• 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!

Learning to dress well

NoK

New Member
Joined
Jul 24, 2009
Messages
2
Reaction score
0
I'm curious if anyone has advice for someone only just starting to take a serious interest in their appearance. Starting in my early 30s puts me in a slightly different boat than a number of you, but I might be wrong about that.

For a while now, I've been trying to dress better, eat better, etc etc... but it's all been a pretty hollow experience. It's not been personal at all.

I feel that all I have really learned are negatives - what looks bad, or fits poorly. I never really learned how to find what I LIKE and what is good for me and my lifestyle. I find clothes shopping intimidating because I have no goal in mind, and I have a hard time relating to the concept of buying things that look good on me. I don't have my own style at all. I really want to change that.

What's the mindset that I'm missing? For anyone who's done it, how do I overcome this, and start to find my own niche?
 

JesseJB

Distinguished Member
Joined
Nov 10, 2006
Messages
1,351
Reaction score
3
Originally Posted by NoK
Starting in my early 30s puts me in a slightly different boat than a number of you, but I might be wrong about that.

You are wrong about that. Many many people here started in their 30's.

Stick around here, learn to buy the basics and it will all come to you over time.
 

GraphicNovelty

Distinguished Member
Joined
Aug 27, 2009
Messages
5,490
Reaction score
2,881
Step one is to get well-fitting basics from a place like Uniqlo. You want things slim but not tight--make sure your clothing skims the lines of your body, so to speak.

Browse through the WAYWT thread, PM members if you like stuff. Get a sense of your preferred aesthetic, take your time, and buy slowly. Go to a department store and try stuff on.

While you do that, go to the gym and get in shape, it'll probably make you feel more satisfied than buying clothes if you find that to be a hollow experience.
 

HelloIDistance

Senior Member
Joined
Oct 7, 2008
Messages
686
Reaction score
29
First post and been here for over a year? If you don't get it now I don't think you ever will.
 

TeeKay

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jun 14, 2010
Messages
3,214
Reaction score
1,261
First step is to look around and see what kind of styles you like and work from there.
 

NoK

New Member
Joined
Jul 24, 2009
Messages
2
Reaction score
0
Originally Posted by HelloIDistance
First post and been here for over a year? If you don't get it now I don't think you ever will.

I moved from the US to Sweden in November of 08, and was doing unpaid work for a large portion of my time here. I was given enough cash to pay rent.

I've had a normal job for 4 months, so I finally have some cash to spend on myself. I will also be back in the US for Christmas, where it will cost about 40% less or even cheaper for just about everything that I'd want to buy. I'm trying to get back on track.
 

Lane

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jul 27, 2010
Messages
5,253
Reaction score
784
Originally Posted by Uncontrol
Why does everyone think this is a science? Look at clothes, street snaps, WAYWT, lots of shit and try lots of things and your taste will organically develop.

time to hit the lab.
 

whatever123

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 6, 2010
Messages
4,151
Reaction score
50
Originally Posted by Uncontrol
Why does everyone think this is a science? Look at clothes, street snaps, WAYWT, lots of shit and try lots of things and your taste will organically develop.

good advice.
 

jet

Persian Bro
Joined
Jun 9, 2006
Messages
22,543
Reaction score
10,959
It's a process. First you you need to learn about fit and what doesn't look good before you can cultivate a style your own. Once you have that down then it will take experimentation and trial and error before you find your groove.

Or you can use a formulaic approach that can be found in mc though it's a bit sterile and predictable. If you're find with that browse the thread their to discover their version of casual and maybe it will appeal to you.
 

JesseJB

Distinguished Member
Joined
Nov 10, 2006
Messages
1,351
Reaction score
3
1. Wait for a thread where a new peron asks for advice on how to dress well.

2. Mock him.

3. Now get ready for the Sartorialist to photograph you.
 

Peak and Pine

Senior Member
Joined
Jul 1, 2010
Messages
244
Reaction score
0
Originally Posted by NoK
For a while now, I've been trying to dress better, eat better, etc etc...

So you were what, eating everything with just your fingers before you found us? As Jet suggests, maybe the key to dressing better is not to post the question in the Streetwear and Denim forum.
 

wrongturnsteve

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 25, 2010
Messages
45
Reaction score
0
Originally Posted by GraphicNovelty
Step one is to get well-fitting basics from a place like Uniqlo. You want things slim but not tight--make sure your clothing skims the lines of your body, so to speak.

Browse through the WAYWT thread, PM members if you like stuff. Get a sense of your preferred aesthetic, take your time, and buy slowly. Go to a department store and try stuff on.

While you do that, go to the gym and get in shape, it'll probably make you feel more satisfied than buying clothes if you find that to be a hollow experience.


this is great advice
 

Featured Sponsor

How many pairs of shoes do you own?

  • 1 - 4

    Votes: 15 3.8%
  • 5 - 10

    Votes: 71 17.8%
  • 11 - 20

    Votes: 132 33.0%
  • 21 - 30

    Votes: 69 17.3%
  • 31 - 40

    Votes: 28 7.0%
  • 41 - 50

    Votes: 22 5.5%
  • 51 - 60

    Votes: 14 3.5%
  • 61 - 70

    Votes: 7 1.8%
  • 71 - 80

    Votes: 13 3.3%
  • 81 - 90

    Votes: 2 0.5%
  • 91 - 100

    Votes: 3 0.8%
  • 100+

    Votes: 24 6.0%

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
427,475
Messages
9,198,980
Members
193,202
Latest member
qounzoum

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Top