New College Grad That Needs Help Defining Style

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by brooksbrah12, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. brooksbrah12

    brooksbrah12 New Member

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    Sep 15, 2012
    Hi all,

    So I'm a recent college grad looking to get into the corporate finance (not i-banking btw, just working in finance at a company) or accounting world and I'm in need of redoing my wardrobe as it is currently filled with cargo shorts, American Eagle/Hollister shirts/tees that are just not appropriate anymore for someone my age.

    However, I'm having trouble defining what style of clothing best suits me. A lot of my friends know that they are preppy, so by default they shop at Ralph, Brooks, J Crew, etc. but I feel like I'm a hybrid of a lot of things. I do enjoy a lot of preppy items, for example, I own am building up a collection of ralph/brooks polos, I prefer Khakis/slacks to jeans, I wear boat shoes, etc. but I really don't like wearing very bright colors which is typical of a prep. I prefer wearing darker, more traditional colors like navy blue, beige, black, gray/charcoal, etc. and only like things like lime green, bright yellow, etc. for polos during the summer or as a sweater for layering (although sweaters would more likely be argyle). I can also never see myself wearing those bright nantucket red, green or other combination and mostly see myself as a person who wears jeans, chinos in colors like the aforementioned gray, navy, etc. and then slacks in the traditional colors along with classic patterns like pinstripes and maybe a subtle plaid. I also will make white and light blue shirts the dress shirt staple with subtle colors tossed in here or there, but I feel like I'm all over the place and don't really know what stores to start at.

    The other issue is that I don't know where to shop at. I'm from Oregon and we have very limited shopping options and limited discount retailers that offer expensive brands at cheap prices. I could shop online but then sizing becomes a problem and I don't know how to overcome this since measurements can be misleading. Furthermore, I'm a young professional so I can't afford really expensive brands like Burberry. I own a good amount of Polo Ralph Lauren and Brooks, but even though these are more affordable, I can't afford a ton of stuff from them and had to buy it at heavy discounts. So based on my style preferences that I listed above and my limitations, I was wondering if anyone has suggestions in terms of what stores I should shop at? I know a lot of this that I stated is pretty vague so I can be more detailed if specific questions arise.

    Thanks and sorry for the long post

  2. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    Jul 15, 2009

    Welcome to Styleforum

    Develop your personal style, then go here:

    Consistently 60 to 70% off PRL and Brooks Brothers. Sometimes more.

    If you like Brooks Brothers and Polo and Burberry, you can also try:

    J. Crew
    J. Press
    Hackett (basically the British equivalent of Polo)
    Corneliani (maker of Polo suits)
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2012

  3. AMG1

    AMG1 Senior member

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    Having a more hybrid style is not bad in itself. Just figure out what you like and have your own style. For a young professional you might need to follow some more stricter dressing rules while at work and put more money into building a business wardrobe rather than expand your casual look.

  4. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    Mar 15, 2006
    That is basically the point of the business.

    People probably could direct you to online retailers likely to fit you if there were pictures and measurements in this thread.

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