anyways. Thanks for the input.
     


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    I think this is solid advice for a 20 year old who doesn't want to be in denim and t-shirts.

    Don't wear a full suit. You can also opt to wear shorter sport coat lengths that are on the trendier side right now because you're not in a professional office if you decide to pick up a wool navy blazer. I like the tweed suggestion a lot unless you live somewhere that's really hot year round. Then you could go for linen or seersucker jackets, I guess.
     


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    be careful with the tweeds. something like a herringbone blazer from jcrew or something (like a ludlow fit) is ok, but a full on donegal or harris tweed with the elbow patches and stuff and you may come off as the guy who wants to be an english professor.
     


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    That's valid, though the tweed=professorish link is not tremendously strong on my campus. We have more of a "not dressing like a kid" = professorish. Clothing is at the point where tucking in a shirt will send that message to some people.

    In the interests of full disclosure, I'd be happier as an English professor than as, say, a stockbroker or truck driver.
     


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    point taken. never the less, tweeds seem old manish to many people. If you do them right (tighter, shorter jacket, some dark fitted denim and maybe some chukkas) they look great, but its certainly a fine line.
     


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    If you are paying retail for SS, I think you'll be very happy with some of the MTM services mentioned on this forum both in terms of fit and quality.
     


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    Isn't SS considered to be very good quality? And I usually only buy it when on sale, which is quite often. MTM shirts always look very plain to me.... just like typical dress shirts. SS always makes ones that are very unique.

    Not even sure what I would wear with MTM shirts since I dont want to be wearing suits alot.
     
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    I think people have determined that SS is good for the money. In the grand broader scheme, its towards the bottom of the middle rung, imho
     


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    Ah I see. What are some higher quality brands you would recommend for ME? Obviously, I don't want to be wearing kiton and brioni in college. MTM is also an option, I just don't know what I would wear with MTM shirts if I don't want to "suit up".
     


  14. HughJ

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    You have access to many less formal fabrics if you please. I've had good experiences ordering dress basics from Proper Cloth, and plan to order some casual shirts (ginghams, oxfords, etc) for the Fall. Certainly buy what you like, but know that you have options.
     


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    This thread is great, I'm currently a 28 year old junior in engineering. Being forced to buy a suit for career day helped me realize that I could likely dress much better in general, which ultimately resulted in me joining this forum. At my old job I was assigned a uniform and given an allowance for boots, so I didn't have to think about my weekday dress on a regular basis.

    With three semesters left, I feel that most of my clothing purchases should be items that could also be worn to work in a business casual environment, but it's difficult to gauge what is too classy for class. I'm currently wearing mostly dark slim jeans, chinos, cords and either solid T shirts or casual button up shirts (oxfords, chambray, etc.). I'm in need of a bit more variety and am open to suggestions.

    Do you guys think something like an AE Kenilworth or Alden suede blucher would be too stuffy for class? I feel that this type of footwear is likely to be appropriate for work in the near future. Perhaps I can get away with classier attire than my 20 year old classmates without looking like a douche at my advanced age. I'm certainly closer to the age of my youngest professors than my classmates and drinking/study buddies.
     
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