• I'm happy to introduce the Styleforum Happy Hour, our brand new podcast featuring lively discussion about menswear and the fashion industry. In the inaugural edition, a discussion of what's going on in retail today. Please check it out on the Journal. All episodes will be also be available soon on your favorite podcast platform.

  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Fashion Newb in desperate need of advice

Derek92

Senior Member
Joined
Dec 21, 2010
Messages
568
Reaction score
4
First off I'm 18 so go a bit easy on me as far as fashion goes. I have two main questions for now and I will be posting more on this forum for sure to ask for more advice as I need it.
1. Are there any quality dress shirts to be had for around $30ish a shirt? Or is it a necessity to spend $50 or more for quality? I know JBs reputation on here when it comes to quality but is there anything to match quality for price in my price range? Right now I can get two signature shirts and a tailor fit for ~$90.
2. I just bought a Joseph line 3 piece suit for $250 with tax but am mildly regretting it. Should I return it and if so what should I buy?

Thanks and let the flaming begin for buying JB.
 

F. Corbera

Distinguished Member
Joined
Sep 30, 2010
Messages
4,908
Reaction score
1,164
Originally Posted by Derek92
1. Are there any quality dress shirts to be had for around $30ish a shirt? Or is it a necessity to spend $50 or more for quality? I know JBs reputation on here when it comes to quality but is there anything to match quality for price in my price range? Right now I can get two signature shirts and a tailor fit for ~$90.

Shirts from Lands' End are in that price range, and many at Ask Andy About Clothes wear them happily.

Originally Posted by Derek92
2. I just bought a Joseph line 3 piece suit for $250 with tax but am mildly regretting it. Should I return it and if so what should I buy?

Thanks and let the flaming begin for buying JB.


Do you really need a suit? If not, consider getting an Anderson-Little blazer and spend the balance on mid gray wool pants and a few chinos.
 

SpooPoker

Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus
Affiliate Vendor
Dubiously Honored
Joined
Oct 11, 2009
Messages
41,659
Reaction score
64,255
Its nice to see a young man looking in the right places for advice. What do you want the dress shirts to function as - for going out/partying or for work/interviews? At 18 you probably dont want/need most of the things that mainly get discussed on this side of the forum, but you can probably do no wrong getting some decent semi-disposable stuff at Banana Republic. Saks Fifth Ave makes really nice, well made house label stuff, that when on sale, winds up at just around the high range of your budget. Best of luck with your search.
 

Derek92

Senior Member
Joined
Dec 21, 2010
Messages
568
Reaction score
4
Originally Posted by F. Corbera
Shirts from Lands' End are in that price range, and many at Ask Andy About Clothes wear them happily.



Do you really need a suit? If not, consider getting an Anderson-Little blazer and spend the balance on mid gray wool pants and a few chinos.

I do need a suit because I'm in business school. Any recommendations?
Spoo, the shirts will mainly be for wearing with the suits and also with ties for business casual wear.
 

SpooPoker

Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus
Affiliate Vendor
Dubiously Honored
Joined
Oct 11, 2009
Messages
41,659
Reaction score
64,255
Originally Posted by Derek92
I do need a suit because I'm in business school. Any recommendations?
Spoo, the shirts will mainly be for wearing with the suits and also with ties for business casual wear.


I believe my astute friend Mr. Corbera will also offer you his expertise here, but if you are located near a Saks off Fifth store, go check out what they have in terms of shirting. You might be pleasantly surprised!
 

F. Corbera

Distinguished Member
Joined
Sep 30, 2010
Messages
4,908
Reaction score
1,164
Originally Posted by SpooPoker
I believe my astute friend Mr. Corbera will also offer you his expertise here, but if you are located near a Saks off Fifth store, go check out what they have in terms of shirting. You might be pleasantly surprised!

Shirting is the fabric; shirts are what you wear.
 

deadly7

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jul 25, 2010
Messages
3,145
Reaction score
194
Originally Posted by Derek92
First off I'm 18 so go a bit easy on me as far as fashion goes. I have two main questions for now and I will be posting more on this forum for sure to ask for more advice as I need it.
1. Are there any quality dress shirts to be had for around $30ish a shirt? Or is it a necessity to spend $50 or more for quality? I know JBs reputation on here when it comes to quality but is there anything to match quality for price in my price range? Right now I can get two signature shirts and a tailor fit for ~$90.
2. I just bought a Joseph line 3 piece suit for $250 with tax but am mildly regretting it. Should I return it and if so what should I buy?

Thanks and let the flaming begin for buying JB.

At your stage in life, nobody here will fault you for buying JAB. If you like the shirts, by all means keep them. The suit may be overly much as a 3-piece. JAB's suits are loathed here because their fit is atrocious. You could easily be looking at $50-$100 in alterations to get the waist, arms, and trousers slimmed so that you don't look like you're drowning in your suit. Why are you regretting the purchase? How do the shirts fit your frame? Do they have lots of material at the sides/back or the arms?

Originally Posted by SpooPoker
I believe my astute friend Mr. Corbera will also offer you his expertise here, but if you are located near a Saks off Fifth store, go check out what they have in terms of shirting. You might be pleasantly surprised!
In addition to Saks Off Fifth, OP should also look into Nordstrom's Rack stores. They have middle-quality shirts that typically fall into his price range. They also, from my experience, have deals on ties year-round.

Originally Posted by F. Corbera
Shirting is the fabric; shirts are what you wear.
 

phoenixrecon

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 22, 2009
Messages
2,441
Reaction score
29
Originally Posted by Derek92
I do need a suit because I'm in business school. Any recommendations?
Spoo, the shirts will mainly be for wearing with the suits and also with ties for business casual wear.


im in business school and have not run into this situation yet...
 
Joined
Jan 14, 2005
Messages
11,179
Reaction score
114
Originally Posted by Derek92
I do need a suit because I'm in business school. Any recommendations?
Spoo, the shirts will mainly be for wearing with the suits and also with ties for business casual wear.

some of the boys around here have done particularly well hitting up local thrift stores, stick around and learn what to look for, and you may find yourself with a happily thrifted wardrobe of Very Nice Things.

Also, keep an eye on our Buying and Selling board, some good stuff at good prices passes through there...
 

ArtOrSartor

Active Member
Joined
Dec 20, 2010
Messages
35
Reaction score
0
This might not be very popular 'round these parts, but I like H&M for shirts. It's been a while since I've picked one up, but I seem to recall that they are between $30 and $40. I don't know what your dimensions are, but I've had luck finding shirts that work on my hard to fit torso. One problem that I had, in Chicago, at least, is that their stock doesn't seem to be replenished frequently at all and it gets picked over very fast. Also, don't get the 'dress' shirts that hang on the racks like Walmart, make sure you buy the ones that are folded up and pinned to cardboard.
 

Thomas

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
Jul 25, 2006
Messages
29,128
Reaction score
1,318
Originally Posted by Matt
some of the boys around here have done particularly well hitting up local thrift stores, stick around and learn what to look for, and you may find yourself with a happily thrifted wardrobe of Very Nice Things.

Also, keep an eye on our Buying and Selling board, some good stuff at good prices passes through there...


Heartily agree on both counts. BTW: if this is your first time getting dress shirts, go get measured at a local store (neck and sleeve) so you're not buying blind.
 

BlueHorseShoe

Senior Member
Joined
Jul 8, 2008
Messages
523
Reaction score
11
I would think jab would have measured him?
 

Michigan Planner

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jan 18, 2010
Messages
3,867
Reaction score
2,391
Originally Posted by Derek92
I do need a suit because I'm in business school. Any recommendations?
Spoo, the shirts will mainly be for wearing with the suits and also with ties for business casual wear.


Originally Posted by phoenixrecon
im in business school and have not run into this situation yet...

I wasn't a business school type, but I was too scratching my head at the need for an 18-year-old in business school to own a suit. At that age, aren't you a freshman? Have you even been admitted to the business program at whatever university you attend or are you still just getting your general studies out of the way? My wife, who was a business school type, both undergrad and grad school, talks about how the guys who always wore suits and ties and stuff like that to their classes looked like DBs trying too hard - especially in the first few years of classes.

[/off topic semi-rant]

Anyway... back to the original question... At 18-years-old, I wouldn't recommend spending a fortune on shirts or suits. As already suggested, if you think it would work for you, I'd recommend a blazer and a pair or two of quality grey pants. For the shirts, if I were 18, I'd stick with inexpensive oxfords that you would probably also get some use out of in casual settings. I think the Lands End suggestion was a good one as they are inexpensive and relatively durable.
 

FStyles

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 2, 2009
Messages
2,833
Reaction score
5
IMHO, (and not trying to offend anyone) but land's end is so blah. For the $40-$65 range, Robert Talbott offers, imHUMBLEo, an excellent alternative. Nordstrom rack always has a great deal of these, look on the clearnace rack. For simple, OCBD's, Nordstrom private label does these really well @ $20/pop! The colar roll is quite fantastic actually, and their slim stuff fits the type really well. I bought two slim fit gingham button downs for $44 OTD and quite like them On a bright noe, I'm glad SF is lightening up on these types of threads
Welcome to the club, n00b
 

Featured Sponsor

What's your favorite pair of shoes to wear with jeans? (Choose two)

  • Boots (Chelsea, Chukkas, Balmorals, etc.)

  • Loafers

  • Work boots (Red Wing, Wolverine, etc.)

  • Monk strap shoes

  • Oxford / Derby shoes

  • Sneakers


Results are only viewable after voting.

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
426,997
Messages
9,189,655
Members
193,015
Latest member
LOHaraa

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Top