Help a 17 year old identify the staples every wardrobe should have

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Simion505, May 12, 2010.

  1. mondayc

    mondayc Senior member

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    find some originallity
    You aren't going to find it by asking the internet what to wear. aka lurk more.
     


  2. Makeshift_Robot

    Makeshift_Robot Senior member

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    Your staples will change as you age. In high school, "staples" are clothes that fit, are not obnoxious, and will take you into college. Buy basics that fit you: plain crew or v-neck tees, one or two button-downs (at least one of these should be white), some slim straight dark blue jeans. I think everyone should have a suit, at any age, just to wear for special occasions, but you may not need a suit for some time.

    You're 17, so you're body probably isn't done growing. Until you have a consistent body type, don't even worry about expensive clothes, because you can't know how long they will continue to fit you. Also, you'll be able to get a better sense of what you like once you're in college and exposed to more diverse people. You say that your tastes have pretty much matured, but I highly doubt that -- the only people I know who haven't changed their style since they were 17 are the ones who never cared about it in the first place. I went through a "brogues and tweed and flannel" phase too, and then abruptly veered off toward cords and tees every day.

    Don't worry about "staples" yet. You're young, and all you have to do with your clothes is impress the girls. Wear what you like. If you find something you want to wear a lot (a cardigan, black boots, etc.), buy a cheap, well-fitting version of that thing. Don't try to buy a whole life's worth of clothes right now.

    PS: Clarks are a pretty good option. I also like Chelsea/Beatle boots. Also, Chucks will be a great beater shoe to have (I have a 70-year-old Irish uncle who still wears his), and tasteful streetwear sneakers would go well with jeans -- I like slim stuff from Puma or Supra for this purpose, although my taste in sneakers is kind of plebeian).
     


  3. cb_32

    cb_32 Senior member

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    It's not about being trendy tbh.

    Go to stores and look for stuff that fits, and is pleasing to your eye. I go on here for inspiration.

    And as far as topsiders go, i recently bought the classic brown(lol southpark just came to mind) and pair of sperrys and everyone is diggin' them, out of the 20 people who gave my compliments only 2 hated them. They are a versatile piece of casual footware and they go with almost anything.
     


  4. Makeshift_Robot

    Makeshift_Robot Senior member

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    I already have plaid shirts, skinny jeans and chucks... I'd really like to diversify a bit, find some originallity [sic]. Its still a cool look but all the 'cool' kids wear it...

    Originality is overrated. Some people dress originally, some people dress well, and some people do both. Right now, no one is asking you to be some crazy style icon. It's enough that you dress yourself well.

    If you really must look "different", thrift stores are your friend. That's where you pick up vintage tweed boots and triple-breasted blazers and "unique" stuff. Look at JKissi's fits on WAYWT or his web site, Street Etiquette.
     


  5. impolyt_one

    impolyt_one Senior member

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    I'm 28 now and have come along financially to the point where I can buy what I want, but I think if I had the foresight at 17 to get more dedicated to my style, I may have locked in my personal style long ago and be in a totally different place from where I am now. Maybe a good thing, probably not a bad thing.

    I do think you should have 2 basic looks - casual and formal. You won't ever wear the latter much, but in high school, until the end, and at some points in college, I did go to enough stuff where being dressed up was required and you really don't want to be that asshole wearing sneakers with khakis and a buttonup shirt as your 'formal' look. Go black, look clean for this kind of stuff. If you can, get a proper suit, a good shirt, a simple tie, and a good pair of shoes. Girls will like it. You can choose to multi-task some of that stuff, but if it were me, I wouldn't. I'd just keep 'nice clothes' nice and leave them be. Have a nice pair of clean laceup shoes you only wear on those occasions, and they'll last several years. If you try to mix them in with casual stuff, they'll get beat up, obviously.

    As for casual, it's gonna be your look 90% of the time, so do as you may. I don't raelly believe in khakis, but jeans are staple. Basic white tees. A nice pair of sneakers. Maybe a black leather jacket if you can afford it, if not, a peacoat and then some sort of windbreaker, like a Harrington. A couple v neck sweaters. A couple buttondown shirts. Keep it all trim fitting, cropped, sag your pants a bit, and enjoy being young. Do something with your hair, as well.
     


  6. brad-t

    brad-t Bae Blade

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    i don't know. have you considered finding a forum about style somewhere on the internet, and reading it? just an idea
     


  7. trafficjam

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    impolyt_one's post should be made into its own thread titled, 'READ THIS IF YOU WANT TO DRESS BETTER' and then stickied, so posts like this will dwindle. Well, in theory.
     


  8. avery

    avery Senior member

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    I'm not much older and wear one pretty much every day. I probably did when I was 17, too. just a matter of taste.


    might I ask how someone not much older than 17 can buy marsell shoes and MMM sweaters?
     


  9. A Fellow Linguist

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    might I ask how someone not much older than 17 can buy marsell shoes and MMM sweaters?

    B&S is my friend. Neither of those was more than $100.
     


  10. Fluery

    Fluery Senior member

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    buy a pair of APC denims, a pack of hanes t-shirts, a pair of chucks/jack purcells, a wings + horns hoodie

    thats all I would need if i was 17


    Seriously I'm 17 and that's nearly exactly what I wear most days. In fact...*looks down at self* right now I'm wearing a w+h hoodie, aa v neck, faded apcs, and some beat up white vans.

    In the summer I get my prep on with some vv shorts, but that's it. [​IMG]


    might I ask how someone not much older than 17 can buy marsell shoes and MMM sweaters?

    Not hard with a decent summer job + having parents that pay for food and give you free lodging
    (Assuming you aren't paying retail)

    But OP, don't fret so much about staples, and things you have to have. Certainly don't spend all your money all at once. Buy stuff a few things at a time, don't rush into stuff.
     


  11. A Fellow Linguist

    A Fellow Linguist Senior member

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    Not hard with a decent summer job + having parents that pay for food and give you free lodging
    (Assuming you aren't paying retail)


    True, but living in a dorm isn't exactly "free." Not participating in drinking, weed, or other recreational activities also helps cut down costs. And yes, I am lame.
     


  12. kid92jays

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    every wardrobe needs a pair of thin finns
     


  13. gotlighters

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    well if you're on this forum, you're ahead of the game. Just steer clear of obnoxious college t-shirts that have beer/sex innuendos. Lurk more on SW&D and find what fits you best. Check out the WAYWT threads to get ideas for your outfits.
     


  14. geeti

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    impolyt_one's post should be made into its own thread titled, 'READ THIS IF YOU WANT TO DRESS BETTER' and then stickied, so posts like this will dwindle. Well, in theory.
    I agree. His description pretty much contains everything. I'd also add a couple of really bright contrast almost-eye-hurting tshirts. Dress to impress girls for youths=).
    every wardrobe needs a pair of thin finns
    you mean a skinny/slim pair of jeans? then I might agree.
     


  15. Meis

    Meis Senior member

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    B&S is my friend. Neither of those was more than $100.
    +1 If you scope out B&S on a regular basis you can pick up a lot of quality pieces for basically mall-brand level prices. btw, glad you're enjoying that MMM sweater I sold you... [​IMG] edit: also, it helps to keep an eye on boutiques sale sections... I've picked up some useful stuff from Bird and Context for 70-80% off
     


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