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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MisterK, Mar 12, 2004.

  1. MisterK

    MisterK Member

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    Hi guys. I'm utterly new to the forum, no lurking at all. One of your moderators has been over at BaseNotes (fragrance forum) mentioned this website, which piqued my interest.

    I figured I may smell good, but now I need to look good. I'm an American, 33, a 3rd year law student and will start working for a judge in September. I'll probably need to update my wardrobe radically once I enter practice. As for right now a lot of what I wear is OK but I know I need improvement. Problem is where to start...
    MrK
     
  2. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    Mister K, I've been known to poke around over at Basenotes, too. Welcome. What's your scent?
     
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    Always a very good question.  The first thing I would do is buy Steve's book.  Truly a wealth of knowledge is provided.  Although I still disagree with the wearing of a polo style shirt and a blazer, but back to your point.  As a lawyer, you will be porbably be required to wear suits to work so here are a couple of things you may want to consider.  Some obvious but worth mentioning anyway.  
    1)You need to look the part of a lawyer.
    2)Most people will think you make a lot more money than in reality you will so you will need to be smart with your selections.
    3)Start with a navy blue and grey suit of high quality.  We have beaten to death the advantages and brands to explore, so look around here and you will find out what you need to know.  
    4)Order a shirt from Jantzen tailor custom made.  They will make you one, and then keep your measurements on file to proceed from there.  
    5)Buy top quality shoes.  Again look at the board for finidng bargains.  
    6)Buy approproate ties and pocket silks.

    With the basic blue and grey canvassed suits, top quality shoes, custom shirts, smart tie and pocket silk you will not only look better than 99% of the people in the office, but will probably have spent equal or less to them on clothing.  I am sure you will get other suggestions, but this is where I would begin.  

    Oh, and of course Andy's advice for all grads of law school and business school.  Live below your means as reality is a lot diffferent from what the career services department says.  Being rich has nothing to do with how much money you make, it is how you manage the money you have.
     
  4. MisterK

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    10-4 good buddy.
    The scent I'm wearing today is Eau Sauvage Extreme. Very long lasting, but not as classy as the original. Nevertheless, I enjoy it.

    I'll probably wear something different tonight if I go see my GF... maybe L'Anarchiste, maybe I'll experiment with A*Men.

    BTW I go by MisterK also on BaseNotes.
     
  5. j

    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    Welcome Mr K. Glad to see you over here, and I second the recommendation for Steve's book. Here's the link: http://www.mensspecialtyretail.com/ And there are quite a few lawyers on here so maybe some of them can chime in on what you can expect to require when you start that job. I know there has been lawyer-specific and lawyer-related discussion on here before, so a search should bring up some tips as well.
     
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    jpeirpont Senior member

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    I'm not new,I have heen a member for a couple months now.But I have neglected to introduce myself. My name is Jamara and I am from Connecticut. I find the members posts to be interesting  usually and have learned many new things about fashion as well as becoming more aware of signs of quality.I endose this site to anyone who will listen.

    Most men on this site are much more progresive when it comes to fashion than me.So I doubt I share much in common when it comes to style of dress, but I have still found all the advice to be sound and opinions to be substanitive.

    Thanks for the help
     
  7. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    Welcome to the forum. I think you will like it here. I too have been known to frequent Basenotes. Scent of the day is Fragonard Siecle, one of my all time favorites. I was once a 3rd year law student as well, so I understand your position. With regard to clothing, what is your baseline? What do you currently own? Suits? Shoes? Overcoat? Do you need business clothes? Casual clothes? A good briefcase? Where is your clerkship? You may need different things depending on whether you're going to be in Duluth or Miami. You may also want to check out Ask Andy's fashion forum. Yes, I know it is a dorky name, but it is another good men's clothing site, with some excellent faq's. Lots of cross pollination between this site and Ask Andy, as many of the forum regulars are the same people on both sites. http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/Index.htm
     
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    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    Yes, Ask Andy might be interesting to you as it tends toward the non-progressive fashion wise.
     
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    Mister K,

    I would suggest getting a good selection of ties. You should start with only a couple of suits, but wearing different tie/shirt combinations will really give you a variety of looks. You'll be able to find loads of information on this site about how to wear colors and patterns together, so don't be shy when asking tips. And welcome to the Forum.
     
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    Thank you to everyone for the pointers. Trying to work my way up slowly to changing my fashion style. Will definitely be a big change the next couple years for my wardrobe.
     

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