Dress Down Friday Failure/ Newbie...

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  1. NY Hockey

    NY Hockey Member

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    Hey Guys,

    Great forum!

    I'm not a great fashion mind by any means, so this may be a little challenging. I work in an environment that is really very lenient w/ dress, where you can get away w/ khakis and polo daily, if not less. I tend to go a little more respectable wearing mainly Boss black dress pants paired with shirts from BB's, Theory, CK, and Hugo Boss. I guess my issue is, I would like to dress down at times, show my arms, etc. In this regard, I am clueless and really have nothing but over sized polo shirts.

    I am not a huge jeans or khaki guy, but I was thinking of starting w/ some descent (I think) khaki's such as a pair of Bonobos? I figure they can be paired w/ either dress shoes or even nice white sneakers. The trouble I have is with a shirt. When I tuck in a polo into any pair of pants, it just doesn't look right. I am in good shape, but it just makes my top half look too wide and like my pants are pulled up too high. All of my Polos are PRL and when untucked, the back looks a little sloppy, even in custom fit. Ideally, I would like a combo where I wouldn't have to tuck in the shirt.

    I hate to be so vague, but is there anything you can suggest for me? I don't mind getting a new pair of pants and new polo that may be more fitting, etc.

    Thanks for the help!
     


  2. unclesam099

    unclesam099 Senior member

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    Try Kent Wang's polos, they are more fitted (from what I hear).

    You could have the shirt tailored to bring in the body and even the hem up so that the back isn't longer on the PRL Custom Fit polos.

    The tailor should be considered part of the buying process - $xx for the shirt and $xx for the tailor for the final price.
     


  3. Master-Classter

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    either get better fitting polos...

    or wear more casual button up shirts like OCBD's with more casual pants like cotton khakies so it's the same uniform but more casual than crisp cotton shirts and wool pants. Wear more casual footwear like blutchers or maybe even boat shoes if it's allowed


    look at the What Are You Wearing Today Men's Clothing CASUAL thread for ideas...
     


  4. andrewlucas

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    Get better fitting polos for sure, but don't go overboard and wear them everyday! If you want to show some arm then roll up the sleeve on an oxford. When it comes to every piece fit is the key so take the master's and uncle's advice and both check out the WAYWT Casual thread for inspiration and take your clothes to the tailor.

    Also, black dress pants? No good. Go charcoal if you want the dark, conservative look, but get a mid-gray and a couple shades of khaki in there too.
     


  5. NY Hockey

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    Thanks, guys.

    Sounds like good places to start. Was thinking Burberry for the Polo until I realized I would look like a douchebag, haha. I imagine they would be fairly tight fit though. Will look into Kent Wang or perhaps just try some slim PRL selections. I really love the quality of them. The tailor may be a good idea to tighten things up a tad.

    No black casual pants. Sorry for the confusion..The ones I looked at were:

    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/bonobos-weekday-warriors-straight-leg-chinos/3302561

    (Weds tan)

    No worries...I won't go overboard. My Friday look will probably contend with what the average guy wears on any other given day. Will look at the casual thread...Thanks again.
     


  6. andrewlucas

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    Sounds like you're on the right track then. As for the brands you're looking at, they will definitely be nice polos but there's decent staples at the lower end too. A tailored fit mesh polo from Lands' End will only run you 30 bucks and are fine if you go with a navy blue or grey and they go on sale ALL THE TIME. I picked up a couple Benjamin Bixby deadstock polos for about $20 a pop. If you can still find 'em they're very nice and used to retail for $150.
     
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    Why do you say that? Are you talking about you personally, or Burberry Polos in general? I'm new to the style thing, and was thinking of getting one of their Polos. So I'm wanting to know if I should stay away or not.


     


  8. NY Hockey

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    Well, at the end of the day I think you should get what you like and what fits you best....That is what it is all about. But after reading some threads, it does seem like their Polo's have a "pretentious" stigma attached to them, which I guess I understand.

    I think they look pretty cool and unqiue to be honest. I'm a quiet and shy guy as well, so bringing a little attention to myself may not be a bad thing, but it is all about how you carry it as well. Still may end up getting one just to change things up a bit.
     


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    you are too worried about brands and that is not good imho

    the fit shuld be your main concern not the brand or logo
     


  10. aj555

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    [​IMG] that seems like blasphemy for a lot of people on here.
     


  11. NY Hockey

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    I can't disagree, but to be fair I did write above that you should wear what you like and what fits you well.

    I am guilty of expecting a certain quality from different price points and brands, that is true. And once again, I'm kind of a bland guy in regards, so I can't say it would hurt to kind of 'whore' out a brand once in a while.
     


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    For polos, don't worry about brand or price. They're glorified tee shirts, and you should be looking for a decent fit and 100% cotton. And a color and pattern that interests you.
     


  13. redips

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    Even in a "dress-down" work environment, you should be tucking your shirt in.
     


  14. NY Hockey

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    Probably true, but this is a fairly casual place to begin with. Some women wear jeans any given day of the week as well as sandles, etc. Guys just as bad.

    I could definitely get away w/ what I was thinking above...I just wanted a nice combo to make it work and still look respectable. For example, I got a nice pair of save khaki pants in the Fall and in hindsight they just don't fit my body well.

    Some more pants that seem to be in my line of thought.

    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/volcom-frickin-modern-chino-pants/3128188
    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/volcom-frickin-modern-chino-pants/3190729


    These would be perfect if they were not slim fit:
    http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/lacoste-slim-fit-gabardine-pants/3264381


    Those would be good for my regular outfit/ weekend type of wear as well. That is my most neglected area, but I have always had trouble or have been too lazy to actually go and find a pair that works and fits really perfectly. Jeans, forget about it...Never found a pair that truly felt great, but then again I have never seriously looked. I have thick thighs, average waist of 35. Don't like how so many modern pants get so thin above the shoe...Nor' do I like big bootcut.
     
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    dress down, it should be slacks and polos
     


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