What not to buy?
I've been reading through all of the 'Men's basic articles' and I have been making note of everything Matt deems essential. However instead of merely listing everything, I thought it'd be easier with this link as it lists everything.
I am 16 and I'm wondering which things on this list aren't worth buying yet? I've stopped growing now (6"2), or at least I think I have, but I am still quite skinny (30" waist) but I represent my county for sprinting so it's not as if there isn't a reason. At my school we have to wear suits as well.
Is everything on this list worth buying at my age or not? Also, would it be worth investing in items at my age?
The most important thing to consider is what you will realistically be wearing most often. What style are you looking to go for on an everyday basis? Sure, we'd all love a tailored tux, that makes us look like James Bond at the casino, but will that be the wisest investment? I personally would probably have use of it once or twice per years. (And that's only because I sing in a choir where we're sometimes asked to wear tux's for concerts!) So with that in mind, I'd suggest the following.
Skip most of the formal wear. Good suits are expensive, and should only be bought if you plan to use them. One good suit in dark grey or navy is all you'll need unless you go to cocktail parties every weekend, or use it as business wear. Besides, you're too young to buy expensive suits. You may have stopped growing in height, but you're likely to build up weight and frame in the up coming 4-5 years, even if you are a runner.
If you want to invest, go for shoes. Your feet are not as likely to grow that much.
Thanks a lot! The advice I needed! Would you suggest coats/jackets as an investment as even though I will grow body wise, they normally accommodate enough space for this extra weight? Thanks!
Aside from buying clothes, remember that you're style will take a LOT of time to develop and it will keep changing and changing and changing. Don't expect things to happen all at once.
Shoes are a good start and jeans.
Completely agree with Marc and William. Don't go crazy on clothes because your style will be evolving. Now, I look at stuff I bought a year ago and already asked what the heck I was thinking. You're only 16, don't sweat it. But I will definitely invest in good pairs of shoes. For instance, a nice (but not too trendy) pair of sneakers, suede oxford or brogues, or a good pair of brown loafers is a good place to start and if it's of high quality it will last long (provided that you don't wear them to death and keep them in good conditions). I bought some classic Dior or YSL shoes a few years (on sale, so they didn't break the wallet) and still wear them occasionally now. The only items in my wardrobe that I still don't feel like putting on eBay, haha.
No, don't invest. If you really want a coat or jacket, look for well fitting, cheaper high street alternatives. Don't go for the expensive brands. Except if you need a solid winter coat. Never go cheap on winter wear - but I say that as a resident of Scandinavia, where winters can be both long and grim. It might not apply to where you live.
Originally Posted by Smith
Oh, and Will's got an excellent point about style development.