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Old 07-13-2014, 10:36 AM
Location: Oakland, CA
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If you like how you dress, keep doing what you are doing. Your pics don't scream "fashion plate" to me, but there is nothing wrong with that.

I've been dressing preppy (as a black woman) since I was 12. Pop culture is barely starting to catch up to the fact there are black preppies, and I am in my 30s. Dress how you want, don't worry about how your neighbors dress. Or switch neighborhoods.
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Old 07-13-2014, 10:43 AM
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Why are you so concerned about the clothes you are wearing?
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Old 07-13-2014, 11:18 AM
Location: Dallas, TX
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dress how you want. I enjoy nice clothes and dressing well and some guys may poke fun now and then but who cares.

One interesting thing to keep in mind is this: small changes can take something from "preppy" to more casual but still refined. This time of year I will wear various colored jeans (dark grey, light grey, off-white, denim blue) or colored (pink, blue, red, grey, green, etc.) chinos or nice shorts (linen, chambray, etc.) with some sort of button up top usually. Occasionally I will wear a t-shirt but it is usually a short or long-sleeve (with the sleeves rolled up) button up for the summer. I have NEVER been called preppy at all though. I think one reason may be that I have never worn (and do not like) boat shoes. I tend to wear chucks, vans slip ons, or some other low profile canvas shoe with no-show socks. I also don't tuck in my shirt unless I'm going to a slightly nicer day-time occasion. Those two seemingly small things may have helped keep the preppy term away from me.

For what it's worth I do get a fair amount of compliments. Interestingly enough, most of the female compliments come second-hand through my wife. Maybe other women are afraid to compliment me directly since I am married? I don't know. But my wife will tell "so-and-so said she loved your shoes" or "so-and-so said you always dress so well". So, I dress this way for myself because I enjoy it but apparently the women I am around do notice. /shrug

But keep in mind that different women will like different types of guys and different types of dress just as guys do for women. You can't lump them into single categories.

Last edited by jamiecta; 07-13-2014 at 11:42 AM..
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Old 07-13-2014, 11:28 AM
Location: USA
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I think you dress well (not good ). You look great.
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Old 07-13-2014, 03:14 PM
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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How many giving advice here are actually woman?
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Old 07-13-2014, 03:41 PM
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with those bright blue pants,, you could have your choice of restroom in maine...

all the touristy guys from mass, that come to Freeport to shop (ll bean) look like this
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Old 07-13-2014, 08:42 PM
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That's a nice Miami look-# 3 but everybody in crappy T-shirts and khaki shorts n nice flips
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Old 07-14-2014, 05:14 PM
Location: Austin, TX
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People can tell if you're not comfortable with how you look...and if you give off that insecure vibe, that's going to turn off many women even if they think your clothes look nice. Clothes should be an extension of the person underneath.

Different women like different things, but many of my own experiences are similar to what rzzz posted. A lot of them like the simple nice clean fitted jeans (or neutral color khakis), a properly fitting t-shirt, collared shirt (polo) or button down that's not too fancy, and decent sneakers or casual oxfords. And the shirt and jeans/pants match (which isn't hard to accomplish with neutral color pants). In short, a simple, comfortable, well-put together look that's still friendly without coming across as a try-hard, snobby or vain.
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Old 07-14-2014, 05:29 PM
Location: At the Lake (in Texas)
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This. Oh yes.
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Old 07-15-2014, 12:28 AM
Location: Mexico
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That screams douche to me lol
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