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What should I be wearing?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by charfan9, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. AlanC

    AlanC Senior member

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    ^Are you closer to NO or Memphis?

    Either way, you need to wear seersucker.
     
  2. charfan9

    charfan9 Member

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    I'm in the north/east part. Tuscaloosa and Nashville are easy drives. Seersucker?
     
  3. radicaldog

    radicaldog Senior member

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    Seersucker?
    It's not an insult, but some would say that it should be one. It's actually a kind of ribbed, usually striped cotton suiting cloth, worn in summer for casual occasions. http://asuitablewardrobe.dynend.com/...tradition.html
     
  4. Monaco

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    Do you have a budget for your new wardrobe? I'd say, to make this the least complicated, walk into some type of semi-flagship (maybe 2 story if you can find it) Banana Republic retail store, ask for the best stylist or find a gay guy, tell him your story and tell him to make you look great. In my experience, gay guys are friendly, definitely knows a thing or two about fashion for different types of people and will make you look good and up to date. It doesn't have to be limited to Banana Republic, try J. Crew too and Ralph Lauren too, those are all one stop shops with great styles for any occassion. Some sales representatives won't be as helpful as you like but most of them are and they are there to help you choose clothing, if you are willing. Another piece of advice I have is, don't try to be young (that is the worst thing you can do), know your age and work it. Get a nice haircut, grow out a beard, hell walk around in a velvet robe if you dare. You're 60, be proud of your accomplishments and your physical fitness. Maybe you can find a role model, someone that is cool that inspires you to be all you can. Maybe like the most interesting man in the world?
     
  5. Master-Classter

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    I'd recommend first lurking around and looking and finding a favorite poster to emulate, or some pics for inspiration. For example, look up pictures of Sean Connery... is that you? look up Karl Lagerfeld, or is that you? look at the what are you wearing pictures for some ideas of brands. The first thing to learn is FIT. Make sure everything you have that you want fits properly and everything new you buy does too. what is the right "fit"? see the what are you wearing pictures for ideas of different silouettes. some things will accentuate certain parts or tone down others. Take anything you have to the tailor to make sure all your pants and polos fit well. I'm with you on the solids and avoiding patterns. also, and most direct to your question, I would suggest looking into different fabrics. They will affect the way the clothing falls/drapes on your body and that is what will accentuate your figure. I'd say a quick way to add sophistication is to work on layering. It implies a level of thought and education. with colors and textures, again, these can be used to accentuate the body in certain ways. new "pieces" to try adding in: - Black turtleneck - definitely a pair of plain, slim, and DARK denim. - light grey slim fitted v-neck sweaters to wear over your polos, crew collar t-shirts, or even some dress shirts (probably not though.). These will give you form but still "smoothen" out your lines. -blue seersucker sportscoat Look at these, but of course just for IDEAS... not exactly this stuff, but this sort of image. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. KObalto

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    Do you have a budget for your new wardrobe?

    I'd say, to make this the least complicated, walk into some type of semi-flagship (maybe 2 story if you can find it) Banana Republic retail store, ask for the best stylist or find a gay guy, tell him your story and tell him to make you look great. In my experience, gay guys are friendly, definitely knows a thing or two about fashion for different types of people and will make you look good and up to date.


    Man, if only this had been posted 2 years ago, it would have saved me a lot of time that I've spent reading random crap on here. [​IMG]
     
  7. fjblair

    fjblair Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the Forum [​IMG]
    You can wear a nice Suit and a pair of Black shoes.It will be a Professional look.




    True but the OP is retired and lives in Mississippi so I'm not sure he wants to dress formally. I sure as hell don't want to wear suits when I retire unless I have to.
     
  8. WhateverYouLike

    WhateverYouLike Senior member

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    Man, if only this had been posted 2 years ago, it would have saved me a lot of time that I've spent reading random crap on here. [​IMG]

    Alternatively, you can ask a female friend to help you shop at a mall. Women always have a highly developed sense of fashion.
     
  9. Schnurretiger

    Schnurretiger Senior member

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    I think this thread is useless without pics of the OP and his current choice of clothing.
     
  10. lefty

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    OP, how is that you're 60 and don't know how to dress?

    You were born on or about 1950 and your strongest style influences would be the '50s - '70s, which pretty much runs the gamut of men's clothing styles.

    How do you dress now and what do you want to change? Have you just dropped a lot of weight?

    lefty
     
  11. charfan9

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    Hey Lefty,

    Yeah, I went from 230 down to 180. So I'm looking for a whole new way of dressing.
     
  12. goetz

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    Hey Lefty,

    Yeah, I went from 230 down to 180. So I'm looking for a whole new way of dressing.


    How do you want to dress? I mean, you're retired, you can and should do whatever the hell you want.
     
  13. phxlawstudent

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    Alternatively, you can ask a female friend to help you shop at a mall. Women always have a highly developed sense of fashion.

    Fashion yes. Men's style... I disagree. I don't think women in general are any better than men in general about picking men's clothing.

    Just as I would completely suck at picking out which individual piece of clothing a woman should wear, I don't think they would know what individual piece of clothing I should wear. However, they are pretty good at "rating" the ensemble. Ie, they know when a man looks good.
     
  14. AlanC

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    I think we're making this too hard. My read is the OP wants to dress well for his age, newly fit body and environment. He lives in Mississippi, so let's not try to get too carried away. I'm assuming he's not interested in becoming a SF maven. This is for every day retired casual.


    Get some khakis. Try J Crew. You should be able to find a good cut there, not pay too much money and not have to worry about babying them.

    Get some jeans. Try Levis 501s as dark as you can find them. Were I you I wouldn't fool around with shrink to fits. Try them on and get some that fit well.

    Get some button up shirts. Spring is coming, Mississippi gets hot. Look for something light weight. Again, J Crew might be a good place to look. Consider linen. Pick up some Brooks Brothers slim fit OCBDs.

    Get some polo shirts. Some will disagree with this, but they're great for everyday casual, particularly with the warm weather you face most of the time. Try J Crew again, or Target for that matter. Be aware of fit.

    Shoes. Now this is where you'll suffer severe sticker shock, but good shoes will set you apart from the herd more than pretty much anything else.

    To start things off, consider a couple of inexpensive knockaround shoes.

    Taupe suede bucks:

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    And boat shoes:

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    Another possibility could be some Clark's desert boots:

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    Beyond that, you need to consider something better like Aldens or Allen Edmonds. These will be expensive, but if taken care of can last you for the rest of your life. I would suggest some plain toe bluchers:

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    Norwegian split toes:

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    And Indy boots:

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    Now, beyond that add a pair of gray and a pair of tan wool trousers, plus a navy blazer, throw in a couple of repp ties and you'll be set for most situations you'll face. You can get a lot more complicated than this (and look even better), but this is simple and basic. It will make you look good, and much better than 90% of the people around you.
     
  15. WhateverYouLike

    WhateverYouLike Senior member

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    Fashion yes. Men's style... I disagree. I don't think women in general are any better than men in general about picking men's clothing.

    Just as I would completely suck at picking out which individual piece of clothing a woman should wear, I don't think they would know what individual piece of clothing I should wear. However, they are pretty good at "rating" the ensemble. Ie, they know when a man looks good.


    It was a joke. Women and gay guys dont know much more than anyone else.
     
  16. charfan9

    charfan9 Member

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    Thanks AlanC,

    You got it right. I do well in 501's and Wranglers. I picked up a few polos by "Nautica" and they seem to look pretty good. I try to stay away from stripes, and stay with solids. Any suggestions on colors? Thanks again. I DONT need to be a "Fashion Plate", I just want to look good.
     
  17. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    Light blue, green? Without your eye color and skin color, it is mostly a guessing game.

    Button-down shirts, polos, and jeans are fine, but you really should include some patterns (like a subtle seersucker), some lightweight pants (tissue chinos from Ralph Lauren, for instance), and (for the hot weather) some linen.
     

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