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So after reading Krishna's fashion thread I decided to go out and try something different from the regular way I dress. I'm
I've never really owned anything other than black, grey or blue. Always wore black shoes/belts or sneakers. All the shoes I've owned so far have been either sneakers or leather dress shoes. Only owned dark wash and black jeans plus my dress pants.
Anyways its heading towards Summer in Australia so I needed to add some more clothes to my wardrobe.
Went with a brown leather Chelsea boots and brown belt and chinos.. I already owned the two polos that I'm wearing.
Dark Blue polo
Dark Grey Polo
Didn't realize I cut off the shoes in the pic but its the same ones as before.
Any thoughts or comments appreciated since I'm super new to this.
Jake da Dawg wrote: You look legit, but stop using your pockets as small backpacks, that ruins the look.
Thanks for pointing that out. I noticed it immediately when I took that picture but forgot about it afterwards.
I minimized the stuff I carry in my wallet, half the cards in there I didn't even need on a daily basis, and I got a much smaller low profile wallet.
ETA wrote: If you're trying to stand out in an office environment, there's not much more you have to do. That's standard business casual. At most you'll be wearing this at the bar during happy hour.
If you're trying to stand out in other environments you'll need completely different set of clothes.
Check out these two accounts for style to begin with:
Thanks. I don't go out much. If I'm not working or training the only time I go outside if I'm invited by friends for lunch or dinner, or if i decide to go shopping or do a random walk in the city.
Also pretty much anything goes at work including jeans or if I go out in the field I have to wear safety boots and vests so doesn't really matter.
Decided that I should buy at least two new pairs of jeans since my current ones don't fit me properly. In the past I was really into powerlifting and over 100kg (220lb) bulked muscle. right now much slimmer 78kg (172lb). Back then I couldn't fit into regular jeans because my legs were too thick all i could wear were lose/relaxed cut. So I realy need to read up on how to shop for jeans.
Also checked out the two instagram accounts you posted. I'll try to get some inspiration from them. both seem legit. I realized I should learn how to wear a dress shirt and roll up my sleeves.. And again, in the past my arms were too thick to do the whole rolled up sleeves look but I should be ok now.
If you can wear jeans definitely go with those but you can rock some khakis in good colors like burgandy, olive, navy for the fall. I prefer dark brown to the standard light khaki look. It’s very default and brings the ceiling to your look down fast. The khakis i get most compliments in are express slim stretch. Mad comfortable too. I also have zara pants but you must get them hemmed to fit well
Always dress slightly above your colleagues especially if you’re South Asian.
Good footwear with proper care is the easiest way to pop in a business casual environment. I really like Banana Republics Mason Fit Line of chinos because the fit is loose around the thigh for those who squat and the tapered calf helps your shoes pop. Burgundy chinos with a white polo and sockless loafers is a clean summer look.
If you tuck in your polos, I would invest in a pair of shirttail garters from Kay and Jay. Say goodbye to muffin tops.
If you can, match your watch band to your belt and shoes. I stick with a silver bracelet style band to make it easier to match.
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As I mentioned I do not go out much, but last weekend I
I was invited to a BBQ/Pool party on Saturday. But this being Melbourne even though it was basically summer wather when they planned it, had turned into almost a week of rain and cold.
I was planning to try out some shorts and get appropriate shoes but that changed things. Ended up just being a BBQ
As I mentioned prior I tried out some slim fit jeans from Levis. I'm used to buying levis since are consistant and i've most worn them for most of my life. Usually I wore relaxed/loose cut because they let me fit my legs in there. Last year went down to a regular cut. Now I'm down to the point where i can fit into slim fit jeans.
Waist was 30in even though I know for a fact that my waist measurement is 32in at the hip. Also the waist going from relaxed to regular to slim changes even though its says 30in on the label..
I even measured the waist of the jeans and its not a consistent 30inches haha.
hmm my friend's wife did comment that the outfit looked dashing.. such a quaint thing to say.. lol
Wore the same outfit next day on sunday to a end-year party for one of the online meetup groups I'm involved in because too lazy to put together another one.
You'll notice I rolledthe ends of the jeans up because I didn't have time to get them properly altered.
What's the current trend of doing this?
When I was a kid rolling them up was all the rage. I believe it died out after awhile but i've seen people on instagram starting to do it again.
I suspect what they are doing is actually pinning but I don't think my jeans are narrow enough for that to work.
Dalton wrote: If you can, match your watch band to your belt and shoes. I stick with a silver bracelet style band to make it easier to match.
Been meaning to buy a new watch for awhile. This is my current collection
Most of the time I just wear the G-Shock since it's the most practical. (i actually do need a watch to check time never feel like looking at my phone).
The timex was just an emergency purchase years ago but seems that I wear it often these days to pair up with a brown belt and shoes. its a quartz movement and cheapest of the bunch. It's been reliable beater watch but don't really like how it looks.
The Seiko 5 probably my favorite. It's an automatic movement but it doesn't allow manual winding (wtf) so its kind of a pain since it dies so often.
I've been contemplating getting a Omega Speedmaster Professional. (aka. the moonwatch lol)
its 100% mechanical wtih no automatic winding so you have to wind it up yourself. that kind of appeals to me
its gonna be around AUD $5-6K though, but it should be so versatile that it's worth it. I can use it with metal, leather or nato straps.
Or I could just go ahead and plan to get a Rolex Sub.. yeah pretty cliche though.. lol
A used one should not be that much more than the Speedmaster.
But if money wasn't a factor I'd get a Rolex Daytona.. haha
Dude75 wrote: Your clothes don’t show your gains enough. And stick to black slim jeans and black chelsea boots.
I've been dressing to down-play my physique a bit recently. Among the people I associate with regularly almost no one trains. certainly not to the degree that I do or the time I've been at it. I'm approaching 15 years of weight lifting consistently.
Everyone can see and knows I lift and do other weird stuff like jiu-jitsu.. Hence most of the conversations I have are about training.
Also I do not "go out" at all, but on the rare times I do pretty much all the random conversation I face is about training. I probably stick out more because of my ethnicity as well.. Common to see a jacked white or black guy but I guess it's not often you run into a big brown guy.. (one of the most hilarious situations I faced was once when I was out with healthyadda from GLL and I was in the bathroom pissing and some Indian guy comes up to me and asks about training.. haha)
I've also moved away from bodybuilding/powerlifting at the moment. More concentrated right now on getting leaner and other more athletic stuff like running 5K, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Yoga.
Anyways got to hit the mall tomorrow for some training sneakers. I'll also pick up some plain white sneakers as well. From what I've seen they are really versatile + cheap.
Had to get some training shoes so picked up a pair of white sneakers along with my regular lifting shoes.
Disregard the pants. They are old and I know they don't fit well at all. Need to get slimmer fitting black jeans and get them altered so they aren't too long.
I'm also down to 76Kg
I should be at a legit 15% bodyfat now or close to it.
I'm always worrying about getting too small.. But as I mentioned last post even at this size I'm alawys reminded that I still look like lift.
When I was buying my shoes I mentioned to the checkout girl that it's the 3rd time I'm buying the same shoes (the shoes I train in, not the white sneakers) and she asked if I lift in them.
Haven't posted in here forever.. But last 2 months I've probably spent around 5 hours or more per week just walking around malls and looking at clothes, finding stuff that fits well. There were massive sales on too so bought a ton of stuff
I've also thrown out (donated) damn near half my old wardrobe. Partly because due to my weight loss almost nothing fit and partly because a lot of stuff in there didn't look good.
Down to 74kg (~162lb), my waist is down into the 29-30in range now. 30in pants with a belt fits great. I still have some weight to lose but hopefully my waist won't get any smaller and make these not fit anymore.
Been wearing those chelsea boots I posted here a lot. Mind you these were my first set of non-sneaker shoes I've ever bought apart from the oxfords I have for wearing with a suit.
First few days were terrible and really hurt.. But now they've become super comfortable as they broke in.
So I bought 2 pairs of shoes. Pair of dark brown double-monk straps and a pair of black chukka boots. The double-monks look great but not so sure about the boots.. I might return them or go for a larger size.
Also I dontaed pretty much all my dress shirts but I've still not figured out how to pick a shirt that fits properly..
Tried a new outfit, would appreciate input from Wood or anyone else
Weather is going from summer to fall here in Australia so I need to wear a jacket sometimes in the evenings
Can't wear my heavy winter jackets because not cold enough
I remembered I had this overcoat that I wear more formally. usually over a suit. I've gotten a ton of complements on it but only when wearing it over business attire.
It's actually quite light and not insulating at all so performance wise it's ideal for fall/spring.
wore it with a long sleeved Henley tee and denims.
I don't think it looks bad but I might be completely missing the mark so thought I'd ask.
btw I'm not trying to look edgy or anything. Just trying to look more professional when I go out I guess.
I do have a leather jacket that also works in this weather but i think it makes me look too young/edgy (I posted it 1st page of this thread). almost getting tired of people asking me if I'm in college (I'm 34 lol). So helps if it makes me look older/professional.
Might look into a light bomber jacket since they are cheap.. But again i think they make me look like a kid.
ps. sorry for the bad pics.. lighting in my room is pretty terrible and never using a DSLR doesn't really help. Jacket is dark navy.
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I'm down to 70kg (154lb) right now. Legit 29in waist.. Meaning those pants i posted on page 1 (31in waist slim fit chinos) don't even fit anymore.. feels bad man lol
So I go around looking for belts that fit.. Hit up so many stores in the last 2+ months and almost no one has 30in belts.. I needed a more formal belt asap for a new suit I got tailored. (I'll be taking some professional pics with a photog over the weekend I'll share some here)
I go into this somewhat mid-high end store and take a look at their belts. They are $70+ so I wasn't going to buy from them.. But I mentionn to the sales-brah how belts are too big for me after weight-loss and the guy shows me how you can remove the belt buckle, cut the belt to size and re-attach it.. literally takes 2mins (felt like an idiot for not even considering this method).. Mind = Blown how none of the sales people told me this (it would have been a guaranteed sale) in all the stores I've been at.
This guy saved me a bunch of money without me even making a sale..
So even though I thought the belts were too expensive I bought from them just out of principle..
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