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April 16, 2011 11:04 PM Subscribe
I need a major rehabilitation of my wardrobe. I kinda know where to start, but I need any fashion help possible. Caveats: I'm a guy, I'm overweight, I have a limited budget for now, and I'm style-impaired.
posted by Mister Fabulous to clothing, beauty, & fashion (19 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
This week I realized that my last comfortable pair of jeans were now Sunday jeans (they are holy) and I need to buy some clothes. I started trying on some of my clothes and found a whole hell of a lot of them don't fit as they are too small or just fit wrong, being tight in some areas and huge in others. I also realized that I don't even have a suit I can wear. I went down to a couple of stores today and couldn't find any jeans, khakis or dress pants that fit correctly, usually too tight in the legs and 3-4 sizes too big in the waist.
I work in a fairly casual office. Minimum dress is jeans and a polo or long sleeve t-shirt, up to wearing a suit. Outside of work, I'm usually stereotypically jeans and a t-shirt. I lack any sort of nice jacket to wear. I do have some button-down shirts, a couple of meh pairs of khakis. I have dress shoes, but they are on their last legs as well. I am in the opinion that I'd rather pay more up front for things that will last forever than less now for crappy stuff that won't stand the test of time.
My questions come down to this: How do I get my wardrobe back in line? My budget for the time being is probably around $1000 total. In a few months, I can probably put another $1000 towards my wardrobe. I'd like to get at least one nice suit, a jacket I can wear in all sorts of circumstances, a good pair of shoes, at least 4 pairs of jeans, dress shirts, casual shirts, all things that make me feel more like an adult and not a college student anymore. I would say that a suit, jeans and a coat/jacket are priority. Second in line would be an awesome pair of shoes, dress shirts, and button-down shirts. I have plenty of very casual clothes, such as t-shirts, crappy jeans, etc that's great for being at home. Would I benefit in finding a tailor? How should clothes fit before taking them to a tailor? Who's good here? Is custom clothing needed and/or in my price range? What stores in the area or online are winners for someone of my dimensions? What styles should I go with?
Relevant details: I am in Portland, 27, male, 6'0" and around 300lbs. My typical size clothes are somewhere between 2XL - 3XLT, pants are somewhere between 42-48 waist, 30-32 inseam, no real clue on shirt/jacket sizes, shoes around 12. Some clothes I can manage to get in regular stores, sometimes I have to kick it up to the big and tall stores. Finding a friend who is fashionable and good at this might be a stretch for me as I don't know anyone that I'd describe as "fashionable."
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