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    Check out Billy Reid for inspiration. The have a design aesthetic that fits with your lifestyle. If you make it down to the city, they have a store in SoHo. They can be a bit pricy, but you can source less expensive versions of key pieces that you like elsewhere. As you're in a four-season environment, I would focus on layers and texture. For OCBDs, I love Kamakura Vintage Ivy. Their fabrics are very thick and much more durable than what you typically find at an $80 price point. They have a store in Midtown.

    A few things to consider: cords (which are warmer and more comfortable than chinos in colder weather), chambray shits (which can be both elegant and utilitarian and great transitional pieces), crew neck sweaters (in neutrals like navy) and dark wash dress denim.

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    Shoes/Boots

    A nice dress boot should do you well. As referenced above, Cobbler Union makes some great-looking dress boots. I have some Cobbler Union oxfords and love them.

    I'm loving my recent purchase of AE Stirling boots. Very dressy in black, translucent lugged soles provide traction but aren't super noticeable as lugs, so they maintain the dressy look. On sale right now for about $310.

    https://www.allenedmonds.com/shoes/b...589-070-D.html

    Shirts

    I'm also enjoying my Ledbury shirts. They are great without a tie because of that second button placement. They are pricey, but sometimes they run a good sale. I found a few at Nordstrom Rack for about half off.

    https://www.ledbury.com/

    No matter which dress shirt you wear, give yourself a very finished look by using metal collar stays and some little magnets to hold your collar down. You can find Wurking Stiffs on Amazon for way too much money or you can buy metal collar stays from Amazon and get the little magnets at Home Depot.

    https://www.amazon.com/s?k=wurkin+st...nb_sb_ss_i_1_5

    Ties

    If you want an "investment" grade tie to wear on occasion, I don't think you'll find a better deal than Sam Hobar. Bespoke ties starting around $100. When you email them, a Hober answers.

    The website is a little clunky and hard to understand the ordering process, but just email them with questions and they will answer quickly (but don't forget the time difference--they are in Asia somewhere).

    https://www.samhober.com/ties/ties.htm

    Sports Coats/Dress Trousers

    I'm enjoying my Brooks Brothers suits and although it sounds like you don't need suits, I would imagine the sports coats are similarly good. I would stay away from the tech fabrics though and go for Italian wool. I have one Suit Supply suit and I would say that is a bit better made than BB, although they use the same fabric as the BB suits I own. So, I recommend them as well. But they don't go on sale as often as BB. And if you go to the store to buy, they are always trying to up-sell you.

    Sweaters

    The cold weather upstate gives you a great opportunity to wear sweaters and go for layered looks. I'm in So. Cal. now, and I miss that part of living upstate--wearing sweaters, not the cold--so, no suggestions for sweaters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexd3 View Post
    If you're essentially saying you want to move up from the standard BR/Jcrew/AE/etc. that gets thrown around here a lot... here's what I would suggest - and all these things are not cheap, some of these might seem a little ridiculous too. (I thought about not including the APC stuff, but it is really nice...)

    Shoes

    https://www.cobbler-union.com/collec...nac-grain-soho
    https://www.jfitzpatrickfootwear.com...wn-museum-calf
    I'm a big fan of both of these companies. If you get down to NYC on occasion, Justin Fitzpatrick has a store there now. By appointment only.

    https://www.jfitzpatrickfootwear.com.../our-showrooms
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