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Old 08-07-2012, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Boston
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I wonder how a woman could go about dressing a bit nicer than others without seeming like she is trying too hard. I much rather go to class in a pencil skirt with a nice blazer and tucked in button down, a dress, or jeans with a blazer but I feel like women are judged much more harshly/negatively than men for standing out in a homogenous environment.
Women are judged more harshly in every aspect of life, I feel, but really sometimes you gotta tell the world to go **** itself and do what you want if you want to be happy. My college uniform was jeans and a blazer and I never cared of people talked about me. I refused to give into sweatshirts, uggs, and north face jackets and always stood out because of it, but so what? My outfits made me feel good and I dress for me, no one else. If anyone thinks I'm trying too hard, they can go kick rocks while figuring out how to get on my level.
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:35 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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I was once heavy, and I lost a lot of weight. Now I am on the thin side ... and I have a new love affair with clothes.

But, I understand where you're coming from.

Don't wear jeans or T-shirts ... and definitely NOT tank-tops (undershirts, "wife-beaters").

Do not wear clothes that are too tight. Looks awful on chubby people. Wear looser fitting clothes.

Never wear a shirt with horizontal stripes. Better to wear a shirt with vertical stripes.

Don't wear pants that have pleated fronts.

Wanna look and feel great? I would suggest you go for a "preppy" look ... clean, pressed khaki pants in a light khaki or tan or light gray color; a clean pressed Oxford cotton shirt (short sleeve during the hottest days of summer, otherwise long sleeve) with button-down collar; nice loafer shoes; as someone mentioned before a nice classy looking watch.

The key is to be squeaky clean and immaculately groomed. Hair cut from a professional stylist. Nails trimmed. Shoes shined. Always wear fresh clean underwear and socks. If you're going to wear after-shave or cologne, only the expensive stuff (never the cheap stuff) and just a few drops on your temple or earlobe.

You will feel great if you know you are not a slob, you are impeccably dressed and groomed even if you're wearing casual clothes.
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:23 PM
 
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If casual, nothing wrong with wearing jeans, t-shirts, etc. I say, why fight it, and instead just refine those a little bit. I would focus definitely on getting stuff thats well fitted. Your style will come over time, so that being said some key items that helped me

1) Jeans - Dark, straight-cut, plain, clean, no butt pocket designs or fading or anything like that. Well fitted like your suit pants, but a tad looser
2) T-Shirts - If you must, no logos, dark neutral colors
3) Sneakers - Classics like Adidas Stan Smiths. No Steve Jobs New Balance
4) Nice Shoes - Dark Brown, oxfords plain toe. Could double up with Jeans or Slacks
5) Blazer - Blue Blazer, tailored.
6) Button Downs - Tailored, tucked in, simple colors and patterns
7) Winter Coat - Wool Pea Coat. Lose the Technical/North Face stuff
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Old 08-07-2012, 11:44 PM
 
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OP, gichicago has given some great ideas. You can easily pair the blazer with dark wash jeans to give a clean sharp look.

Would like to add this:
what you described means clothes with structured cut flatter your shape. Suits are the most structured pieces as opposed to laid back t-shirt and pants.

However, not all t-shirts are created equal, if you examine the fabric, how the pieces are sewn together, and the style, try on various designs and you will soon find there are t-shirts that are relatively structured complimenting your silouette rather than dragging it down. Same goes for jeans and casual shoes.

Pay attention to similar clothing, one makes you look trim and energetic while the other screams blah. You will see the difference made with good structured design, like how the suits make you feel.
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Old 08-08-2012, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Up North
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If casual, nothing wrong with wearing jeans, t-shirts, etc. I say, why fight it, and instead just refine those a little bit. I would focus definitely on getting stuff thats well fitted. Your style will come over time, so that being said some key items that helped me

1) Jeans - Dark, straight-cut, plain, clean, no butt pocket designs or fading or anything like that. Well fitted like your suit pants, but a tad looser
2) T-Shirts - If you must, no logos, dark neutral colors
3) Sneakers - Classics like Adidas Stan Smiths. No Steve Jobs New Balance
4) Nice Shoes - Dark Brown, oxfords plain toe. Could double up with Jeans or Slacks
5) Blazer - Blue Blazer, tailored.
6) Button Downs - Tailored, tucked in, simple colors and patterns
7) Winter Coat - Wool Pea Coat. Lose the Technical/North Face stuff

That the perfect style for a man...sounds hot.
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Old 08-09-2012, 04:36 PM
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...How do y'all suggest I strike a balance between looking and feeling professional without seeming too stuffy?...
Well, in fashion, exposing more skin gives a more casual appearance. Since you said that you don't want to appear to wear a corporate uniform to class, I'd recommend rolling up the sleeves of a vertical-patterned, button-down shirt to three-quarter length, leaving the top, collar button undone, and pairing it with khaki pants.
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