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I really need some help with new wardrobe - really struggling

Discussion in 'Menswear Advice' started by Dan1980, Feb 17, 2018.

  1. cellphoneguy81

    cellphoneguy81 Senior Member

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    I actually think both of these work pretty well overall. I still tend to think a little tailoring of the blazer sleeves to make them a bit shorter and a bit shorter (little to no break) on the jeans will help.

    You could even put the blazer over the sweater on colder days.

    You are getting there! Keep chugging along!
     


  2. Tramlines

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    Hi Dan,

    You're miles ahead of where you started from :)

    The chukka boat in the grained leather looks okay - it kind of fits with those modern expectations of a man's shoe/boot with a standard rounded toe, which is absolutely okay. Just nothing more.

    The dark chestnut pair on the left is more interesting with the contrasting black laces although looks like it's just glued on, it has a great texture. They both look fine with our jeans - more of a 'dress down' look when seen together with the jeans, rather than too dressed up for the jeans alone. Either are miles better than the flap shoes you were originally wearing. There I've said it! I really hated those awwwful moccasin flap hides you were wearing and it's okay to say so now because you've got two decent pairs of shoes now :)

    The belt is neither here nor there - kind of mid-light tone which is harder to blend in with dark jeans. Your jacket looks fine, although I personally tend to refrain from wearing mandarin collars with structured jackets. It looks like "suddenly nothing is happening" when you scan up the buttoned jacket with a mandarin collar. If you wanted to persist, maybe try unbuttoning a second button to wear it with the blazer. Or go back to wearing an open collar shirt perhaps...



     


  3. Dan1980

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    i tried to get a belt which matched the shade of shoes, rather than a darker brown belt. should i have gone for darker brown?
     


  4. Tramlines

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    Personally I do - if only to keep everything low key, so that the one item (like a white shirt) stands out more. I probably would have recommended something more slender or narrow than the huge chunky belts (strike me as a bit uncouth!).

    It's fine though. You will probably need about 5 belts anyway to mix and pick. Generally though, if you're uncertain about colour matching, going for darker and plain (decent quality) helps work it into other items in your wardrobe. I'm not sure how wide lighter belts work well - in my view, they draw too much attention away from dark jeans towards the waist line, something you're trying to avoid.

    A curious question here - but I want to ask anyway! What did your wardrobe look like 5 years ago? :)
     


  5. Dan1980

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    t shirts, hoodies/jumpers and baggy jeans.
     


  6. Tramlines

    Tramlines Well-Known Member

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    Okkkk....nothing recyclable there .....!
     


  7. Dan1980

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    im out tonight at pub and a little self consious in these tan boots. everyone else has either black or very dark brown or , completely the other way, trainers, on.

    i also feel they make my feet look big.
     


  8. cellphoneguy81

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    At night time dark colors tend to be better, but for a pub, I wouldn’t worry. As you said, many just have trainers on. It’s a casual setting. Many men are self conscious about their feet being too small, so I would not worry about big looking feet. Checking out what everyone else is wearing is a first step in being a stylish man. Eventually you will get to the point where you are the best dressed in the room and won’t mind standing out. Keep the faith Dan. You can do this.
     


  9. Tramlines

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    Stop looking at your mobile phone and your boots at the same time lol

    I think they look fine, and they're not tan - they're darker than milk chocolate in the images.

    Mens shoes + slim fit jeans are designed to make feet look like spade hammers. It's the new normal.

    When you get back, maybe try black shoe polish and see if you like the darker tone better - it's reversible of course.
     


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    Fine with a casual jacket, not so fine with a dresser jacket.
     


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    At night, wear darker colours. Dark brown or black shoes or boots, dark brown leather jacket, white shirt for contrast.

    You're young and feel uncomfortable in blazers, which is fine, so you absolutely need a thinner leather jacket, dark brown or black, though probably dark brown if you have a typically English complexion.
     


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    These jeans look great on you.
     


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    Too heavy, too long. Get something more like this.
    men-s-brown-leather-jacket-asasin.jpg
     


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    Looks great!
     


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    thanks for the ideas.

    ive just ordered a white and a navy oxford shirt, and will pick up a darker brown belt too.

    i think after that id like to consider a bit more colour somehow. i know pink will be popular but its gonna take some convincing lol.
     


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