I've never claimed to have any real sense of fashion. But honestly, I also never thought I was that bad at dressing myself.
That is, until I went to New York for the Intel Extreme Masters a couple months ago. I have a few old highschool friends who have done well for themselves, and live and work in New York, either on Wall Street, or lawyering, or doing something else trendy and high-paying.
So, naturally, I got together with them while I was there. I wore a normal Mr. Bitter outfit. Jeans. Sneakers. Hoody.
The first thing I heard was "what hobo did you beat up to steal that outfit?"
After that night, I talked to my good friend and colleague RotterdaM about it, expecting him to reassure me, but all he said is "well, you do kinda dress like a bum".
Okay, so I admit it. I don't get this fashion thing. It was never a big deal to me, but as fate as deemed it necessary to grant me a job where looking nice is a big part of being successful, I guess its time to grow up and build a real wardrobe.
So that's exactly what I'm setting out to do. My Christmas present to myself is going to be the beginnings of that endeavor. But I have no idea where to start.
This is what I'm working with:
T-shirts, most of which were given to me by teams, event coordinators, and sponsors.
Jeans, all of which I bought when I was in highschool. (class of '03) I've got this really cool pair of jeans with holes, and stuff, and I thought they were really fashionable, but Germans just laugh at me when I wear them. T.T
Shoes: I own a pair of New Balance running shoes, which I wear every day, and some house slippers.
Hoodies/Sweaters: I've got a few of these too, but even I can tell they're not all that fashionable. On the up side, they're nice and warm.
Formal Wear: I do own a nice, tailored suit that my buddy had made for me. It's a dark grey. Almost black. Jacket and slacks. That's it.
And from here, I'm utterly clueless as to where to begin.
Rotti says I need new jeans, but I'm not all that sure where I should be shopping, or what styles are cool.
I definitely want to buy some new shoes and boots, but again, I don't really know where to begin and what to prioritize.
And everything else just feels foreign to me. I'm lost in all of this.
Yes, my girlfriend will help me in all of this, but as someone who has told me I look great for the last 5 years, I'm not sure I trust her judgement too much.
So I ask you, TeamLiquid, to help me out.
This is my Christmas present to myself, and I'm ready to spend a couple thousand bucks over 2-3 months getting this whole thing going. Maybe I can provide pics and video along the way.