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I spot you walking to the office,

I see you snagging snacks midday,

Your suede chelseas drew my eye,

Found those on your own? No way.

Look at all these chunky shoes,

Haven't they all read the guides?

Exchanging glances as we pass,

Share a secret, you and I.

Every once in a while I spot suspiciously well-dressed younger guys wearing items/outfits that are frequently recommended or shown here in some way. It seems like they generally take notice of me as well. I like to think there's a mutual understanding between me and this total stranger. Anyone else had a similar experience?

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Hi guys, first time posting in here so let me know if the formatting of this post is off.

I'm about to attend college in upstate NY where it's going to be cold as hell, and I need help finding a quality coat / boot for the winter. I went to high school in NJ so the winters were relatively mild, and I had my fair share of time with the classic bean boot. However I'm not really digging the look anymore, and I'm trying to find a boot with similar quality but a cleaner silhouette. I also need a thick snow coat / parka (not Canada Goose please) with again a clean silhouette if possible.

I know style is a second thought for many of these practical pieces of clothing, but if possible I'd like to maintain a minimalist, clean look. I wear a lot of COS, if that gives an idea of my kind of aesthetic (straight lines, semi-boxy fits).

So in summary, I'm looking for:

- Durable snow boot that isn't the bean boot

- Simple, practical snow parka that has a clean, minimalist look

Thanks in advance for the help!

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I thought this would be an interesting community discussion.

So, who are your style icons and why?

Real historical figures like JFK, fictional like James Bond, or real life celebrities? From industry figures like Nick Wooster, to online influencers like fredrikrisvik and A listers like Ryand Gosling.

Maybe even a user from MFA from years past?

A few prompts:

  • What speaks do you about their style or approach to fashion and why?

  • What makes them iconic to you?

  • Have you taken any direct inspiration? Copied an outfit or two? Purchased something you saw them wear?

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[I've read the rules, I think this fits for an own thread question, as it's a broad subject.]

[TL;DR: The thread title.]

So, I don't feel like a man. But neither like a woman, if that makes sense. Plus, I am not part of any particular urban culture, and I don't want to be associated to one either. My usual enviroment is a 50k village, more on the rural than the urban side, in southern Europe (1 hour away from Barcelona).

I [33, 1.80, 65-70kg, not very muscular but fit, semi-curly dark brown hair, curly beard, on the attractive side] am going through a bit of a personal crisis on my image. I want to look better, I want to look like I am someone who is able to take care of himself (as I'm trying to get better and meet new people), but I feel like everything I can do on that area would emphasise my masculinity —and I don't want that.

Because I'm rather attractive, I can look good easily, but any look that emphasises my masculinity makes me feel like a fraud, as what people will find behind that image would be the opposite of what it suggests. That's one of the main things I'm trying to avoid.

Alas, I am not effeminate either, so any of the masculine take on feminine clothing doesn't work for me. I don't want to look trendy, or like a fashion victim. I am quite the opposite of that, I am a very austere person, I'm discrete, yet at the sime time, I want people to able to take care for myself, and for people to be able to tell I do take care of myself. (note: I don't want to be "boring", either, which was my all-life take on this, not taking care of myself and trying to avoid the topic the most. I've never had a single piece of clothing with a message, for an example. Think a good looking woman that decides to not wear any make-up or work on her hair, so that she wouldn't look "too good" —with everything that encompasses—. I've been that person forever.)

I somehow like formality, in the sense of something that is traditional because it works and it's good, and also as opposed to streetwear —I won't do "juvenile". I'm a creative person, I have arts and design studies, and I like (and is kind of expected of me) to get to know the story behind a certain piece of clothing, or it's fabric, or style. e.g. Years ago I got a duffel coat, on the shorter side, of a dark grey and black herringbone, from a brand named Reset, and was thrilled to start to know the history behind that particular piece.

One thing I've been thinking to start with, is getting "accessories": simple earlobe hoop earrings, and/or doing something of nail polish, even lipstick, but all of it really discrete, so much that you wouldn't notice unless you got to talk with me. I'm not aiming at the "queer look", I'm not trying to take any kind of "aesthetic action" —yet if I look at all the silhouettes on the banner, I don't see myself as anything of those: they all look like very "this person is a man and wants to look like one" to me —maybe with the exception of the eastern take, which I believe is a controversial topic over /r/streetwear, and wouldn't really fit me anyway.

I hope this makes some sense. Sincere apologies if it doesn't, or if it sounds like I'm looking for attention or anything like that. Just feeling very lost. Thanks if you read this.

If there're any styles I could look up, or other subs any of you could refer me to, I'd be enormously grateful.

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So i'm trying to buy some new jeans in a desperate attempt to re-vamp my wardrobe as i severely lack style. Everything i own doesn't fit me and makes me look pretty terrible. I'm looking to buy a couple pair of both these and these.

Uniqlo's size chart: As seen here. This depicts there being two measurements. The nude waist "Body Size" marked in red on the chart which is the thinnest part of your abdomen, and the "Relaxed" Waist measurement marked in blue on the chart which according to the chart is the actual waist measurement of the garment. I used a tape measure and measured myself according to the Relaxed waist measurement since i wear my pants on my hip bone area and not up on my stomach (i still don't understand how that's also considered the waist).

My Relaxed Waist size is 35 inches. Now according to this section of the sizing chart, that makes me "size 33" according to the blue column. On the actual product page, the actual wording of the drop down list is "Size: xx Inch". So is this talking about the Size or the Measurement? Am i right in thinking i should be selecting 35 Inches (as in my relaxed waist measurement) and not 33 (as in "size" 33)? Am I alone in finding this needlessly confusing? I feel like an idiot for not getting this.

Any help would be appreciated, i'm trying to buy a batch of about 4 or 5 jeans and the anxiety of picking the wrong size due to not understanding the size chart is preventing me from making the purchase.

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Not a thread to be seen about what became one of my favorite brands, so I decided to start one.

American Vintage is a -- you guessed it -- French clothing brand from Marseille, started in 2005 by designer Michaël Azoulay and acquiring devoted followers soon afterwards. Their style is "inspired by global streetwear", albeit I find this official self-description to be too vague: the adjectives I'd choose to describe their style are hipsterish, calm, soft, understated.

Take a look at this shirt, for example. It's highly representative of their style. A dark shirt, without any extras, -- however, mind the beautiful hue, the nicely chosen buttons and the overall laidback, calm vibe. You could call it "minimalism", but a warm kind of minimalism, in contrast to the "cold" or "technical" Scandinavian one.

Their specialization, however, lies in knitwear and other "soft" materials. Take a look at this coat or this cardigan. Let me tell you they're very soft and comfortable in person. If you don't like them, you probably won't be impressed by any other clothing. If you do, then American Vintage also makes sweaters, pants, henleys, tees, tracksuits in the very same style.

As a brand focussed on womens' clothing, the selection for men is somewhat lacking: don't expect twenty different colors and cuts for everything. Rather, you get core pieces of this style with each collection. Taking a look at the sale is also very much worth it.

Considering the pricing, I would call it "affordable upscale", placing it in the same category as Ralph Lauren, Club Monaco, J. Crew, Lacoste, Gant, Bonobos, Fred Perry, Tiger of Sweden, Scotch&Soda [...], but far below designer clothing. The quality is more than a match for these brands at the same price and the timeless appeal might give it an edge.

Personally, I would probably never wear solely American Vintage clothing, as I'd look relatively bland and somewhat homely in it. However, their understated, tasteful pieces make room for layering with their own knitwear and outerwear of different color, or for combinations with statement pieces from bolder brands.

So, feel free to discuss. Opinions, experiences?

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After losing some weight and finishing high school, I though it would be the perfect time for me to build a college wardrobe.

I'm 5'8, 130lbs, its hot all year round where I live in, so no/minimal layering is required. My skin is quite tan. I have a flexible budget, but would prefer to keep it under 300-350 usd.

Here is my plan for a basic college wardrobe, please give me suggestions or ideas, as im pretty new to fashion as a whole.

I'll do all my shopping at uniqlo (theres one at a nearby mall) , and shoes at a local store.

Tops

Short Sleeved T-Shirts White, Black, Grey, Burgundy, Olive, Navy.

Long Sleeved T-Shirts Black, Olive.

OCBD White

Bottoms

Jeans Black, Light Blue, Blue

Chinos Khaki

Chino Shorts Black, Khaki

Denim Shorts Blue

Sneakers

Max 2 pairs. Help me choose. Max total 200usd.

Would prefer 1 white + one coloured?

Vans Old Skool OG

Authentic OG

Nike Air force 1's

Air Max 270 white

Air Max 90 white

Chuck 70 white lows

Stan Smith white

Continental 80

Reebok Workout+

Reebok Classic Leather

Puma Suede Grey

Some combos that i have thought of.

  1. 270's + Suede Grey

  2. 90's + Suede Grey

  3. Old Skools + AF1

  4. Old Skools + Continental 80

  5. 90's + Old Skools

  6. Stans + Old Skools

7........(Suggestions, gentlemen?)

Any help is appreciated. x)

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So what garment your family would considered high quality? Here's mine:

My grandfather just saw my Samba and want to know which brand it is. He told me this kind of shoes are very well made. Probably because it looks like GAT and he saw them in the military before.

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So some background to begin: I will be starting a new job soon. It's a definite upgrade from my current one, with the real potential for a career. It does though require that I dress professionally. Up until now I've been doing work that requires a daily uniform, and my wardrobe outside that uniform has very much suffered. I've got a few pairs of ratty jeans and some T-shirts and cheap polos. I have about three months to put together at least a basically functional business wardrobe. I figured I should also take the opportunity to start paying more attention to what I buy and wear, and just generally try to be more put together.

I've looked over some guides about basic staples, and how to go about building a wardrobe. It seems this is something that should be done over years to a decade according to most of what I've read, so I want to keep these initial, essential purchases simple. I'm thinking 3 basic dress shirts, maybe 2 pairs of dress trousers, and 2 pairs of more formal chinos, a tie, belt and dress shoes should be plenty for now. Ive been informed by my future co-workers that I will need to wear a suit, thiugh maybe only 2-3 times a year, so I intially thought to not consider that at the moment due to budgeting concerns. My budget is roughly around $600.

My fisrt question is, do I have any hope of pulling these purchases off with any sort of competence? I initially thought it wouldn't be difficult, but I've come across quite a few warnings to take things slow and not purchase too much at a time. Is there any advice youd give based on the limited time I have?

Secondly, I understand it's good to purchase quality and that there's expense to that. Is it alright to try and keep the cost of these initial items low just to have something on hand (sort of an entry-level quality type of thing)? What's the lowest you'd recommend for, for example, a dress shirt for someone in my situation?

Finally, as I mentioned before I'll need a suit at some point. I was going to put off looking for that particular item, but came across a sale lasting till Sunday that seems very tempting. Apparently anything on this page is 299. My problem is I don't know how great a deal that is. It seems like a deal to be jumped on but I dont want to fall into a trap. Should I just focus on the basics? I've been told the first suit should be a plain Navy or charcoal and none of those seem to fit that. Is indigo a bad choice? The twill indigo suit seems like a solid choice if so. Again any advice would be hugely appreciated!

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Last week's thread on Henleys | All past threads

Alright... So we've been doing this for months, now... close to a year, if you count /u/coveo's threads. And while we've done loafers and Chelsea boots, it's worth noting that we still have not done laced dress shoes. Crazy, right? We have barely scratched the surface of all the great recommendations we have to give.

Now, you might be asking "what's the difference between a derby and blucher?" But you're probably not asking that, and even if you are, you probably don't care. Here's a guide on the differences. See? You don't care. Both derbies and bluchers are casual dress shoes -- which is to say, they're dress shoes, and the more formally-styled ones can be worn with a suit, and the more casually-styled ones can be worn with jeans or even shorts. Generally: thicker and more contrasting soles will be more casual -- some will even have an intentionally "clunky" design. Thin, low-profile soles in a sleek last will be most formal.

I'm going to go ahead and invite our friends at /r/goodyearwelt over. Yes, they can be intense about obscure construction details you don't understand. Yes, they're probably going to subtly imply that I'm an idiot because I got something here wrong. But with their unnecessary encyclopedic knowledge of footwear, they will be super helpful here.

Price Bins:

  • Below $100. Historically, we've been uncomfortable recommending dress shoes in this range... But if your budget doesn't allow for anything more expensive, you still deserve the best recommendation we can give. Most shoes in this price range will have a cemented construction, and honestly, most will be ugly -- square toes and perforations abound. But there will be standouts, so let's get to work! You'll also see people here give you advice on how to thrift shop for shoes, or buy used ones on eBay, but of course, some of us will be attached to
  • $100 to $300. Here, we get into the entry level of fine footwear. Blake stitched brands like Beckett Simonon, but also goodyear welted brands like Meermin, Bexley, Loake, and Herring. Some of these brands have pretty great leather at their price points, but I'll let people make their own recommendations. You might also see a rugged/casual style along the lines of Doc Martens.
  • $300 to $600. Shoes in this range are mostly going to be goodyear welted, or better. If they are blake stitched, they're blake stitched intentionally for a slim profile and flexible sole. You'll see better details, stacked leather heels, and a bunch of nice touches in construction that go well beyond my understanding. You get into better midrange brands like Carlos Santos and Grant Stone, casual styles like Tricker's country shoes, up to really nice shoes from the likes of Alden and Carmina, and even a few models from Crockett and Jones and Enzo Bonafe. And you can feel free to shop on skoaktiebolaget. How do you like that /r/goodyearwelt? I just spelled "skoaktiebolaget" off the top of my head, twice.
  • Above $600. Here, you get into nice and crazy brands like Edward Green and John Lobb, as well as fashion brands like Gucci and D&G, and high-end leathers for midrange brands like Alden and Carmina -- shell cordovan and, eventually, gator stuff. You can even get bespoke shoes -- let's see if we have anybody who can shed some light on those.

What should we do next week?

Guidelines for posting here:

  • I'll post price bins as top level comments. Post recommendations in response to a price bin, as a second level comment. You can also use top level comments for general info, inspo albums, and general questions.
  • Recommendations can be a brand ("I like Kiton suits!") or a strategy ("I go thrifting for suits!").
  • Try to stick to one brand/strategy per second-level comment. If you want to recommend both Alden and Carmina, post them separately so people can vote and discuss separately.
  • Include a link in your second-level comment if you can -- if not to a purchase page, at least to images.
  • Try to use prices you might realistically pay. That might be MSRP, or it might not -- it depends. If you're in a cheap bin, maybe the best buying strategy is to thrift, or wait for a big sale. If you're buying from a store like Banana Republic, paying full price is simply incorrect -- the only question is whether you'll get 40% off or 50% off. So factor that in.
  • The bins are in USD, so either use a US price, or convert a non-US price to USD to pick the bin.
  • There is no time limit on this thread, until Reddit stops you from posting and voting. This thread will sit in the sidebar for a long time, and serve as a guide for lots of people, so help them out!
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What sort of preparations/maintenance do you do for your winter boots? Coats? Regular everyday garments?

Just thought it would be fun to see how the male counter parts prepare for winter or maintain their clothes.

Here is the post from r/FFA for those interested in reading it.

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This sub mostly talks about white sneakers. But somedays you want to be a bit more lowkey and not draw all the attention. After white, the most versatile kind seem to be black. So post your favorite (primarily) black sneakers.

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Might be kind of an odd question nur i always thought of an umbrella like a style statement similiar to an hat.

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