Anyone here know a thing or two about fashion and personal style?
I’m turning twenty-four next month and I would like to develop my style and overall look to reflect maturity. The problem is that I can’t seem to break from the jeans-and-a-T-shirt look.
I know the basics of fashion and personal style (how to buy clothes that fit, what are basics, my body type, my colours [winter, by the way], etc.), but I don’t want to look cookie-cutter anymore. I have style, but not enough. I want to be able to reflect my personality through my clothes.
If it at all helps, I’m a traveller (I’ve been to London, Paris, Venice, Dublin, New York City, Toronto, and I don’t plan on stopping there), a sci-fi/fantasy geek, a writer (and with that, a reader), a graduate student, and a beer-lover; I listen to Beck, Nick Drake, dub reggae and The Cure; I love classic, and foreign films, particularly Japanese; and I’m in love with my girlfriend. I suppose I could boil it down to the things I find most important, but how on earth do I put these facets of my personality into my clothes?
Any and all help would be appreciated (but I would rather not read a post that says “just where wut u liek too and dont let poeple judge u lol,” or I will get very annoyed).
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Dude, Nothing wrong with jeans and a t shirt! You know those shirts that you can fold up the sleeve? throw one of them over the tshirt! or, you know those long sleeved tops? not tight, not loose, wear one of them and put a tshirt over it…
That and some converse… i dunno!
why don’t you experiment? just pick some people you think are stylish and copy what they wear, do that a few different times. something that looks good on someone else may not look good on you, once you’ve spent some time trying a few different looks you’ll be able to work out what stuff you like wearing, what feels good, what styles you like, and you’ll be able to compare them, pick bits from different ones and gradually build up your own sense of style. it’s like picking out a car for yourself, you can’t go from not knowing anything about cars to having a fantastic car, you need to test drive a few, see what attributes you want out of one, whittle it down to the one you want.
Dude, I’m twenty-three. I’ve been doing jeans, a T, and Chucks for over ten years. At this point in my life, keeping with that is just laziness.
Please, there has to be SOMEONE who knows a thing or two about fashion.
i’m 20, still in the college rough look i guess!
My style is simple. I try to keep everything uniformed. When I wear a blue shirt, I will wear one of equivalent color–navy blue or darker blue in contrast. If I wear a gray or white shirt I wear a khaki or silver pants with that. I like to dress neat and clean and I don’t represent no groups out there but myself.
It’s not that I don’t know anything about fashion the way I know nothing about cars (and I don’t); it’s that I’m having a difficult time deciding on something inbetween classy and casual. I’m a laid back guy, but I love the looks I get when I’m wearing a suit or even just a nice button-up and tie. If anything, I would say I’d like to emulate something of the style of the Beat Generation, but for a modern age where dance music rules the radiowaves, rock ‘n roll is dead, and the biggest things in literature are hacks like JK Rowling and Stephanie Meyer.
i know what you mean JD, i’m not really there myself lol, but i’m starting to get an idea of what i like and what i don’t. i know it might sound weird, but just get some ideas, buy magazines, look at what celebs are wearing. if it’s like my experience then you’ll think that 99% of it is utter rubbish, but every now and again you might see one thing that you like, or maybe an idea that you like (say an unusual mix of clothes or styles or something), and it’ll stick in your head. then one day you’ll be out shopping and you’ll see something similar and buy it, and you may find that it doesn’t suit you, you may find you love it, and you’ll keep it. gradually you’ll build up a wardrobe of stuff you like, and your personal ’style’ will follow.
i’m not sure, maybe some nice braids, a dress, painted nails, it’s a different look :P
i think it’s pretty good to be honest, you get some guys that dress ‘trendy’ and look like idiots, some guys that really know what they like and that’s fine, but most guys (just like most girls, and like me!) don’t really have a clue- it’s not like we get taught this stuff. i wish more people had the confidence to ask for help, i wish i’d had the confidence when i was younger.
i hate how the 80’s are coming back!!! and those stupid headband things! i like some of the stuff that’s popular at the moment, but for the most part in my opinion ‘trendy’ people look like four letter words :p
Honey, take inspirations from your travels and your music, look at what others are wearing if you like it ask them where it was from. Look at nice jumpers and cardigans with jeans and converse to update your style. Go into some shops you wouldn’t normally go to and pick up things you wouldn’t normally pick up
I seem to be getting a lot of posts I specifically asked people not to write (i.e. Roltz & Monica). Thanks for playing, though. Better luck next time.
I don’t tend to keep up with celebrities or bother to spend money on fashion magazines, but maybe I should start. At least with the magazines. I’m afraid I am quite stuck in eras not my own. Anything post-80s I tend to shrug off as boring or uninspired. It’s tough being me.
I’ve actually been trying out the ‘pick up things you wouldn’t normally pick up’ idea, and I quite like what I’ve been finding. Case in point, I’m currently wearing a pair of SoulCal cargo shorts and a turquoise button-up from GAP, both things my girlfriend picked up for me, both of which I would never have thought would work. However, I’m not really looking to pick up anymore trainers or things of that sort. As I said, I’m twenty-three, nigh twenty-four, and am about to start on my professional life, as it were, having graduated uni and moving to the UK to be with my girlfriend. I’ll keep my trainers and jeans for days when I just want to relax, but aside from that, I’m looking to buy clothes that suit my age and personality.
i’m similar, i don’t like that much modern stuff either, but you’d be surprised how much variety there is in magazines and films and stuff, just get your nose out there and see what you like, it’s just a matter of making the initial plunge. if you like older stuff, why not go to vintage fairs or something?
An Unknown Location | 3 years, 10 months ago (1 hour, 14 minutes after post)
Good idea. In fact, I think charity shopping may be in order. (Only have about an hour left, though.)
As far as magazines go, which ones would you suggest?
anything, i’m not that up on what’s good for men’s fashion, but if you aren’t sure why not start with just general men’s magazines? or magazines about things you are interested in, or scenes you think you like (eg rock or whatever), or even just general celeb mags, there’s bound to be at least one person who’s style you would like to emulate a little bit, and there’s your starting point!
Work, is generally nice suits, lots of guy where I workhave grey suits with babypink pin stripes. For evenings most of the guys I know wear nice shirts with jeans and shoes. My bf lives in flowery shirts, not hawaiian ones, more subtle ones, I am 26 and he is 27, he always wears brown shoes, never black, always slip on never laced and he actually only owns gym trainers. This is what I mean by flowery my bf has a few varieties of these,
he also does the soulcal shorts and nice Tshirt look for summer but for winter he is all about his shirts, and nice T’s with grandad cardigan. It’s a cute look. Style also includes your hair honey it will up date your look instantly,
An Unknown Location | 3 years, 10 months ago (1 hour, 35 minutes after post)
Yeah, I got a haircut recently that I really like and really suits me. I just have to remember to gel it first thing out of the shower, otherwise it ends up looking like pants if I do it later on in the day.
As far as the paisley goes, my girlfriend’s been encouraging me to get a few of those, too. I’m sure the charity shops are bound to have them all over the place. And Zara, if I could afford Zara. Or Debenhams. To be fair, I can’t afford much of anything, which leads to a lot of frustration.
Debenhams has 70% off not that it helps much. But most things in there can be found in primark too, or New look. You just need a few key pieces to throw a few different loks together, like 1 nice shirt, 1 nice jeans, 1 casual shirt, 1 nice T shirt, 1 nice jacket smart looking, nice clean shiney shoes. I sisn’t like the paisley on the hanger but my bf pulls it off really well it really works, Stripped shirts are a good evening look and most shops have those too
try accessories as well, like something around your neck, or wrist, or a nice watch. stuff like that can make an ordinary outfit look more stylish and personal.
An Unknown Location | 3 years, 10 months ago (2 hours, 26 minutes after post)
I picked up a pair of shoes on sale from Debenhams, actually. Only 35 quid. Pretty good!
And I frequently wear a watch that was my granddad’s, but I’d like to pick up another one. I used to wear bracelets, and I have a few necklaces I don’t really wear anymore because I don’t find they suit anything else, but I’ll have a look around at other things.
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