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Old 10-21-2010, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Somewhere on Earth
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Okay, ladies (and gentleman) and fashionistas, I would like advice on finding a clothing style and generally how to dress better for every day use. I've tried online articles, but they are not that helpful...and I'm embarassed to ask some of my gal pals to help out So I am asking you, my online brethren for help

A little tidbit about myself: I'm 22, 5'10, male (light skinned Asian, if that helps), and a college student (so I kinda need something decently priced).

My normal wear is something along the lines of either mismatched clothes or dressed like doing laundry...out in public...I am what my classmate jokingly calls a "hot tranny mess" (funny, but kinda true)

So why the change? I figured that since I'm going through a positive change in my life, I want my physical appearance to reflect that happier new me. Plus, after 22 years of crappy dressing, I think it's sorely needed

Thanks!
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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You dress like a woman?
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:46 PM
 
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Kinda like qu eer eye for a straight guy

Okay ... I'm not really picturing what you mean when you say "mismatched clothes or dressed like doing laundry..."..

Its important to be comfortable in what you're wearing..

A decent pair of jeans is a must.

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Old 10-21-2010, 08:05 PM
 
Location: La lune et les étoiles
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Start by browsing through a few recent issues of GQ and check out the men's section on style.com then go create the look for less
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Old 10-21-2010, 10:45 PM
 
Location: grooving in the city
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Go window shopping at a number of stores where you can find affordable clothing. If you see a male salespeople who has a style you would like to emulate, ask him for some assistance. If you have a friend who loves to shop and whose style really impresses you, take her along. Honestly, she won't mind. TJ Maxx is also great for deals and there is no shortage of fashionistas who will give you their opinion of the items you try on. Have fun shopping
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Old 10-22-2010, 02:17 AM
 
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Alright if you wish to update your style I have a few simple tips. Visit different stores, from Macy's to Old Navy, and check out the sale racks.

Find pants that are slim fit and at least one or two pairs of skinny jeans. Also some khakis that are fitted.

Then find decent shirts and sweaters, polos that are your size, oxford shirts, especially a white one, an argyle sweater vest, and a stylish jacket, think very fitting pea coat (Forever 21 has them for 50 dollars as well as tons of other cheap clothes), or even a cardigan.

For shoes start off with some basic white sneakers that do not look like they are for the track or court unless they are very basic trainers. If not try something even more casual. Some decent leather shoes are also a must but can wait til later.

Remember it is better to have just a few classic items in your closet that become staples which you wear lots over and over instead of having tons and tons of items. A few trendy pieces are OK but spend as little as possible on them since they will go out of style fast.

Also do not be afraid to ask your gal pals since no doubt they will offer excellent advice.
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:33 AM
 
Location: La lune et les étoiles
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Alright if you wish to update your style I have a few simple tips. Visit different stores, from Macy's to Old Navy, and check out the sale racks.

Find pants that are slim fit and at least one or two pairs of skinny jeans. Also some khakis that are fitted.

Then find decent shirts and sweaters, polos that are your size, oxford shirts, especially a white one, an argyle sweater vest, and a stylish jacket, think very fitting pea coat (Forever 21 has them for 50 dollars as well as tons of other cheap clothes), or even a cardigan.

For shoes start off with some basic white sneakers that do not look like they are for the track or court unless they are very basic trainers. If not try something even more casual. Some decent leather shoes are also a must but can wait til later.

Remember it is better to have just a few classic items in your closet that become staples which you wear lots over and over instead of having tons and tons of items. A few trendy pieces are OK but spend as little as possible on them since they will go out of style fast.

Also do not be afraid to ask your gal pals since no doubt they will offer excellent advice.
Start here....
GQ Guide to Dressing on a Budget: Wear It Now: GQ

Go for high quality over "cheap".....quality will last longer as far as style and wear.

With sneakers, go for black or gray...you'll get more use out of them and they will work better with more outfits.

Also, go for more classic cuts vs trendy.......when I think of men and skinny jeans I think of......



Stay away from investing in trends. Slim cut does not equal skinny jeans. Slim cut will outlive the skinny jeans trend for men.

Invest in a few pairs of good quality shoes.

The sales associates in stores like Nordstrom's are great with helping men pull their look together. Take in an item that you would like to help creating a look around.

Educate your eye. Look around at the men who have a style that you admire. Take elements from their style and make it your own.
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:50 AM
 
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While I agree with most of the above advice one part does not apply to those who are younger. Trends.

Instead of staying away completely just spend minimally. For older adults though the advice above is perfect.

White is more trendy but black and gray do go best with many more outfits. For older adults, or even youths attempting to pull off a more sophisticated look, quality shoes are important and come first. They are the foundation of the outfit. For a college student on a budget...don't blow your whole budget on them.

NEVER LET ANYONE IN A STORE TELL YOU WHAT LOOKS GOOD ON YOU.
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I'd say to start to find a style, look at catalogs and websites like the Gap, J. Crew, Banana Republic, Urban Outfitters, Eddie Bauer, etc. See what kinds of things you like, what they show that goes together. Rip pictures out of magazines and take them into stores. Try things on. Some things will look great on you, some not so much, but you can't tell from something on a hanger.

I have to disagree about white sneakers. In my set they're worn only to the gym. Vans, Pumas, Chuck Taylor All Stars--those are what guys wear around.
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:57 AM
 
Location: grooving in the city
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Start here....
GQ Guide to Dressing on a Budget: Wear It Now: GQ

Go for high quality over "cheap".....quality will last longer as far as style and wear.

With sneakers, go for black or gray...you'll get more use out of them and they will work better with more outfits.

Also, go for more classic cuts vs trendy.......when I think of men and skinny jeans I think of......



Stay away from investing in trends. Slim cut does not equal skinny jeans. Slim cut will outlive the skinny jeans trend for men.

Invest in a few pairs of good quality shoes.

The sales associates in stores like Nordstrom's are great with helping men pull their look together. Take in an item that you would like to help creating a look around.

Educate your eye. Look around at the men who have a style that you admire. Take elements from their style and make it your own.
IMO, this guy looks ridiculous. Do you think these jeans are spandex?!!
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