For starters, I don't have a white collar job. I know a lot of the advice on here is geared towards that type of career / person. I'm blue collar. I work in a factory which can get up to 100+ degrees and it's simply impractical to wear anything besides tees and short sleeve button ups there. I do however want to start dressing well and more age-appropriate.
My work attire is not what I want to change, I just want to look good without overdressing when taking my girlfriend out to eat, bar hopping, parties, and just running errands. Basically all the stuff I do on the weekends. I'm not in a hurry to buy new things but I do have a budget set aside. I am willing to spend $500 on the update, not including shoes. The problem arises here. Whats too formal? I don't want to overdress all the time, and I'm surrounded by graphic tees, and jeans 99% of the time. I already feel a cut above wearing untucked shirts like these. I usually wear a pair of Macbeths with my outfits. and a brown belt.
I would like to dress more maturely, but I really would like to avoid overdressing. Remember, this is weekend only attire. Am I already there or are there some improvements to be made?
I'm 24 with a slim / slender build. 5' 10" . Pale complexion
Thanks for the help!
I wear darker colored jeans, and button up shirts with rolled sleeves and a crisp white tee-shirt underneath. I also like Bill's Khakis on the weekend. They are a bit more expensive, but they look great and last forever. For shoes I have some vintage looking Steve Madden's and some Keen's.
What I did was I adjusted my weekend shoes up from sneakers to a casual dress shoe such as loafers or some such. Then I figured out what went with that.
For me it was Dark Blue 501s and collared shirt of some type (polo or sport button up shirt).
I also choose not to wear un-collard shirts out and about, that alone will upgrade your look.
I live in a collage town so graphic-ts are everywhere but here is the thing you are simply setting your style, not making yourself aloof. My friend's don't mind that I have a collar and I don't mind they have a graphic-T. I also found a few of them up grading also. I think there is a sub-culture of men who want to dress like men but are not sure how to do it well.
agree with a lot said here. I dress a lot like you seem to except I'm a boots guy. I have a 3 yr old pair of white Jack Purcell's that look like I just took them out of the box because they are worn so infrequently.
I have my "day boots" and "night boots". Basically a pair of redwing chelsea bootI (that easily dress up or down depending on the state of the polish) serve me well with jeans and when paired with a blazer easily make a more formal look.
Really, any leather shoe with a thinner sole will dress up your look. Add a blazer when appropriate and you're good to go. You should be able to do both within that budget.
Check out Dappered.com for pretty decent advice on a budget.
Some good advice here. I second the guy who mentioned boots, they can be a great way to dress up without seeming too stuffy or overdressed.
Another suggestion I would make would be getting a nice leather jacket. It looks much better than a hoodie, ski jacket, etc... without the dressiness of a sport coat (and in a social setting of graphic tees a sport coat is dressy).
I like wearing western shirts like the style you linked there; I have several of them. I would also buy a few regular slim cut button downs in various colors. Buy a few pairs of khakis and if you are going to wear denim, remember that the darker the color, the more you can dress it up.
Those shoes you have are decent; I would also throw in some brown and white pairs as well.
When I want to upgrade my casual wear, I usually go to Banana Republic.