How to not dress like a grad student?
May 17, 2009 6:35 PM Subscribe
I'd like to learn to dress well and look sharp... but I've got no natural talent for it. Can anybody help me figure out how/where to start? (more inside)
posted by captainawesome to clothing, beauty, & fashion (39 answers total) 73 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a 29-year-old man, and a year away from my PhD in computer science. My adult years have been spent either in school or in pretty casual jobs, and my wardrobe is pretty grad school: mostly jeans and a polo/t-shirts. I own one black suit that kinda-sorta fits, and I've got two ties that stay permanently tied (I don't even know how to tie one). In short, I really don't know much about style or looking good.
All this works OK for a schlubby grad student, but it seems pretty embarrassing for an adult. I'd like to seriously upgrade my wardrobe. I'll be on the job market within a year (either academic or an industry job), and I'll need to dress better for that. Also, my girlfriend is a pretty stylish dresser, and while she never complains about the way I look, I think she'd appreciate an upgrade as well. And I think I'd enjoy being someone who looks sharp in any given situation.
So, what I'm looking for: I don't really know much about style, but I'd like something classy that (if such a thing exists) doesn't go immediately out of date. I don't need anything out there. I'm 6'3" and 220 (although I'm slowly getting in better shape, so I anticipate being 200 before too long). If it matters, I'm in the midwest USA right now but that'll probably change when I graduate. And for now, at least, I need to do all this on a grad student's budget... so incremental changes would work well.
Oh, and before someone suggests it, the girlfriend doesn't know anything about men's fashion, so she's not a lot of help. And my friends are also slobby grad student-types. So I'm kind of on my own here. I've looked around for stuff on AskMe and the 'net at large, but the stuff I found mostly presupposes more fashion sense than I have... so I'd be grateful for any pointers. Thanks much!