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Shopping Spree (wardrobe make over help!)


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Aug 19, 2015
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So, I'm a 26 year old who needs a wardrobe make over. Currently, all I wear are Levi jeans with black/white v-neck shirts and Nike dunks. On a night out, I'll throw on a button up shirt from Express.

Anyways, I just landed a job as the head manager of a pretty nice nail salon. I need to dress accordingly. I wont be needing to wear suits but I need to be more dressy than my current style. I was thinking "more chinos and tucked in button ups" everyday. My problem is, I'm a size 29 waist in Levi's 511 (slim). I'm skinny and short; I weigh 130 lbs and am 5'6'' ft tall. I dont want to pay more than $100 for chinos cus I plan on buying at least 4 during this shopping spree. What brand do you suggest that carries size 29 waist and has a very slim/tailored fit? I'm thinking J Crew is probably going to get recommended the most.

As for shoes, I'm thinking of buying these loafers for everyday rotation:
1) dark brownish tassel loafers

2) blue suede bit loafers

3) I'll need a suggestion for black loafers

Shirts: BB spread collars seem to get a lot of love here, but I'm not sure I need such formal shirts since I wont be wearing suits to work. I just need casual, but smart/dressy looking shirts to wear with chinos (probably always tucked in). I dont want to spend over $100 per shirt.

Blazer: I want a navy blue blazer and a light gray blazer. No more than $300 each please.

1) For the blue suede loafers, what color belt do I wear? Should I try to find a matching blue belt or do contrasting belt/shoe color for this combo?

2) Do I even need black shoes?

3) Since I wont be wearing ties to work at a spa salon, I wont need spread point collars, right?


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Oct 20, 2004
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Buy a few things, and see how they work out. Sometimes you don't discover the details of fit and comfort until you wear a garment a few times. Also, you can buy a few things at full price and then wait for a sale to stock up.

Re shoes: lace-ups are more versatile for work than loafers. A nail salon is obviously a fashion business and so not about conservative business dress, but you never know what you'll be doing next.

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