Thoughts Sarotiral

Previously, while attending a pleasant cocktail soiree easterbunny got talking to margotmetroland et al about personal shoppers, with specific reference to clothing.

She has grand plans to off to Harvey Nicks to engage the services of such a person for strategic jean, jacket and boot purchasing reasons, as well as a general wardrobe/look makeover. And I've been invited to do the same.

Now I'm intrigued by the idea, but am left at something of a loss as to what 'look' I'd be interested in going for. Now I am not, by any means, as alternative as the vast majority of you but I do like to think I stand out a little from Joe Public. I do, however, worry that perhaps my current wardrobe leaves me a little on the scruffy end of student couture.

Work is casual for me, although I'd like to look more professional then I do at the moment. Right now my work clothes and gig going clothes are one in the same, however I guess this is something I should change.

So, to smarten up a little, but still be a little different? What to do? Rather than make a decision I thought I'd let you lot do it for me. :) So, my friends, please to be answering the following:

a.) How would you describe my current look? Do I even have one?

b.) What kind of look do you think would suit me?

Need more info to make the decision, quiz me below. General comments also appreciated, I really am at a loss as to direction here...

Thanking you for your input. :)

Edit: slightly changed due to random stream of conciousness nature of post. :)
  • Current Mood: thoughtful sartorial
Mmm. can't really claim to know you well enough (or your wardrobe) to pass any really constructive comment.

Other than given your entry Harvey Nick's is probably too up market/expensive - get outfitted in stuff you will actually wear. John Lewis have free personal shoppers, as do BHS, Debenhams and Marks (though I believe the Marks service isn't free). I have heard very good things about the Debenhams lot.

Assuming your in computers (isn't everyone?) then a couple of pairs of chino style trousers (black, cream, navy whatever..) and some good quality either polo shirts if you wear them or quality t-shirts and 2 good quality shirts (with cufflinks - you can wear them without tie and jacket for client meeting days) should give you a certain amount of polish and is also suitable for 'dinner dates' and weddings etc...

Also get some proper leather shoes (if you don't already have some), people do notice ;-)

I always wanted to be a personal shopper ;-)
I think T-shirts, while in some situations a good thing, can also be the bane of our sartorial existence> yes, they're easy and you don't have to think about them, but most t-shirts are not flattering, and tend to look (quite accurately in many cases) as if one just couldn't be bothered to think about what one is wearing.
A decent button-down shirt (with or without collar) generally looks much smarter and more "grown-up", although if you get a decent non-iron one, it needn't be much more trouble than a t-shirt.
Also, shirts like this can be dressed down (with decent jeans, combats, leather trousers, whatever) or up (with smarter trousers) depending on the occasion, and you can stick with basic black, or introduce a bit of colour if you wish (although I would recommend solid colours rather than patterns; a narrow vertical stripe is fine, and can be quite flattering, but otherwise patterns should be avoided, IMO).
Good shoes are important, whether they are stompy boots for casual or smart leather shoes for more formal occasions; shoes _do_ make an outfit! Other accessories such as belts can also "finish off" an outfit, so it's worth investing in good-quality basics.
dude, stop right there
bob slaps adam. combats and tshirts are just fine. perhaps less image based ones. and wear more shorts and sandals
sandals rock !
I did wonder what had prompted you to howl "DRESS ME!" across the void of the interweb, hoping in vain for the answer you want to hear ;)

I have to agree with the non-iron shirts, especially short sleeved ones - look great (like you've made an effort) but require zero effort beyond putting them on a coat hanger out of the washing machine. Personally my favourites are Eton shirts but make sure you shop in the sale to get reasonably prices, otherwise I have a few Marks and Spencer non-iron shirts and one great soft cotton shirt from Debenhams that doesn't require ironing and doesn't look too formal.
Heh, it was more the fact that easterbunny has decided to embark on such an adventure and I'm generally not satisfied with my current wardrobe.

I think I do need to hit M&S as a first point and replace most of my shirts, they either don't fit or are seriously tatty (or both)...
Ahh, time for the "grown-up" look. I remember having to do that when I married Ben. The high school, construction boots and flannel shirts had to go. I find that you don't have to change your look totally, it can depend on what you are doing. Current wardrobe good for gig night and pub night. Smart look for work and nights out with lovely wife. I hate to shop, hate it, but I have found comfort in internet shopping and finding a couple of non-department store places that I can get in and out of quick. You are a handsome guy, I am sure you will find a smart new look.