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    Top 5 past choices that were just wrong

    I've made a lot of style choices that were misguided, tacky, or just flat out stupid. All of this was a waste of money, time, and most definitely impressions on others. I've tried to put together the worst of them.

    I don't know if anyone else has made such errors, but here is my personal top list of issues:

    1. Waiter outfits. Dressing up? Might as well emulate that guy who served me fajitas last week: loose slacks, ill-fitting dress shirt, and clashing tie. More water, sir?

    2. Beige on beige on beige. Khakis look good, yes? Why not just combine khaki pants, khaki shirt, khaki socks, and a khaki jacket? All slightly different shades, of course.

    3. Green on green on green. Green is a nice accent color. How about many shades of green? Surely, that's even better. Forest, olive, grass... like a vintage rug, worn.

    4. Cargo pants. I don't need a desk or a filing cabinet when everything can be stored on my person. Plus, there will no uncomfortable eye contact when I have several bulging pants pockets to gawk at.

    5. Tucked-in casual shirts. When a casual outfit looks okay just thrown together and one needs a way to ruin it, tucking in a short-tailed shirt works every time; especially with shorts.

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    I'll still wear cargo pants. Noe ragrets, y0.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matchbook View Post
    I'll still wear cargo pants. Noe ragrets, y0.
    It all depends on how your bulge complements your lapel width.

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    Haha. No more than +/- .5" greater than your lapel width on either side.

    I wear cargos when I'm casual, though. A cross between tacti-cool and NW grundge/punk/metal scene.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matchbook View Post
    Haha. No more than +/- .5" greater than your lapel width on either side.

    I wear cargos when I'm casual, though. A cross between tacti-cool and NW grundge/punk/metal scene.
    Perhaps I was just breaking cargo pants in for the "natural grunge" look... ripping the seams ever so gradually. I wish you had helped me realize this could have been a sellable item before I gave them to those quilting people.

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    In all seriousness, I would like some tips on dappering grunge if you care to share any.

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    Definitely did the waiter outfit when I wore navy chinos with a khaki blazer. Looked similar to the servers at a function, and I haven't worn that khaki blazer ever since.

    A few regrets I have is:

    1. Spending hundreds of dollars a few years back on roll top Timbs, both camo/black and wheat. Haven't worn them in a few years after I purchased 1Ks and Beckmans.

    2. Buying 3 pairs of the same Jordans in different colorways. One would have sufficed, but I got three, and I don't wear two of them anymore.

    3. Buying cheap LRG jeans, and boot cut Levis all off of Amazon before I discovered Gustin. Then buying more denim than I needed (15+ pairs). I've since sold most of them, and have only one pair that I wear regularly, Downtown Browns. Still trying to sell my Black2s, Ox2s, and another pair of Downtown Browns in size 33 slim (I'm a 34~35 slim now).

    4. Before developing a style, I bought a lot of trendy Asian clothes off of Amazon and eBay. Ended up trashing all of them. Didn't feel they were even worth donating.

    5. And overall, really regret buying a lot of cheap items instead of a few good quality items. Bought lots of BR blazers, lots of Jcrew clearance items, Jos A Banks dress shirts, a couple Brooks Brothers 346 suits, etc.

    I'm still trying to nail down my style, and still keep making stupid purchases, but this time around I actually do a lot of returning, instead of keeping. I've nailed it so far down to:

    Dress shirts: Nordstrom Trim Fit
    Blazers: Jcrew Crosby
    Suits: Jcrew Crosby
    Denim: Gustin, breaking in a pair of IndigoGene, looking at purchasing Momotaro/PBJ
    Pants: Bonobos
    Shorts: Jcrew Stanton
    Shoes/boots: JPs, AEs, Red Wings, Wolverine. Bought my first pair of Aldens in black suede from Jcrew, and have been eyeing some shell cordovan Aldens.
    Ties: Chipp Neckwear, Jcrew, brands on deep discount from Macy's
    Socks: Darn Tough Socks, and socks purchased from Costco.
    T-shirts: Gustin, Jcrew

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    Quote Originally Posted by devastitis View Post
    5. And overall, really regret buying a lot of cheap items instead of a few good quality items. Bought lots of BR blazers, lots of Jcrew clearance items, Jos A Banks dress shirts, a couple Brooks Brothers 346 suits, etc.
    I made this same mistake, but I don't regret it. I learned what not to buy and what could be bought again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by devastitis View Post
    Definitely did the waiter outfit when I wore navy chinos with a khaki blazer. Looked similar to the servers at a function, and I haven't worn that khaki blazer ever since.
    Wow. I forgot I did that, too. We could have pulled this off together, though.

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    My choices are based on things I spent money on that I don't wear anymore. There is nothing inherently wrong with any of these choices. If you like/wear some of the things that I consider a mistake, I'm not trying to say that these things are wrong for anyone else. Please don't take these things personally.

    1. Skinny lapels. I actually thought skinny was the way to go. There seemed to be a lot of conflicting information on lapel and tie width online. Not a lot has changed. There are certainly at least two camps when it comes to lapel preferences.
    2. Point collars. I don't wear skinny lapels or skinny ties, so point collars don't really work for me. I have one I get a little wear of without a tie.
    3. Gingham shirts without a suit/sportcoat. I still wear gingham under a sweater some. Don't really like it with a jacket though. I got a few ginghams early on that sit in my closet.
    4. French cuff shirts. Every once in a while I'll break out a dark suit with a white french cuff shirt for something going on at night. Other than that my french cuff shirts sit in my closet. I even bought a couple french cuff gingham shirts which makes about as much sense as tits on a bull.
    5. Horsebit loafers. I never admitted in the other thread that I do in fact own a pair of this shoes. I was too embarrassed. I can't remember the last time I wore them.
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