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Need advice on dressing better

burtle1

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Hello,

I'm wanting to start dressing better. I currently wear regular clothes. T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, polo's, cheap jeans etc..

I'd like to go for the jeans and blazer look.

I'm seeking suggestions on good comfortable brands for blazers, button up shirts, and jeans.

Do you guys get everything tailored? Do you only buy in person, or do you buy offline? What stores/websites do you tend to use?

Is there a website where I can see people wearing blazers/jeans?

Sorry, again, I'm brand new to all of this.

I'd appreciate any advice you guys can give me.
 

Quesjac

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Hello,

I'm wanting to start dressing better. I currently wear regular clothes. T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, polo's, cheap jeans etc..

I'd like to go for the jeans and blazer look.

I'm seeking suggestions on good comfortable brands for blazers, button up shirts, and jeans.

Do you guys get everything tailored? Do you only buy in person, or do you buy offline? What stores/websites do you tend to use?

Is there a website where I can see people wearing blazers/jeans?

Sorry, again, I'm brand new to all of this.

I'd appreciate any advice you guys can give me.
I'd say read through these two threads and then come back with any questions you have.

https://www.styleforum.net/threads/sport-coats-and-jeans.558335/
https://www.styleforum.net/threads/waywrn-classic-menswear-casual-style.253842/
 

cellphoneguy81

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Hello,

I'm wanting to start dressing better. I currently wear regular clothes. T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, polo's, cheap jeans etc..

I'd like to go for the jeans and blazer look.

I'm seeking suggestions on good comfortable brands for blazers, button up shirts, and jeans.

Do you guys get everything tailored? Do you only buy in person, or do you buy offline? What stores/websites do you tend to use?

Is there a website where I can see people wearing blazers/jeans?

Sorry, again, I'm brand new to all of this.

I'd appreciate any advice you guys can give me.
Let’s start with what your budget is for this wardrobe makeover.
 

JettStyle

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Need to know a little bit more about your build, aesthetic and budget to be really helpful. What may be cheap to you may be expensive to someone else, and vice versa. I have some thoughts, but need some details to make sure they are helpful.

Would you be wearing the blazer/jeans professionally or on weekends?

Also, look around on these forums and Instagram for pictures that are the look you are going for. If you are already on Instagram, check out @thejettstyle. It is my account, it is pretty new, but it has some looks that might be what you are going for (although my atheistic is somewhat flashy)
 

burtle1

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Let’s start with what your budget is for this wardrobe makeover.
Thank you

Need to know a little bit more about your build, aesthetic and budget to be really helpful. What may be cheap to you may be expensive to someone else, and vice versa. I have some thoughts, but need some details to make sure they are helpful.

Would you be wearing the blazer/jeans professionally or on weekends?

Also, look around on these forums and Instagram for pictures that are the look you are going for. If you are already on Instagram, check out @thejettstyle. It is my account, it is pretty new, but it has some looks that might be what you are going for (although my atheistic is somewhat flashy)
I'm 5'6" 170 pounds. Generally have a buzz cut and I'm about 18% body fat. Budget is around 400-500.00 per outfit.

I'd mainly be wearing the outfits on the weekends. Occasionally during the week. They would be for going out. Not for work.
 

JettStyle

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Agree with everything said. Fit really is the most important thing. If you get fit right, you will already set yourself apart.

Cull your closet and see what you have and then can have tailored.

Next, start with a few quality piece that you will keep for a long time. I would go with one or two quality shoes and a quality blazer for your quality items. Since you are not looking for work clothes you can go with things that are more fun, like double monks or a loafer more on the casual side.

Not everything needs to be high quality. Your trendier items (that are going to go out of style) can be from stores like Zara. They won't last forever but they are not supposed to. I would stick to more afforable brands for trendier shoes (blue, grey or two tone).

For pretty good quality, with a modern fit and decent price point I like SuitSupply (which has its own thread here).

Make sure everything you buy gets tailored to fit. Look for inspiration on blogs, Insta and men's fashion youtube. You will make the style your own, but it helps to have some inspiration.

My style is a clean mix between bold modern looks and very classic clean professional clothes. (check my Instgram if you want). I keep things simple and use pops of colors. You will find your style as you go.

Most importantly enjoy the journey, there is no right and wrong.
 

cellphoneguy81

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Honestly I am sure there will be much more sophisticated suggestions for where you should go but I have had good success with the Blazer and Jeans look just shopping at Banana Republic and JCrew. The mall stores, not the outlet stores.

Banana Republic has decent jeans IMO for wearing with blazers. Decent fits for most, dark shades, and good sales.

JCrew for Blazers and Button Downs.

If you get a good deal on the Blazer you could probably get a pair of shoes at BR to go with each outfit for the top of the price range you are looking for.
 
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Hello,

I'm wanting to start dressing better. I currently wear regular clothes. T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, polo's, cheap jeans etc..

I'd like to go for the jeans and blazer look.

I'm seeking suggestions on good comfortable brands for blazers, button up shirts, and jeans.

Do you guys get everything tailored? Do you only buy in person, or do you buy offline? What stores/websites do you tend to use?

Is there a website where I can see people wearing blazers/jeans?

Sorry, again, I'm brand new to all of this.

I'd appreciate any advice you guys can give me.
First, establish what kind of style you like. The best thing you can do is go on Pinterest and make a board of styles that appeal to you. This will help you decide what you like and don't like and now you can add individual pieces to your shopping list (i.e. burgundy blazer, black jeans etc.). You can have a couple of boards: casual styles, smart-casual styles, and dressy styles. You can reference this board anytime you need inspiration for a look.

Also, follow some male fashion bloggers on Instagram and save any photos that speak to you. Some of my favorites are: @iamgalla @notoriouslydapper @blakescott_ - Instagram will give you suggestions for more people as you start following folks.

Next, understand your bodytype. Dressing for you body and finding clothes that fit well will make you look 100x better. For example, unless you're a really slim guy, don't wear skinny jeans. Instead find jeans that will work with your body and create balance with your top half.

Shopping: Now that you know what kinds of items to look for, take a bunch of different fits and brands into a change room and give them a go. Each brand makes clothes for a specific body type, so finding "your brands" will make it so much easier to shop online and find good deals in the future. Department stores are an easy start: Nordstrom's, Macy's, Nordstrom Rack etc. because they carry a bunch of brands that you can try out.

Tailoring is pretty important and can make or break your look. A lot of department stores have in-store tailors that can fit blazers for you, hem your jeans to the right length, and make sure your shirts fit perfectly.

A couple notes about blazers: modern blazers are shorter than traditional ones, so make sure you get a modern length. Also, don't take a suit blazer and wear it with jeans, this doesn't look good. Instead, go for a blazer with a texture, subtle print or pop of color.

Here are a couple looks for inspo:
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burtle1

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Thank you all so much for the information

I'm going to follow the individuals you suggested on instagram and I'll get on pinterest
 

burtle1

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Honestly I am sure there will be much more sophisticated suggestions for where you should go but I have had good success with the Blazer and Jeans look just shopping at Banana Republic and JCrew. The mall stores, not the outlet stores.

Banana Republic has decent jeans IMO for wearing with blazers. Decent fits for most, dark shades, and good sales.

JCrew for Blazers and Button Downs.

If you get a good deal on the Blazer you could probably get a pair of shoes at BR to go with each outfit for the top of the price range you are looking for.
I really like this idea!

I'm going to start browsing outfits online and then head into stores to try clothes on to figure out what feels best

The biggest thing I was wondering is if I could wear a suit jacket with jeans.

That has been answered though. Which is a no. I didn't understand at first, but now I do with what you guys are telling me.
 

JettStyle

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Thank you all so much for the information

I'm going to follow the individuals you suggested on instagram and I'll get on pinterest

This threat has been great. I have been thinking about the way I dress for years, just started my own Instagram account @thejettstyle, and have been particular about most things all my life and I found Pocket's post helpful for me also.

Always learning.

Thanks!
 

JettStyle

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I really like this idea!

I'm going to start browsing outfits online and then head into stores to try clothes on to figure out what feels best

The biggest thing I was wondering is if I could wear a suit jacket with jeans.

That has been answered though. Which is a no. I didn't understand at first, but now I do with what you guys are telling me.
I know that others will disagree with me, but I think you can sometimes wear a suit jacket with jeans. But it is really hard, really depends on the cut of each, the texture and shine of the jacket and the overall look you are going for.

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I don't think the answer is a flat no, but maybe "it is really hard to get right"
 

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I know that others will disagree with me, but I think you can sometimes wear a suit jacket with jeans. But it is really hard, really depends on the cut of each, the texture and shine of the jacket and the overall look you are going for.

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I don't think the answer is a flat no, but maybe "it is really hard to get right"
it has to fit nicely but usually its difficult to finde a nice combination of both
 

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