I was looking through the many articles on AoM for ways to dress. I saw styles for boys (i think), college students, and men. I am looking to get a diffrent (more manly) style of clothing for myself rather then T-shirts. I'm in high school. Any suggestions? Thanks for your help. 

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The question is really what do you think is manly and what image are you building. 

One might thing manly is lumber jacks etc so your talking work boots t shirts with flannel over it.

Or you might be thinking preppy college look.

I would advise you to wear shirts with collars and tuck them in.  Pants can be dark blue jeans or chinos.  Shoes, loafers or plain walking shoes.  

Whatever look you choose think about what does and does not fit that image so that when you go shopping it's not a question of if the item might work.  It is a question of finding items that do work.

Josh, 

An excellent question.  I found myself in that same situation when I was in high school: I grew tired of wearing t-shirts with a skateboard brand on them with ratty jeans.  With style, whether I am buying a suit for business or buying clothes for the weekend, I always think it is important to keep to the basics and keep it simple. 

I would suggest getting yourself a couple polo shirts and some chinos.  Wear these with sperry topsiders during the summer (or whenever it is warm), or with some sneakers.  You could also try wearing them with loafers but you may not be able to get away with it while in high school.  This look still suits your age, but looks classic and respectable.  

Try getting something from Banana Republic.  Simple, looks good, accessible, and their clothes are often on sale. 

And more importantly: get clothes that fit you. 

 I'm in your situation here buddy, I'm around your age. I found that going to the thrift store and buying (what the other gents said) polos and chinos would suffice me. You could also get some Hawaiian shirts (that got me some attention) and Short sleeve button ups/ Plaid shirts. If you got people who judge by the brand then believe it or not the active skating brand has some pretty good short sleeved plaid shirts, all you need for some distinction is to tuck it in. I'm seeing some people forgetting this part but go ahead and wear a belt. D ring or sliding latch is casual enough, you could also go for an old fashioned leather leg belt if you want to. As for shoes I found that the bigger thrift stores like goodwill or the salvation army usually have more sizes; shoes was a problem for me because I wear a size 13. You will actually find more leather shoes then sneakers but that's a good thing but if you want sneakers then Vans has some leather pairs up to 60 dollars at most. Hope I helped!

P.S. As for long sleeved shirts or things, you can get them at thrift stores and get them tailored (same as jackets) because 9/10 it will not fit and you will look like a pirate or a muffin so steer clear of long sleeved items.

Love the advice about Thrift stores. I'm not too close to you guys in age, My 30 year HS reunion is coming up soon, and I still wander through them when the wardrobe gets a bit thread worn.

Regarding long sleeved shirts and jackets. The truth is that most people wear off the rack that is close enough, not really a true fit. Some cloths you will get tailored regardless of where you buy them. Suits, brand freaking new or recycled, will ALWAYS need tailoring when you first by them.

Style is a nonverbal expression of who and how you see yourself. It also is intended to influence others to see you in that light. The first step is to identify who you identify with (GOOD role models are dashed helpful here and dashed hard to find these days). Then see what they are doing style wise. You may need imagination if your ideal is out of touch with your situation. For example, I'd not recommend skins and a coon cap just because you happen to admire Davy Crockett.  What would Crockett wear today? ( probably cammo!)

Also, in different situations, you may discover you have different faces you want to present, and a corresponding "look" to go with. When out at a social event you may want to be suave as James Bond but in sports more a dirt-and-work grunt style.

After getting a mental image of your look start building within your means. Whatever you do, make sure your pants cover your ass (please don't be THAT guy!), your shirt doesn't look slept in, and you are well groomed. Just my opinion here, but mustache and goatee on high-schoolers typically looks cheesy, and if your hair tends to poof, don't go fro!  If you wear it long it takes work to look nice. If you ain't into that, cut it short.

Hope at least some of this helps!

Hey,, that's really exciting man!! So why don't you go for ebay or Nicholas the label or from amazon?? Its really good for teens or clothes for any age in fact I'd bought from there only,, just try it !! If you are unable to find the find the link tell me I'll help you out!!

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Can't go wrong with some nice polos and button-down shirts.  These can both be worn tucked into jeans or khakis (belt should go with shoes) or untucked and button-down sleeves rolled up for a more casual look.  Loafers may be a little dressy for high school (or maybe not) but you can usually get away with Converse or other street shoes in good shape if you dress well above the shoes.  I dress this way for work (office environment) on a regular basis.  The best advice was already mentioned- make sure the clothes fit you well.  Super baggy/loose pants were left in the 90's and I think skinny pants look ridiculous and can't possibly be comfortable (but that's my old man opinion, at about twice your age...).

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