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1. Clarks Originals Men's Desert Boot
- Stabilizing suede lined heel counter
- Platform measures approximately 0.5 inch
- Heel measures approximately 1 inch
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2. Seiko Men's SNK809 Seiko 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch with Black Canvas Strap
- To the start the watch initially, swing from side to side in a horizontal arc about 30 seconds.
- 37 mm stainless steel case and Hardlex mineral dial window and Precise 21-jewel automatic movement with analog display
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3. Timex Men's T20041 Easy Reader 35mm Brown Leather Strap Watch
- Adjustable brown 18 millimeter genuine leather strap fits up to 8-inch wrist circumference
- White easy-to-read dial with day and date window at 3 o'clock; Full Arabic numerals
- Silver-tone 35 millimeter brass case with mineral glass crystal
- Indiglo light-up watch dial. Wearing or storing the watch with the crown in the “middle” position will cause damage to the movement Always return the crown to the normal position, or if you wish to save the battery life while storing the watch, leave the crown in the “out” position
- Water resistant to 30 meter (100 feet): In general, withstands splashes or brief immersion in water, but not suitable for swimming or bathing
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4. Thorogood Men's American Heritage 6" Moc Toe, MAXwear Wedge Non-Safety Toe Boot
- REMOVABLE ULTIMATE SHOCK ABSORPTION FOOTBED uses dual-density polyurethane concentrated under heel and ball strike zones to absorb impacts and wick away moisture for the most comfortable out-of-the-box work boot out there.
- GOODYEAR STORM WELT CONSTRUCTION provides superior wear resistance and moisture seal between upper and midsole making these extremely dependable and long-lasting mens work boots.
- FIBERGLASS SHANK CONSTRUCTION gives these mens work boots the flex and strength needed to maintain their shape under heavy duress, and 6-inch flexible ankle support keeps you secure up top.
- THOROGOOD’S “JOB-FITTED” DESIGN means American Heritage moc toe boots are ideal for a range of outdoor and industrial applications - go-to boots if you work in construction or maintenance, if you’re a carpenter, electrician, engineer, farmer, machinist, mechanic, plumber, or anyone else who needs durable and comfortable boots while doing tough dirty jobs. The 6-inch non-safety toe moc toe boots have also become iconic boots off the job.
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5. Timex Unisex T2N651 Weekender 38mm Olive Nylon Slip-Thru Strap Watch
- Adjustable olive green 20 millimeter nylon slip-thru strap fits up to 8-inch wrist circumference. The case finish is polished
- Cream dial with full Arabic numerals; 24-hour military time
- Silver-tone 38 millimeter brass case with mineral glass crystal
- Indiglo light-up watch dial
- Water resistant to 30 meters (100 feet): In general, withstands splashes or brief immersion in water, but not suitable for swimming or bathing
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6. Citizen Eco-Drive Chandler Field Watch for Men, BM8180-03E
LIGHT-POWERED ECO-DRIVE: Converts any light, whether natural or artificial, into energy. Energy is stored in a permanently rechargeable power cell. The watch recharges continuously in any light to run forever, with no battery changes required ever.FOR YOUR ACTIVE LIFESTYLE: This Citizen silver-toned...
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7. Seiko Men's SNK807 Seiko 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch with Blue Canvas Band
- Round watch featuring blue dial with day/date windows at 3 o'clock, luminous sword-shape hands, and textured off-center crown
- 37 mm stainless steel case with Hardlex dial window
- Automatic self-wind movement with analog display. Case Back: Skeleton
- Canvas band with buckle closure. Case thickness: 11 mm
- Water resistant to 30 m (99 ft): In general, withstands splashes or brief immersion in water, but not suitable for swimming
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8. Seiko Men's SNK803 Seiko 5 Automatic Watch with Beige Canvas Strap
- Round watch featuring beige dial with day/date windows, sword-shape hands, and exhibition case back
- 37 mm stainless steel case and Hardlex mineral crystal dial window
- Precise 21-jewel automatic movement with analog display
- Features include luminosity, sweeping second hand, and canvas strap with buckle closure; Water resistant to 30 m (99 ft)
- Refer to the secondary images for the instructions on how to start the watch and on setting the day/date to English
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9. Red Wing Men's Iron Ranger 6" Boot
The product is natural leather and its easy for scuffs to happen but they rub out.This can be removed by a soft dry cloth and lightly buffed out the scuffs. The shoe has a steel shankMany customers buy Red Wing Heritage footwear 1/2 size smaller than their normal size. Goodyear welt construction, tr...
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10. Bulova Men's 96B104 Stainless Steel Dress Watch
- Round watch featuring logoed white dial with stick indices and date window at 3 o'clock
- 37 mm stainless steel case with mineral dial window
- Japanese quartz movement with analog display
- Croc-textured calfskin band with buckle closure
- Water resistant to 30 m (99 ft): In general, withstands splashes or brief immersion in water, but not suitable for swimming
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11. Bulova Men's 98H51 Stainless Steel Dress Watch With Croco Leather Band
- Round watch in polished rose gold tone featuring white textured dial with date window and slim stick hands/indices
- 37 mm stainless steel case with mineral dial window,Case Diameter: 37 mm,Case Thickness: 5.9 mm,Water Resistance: 30M
- Japanese quartz movement with analog display
- Croco-embossed leather band with buckle closure and Brown leather strap.
- Water resistant to 30 m (99 ft): In general, withstands splashes or brief immersion in water, but not suitable for swimming
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12. Seiko Men's SNK805 Seiko 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch with Green Canvas
Military-inspired timepiece featuring green dial, luminous accents, and day/date functions.Case dimensions: 37mm,Strap length: 7 inchAutomatic movement with analog display; Hardlex crystalFeatures green nylon strap with buckle closure. When setting the minute hand of a quartz watch, advance it to a ...
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13. Chippewa Apache Lace-Up Boot
Plain-toe ankle boot featuring debossed outstep logo.Debossed Logo May include Brand Name. .
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14. Clarks mens Desert Chukka Boot, Beeswax, 10 US
- Crepe sole
- Stabilizing suede-lined heel counter
- Platform measures approximately 0.5"
- Heel measures approximately 1"
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15. Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Stainless Steel Watch with Date, BM8240-03E
- Round solar-powered watch featuring black dial with stick/Arabic markers and magnified day/date window at 3 o'clock
- 36 mm stainless steel case with mineral dial window
- Japanese quartz movement with analog display , Duration time - Approx 6 months , At least 4 days from two second interval movement to stop
- Genuine leather band with buckle closure
- Water resistant to 30m (100ft): in general, withstands splashes or brief immersion in water, but not suitable for swimming
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16. Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion
- Security Window Film
- Excellent UV rejection 90% VLT, virtually clear, blocks 99% of UV rays
- 2 Ply 8 Mil Window Film
- Width: 30 in and Length: 6.5 ft
- Orders placed for multiple quantities of the same film will ship as one continuous roll up to 50 ft
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17. Seiko 5 Men's SNK793 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch with Blue Dial
Classic stainless steel bracelet watch with exhibition back featuring blue sunray dial and day/date windowAge Group : Adult ; 36 mm stainless steel case with Hardlex dial windowAutomatic movement with analog display. Assembled product dimensions (L x W x H):5.00 x 3.80 x 3.10 inchesSilver-tone brace...
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18. Timex Unisex T2N654 Weekender 38mm Blue/Gray Stripe Nylon Slip-Thru Strap Watch
- Blue/Gray Stripe Nylon Slip-Thru Strap
- Dial Color: Cream
- Full Arabic Numerals & 24-Hour Military Time
- Polished Silver-Tone 38mm Case
- Indiglo Light-Up Watch Dial
- Water resistant to 30m (100ft): in general, withstands splashes or brief immersion in water, but not suitable for swimming or bathing
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19. Clarks mens Desert Chukka Boot, Beeswax, 9 US
ImportedCrepe soleStabilizing suede-lined heel counterPlatform measures approximately 0.5"Heel measures approximately 1"
I'm 16, so I may be able to help you a bit with what would look good on you, since I wear this stuff.
As a few final tips:
MFA is a great community, but a few people criticize things pretty harshly, don't feel offended if this happens, its happened to most of us here.
You actually started out exactly where I was a few years ago. I'm still learning, but here are a few things that I've picked up along the way:
No problem friend, I basically only wrote this reply, after I saw the way you replied to the other comments - you seemed genuine about making a change to a better dressed man, and for me, dressing good is a form of good manners. Good job on the decision, it will be the one of the best you took in your life!
To your question: Yes, indeed. A business casual wardrobe is about versatility. If you purchase garments who can work together, you always have many more outfit potentials.
It is why I recommend most of all:
A few light blue shirts
A few white shirts
A black shirt
A button down oxford collar in white/pale blue
A striped shirt.
Blue chinos (The ones you are wearing in the photo are a super well fit for you)
Dark blue jeans
A gray sweater
A navy sweater
A brown pair of oxfords
A black pair of oxfords
Brown pair of double monk strap shoes
A navy blazer, I recommend hopsack weaving for casual style
A navy/charcoal suit, slim fit, notched lapels - I recommend suitsupply
Chinos in tan, olive, white
Basically friend, you just need to make sure that things fit you. If you are not a perfect height for your trousers, get them altered. If your shirt sleeves are too long, get them altered. This will indeed cost you some extra bucks on all purchases, but it is the best investment any man can make in dressing.
Another thing which is crucial to remember. Building a great wardrobe takes time. It is not something you just get in a minute, you need to work on it and get inspired. As you start wearing these clothes, and you get compliments leading to confidence, perhaps you start taking some more "risky" clothing choices. Personally, I wear a tie 5/7 days a week, even when I am not at work - For me, a tie is my art. I am very italian dressed, but it is a whole world different than typical American or British dress.
Check out these channels:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmRfQHc3U4fV1-i8Ry1HmtA - Real Men Real Style. This guy is all about business casual. Many informative videos.
https://www.youtube.com/user/AlphaMconsulting/featured - AlphaM. This guy has a channel which covers any "man" aspects, however, there are tons of good style videos aswell. This guy has a series where he turns people with "bad" style into great style. It is called "The Alpha M project" Watch those, as he take people shopping and talks about importance of fit and versatility.
Sven from Gentleman's Gazette, is deeply focused on men's style. Business casual is not his expertise, but he surely make some nice videos if you are into tailored construction, tie knotting etc.
Lastly, I can recommend the book named "The art of permanent fashion" http://www.amazon.com/Dressing-Man-Mastering-Permanent-Fashion/dp/0060191449
this is a wonderful book with many thoughts of style, with great photos of the style icons through the years. Much information on basically everything in men's style.
How much money do you have to spend on clothes right now? Take that money and spend half of it on a good, comfortable, nice-looking pair of shoes. If you don't have hundreds of dollars, go to a second-hand store or a vintage clothing store or something, but try to buy new shoes. You can buy cheap stuff for every other article of clothing if you like, but don't skimp on the shoes; they are the most important aspect of your wardrobe. A pair of black oxfords would be versatile.
Next, get a button-down shirt (or some shirts) which fit you well in the shoulders and waist. You want your shirt to fit like a second skin. Try to find something that is long enough that you can bring the front and back together at the crotch (more or less). Check the shirt(s) for mother-of-pearl buttons, good stitching, and, if patterned, check to see if the pattern lines up from shoulder to arm. Look up the word "gusset" and try to get shirts with gussets. These are some general marks of a quality shirt. You don't need all these things, but they are signs of quality.
Trousers: make sure they look good in the butt. No frumpy ass for you; no pucker either. Length: around the ankles...no flood, no bunch up at the bottom. Try to get something simple; some nice denim goes well with a dress shirt, a blazer or sport coat and a tie.
Check out the following books:
Dressing the Man
Gentleman: A Timeless Guide to Fashion
Esquire Handbook of Style
The Affected Provincial's Companion--this one is about fashion to an extent, but it transcends it and puts it into a decorum and lifestyle aspect. In fact, also check out Glen O'Brien's new book, How to be a Man if you're interested in a more lifestyle-oriented reason to look nice.
I honestly think the last two books would be a good start for you. Due to your description of yourself, I'd maybe start with How to be a Man. The first few paragraphs are shit, but it gets really good, especially by the time it gets to "How to be sexual". It seems like you need a much better reason to dress nicely than the reasons you've suggested. I think this book could really help you develop a better ethos regarding style, and maybe even help you with decorum (if you need help with that).
Check out this quick video for a great introduction to O'Brien.
Well this is not so special; sorry. Everyone comes to MFA with some backstory but every wants the same thing; to dress better. And the best way to do that is to read the sidebar. But I'm going to help you out while you read.
The best way to dress like Tony Stark (in my own humble opinion) is to dress casual-formal; that is to say dress up to formal then take it down. What this is going to entail is wearing jeans/denim with a button down shirt. Lose the tie though. So basically, the first piece of advice I'd give is Denim+Button down. Check out the denim guide; I can't speak too much about quality (I get what fits) but I personally buy from Gap, and their stuff is decent quality for the price. If you want to take it a step up, Raw Denim is the way to go. I know almost nothing about that so I can't help you there. Now when it comes to button downs, there are a couple of places to go. If you are anywhere near a Uniqlo, go there. They have extremely good quality stuff FOR THEIR PRICE POINT. You could probably pick up a good smattering of colored shirts; If not there, some other places that will have interesting patterns/color+good quality are J.Crew, Epaulet, Gap/Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers. I would recommend getting a bunch of colors and patterns, along with a few solid colors. Blue and Red are good colors that will match many colors of Denim. Get a few patterned shirts as well; I would recommend trying to keep the over shirt color 'light' though; nothing like Black and Green. If possible, stick to a pattern that is one color and white (e.g. blue and white).
If you want to take it a step further up, you can try out the Chino/BD style, which is more or less wearing well fitting chinos with a button down. This requires as much work as the denim/bd look, but you will end up with a slightly more monotone look (the most common chinos are khaki/black/grey). For this reason I would recommend that you consider getting some multi-colored pants; Red, Yellow, Green, Blue pants along with the standard colors will make you stand out. Some places to get these things are (again) J.Crew, Epaulet, Gap, Levi's, LL Bean, Lands End, and Bonobos. Bonobos tends to have more colors/patterns than others, but they are also much more expensive (less so with a referral) but I would recommend going to somewhere like Levi's or Gap and getting a pair of their $30-$50 colored pants. This look requires a lot more color matching, but the result makes you POP to the ladies.
As for the shoes, the shoe guide is quite good. Avoid sneakers, and perhaps look into getting a pair of these or These, MFA's favorite shoe. Both are different than sneakers and different than boat shoes. These are most winter/full pants shoes, so you'll have to look into a different pair for the summer.
I hope this helps.
You need to read a lot from the sidebar. It will help. I know it's a lot to read and it's intimidating, but it's worth the time investment. Also start paying attention to what you think looks good. Movies, pictures, people on the street. whatever. with time you'll get better.
Everything is too big. Since corsair_002 did an amazing job, I'll try to just give a few specific recommendations. You dont need to take them, but it might help you get at least 1 good outfit going.
One thing you dont want to do is get some slim jeans, nice footwear, dope shades, a new haircut and then wear a big old baggy shirt like this. You are a slim guy. Keep it all slim.
There's not a whole lot to go on here, what is your goal? Some people would recommend the sidebar, but personally I think it's a bit much and it tends to homogenize how some people look.
I would say, start off with finding some well-fitting casual clothes. Some white t-shirts, a pair of nice blue jeans (Try Levi's, 511's or 513's. Or spend a little more and get something nicer, like Second Narrow or 3sixteen.), and most importantly some footwear would be a good start.
For footwear, I'd recommend a pair of sneakers. What you get is up to you. Some recommendations I would make would be:
Vans Old Skools
Adidas Stan Smiths
Air Force Ones
I'd also suggest a pair of boots, but it might be out of your price range. I'm a fan of black boots, although most people on this subreddit would recommend brown ones. Some nice boots to start off with would be:
Thorogoods (the plain toe is nice as well)
Clarks, although personally I would recommend you get Sand or Oakwood instead of "beeswax". The beeswax ones do not age well, and they are kind of boring.
Doc Martens I am a huge fan of this model in particular
Finally, I would recommend a black jacket to start you off with. What you get is up to you. It could be a bomber, a trucker, a varsity, a parka, an m-65, or whatever. An olive jacket would also be good, though maybe not as cool.
Other than that, it's hard to give you recommendations without knowing what you like.
Don't cut your hair.
(also, your face reminds me a little bit of The Arm, if he was less menacing.)
The only link you provided that I approve of are the Sperry Top-Siders. I found the Ice to be very versatile and the solid black have recieved compliments as they aren't very common. Both versatile. Good with shorts and could even be formal enough for a summer wedding. Oatmeal, Sahara/Brown Buc Brown for a basic, well, brown.
For a watch I'll make a few personal suggestions. Of course, the Timex Easy Reader, Brown & Black. Bonus: Black face. This Seiko for a silver watch and I like this black Citizen Eco Drive as well.
Get some basic chino's in a good slim fit like the Dockers Alpha Khaki and some basic flat front shorts from Patagonia.
American Apparel for some staples. Cut down on your graphic tee's and get some plain stuff! I really like the Tri-Blend 50/25/25 Track Shirt for tee's, so comfortable. The black is actually a really dark grey, because of the nature of 'the blend', I really like it and it matches these dark grey twill plimsolls I have perfectly. They have great thin sweaters and cardigans too, browse what's available on Amazon, go on their website to see better images and what else they offer.
I don't mean to totally disregard your choices, I'm just showing you some items that I like, some good basics, and that's all I can muster before I head to bed.
Also, are you sure you're really a 32 inch waist at 6ft 150lbs?
So, both of the watches you linked are described as "fashion brand" watches. This means that a popular clothing company has taken a pre-existing quartz movement (usually) then put it into a casing of their choosing and branded it. These watches generally won't break, but they are usually poorer quality than watches made by genuine watch brands at approximately the same price point.
Timex is a good starting point for watches. They look good, hold up well, and generally have very few issues. They're also fairly inexpensive. They typically use quartz movements. Quartz movements use circuit boards and batteries to operate the watch. They're accurate, but the cheapest method for creating a watch.
The second primary method for a operating a watch is automatic movements. These can either be hand-wound by the dial on the side of the watch, or they use a small weight in the watch to automatically (see: name) wind the watch as you move. As your arm moves, the weight spins around and winds up the watch. Automatic watches are more expensive generally, but usually also higher quality.
A good brand for automatic starter watches is Orient. They have a number of offerings in the ~$100-$150 price range that are very very good quality for the money you're paying.
Here are some specific recommendations for watches that are a great bang-for-buck ratio:
Generally speaking, most watches from Timex, Seiko, and Orient are all great, quality starter watches. I personally own an Orient Mako II in pepsi, which I love. Feel free to PM or check out /r/watches for more information.
I'm sure I'll get raked for this but...
You should start with the loved/hated "MFA Uniform."
Some of the big ones that are helpful for beginners:
Shirts: Given your claim of being tall/skinny/long armed I'd doubly recommend Oxford shirts and rolling the sleeves in lieu of t-shirts, as an OCBD is suitable for nearly all occasions. A rolled sleeve will disguise if the sleeves aren't the correct length, and will also help you to seem better proportioned. Prices vary a lot, but you should be able to find some affordable ones at virtually any retailer.
Jeans: Fit is obviously the most important for jeans. Trends favor "slim" jeans but not everyone can rock it, so don't worry if you end up with "regular," but for the love of God avoid boot cuts or the like. A big thing you need to know is that jeans fade over time, giving them a more desirable appearance (better contrast/visible texture). Because of this you should get dark jeans (which go better with most clothing) and allow them to fade naturally over time. Here is an album of Levi's 511 "Rigid Dragon" jeans after 3 years of wear, to give you an idea of just how radically the colors of your jeans will change over time. Wear them as often as possible and wash them as rarely as possible (wash inside out only, cold water, do not machine dry), as washing causes the color to set in. If possible just get some Levi's jeans, they're not that expensive and they'll last a long time.
Shoes: Three words my friend: Clarks Desert Boots. Get them in Beeswax and they'll not only go with almost any outfit, but will be appropriate for almost any occasion outside of formal ones. CDBs run big, so get them in at least a half size smaller than you usually wear. Try not to get them wet, they're meant for moderate dry weather.
That's some starter advice for you, I hope it helps.
P.S. Don't buy stuff right away, try to keep an eye out for sales.
I absolutely love the style of that watch but as someone else with thin wrists, I could never wear it.
I wear a 36mm Citizen Eco-Drive and that's pretty damn close to my limit..
Also I must say I really recommend that watch for under $100 as being a well made stylish watch.
And it's SOLAR POWERED and even after 20 years the specially designed lithium battery inside with still retain 80% of it's original capacity. It will work in complete darkness for 180 days before dying.
Also 12 hours of sunlight is enough to power it for something like an entire week in complete darkness. It's insanely efficient.
I don't even go outside often and it charges so well from ambient light that I've never had the battery go low. Eco Drives are amazing watches and I highly recommend them for anyone that wants something that pretty much never needs maintenance.
(I've heard having seals changed every few years is good for ensuring water resistance though)
I know I sound like a Citizen salesmen or something, but I'm just an honestly impressed 22 year old who loves the hell out of the first good watch he bought.
There are a lot of intro to suit things in the sidebar.
Here's a quick run-down from what I know:
You need two suits, navy and charcoal. Both should be single breasted, 2 button (unless you're over 6'5" then 3), with notch lapels. The cut should be slim without being skinny, but you can get away with a slimmer cut @ 18 than you can in your late 20s.
You can stay simple with white, but I like a lighter blue with a bigger check like this, but again, a matter of preference.
The white shirt makes it easier to pick out a tie. If you're doing plain white, or a solid then you really should get a striped/patterned tie or at the very least it needs to be textured (silk knit). If you were to do a checked/striped shirt then pick a different pattern for the tie (e.g. checked shirt gets a regimental striped tie). You may or may not want to do a pocket square for an interview. I personally wouldn't for something as traditionally conservative as law school.
I think you should look at yellow for a predominant tie color, it's good for interviews.
I would look into getting brown shoes if you are wearing a navy suit, get a decent pair too as you'll want these for several years as well (try to get some leather bottomed oxfords).
Match your belt to your new shoes. The watch is a little weird, just seems like a hybrid of too many differing styles. Something as simple as the (perennially recommended in MFA) Timex Easy Reader is cheap and effective. It'll balance the look without overpowering. Leather strap is also better in a suit than metal.
Get a nice haircut before as well (well a few days before so it doesn't look too new when you interview).
Buy the suit in enough time to take it to a tailor, this really isn't negotiable, you must do this even if it looks like it fits off the rack. There's always a tweak. Also be sure to wear the shoes/shirt/etc you're going to wear to the interview to the tailor when you go to get alterations.
Get some Iron Rangers factory seconds. They go on sale from time to time down to $160. Great, great boot. I got some of the Red Wing insoles for around $25 that made a world of a difference as far as heat is concerned. Size .5-1 size down. If you have wide feet, don't size down to .5 size down, depending on your foot size.
You also have the Chippewa Service Boot. I got my brother some for Christmas and they are actually really nice. The "Cordovan" option looks lovely and is a lot more versatile than one might think as it's a more burgundy color. But it really works in occasions where you would wear this sort of thing.
The Thorogoods Moc Toe is a great boot as well for a different look. These can't be dressed up as easily IMO, but good boots the same. Red Wing has a similar boot if you'd prefer the look of it. It's also a good boot.
For all of these, get some nice wool socks. Darn Tough makes some good ones but I don't like the looks. Anonymousism also makes some good stuff provided you like the colors, but IMO are a bit overpriced. My favorite wool socks came from J. Crew last season. They are thick, warm, look good, and were reasonable priced.
If you have any other questions, let me know!
It's been referenced before, but the book Dressing the Man has as chapter on this. Basically, it says that there are two options for color coordination which are known to work well. The first is mimicking the amount of contrast between your skin and hair tones with the contrast in your clothes. For example, if you have pale skin and dark hair you can go high contrast like this. You fall somewhere in either high contrast or medium contrast, so the you can have a lot of fun. On the other hand, if you're light skinned and blonde you'll look better in less contrasting colors, like this. If you're darker skinned (black, spanish, whatever) then you can usually get away with more variations than a lighter skinned person would.
The second method of looking good with color coordination is matching colors that are found in your face and hair with the colors in your clothing. The most important color that people notice is your hair color, followed by your skin complexion, and thirdly your eye color. Matching parts of your dress with these colors is usually a safe way to go. Here is a good example of how to pull this off.
These two methods tend to work well, but obviously once you understand the basics you can experiment. I used only pictures of suits, but these principles can be extended to casual dress as well.
The best thing about the current outfit is the belt. Even that may be a little narrow/formal for the event, but it will do. You have four main items to focus in on this week. The most important being new shoes in a similar belt color and a watch. If you have the money new chinos and shirt.
Stafford Wing Tips for $42 are a good choice and can be found at your local JCPenny's. Read up on dress shoes and get something less formal. (Lighter shade of brown and brouging)
For the watch, a $27 Timex like this is a good deal and gives off a casual vibe. What ever watch you chose, get it from a reputable watch maker instead of a mall clothing brand. Timex, Seiko, Citizen.
Your current pants are baggier than what MFA typically recommends, an inch or two too long causing bunching by your ankles, and that is why you are seeing comments about poor fit. For your pants, I would get on the casual/slim end of the spectrum Gap's Lived in Slim khakis or a little more formal because of the leg creasing and fabric: Express Photographer. Pick a Light Brown, Lighter grey for less formal and a darker grey or navy blue for a little more formal.
For the Shirt I would highly recommend the Uniqlo OCBD. Sadly you may not receive in time so I would recommend J Crew's slim shirts. They fit similar but are a little more pricey. To make it more casual, get a shirt with a button collar, in a light summery color or patterned in a pleasing pattern like this.
Hope this helps and have fun next week!
Congrats! Although, for the record, "come back after you lose some weight" isn't very common advice in MFA.
As far as starting from scratch, the Basic Wardrobe guide in the sidebar is a great start, but you'll want to think about what works best in your climate, for your age, and for your job/school. It's a inoffensive baseline to help you be well-dressed while you learn and develop your own style. The incredibly abbreviated version is straight/slim-leg jeans in a dark, nondristressed wash, vneck tshirts, Oxford cloth button-up shirts with button-down collar points (aka ocbds), simple canvas sneakers in neutral colors like white or gray, and brown leather shoes or boots in classic styles.
Edit: More details for a basic wardrobe on a budget. I'm going to focus on things you can try on in person, since I think that's critical when you're starting from scratch.
You can pick up all of this stuff for $300-400, which isn't a bad investment for looking good.
2nd Edit: I just saw in another comment that you wear size 15 shoes, so mall stores may not work out for you after all. I put this guide to large-sized footwear together a few weeks ago, and you can see that most of the shoes I recommended above are available online in your size.
I'll earn some contempt from other MFAers for this, but I'm excited that you are eager to be a more sartorial Man's Man instead of the twinks, ironic nerd, preppies, and drop-crotch streetwear I keep seeing here. I appreciate their styles, but I want to see more blue collar style.
Footwear: Invest in some good boots Timberlands / Redwings / Thorogood
Pants: You want a slimmer chino, but you need to be able to move in them, so not too slim. Alphas / Land's End / Gap
I wouldn't bother too much with Denim, a single pair of slim fitting dark wash jeans if any for the time being. Quality denim is going to be out of your price range right now. Just don't get any that are pre-distressed.
Shirts: Fit will be an issue here. Your natural build is going have narrower shoulders than men of your height. Since we base successful fit on shoulders above anything else, you might be left with very tight fit throughout the chest and waist. Trial and error will be the only way to go about this, but I'd say avoid slim fit here. I could have this completely backwards though.
No Graphic T's /Henleys / Chambray is nice here in FL / Any patterned button downs (stay away from pearl snaps- we're trying to avoid flair)
Outdoor jacket: Timberland Waterproof!
*Jewelry - unless it has sentimental value, rings,earrings, necklaces, and bracelets are not what you are looking for
Haircut note: I'd recommend cutting the sides and back much much shorter, and you can leave whatever length on top. Right now it looks very youthful and wild instead of professional.
DW is a very "cheap" brand. It markets more than it prioritizes its quality. Simple quartz watch that boomed off of instagram and youtube promotions. Now, if you go through my posts about 3 months back. I asked the same thing, i ended up buying one, i ended up returning it. I picked up this Bulova http://www.amazon.com/Bulova-98H51-Stainless-Steel-Leather/dp/B000WUKJ0O
Bulova is a part of Citizen which is a very very reputable everyday watch brand. My first ever watch was a citizen eco drive that was all black leather straps and i loved it very very much. I would say look for brands that are very reputable and stay off marketing too much. Best everyday bang for your bucks - TIMEX (!) ( super casual not too businessy, and im a business person. i still have a weekender regardless, its awesome.) Bulova/Citizen (perfer citizen but bulova makes great dress watches for cheap and have good quality. Im SUPER pleased with mine and my two favorite watches are both my everyday citizen and dressy bulova).
Other recommended watches from me to you
EDIT: how could i forget Seiko as another recommendation. Great bang for the buck metal linked dress watch if youre in a everyday business setting. switch from metal link watches to leather bands and bam. eyes on wrist everyday as you walk in the office!
Fellow big-foot here. The struggle is real. I have wide-ass feet (wide ass-feet?), and have a terrible time finding shoes.
MFA is split on the sneakers thing, but I love a pair of New Balances just because they have consistently made shoes in my size. Depending where you work and who you are etc some simple, classic sneakers can look good with jeans and a button-up.
I love their classics line with jeans, and there are a bunch in size 15.
Generally, most classic, clean shoes work well with jeans and a button-down. I've been wearing a pair of white nike blazers recently which also come in a 15.
The MFA-favorite, the Clark's Desert Boot comes in a 15.
It looks like neither Apache nor Chippewa come in a 15, but you could probably peruse this post to find a brand that makes some. Even if they're a little expensive, always just buy the right pair of boots the first time! I skimped on my first pair, and I'm just counting down until next winter when I can justify buying the right pair.
That's a great find! The lack of heel might be odd if you aren't use to it, so watch for arch pain. As for the shoes, check the heel stitching and make sure it isn't loose, and that the sole is in good condition without uneven wear. A cobbler can easily fix those things. Also, check that the tongue and vamp seam isn't stretched or torn. Also, switch out the laces a thiner braid, waxed ones if you can - something slick to match the shoe.
As for care, definitely check out the "Put This On" episode that Thamonsoon recommended. Your initial clean will be cleaning the dust off with a damp cloth, get in the seams - try a toothbrush. Then wait for them to dry and give a good brushing. For continual maintenance, I'll copy my shoe care suggestions I made from another post here:
"I made another post about boat shoe care, so in that style I'll give you the basics of caring for your new shoes.
You will need a soft cloth, any jersey cotton will work, or you can buy a shoe rag, a stiff brush, cedar shoe trees and some shoe polish. This will cost you about $30 USD and last a while.
After they've set, buff you shoes vigorously with your polish brush until they have a lustre and you can no longer see the matte texture of polish. If you wish to "shine" your shoes, give them that reflective lustre, take your polish rag and give you shoes a once over with polish. Just enough so you can see you've covered the shoe. Then add a few drops of water to an area of the shoe an buff with the polish cloth to a mirror shine. Continue until the all the polish is buffed, adding water drops as necessary. That's all.
As for brands, Kiwi is affordable and accesible to most people. There are other brands, so if something is easier for you to get, that's fine. If you need help with selection, just give your location and I can find some local options. As for colour, try and match the polish, but if you don't want to, you can go with neutral - it will do no harm, but your shoes may have a diminished lustre or show more patina ageing as you wear them, as it lacks any colouring. Definitely don't think an "Express" or "Rub-on" option will do the same, it won't and your shoes will suffer in the long term because of it.
That's the basics for at-home care. If you have any problems with them, like a seam opening or your soles are wearing in places, don't hesitate on bringing them to a cobbler. Ask around for recommendations, or check online review sites for your area to find a one. A good cobbler can do wonders to bring your shoes back to life, or modify them for your needs. I'm not sure what brand you have purchased, but some shoe companies offer rebuilding services for shoes that are significantly worn, but can still be repaired.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask, and good luck with your new shoes!"
I used to buy a lot more stuff, but lately I've been trying to slim down to just a few, high-quality items. Of the things I own, here's a few that I really love:
The best way to spruce up this wardrobe is to do it better than everyone else. Some of your freedom is restricted, but not all of it. There's a thousand light blue OCBDs out there, a thousand hairstyles, a thousand tie designs, a thousand belts, etc. etc. Make sure everything fits well and is well designed. Here's a few ideas:
OCBD: Uniqlo, Gap, J. Crew Factory. Spend a few bucks and get it tailored so it fits perfectly.
Pants: Dockers, Topman, Gap. Look for skinny, slim, or tapered fits. Get them hemmed to no break, and if you're wearing them with boat shoes, cuff them a bit, if you're allowed to.
Belt: Everlane, Tanner, Norstrom Rack. I know, I know, you're a student and spending almost $100 on a belt seems dumb. That's just to give you an idea of the kind of design to look for. Nordstrom Rack usually has a good selection of nice designer belts.
Sneakers: Jack Purcell, Superga, Tretorn. Not sure whether "solid black" means no white allowed?
Boat Shoes: Sperry, Sebago, Dockers. Get brown. Trust me. And please don't wear socks with boat shoes. I don't care what the school says.
Ties: Seersucker, Knit, Stripe. With ties, look for unique fabrics and prints, like chambray, linen, and seersucker, floral, stripes, and solids, etc.
Extra Stuff: A nice watch, cool sunglasses, and a classy tie bar.
Hope this helps?
No shoe lasts forever, but here is how you can help yours try
If you take care of your shoes and treat them well, they can last up to 15 years and still look beautiful.
I own one, and it's the gateway drug to watch collecting. It's a good, cheap, starter watch - but you'll probably end up getting something more expensive if you really like it.
Pros: it's a good quality, good looking, dirt-cheap (for $30 on Amazon, you can't go wrong.) "basic" field watch, NATO straps are cheap and come in dozens of colours/patterns, the quartz movement is extremely accurate, the battery life is good (haven't changed mine and I've had it for a year), the mineral crystal won't scratch easy so it's a good beater, and if you press the crown the face glows green for night reading (their "indiglo" feature).
Cons: it's simple, there are no complications like date/day, it is loud, it only has a water resistance of 3 ATM (so just splashes), and (I could be wrong) but I don't think it has spring pins on the lugs so you're stuck with NATO straps. Also, if you get right into your watches, you might want a mechanical over a quartz (even though they're more of a hassle, they're just somehow cooler - the Seiko 5s mentioned are automatics). Personally, I don't love the polished case either - I prefer a more subtle brushed steel look. If you do get one, be aware you can get them with a white or black face. The watch is 38mil in diameter, too, which is about the smallest you can get for a men's watch - so be aware if you have a big wrist it might look small.
This is a great alternative if you want a mechanical watch, but it's a little more expensive - but still great value.
Excellent, let me nerd out for a second about suits. Also, that documentary is a GREAT starting point. Personally, it makes me want to become a tailor, and it makes me sad that tailoring is becoming a dying breed of old people who have no younger people to take up their mantle.
So, before you get into the process of suit making and all of that, and the art that is tailoring. I encourage you to read up on what makes a suit, a suit. But, I'll cut it down real simply for you and leave some links so that you can read up on in depth if it suits you (hodor).
Let's start with the most basic question. What is the foundation of the suit? Strangely, the foundation of the suit, is the shoulder. The drape of your suit and the cut of your suit starts from the shoulder and moves downward. So like we always say, if it doesn't fit on the shoulder, put it back on the rack. There are tons of different types of cuts for shoulders, and how it's padding, and how the sleeve is attached to the shoulder that is all unique to each cut, although it is becoming more homogenized (Personally, I'm an italian cut kinda guy, Neapolitan in specific). How do you like your shoulders? Straight across? Narrower? No padding at all? Extreme sloping? These are the questions you should consider when bespoking your suit, or purchasing your suit in general. How do you like your shoulder to sing?
Next, lets move onto the beauty that is the lapel roll, the flower of the suit, the thing that blooms, the detail that gives your suit depth. A detail that simply resonates with the rest of your suit, don't be flat (jos. a bank), the lapel roll is a piece of art of itself, and a good dry cleaner will not press the life out of the lapel. Of course, you could just do it yourself.
So now that we have touched the outside of the suit. Let's dig a little deeper, how about the inside of the suit? Perhaps as important as the shoulder, is your canvassing. Why is it important? Because canvas is what gives your suit a shape, it's the thing that slowly molds to your body, a quality suit will slowly mold to your body and drape better and better with each wear. A suit with the proper insides need's no hanger to give it shape (put it on a hanger). It almost wears itself (ignore the fact that they are trying to sell something).
Here is some more reading on canvassing
In closing, how about some master tailors talking about their art?
Multiple tailors from naples discuss their life of tailoring
And now, some books.
A menswear book, a little more for the older gents and those more intersted in history. But very much a classic book that is highly praised for being all encompassing.
How about a book that teaches you to make your own garments?
And a machiavallian approach to the suit. Maybe not as highly praised, but more reading can't hurt that much.
Let's ask some people about their thoughts on the suit and it's changes through the years.
1, 2, 3, 4.
And let's touch on the tuxedo for a bit, probably a little pretentious (especially that esquire guy), but for some reason I like watching people dress up while giving their thoughts..
And finally, a series of videos on a class about suit construction (mainly for women).
Probably doesn't entirely answer your questions, but hey, suits are awesome. If I had enough money to wear a suit everyday for every situation (james bond) I would. If you have the opportunity to apprentice under a tailor, I highly suggest it, maybe you won't become a master tailor, and you most likely will not get paid, but it would be an awesome experience to be under a master craftsman.
spreading out the money over three pairs will get you three pairs of crappy shoes. If you need to start from scratch basically, two pairs for 150 would be doable. Since you're 17 and in high school, I'm assuming you don't really do much walking around in puddles/snow since you just walk from the car/bus to the school and back for the most part, is that right?
Do you have something to wear in the snow when it does snow? What do you normally do?
If that's the case, you can get away with getting some three-season shoes instead of a winter boot.Clark's Desert Boots in Beeswax leather is something that is recommended a lot (the subreddit logo is even a desert boot) because they look good with virtually anything besides shorts. The only problem with these is that even though they are a boot, they are a desert boot and are made primarily for warm climates. Even if you treat them with a waterproofer, water will still get through the seems and they won't keep your feet very warm. If you don't do much outside walking, that's not really a problem though. Try them on in a store first and then shop around for a good deal. You should be able to find a pair for like $70 or even less.
If you wear shorts, you need a pair of shoes to wear with those. A pair of light grey or off-white converse will fit nicely. Light grey is a little less harsh and you can wear white shirts with them. I have a pair of white Jack Purcells but when I wear white shirts, it feels a little too matchy-matchy. Chuck Taylors are a little cheaper (~$45) but they are more ubiquitous, while Jack Purcells look a little nicer imo (at ~$55).
you should have like 30 bucks left over after that, just save it or grab a pair of leather laces for your Converse. If you have to pick just one, I would pick the Converse if you're planning to wear shorts. If not, then go with the Clarks.
Oh, just remembered another option instead of the Clarks for you would be this LL Bean Blucher Moc. You can wear these with basically anything, including jeans and shorts, and they should be able to take more weather than the desert boots will. If it gets wet where you live, you might consider these instead of the Clarks or instead of both. When it gets cooler, use some of your other cash for some wool socks and that should look really great while still being functional.
If you don't have a winter boot and if it snows a lot where you are/you spend a lot of time outside, you might consider getting a pair of boots with your money instead. These fit your price range, look good, and should last through a lot.
Also you should check out /r/TeenMFA and /r/frugalmalefashion because there are a lot more kids in your age and with your type of budget restraints.
Despite not really liking watches, after a lot of pestering from friends and family I've decided to buy a Timex Weekender, but I have some questions regarding the watch face and strap. For reference, the attire I would most likely be wearing with this watch would be your basic bastard /r/MFA uniform (ocbd, dark wash slim fit jeans, etc)
Thanks in advance!
With my amazing ability to estimate quid to dollars I'll try to help you, friend! A beautiful pair of work boots I often suggest are Eastland moc toes.
They should keep your feet dry and they are simply stunning casual boots for extremely cheap and they will last much longer than a year I believe.
A more pricey option is Thorogood who are pretty great Red Wing impostors that last a long time!
Here's there moc toes in 6". There's a %20 off code for all thorogood boots on Amazon I believe BOOTUP14 that might still be working and those aren't very expensive at all if you'd even look to spend £150 on boots.
For about 150 pounds Red Wing sells beautiful moc toes. Red Wings Mocs can look really stellar in every look.
Tell me what kinda look you're looking for and maybe I can be more specific.
It seems like you're already getting advice on the "new jeans" front (also check out the links on the side -->), so I can offer some shoe recommendations if you want.
Basically, there are a LOT of options in between "gym shoes" and "dress shoes." It really depends on your style. You could go with a simple canvas shoe like these if you want to stick with sneakers. For a slightly classier look, Sperry boat shoes are comfortable and never go out of style.
I love my Sperry Topsiders, especially now that it's getting warmer out, since you can wear them without socks and they go with shorts as well. But I live in an area where "preppy" style is the norm, so boat shoes are almost required :P
For shoes specifically with jeans, another common MFA recommendation is desert boots, especially Clarks. They're a great casual/going out shoe with jeans, and a good summer pickup as they are meant for warmer months.
Hope that helps! Also check out this guide for summer shoes.
For watches, I've owned smart watches (pebble and a moto 360) and own many analog watches. I prefer analog to a fitness or smart watch any day of the week if your primary purpose is to have a watch on your wrist (and not an extension of your smart phone).
For watches, I have 3 recommendations, all under $100:
Watches are extremely personal. The colour of dial, bezel, and strap can be endlessly customized. Gold tones are very popular right now though a black strap/silver or white dial will always be a classic.
Another thing to consider is the size of the bezel. You'll want to pick the right size of watch depending on your wrist size.
Shirts - First and foremost is fit, make since your young make sure that everything fits you very well. J.Crew, H&M, Gap, and Factory, all make pretty decent casual button ups, I would advice getting some gingham and windowpane shirts as they can definitely give a button up a more youthful look. Try to stick to your basic colors but feel free to experiment a bit more since your still young and you can get away with it. Another thing to remember is that since you are wearing these casually try to stick to button down collars.
Shoes - I like those shoes, and I wore a similar pair as a senior last year. I also was not just starting out when it came to clothing and had already developed a personal style, so I didn't get weird looks and was comfortable at school with them on. I would recommend waiting on the loafers until you have developed your style and are sure that they are what you want. Until then I would get some Clark's Desert Boots- cue circlejerk
A good computer bag.
Not even joking. It's the one thing I always have with me when on campus.
After that, this is going to sound cliche, but take a look at the MFA uniform and draw inspiration from there. Some Clarks Desert Boots, a good fitting pair of dark wash jeans, and an Oxford cloth button down look great together, and are a great place to start. You'll probably want to look more towards fall/winter styles than spring/summer styles though (unless you live somewhere that is hot in the winter).
Unfortunately it is hard to give specific advice without knowing where you're starting at, but remember that fit is king. There is nothing more important in the world of fashion than making sure that your clothing fits properly, and definitely check out the sidebar (over on the right).
edit: Oh, and if you're in a business program, make sure you have business casual or a suit ready (if not both). You'll need them for presentations and events.
A: Congrats on deciding to dress more fashionably. I don't think that you should necessarily conflate this with dressing "more grown-up." Many grown-ups dress sloppily/non-fashionably/wear clothes that don't fit.
B: Good job reading the sidebar. For additional information I am a big fan of Alan Flusser's book "Dressing the Man." It focuses on what, today, is a formal wardrobe for the average man. It explains many of the "why"s of wearing items/fabrics/patterns. I also recommend the "Basic Men's Fashion" series of articles on the website fashionbeans.
C. There are a few keys to spending your money wisely. First, fit is key. Ask questions and read up in order to understand how each article of clothing should fit. Second, certain things are in or out of fashion. Pleated pants, for instance, are really out of fashion (with the possible exception of suit trousers). When in doubt, simpler is usually better when it comes to styling. Third, figure out what colors work together and what colors work for YOU. Your complexion will play a part in choosing what to wear.
D: It sounds like you may want a separate set of clothes to wear in the lab if there are really accidents as often as you say. It would just be unfortunate to buy some nice clothes and ruin them the first week.
E: The shoes are rather unfashionable. Some would even say "ugly." Ideally, shoes should be shaped to fit your foot. A squared or extremely pointy toe is a no-no. The toe of these is rather bulbous looking. Rather than coming to a smooth round toe they kind of flare out. In addition, the sole gives them a chunky look. This contrasts with the leather and the stitching just throws everything off. The shoes seem unable to decide whether they want to be a work boot style shoe (brown leather, chunky sole) or a more casual sneaker type of shoe (toe shape, contrast stitching).
F. It is sometimes said that your shoes should be the most expensive part of any outfit. Shoes can be pricey but when well-cared for they will really last. It is also a lot easier to find shoes that fit (for most) than pants or shirts as foot sizing varies less than body sizes. I would recommend a couple of the following classics.
Okay, that leaves you with plenty of options, then.
First direction you can go, and this is what I would probably recommend, is a metal band like this Seiko 5 or this Orient (use the code iloveorient to get 50% off at checkout). You should be able to get away with wearing these two watches with a suit on down, though wouldn't be appropriate with a tuxedo or a super-important interview. Both of them have well-respected automatic movements made in Japan. The Orient is a bit larger than the Seiko, as it's an homage to the Rolex Submariner, the most famous dive watch in history. It's look is both sporty and classic, so it works well in a wide variety of settings. The Seiko is slightly more formal than the Orient, but it also works in a variety of settings. For the record, metal bracelets aren't technically formal, but they'll work in most offices, and it sounds like it won't be an issue for you. Also, you could choose another color for the watch face, but the navy blue works with both black and brown ranges, so it's again safe for many settings.
The other options is to go with a leather or canvas strap on something like this Seiko 5. This is very similar to the other Seiko, but slightly more casual. The idea with this one is that you can swap out the straps (which you can do with the other ones, as well, but the metal bracelet is more of a leave it on for any situation). This allows you to change the look easily to dress it up/dress it down. You can throw on a brown or black leather strap for dressier situations or throw on a canvas NATO strap for casual outfits. Straps are around $20, and you can easily change the straps with a ~5$ springbar tool.
If you want to just one watch and just to leave the bracelet on, I'd go for the Orient. If you want to be able to change the look of it up, go for the second Seiko 5.
Hey fellow midwesterner,
Try looking at /r/frugalmalefashion for deals. You can really get some amazing deals there.
But besides that, here are the few things I can suggest;
Tshirts: [Uniqlo Supima Tshirts] (https://www.uniqlo.com/us/en/men/t-shirts/short-sleeve/supima-cotton/), H&M Basic Tees (Just because they are cheap and fits me perfectly), Wohven (Tshirt subscription for $8 per month which delivers good quality tagless plain t-shirts).
Shirts & Button Ups: [Brook Brothers Blue Oxford] (http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Solid-Oxford-Sport-Shirt/MG01372_____BLUE_MED______,default,pd.html?src=googleshopping&amp;cmp=ppc_us_GG_pla_Men%27sShirts&amp;gclid=CjwKEAiA2abEBRCdx7PqqunM1CYSJABf3qvaJzMdov7_cDkjagUYYv8vI7bsXNFBcoXyM6IgEsCkMRoCGY3w_wcB), Casual Shirts from Charles Tyrwhitt
Pants: [Levis Jeans] (http://www.levi.com/US/en_US/mens-jeans/p/045112110?camp=CAGPLA_DF:04511211003334:LEVI), [J Crew Factory Chinos] (https://factory.jcrew.com/mens_special_sizes/Slim/pantsdenim/PRDOVR~07310/07310.jsp), Jomer Chinos (Very hard to get hold of these, sign up for their newsletter and see when they are back in stock)
Shoe: Adidas Stan Smith (Currently on Sale), [New Balance] (https://www.joesnewbalanceoutlet.com/men/shoes/lifestyle/?Categories=men&amp;Categories=shoes&amp;Categories=lifestyle&amp;PriceRange=&amp;OnSale=&amp;Icon=&amp;Brand=0&amp;PageSize=24&amp;Page=1&amp;Branded=False&amp;ListType=Grid&amp;Text=&amp;Sorting=LowestPrice) (Good Prices at their outlet store), Clarks Original Chukka, [Golden Fox Boots for Snow] (https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Dfashion&amp;field-keywords=Golden+fox) (These are some of my favorite boots for cheap. They are extremely comfortable.)
Outerwear: [Parkas] (http://us.asos.com/men/jackets-coats/parkas/cat/?cid=12931), (ASOS usually have some good ones), Pea Coat (Not extremely sure where to shop for a good pea coat), Uniqlo MA-1 Bomber Jacket
Again, there are some of the basics, cheaper options that I can think of. Good Luck
This isn't technically under $100 but it's pretty close. I just got it and I love it. I like the way it looks better than the Weekender it replaced and the Seiko 5. Sure the Eco-Drive is a quartz movement but hey its accurate, won't run out of juice, and is surprisingly well-liked on /r/watches.
Edit: and they're doing a discounted group buy on Massdrop right now! It could go down to 72 dollars.
I'm not positive but I don't think roughout will do very good in wet conditions. Also I think if you don't like the color of the boot don't buy them, get some boots in a color you like. I'm guessing you want those because you can get them cheap locally, but if you're trying to stay cheap maybe something like this or this might work better for you. Or look for some used Red Wings.
Something with a lugged sole will grip much better than the wedge sole on all of these but I think unless you're running around in snow/ice very frequently you'll be fine, plus you could always get some cleats for them. It'll be pretty impossible to make any boot completely waterproof but they'll be quite water resistant as they are without any conditioner/wax.
Also, check out r/goodyearwelt.
I would like to throw in the Seiko 5 as a very viable option to the Timex Weekender. Little more expensive, but it goes on sale pretty often for like $50. It's a great way to introduce yourself to automatic watches, its really versatile and looks much better than it does in the bad pictures on the amazon article. Get a couple NATO straps like almost any of these that aren't to flamboyant and you are set for most occasions. Of course, if you just have loads of cash to blow then go for something nicer, but this is the ultimate basic watch in my opinion.
Yeah thats true, fashion oriented questions might be better here, but /r/watches does do fashion as well as functionality... Also you might want to give it a try and specify that your mostly focused on fashion (although 'that' they might not take too lightly too xD). I know they do respect cheaper watches as well over there, the Seiko 5 for example gets a lot of love
awesome, those shoes arent really my style either, just sort of a safe, classic look at a low price. Honestly both those shoes you linked look pretty cheap and awful. How do you feel about these Allen Edmonds? Much higher quality, very classy, great dress shoes, and can even be dressed down.
Are you looking for casual shoes, work shoes, dress shoes, or a combination? another mainstay classic are the Clarks Desert Boots, a great shoe for at the office or at the bar with your friends.
I'm not a fan, personally. They're not most flattering and if you're just going to have one pair (I'd recommend having two biz cas shoes if one at least one is leather to give them a day to breath), I'd go with brown because I think its a little more versatile.
This guide is pretty helpful and has some links to further guides. But hard to go wrong with some oxfords, derbies, chukkas (the meme itself, Clark's Desert Boot in beeswax is your budget option), loafers, etc.
A lot of people will recommend getting some Allen Edmonds and similarly priced and they're not wrong. They're beautiful shoes that'll last you for years. If you can swing it, I would. But if you're not prepared for the investment and want something cheap, the Stafford shoes at JCP really aren't bad at all for the money. Here and here if you want boots. And they're on sale. But thats on a budget and they will crease, so use shoes trees after use.
Explore some of the styles I mentioned and check the guide. Don't just pick what I like, ultimately you have to like it.
Also, if you can get away with it at work, some nice clean and minimal detailed sneakers can be worked into a biz casual, depending on how casual we're talking. Like Greats Royale. But only if you can get away with it. I would definitely still get some nicer shoes.
I don't think you dress all that poorly for a 19-year-old college student, for the record, but if you want to change your style to something (a) more mature and (b) that she will be impressed by, do the following:
Step 1: Go to J. Crew (probably J. Crew Factory, if there's one near you - similar stuff, and much cheaper)
Step 2: Buy 5 button-down shirts you like, 2 polo shirts, 1 pair of dark blue jeans (can also get this from Levi's, which might be preferable actually), 1 pair of Driggs pants (navy, brown, or dark green)
Step 3: Buy a nice pair of casual shoes. I've been getting a lot of compliments on these recently, and this is a great price for them (I paid 79 euros for them when I was travelling in Europe this summer, didn't know they had U.S. locations until I just checked). /r/MaleFashionAdvice has been recommending Clark's Desert Boots for a long time, and you can't go wrong with them either.
You won't find a good skeleton watch in that price range. If you do find one it may look nice, but more than likely it'll be very cheaply made and won't be built to last. For around 150 you have a ton of options. I'd recommend the
or various Seiko 5's 1 2
Orient Mako, it comes in a variety of colors
Deep Blue makes a nice dive watch, this is the quartz version, the mechanical version is a little more expensive.
You can also look into homage watches like Alpha but these are lesser quality than the ones listed above. I'd stay away from brands like Invicta, Stuhrling, and even something like Skagen. If you're going to shell out $150 might as well get your money's worth.
Alright - with all of those things considered...here is my advice. This Seiko 5 is well within your price range and can work in both casual and professional settings. I have one myself, and it's much better looking in person than in the stock photos. Additionally, at only 38mm wide and 11mm thick, it is quite small and won't look big on your wrist (I don't know your measurement, but you should be good). Now, you said you like leather - I suggest putting this hadley-roma strap on it. You may need a spring bar set to help you out, but it's really easy. These three purchases will still put you in at around $50 under budget and a sweet looking wrist piece. Also, if you're looking for what the final product will look like, here is mine with the exact same set up
Yeah I don't want to spend more because honestly 90% of the day my shoes are under a desk. I just really like the comfort level of the Sketchers. When picking out shoes, I would wear crocs if they were the most comfortable things on earth, looks are a far 2nd place.
That being said, if given a choice I would want what looks best if they are all the same level of comfort.
So you are suggesting these pair of shoes/boots? I gotta be honest, they don't look very comfortable. (I have sissy feet mind you).
I know just about everyone here is on board with the Timex Weekender (for good reason given its cost and versatility), but if you'd like something different, check out the Seiko 5. The automatic models are all pretty great. I have a similar build with long, thin arms so consider something <40mm. Maybe this. It's a great timepiece, offered in several colors, and you get the same versatility with switching out NATO bands.
I was going to recommend the Timex Weekender but you seemed to already have looked at it. I'll recommend Rodina because you seem to like clean styles.
Heavily recommended around here is the Seiko 5 SNK8XX series. I have the SNK809 which is the black watch face and I absolutely love it. Can wear it with a black leather band/stainless steel one for dressy occasions or a NATO strap for casual wear.
Ok, this is so eerily similar to my own situation that I felt I had to comment. I haven't lost my Easy Reader (yet), but I've been looking around a bit and I've liked both the Bulova watch mentioned by DanOlympia (it comes with a brown strap as well) as well as this Citizen eco-drive. I saw the Citizen on someone the other day, it looks really good, it's not too expensive on Amazon, and I think it's pretty good quality.
Get a more "mature" looking haircut, anything longer and unkempt always makes you look younger.
Try not to wear anything super trendy. Will help you keep a wardrobe longer (avoid large patterns in shirts, especially pants). Try to keep everything you buy more on the classic, "toned-down" side, i.e. flat color chinos, simple button-down shirts, and get some chukkas or nice shoes. Follow /r/frugalmalesashion for the best sales.
Try to avoid sneakers and athletic shoes.
If you get simple stuff (J Crew, Gap are best for pants IMHO as well as shirts) (Clarks or others for shoes) and take care of them (esp your shoes) you can keep them for a longer time and avoid having to get rid of stuff because a certain trend is over. Most of my button down shirts are several years old and khaki chinos and a pair of plain dark, well-fitting jeans (Levi's are almost always on sale) won't go out of style
ALSO get a watch
and gear an outfit that will let you tuck shirts in if you can, that always makes you seem more mature if you do it right (don't tuck a dress shirt into jeans. avoid dad moves)
To echo the other comment: with regard to watches, you get what you pay for.
I'm not sure what sort of watch you're interested in, but the Seiko 5 automatics are pretty much the best bang for your buck. As far as entry-level watches go, I personally like this Citizen eco-drive the best.
I see that you wrote that everyone here seems to like the weekender. It's one of the better budget watches sub $50. It looks like you're open to suggestions, but seeing as how you're looking for affordable watches, I'll keep my suggestions under $100.
Might I suggest getting an automatic watch instead. Seiko 5's are incredibly popular as a first "real" watch, the most popular I've seen is probably the SNK809.
There's also the Citizen Eco-Drives with a lot of popular models such as this one, but keep in mind it's still a quartz (it's a quartz watch that automatically powers itself using a built in solar panel).
There are other watch makers (or even vintage like the affordable Vostok Amphibias) I suggest these two lines of watches because they are automatic watches from reliable watchmakers that make your watch more than just something to keep track of time, we have cellphones and other devices for that. You can find the suggested watches cheaper elsewhere than Amazon usually.
Well, I can only speak from personal experience, but Nike Janoskis are super comfotable sneakers.
If you're feeling like going full MFA uniform, then the Clarks Desert Boot is also a great versatile, comfy choice.
Finally, at the higher end, the Allen Edmonds Mcallister wingtip oxford in walnut calf is a surprisingly versatile shoe that will last a lifetime and look damn stylish doing it, so long as you take care of it. Once they're "broken in", AE shoes are incredibly comfortable.
As a frequenter at r/watches and a lover of finer watches, I'd still have to say yes, absolutely. The design is immaculate. You're not giving off a sense of esteem or prestige; rather, you're giving off a sense of sensibility. Several factors really play into effect: 1) the price is modest and not too cheap as to affect the build quality, 2) the military design paired with the Nato strap adds a durable and sensible look, 3) the Nato strap in itself adds comfort and customization options...giving the wearer to change for the seasons or for individual outfits, and 4) it is a great introductory watch for most occasions with the exception of formal ones.
Should you want to invest more in a watch (say $50 - $100), then I'd start recommending automatic watches to add flavor. Add a little more to your budget and you can pick yourself a much more beautiful, prestigious watch (http://www.christopherward-usa.com/men/view-all-mens/c5-bb70-awt.html). Of course, these are all military themed watches.
No, honestly that looks like something I would have worn in middle school. Avoid fashion brands when buying watches. I personally follow the same rule with watches as shoes: if you can't imagine your grandpa wearing it, you shouldn't be. Obviously this isn't always literal, I own shoes and watches my grandpa wouldn't wear, but think timeless designs. Here are 1, 2 watches that will have great movement for the price and have great classic designs. I would replace the band on each with a nice leather one though, or use replaceable NATO straps. Here is what the Casio can look like with a leather band.
PSA: you can get better information about color, proportionality and exceptions to rules like this in Alan Flusser's Dressing The Man. The content of this article is nearly identical, but adds the "contrast scale" as a number concept, but the book adds a lot of detail the article lacks. I read this recently and enjoyed it.
Emphasizing the face, color contrast, and shirts and suits to compliment body size and shape are better covered there. Link if you're interested: http://www.amazon.com/Dressing-Man-Mastering-Permanent-Fashion/dp/0060191449
Had to be my boots. Nothing special, just Chippewa Apache's, but they really work with the Americana workwear style I've been moving towards. I especially like how they look with my red laces.
This year I made a big shift in my wardrobe. I had been dressing pretty well, but this year I made an effort to decide what "my style" is, and to really make sure my wardrobe matched with that. I settled on an Americana Workwear look, that I think matches well with how people dress in central PA, where I live. I used to feel out of place, like I was dressed a little bit too New England-y.
I'm about to become a grad student, and I joined MFA wanting to up my style quotient accordingly. I've gradually become interested in style over the last few years, perhaps partially as an outlet for the visual sense I developed through art and graphic design as a kid (I've since gotten interested in music and writing instead as creative outlets). I can also see that some of my interest in style has come from feeling insecure at various times and wanting to control and shape the way others see me. I've also undergone several shifts in personal identity and outlook that have provoked me to dress differently over these few years.
Right now I'm getting ready for a year of studying abroad (a philosophy masters program in Belgium) and I've been using MFA to get a sense of the possibilities that there are for personal style. Some of this amounts to just being aware of various products and brands. I think I first got clued into Bonobos on here; per MFA's influence, I bought my first pair of Allen Edmonds recently (then resold them since they didn't fit); I purchased my first MTM shirt (which I recently posted to MFA asking about the fit of) through seeing what difference a good fit can make in photos people post to MFA. Right now, I'm trying to budget so that I can get both a pair of brown Red Wings and a pair of APC jeans before I leave for a year abroad so that I can wear them both pretty much every day. I think I may need to save for living expenses instead, though. One thing MFA has helped to teach me is how to plan a wardrobe in advance (know what kinds of pieces to be on the lookout for) and to not only get a good price, but also to get the right item at the right time.
If I were to receive the coupon, I'd like to think I could justify the expense of the Light Gray Three Piece Suit or the Classic Navy Blue Suit for job interviews and class presentations in the coming year. It'll be more practical, though, for me to get the Partner Pink Pinpoint Oxford and a silver tie clip as staples to work into and enhance the wardrobe I already have. Thanks for doing this awesome contest, veroz!
You could take a look at these Timberland Earthkeepers. They're waterproof, and will suit you for how long you'll be out.
I definitely agree with /u/riley212 though, in that most places will have clear sidewalks and it shouldn't be that much of an issue. The Chippewa Apaches that were mentioned also look pretty good.
As far as socks, smartwool is good, Kirkland Wool Trail socks will do you if you want cost effective.
Posted this the other day -
Looking to buy my first pair of boots and want something that I can wear this Fall but will also hold up well in a Colorado winter. Want to wear it everyday in winter and most days in the fall. I looked at the boot buying guide and like the Chippewa Apache Lace-up Boot. Is this a good winter boot? What color should I get that work best? brown or black? Dark brown or light? I wear a size 12US in Nike running shoes and I tried on some CDB and the 10.5 was the most comfortable. What size should I get? I'm a little nervous that I will buy a size too small or have wider feet than I thought and the boot being too narrow. Is this a good place to post this or should I just make my own post?
Someone said it was weird to go down 1 size and half and not just size and recommended I get sized up.
Went and used the brannock thing·a·ma·jig and it seems I am in fact a 10.5? I don' know how to read the side part if I'm wide or not, can anyone tell me?
If you still want to find a good solid pair of shoes that are in between causal and formal, as with most people on MFA, I would recommend the Clarks Desert Boot in Beeswax.
They're recommended here so much because pretty they're not terribly expensive, can go with almost anything, and can be dressed down for a casual night with friends or up for your first date with that girl from accounting.
However, they're only good for the Spring/Summer/Fall months because they have no insulation to keep warm from the cold and the soles are slippery when wet.
Go over to r/watches for better information on watch value.
Automatic Watches under $200
I prefer Seagulls to Orients
Seiko 5 Automatics are nice. The only Auto you'll find under $60.
Timex Weekenders are under $30, but they tick VERY loudly
Christopher Ward makes a wide range of watches. I like the style and they have really nice leather bands. Just make sure not to overpay for a quartz watch.
I think the Tissot Visodate looks cool and can be found for under $350 on eBay if your patient.
No, that's not what you're looking for. The only reason you'd get a Timex is because you want to save money, right? If you're willing to put in extra money for a watch band, you should just get a better watch altogether. There is no point in upgrading a Timex; it's like getting getting a new paint job for your busted pickup instead of getting a nice sedan. These are some great alternatives. 1 2 3 This site is pretty good for cheap straps.
Hi I have small wrists as well, I just purchased a Timex Easyreader, http://www.amazon.com/Timex-T20041-Reader-Brown-Leather/dp/B000B55AEA/ref=sr_1_3?s=watches&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1310176569&amp;sr=1-3, along with the NATO bond strap, http://www.amazon.com/Ballistic-Nylon-Watchband-Black-Stripes/dp/B0047MQMR2/ref=sr_1_1?s=watches&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1310176615&amp;sr=1-1, total is like 40 bucks and it looks great! the face is 35mm, perfect for smaller wrists like ours, hope this helps.
My personal opinion is no. The general advice is to buy a watch from a watch company, rather than a company that puts its brand on another company's watch.
What draws you to this watch? It kind of looks like you like simple black watches. Do you like large watches? Do you like field watches? Do you care about quartz (battery powered) vs. automatic (a weight swings around in the back and winds the spring; less accurate, kind of cooler, more expensive to service in five years). Like pencilcup said, field watches are a very casual style.
Seiko 5 automatic field watch, 37mm: http://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SNK809-Automatic-Watch-Canvas/dp/B002SSUQFG/
Seiko 5 automatic field watch, 42mm: www.amazon.com/Seiko-SNZG15-Automatic-Black-Nylon/dp/B006I22GT2/
Citizen field watch 37mm (Eco-Drive, solar powered): http://www.amazon.com/Citizen-BM8180-03E-Eco-Drive-Canvas-Strap/dp/B000EQS1JW/
Or maybe you'd like something more like a flieger watch?
Or a black Orient bambino?
This Bulova would fit what you're looking at pretty well. It is a quartz, but the only reason to get a mechanical watch is if you truly have an interest for one as in actuality, a quartz watch is generally, but not always, more accurate.
Also this Citizen watch might work, however, it has a black face.
Both brands are of good quality and are recommended on /r/watches frequently.
I got mine on Amazon. I originally bought it as kind of a beater auto, but I pretty much wear it every day now. It's extremely durable, keeps great time. Really comfortable for a bracelet watch.
I know some of these are kind of 'MFA Hivemind' items, but still sure bets for your price range:
Timex Weekender: 'wear with anything' watch. Grab some straps too.
Uniqlo OCBD, gets recommended like twice a day.
Bit over your limit, but this BB shirt is reduced and nice as hell
Bespoke Post Weekender bag at $45, most colours sold out but you can still snag it in Natural.
These LL Bean Mountain Town Boots are on sale for $49 at the moment; definitely worth it if you're needing a rugged pair of boots.
Levis 511s in Rigid Dragon. Slim fitting, dark wash jeans in tons of sizes for $40.
I managed to get them at $70 from Amazon, but I think I got pretty luck if you take a look at camel^3. I'd pull the trigger at that price though because who knows how long you'll have to wait. They're wonderful shoes and paying +-$10 is worth it.
Maybe check out Nixon they have pretty stylish watches too.
MFA is going to recommend more universal watches. Pieces that will go with a wide range of outfits and situations. G-Shocks are pretty much set for just street style. As they are too bulky for working out and too loud for dress clothes.
Try looking for a more universal watch first, then expand your watch collection to have different watches for different occasions. I personally recommend the Sieko 5 SNK809 Awesome automatic watch. Get this and a few NATO straps in different colors.
I've seen this Bulova watch on here, but it's a great option:
There are also a few different options for colors: http://smile.amazon.com/Bulova-98H51-Leather-Dress-Watch/dp/B000WUKJ0O/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1407857711&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=bulova+watch
I have the one with the bronze sheen and I love it. The strap is a little ehh, but that can swapped out if desired.
Skagen is actually based in Reno, Nevada, but yes, they are very slim watches.
I'm personally a big fan of this Bulova 96B104, as it's a great looking watch with an accurate movement and can be paired quite easily with a lot of different styles.
I feel like an asshole recommending these because it's become such an MFA cliche but Clark's Desert Boots are a pretty good transition from sneakers to shoes. They're casual but can be slightly dressed up when need be. I don't find them anywhere near as comfortable as sneakers but you could put some insoles in them. From how you described your wardrobe though any kind of dress/work boot (Red Wings Heritage, Wolverine 1000 mile, LL Bean Khatadin, Chippewas, Alden Indys) would go with what you normally wear. Those are just more pricey than Desert Boots. If you haven't already, check out the boot guide on the sidebar.
Personally, not my cup of tea. Invicta is known for making watches of questionable quality and have these massive artifical markdowns, but overall, not bad at all.
If you are looking at getting a good starter watch, take a look at the Seiko SNK809. It's an excellent watch at an excellent price.
I have a similar model:
And it's extremely versatile, and I put a new plain brown leather strap on it and have gotten a lot of compliments on it. Also, the brown + gold lends itself well to a dressed up outfit or jeans and a button up.
The black + silver is also a good colour combo and I think the best feature of this watch is the size of it's face and its simplicity. Also, it's a good watch if you have thin wrists, like I do.
Sweet man, Twin Cities?
I have Iron Rangers with lugged soles similar to the Brooks Brothers version, but the new Iron Rangers in Oxblood have a half-sole that would probably work well too if you want the style. Other "MFA-Approved" Red Wings would be the Moc Toe and the Beckman.
Out of those three I would recommend the Beckmans because their soles are the most useful unless you're willing to shell out the money for the Brooks Brother's Iron Rangers. I got lucky with mine and bought a pair of Iron Rangers with custom lugged sole off Grailed for about $200.
I doubt you'll find anything that'll impress anyone in your price range. However, I think it's fair to want something a little more dressy and mature than Nixon.
Personally, I like the Seiko SNK793. It has that "this is a watch that my dad wore and he handed it down to me" feel. The blue dial makes it kind of unique and the price is right.
If you want to go dressier than that, you might want something with a leather strap. I think the Orient Bambino looks nice and could pass for something a lot more expensive at a distance, but it's $182 with their current promotion. That's a bit higher than your $100 limit, but I assume that's a pretty soft limit given your senior level position. Still, it's an order of magnitude less expensive than Rolex, etc.
Congrats on the new job, by the way!
Just bought and started reading Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style. Previously, I read (and enjoyed) Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion.
I'm an American businessman in my late 20's. I want to be creative and forward-thinking but also professional with my fashion choices. I like to have fun with my clothes while still being respectable.
Any book recommendations?
I have a rule, which is, if I am going to spend over $150 on a watch it better well damn have a sapphire face. There are some shit brands out there (Sturhling, Skagen, Invicta) that make watches with sapphire faces for like $200, but usually you are going to have to spend more.
I feel like watches between $150 - $300 are usually not worth it. It's sort of go big or go home. I say this as someone who has tossed a lot of banged up mineral face watches from, Sturhling, Invicta, Citizen, Skagen, etc. (before I knew better). I've also paid a lot of money to have mechanical watches repaired.
I just bought this Citizen. And absolutely love it so far.
Ninja Edit: It is a very nice looking watch though!
Double Secret Ninja Edit: Here is a comparable Citizen in terms of looks
the boots are definitely great!
you should look at getting a timex weekender or similar. 32 bucks or so. can't beat that. it'll go with a lot and you can change the NATO strap to match your outfit.
regarding the cardigan, it looks like the shoulder seems fall a little outside the shoulder. the only reason i think you could go down one size. doesn't look bad at all... just nitpicking, i suppose.
ninja edit: i'd also get your jeans one size longer on your next purchase... that'll allow you to roll the cuff (IMO, looks great on a longer jean) and you can always have them hemmed if you don't like the length.
My suggestions from time spent on here:
These three things all work as birthday gifts, they're all returnable, and they all look good on most guys. Check them out and let me know if you decide to go with any of them.
I usually recommend these Thorogoods for workboots in that price range. I have a pair and they are very comfortable despite being a little heavy. Also the plain toe version, which is a few bucks cheaper. I don't know if you can get them in Norway though.
You might have luck finding a pair of used red wings in good condition for around $150. Check the FMF weekly thread and ebay. Make sure you get something with a wedge or other thick sole. I like the vibram christy soles myself (same ones on the thorogood boots above).
My first impression is that it reminds me of fishing watches - and this is largely because of that suede brown band with a visible logo.
The entire watch has a very rugged look and the face itself is not as classic and simplistic as the weekender or easy-reader. So if you're going for a more day-to-day casual watch I'd definitely recommend the other two.
As for choosing between the weekender and easy-reader: the easy-reader is 3mm smaller in diameter and has a less cluttered face than the weekender. I'd say this version with the brown leather strap is a good bet.
Hope that helps.
Seems alright to me, however I own one as well and I personally prefer one similar to this one because of the red seconds hand. Its a small detail but I think it makes the watch more aesthetically pleasing. Definitely fine for wearing every day
What kind of shoes do you like? What's your budget?
Just some general suggestions:
Desert Boots - Standard "r/MFA uniform" boots. But they are very classy looking, I get compliments for mine all the time. They are very comfortable to walk in and are usable most seasons of the year (but not too great in loads of water).
Plimsolls - Come in loads of colors, help tie together your outfit/make a personal bit of flair. Very clean, very simple. Loads of people love them.
Boat shoes - Personally don't understand them but people seem to love them. They're more of a spring/summer shoe, IMO though. Just remember, no socks or no-show-socks.
For my brown leather shoes, I use this to apply this. And then I hit it with this. There's a lot of different ways to go about it though. Put This On had an episode dedicated to shoes and they demonstrate how to polish your shoes in the film. I highly recommend checking it out (along with their other videos - very good stuff). Good luck.
Thanks. kind of skeptical about nylon strap for working adult, but I guess for IT tech staff anything is fine.
About color, I guess the black one is best to go with? They seem to have blue and beige as well, although the beige might look a bit funny on guy wrist
I've been trying to find something that I looks good and feels comfortable on. I typically like something that doesn't feel flimsy or too thin. At the same time I'm trying to avoid something...gaudy.
Here's what I'm thinking so far (and I really would like some input please!)
First - as for the watch face I really like the Seiko 5 - I'm pretty sold on that. I'm still flip flopping between the blue and black face though. I'm thinking blue face with a brown leather strap.
The strap is where I need some help. I'm a big fan of the double buckle layout - but again...I don't want it too gaudy. I'm looking at two - one is a cuff band (which is the one I think may be a bit..too much. And the second is just any normal brown strap - Hirsch and Crown and Buckle are what I've been checking out.
This one is the cuff strap.
And I really like this band from Crown and Buckle.
In terms of boots: get a pair of Clark's Desert Boots.
Clarks Desert Boots are best in Beeswax for Leather, and Sand Suede for suede. They are the boots' most versatile color. Also, be sure to size down 1/2 a size from your regular shoe size.
What I'd recommend is something different: get multiple colors. ALL the colors of the rainbow so you never don't have a good time to wear a pair of Clarks Desert Boots.
Finally: if you aren't on a computer browsing reddit, get on one. When you come to /r/malefashionadvice you'll notice the sidebar on the right that is FILLED with all the knowledge to start you off on your adventure to look better. There's a section on How clothes should fit. There's one on Matching colors, and there's even one on how to build a basic wardrobe. That's just to get you started, now go on and learn! Learn until you cannot learn anymore!
Thanks for the detailed reply! I don't know that I could easily get down to 200. I'm a bit more muscular than the average guy. That said, I'd like to get down to 220. Less weight makes rock climbing easier.
I don't know how I feel about the Clarks. I think I'd feel weird wearing them. I kinda like the look of these. Do you think I could pull them off?
Took a look at the weekender line up. I like this one. Thoughts?
What color shirt would I need?
EDIT: oh and I know I need a haircut. Been putting that off for a while..
This seiko is a nice automatic with a blue face
I like this one more but cant find on a metal band
That is an easy fix though, I put mine on a nice leather band. So it looks like This
Is there a reason you have to buy them from that website?
CDBs are ~$90 on Amazon.
But yeah, those are the right shoe. They're super clean like that for a good three days until you beat them up a little.
edit: .au Don't hire me as a detective.
The desert boots recommendation is great. I've got a pair that I get a hell of a lot of use out of.
A suggestion: go for the "Originals" Desert Boot, as opposed to the Bushacre. The higher quality and increased comfort of the Originals is well worth the price difference. Sometimes, you can even find them closer in price.
The Amazon price on the Originals is all over the place, ranging from $70 to $130 (source).
Either way, I find the "Beeswax" color option to be highly versatile and easy to care for.
I think that the reason you are not getting feedback is because your post isn't as concise as it could be; additionally, most people like to look at a picture or two and then reply with a short thought. Remove extraneous information next time (your measurements / details on clothes) and perhaps elaborate on what your job is.
That being said, I'm guessing you've already made your way through the sidebar so I'll try not to rehash too much information.
My thoughts (mostly personal preference/opinion, take it as you like):
How I'd spend $500:
Edit: Sidebar guides from people who know more than I do: Business Casual Guide, Tips for saving money on clothes, Building a Basic Wardrobe
Popular choice for a canvas strap is the Timex Weekender. But some might say it looks a little cheap, and you might feel it looks a little cluttered.
Another popular choice is the Seiko 5. Good quality, low price, simple design.
I also like this Bulova, but you might think the face is a little flashy. And Citizen always makes a good product, although I haven't had any experience with this model.
Hopefully this helps!
I was in need of a brown leather-strapped watch (and by need, I mean I just wanted one pretty bad) so did some reading up on this one. It's a Timex Easy Reader that I purchased here. I considered the Timex Weekender after reading a GQ article on it, but I wanted a leather strapped watch so I went with this.
I'm very happy with it, especially for the price. It is really clean and didn't expect this sort of quality from Timex.
if you don't have firm wants, why not watch the sales deals? I got my Ciitizen on sale. I have been really happy. Who knows what will be on sale the next few days. just be ready to make a decision. Maybe based on amazon reviews.
If anyone is looking for a nice military watch for well under 100, I only have praise for the build quality and durability of Citizen's entry eco-drive military style watch. I swapped the included band for a NATO style band as well, and it just looks amazing. Biggest plus is it's solar powered, so no need to ever change batteries.
This is basically a standard first date uniform for me
OCDB with a button down collar: $69.50
[Indigo Jeans] (http://www.uniqlo.com/us/CPaGoods/itemcode=070929): $89.90
Beeswax CDB's: ~$75
[Grey blazer] (http://www.hm.com/us/product/02190?article=02190-A): $149
Interesting Socks: $14.50
Is around $400 (This might make it a little more casual and bring the price point down $20). It works with almost any occasion except for an extremely active date, where you'll be running around doing cute things... just feel confident that you look good.
What do you mean by doesn't tick? Are you talking about you want it to have a sweeping second hand like on a mechanical watch? If so you're not going to find a lot of options under $50. The SNK809 is a fantastic choice and it is close to your budget. You can add a leather band to it to get closer to what you want. Those two together make for a pretty good looking combo.
You can find some very cheap mechanical watches on Amazon that more of a "so cheap why the hell not" purchase if you have a few watches already. If you want something that is going to last a bit longer I would go with the Seiko personally.
like common_sense_ffs said, they're desert/chukka boots. They're versatile, often durable, and really basic. They work with a smart casual style (definitely not rugged) and they're one of the most recommended types of shoes for beginners here on MFA. You can get pretty good ones for under $100 from Clarks or L.L. Bean.
2 Lands End OCBDs (One white, one Blue ~$40 each (on sale) $80
2 Lands End Gingham or Plaid shirts ~$40 each ~$80
2 Lands End Tailored Fit Chinos (1 in light beige, one in khaki ~$40/each (on sale)) ~$80
1 pair Clarks Desert Boots in Beeswax ~$70
1 Navy Surplus Pea coat ~$40 at a Navy Surplus store
3 crew-neck Sweaters (different colors @ ~$50/each) ~$150
Levis 514s, dark wash or raw ~$50
LL Bean blutcher moc (not as ubiquitous as Sperry's) ~$70
Bean boots (For winter or snow) ~$90
Timex Easy Reader ~$25
Allen Edmonds Park Ave. (in brown) ~$200
That leaves you $75. Go to Target and buy plain short and long sleeve tee's from the Merona line and a few pairs of nice Merona socks.
That will be a very simple wardrobe that can be dressed up or down and should cover all of the basics that a 20 year old needs. The next pickups will be a blazer, more shirts, and more sweaters for variety. Remember that fit is everything; if you are slim, get the LE tailored fit, or take them to a tailor.
I prefer the T2N947 as a dress watch, but I can't find much review for it online minus linkbacks to Amazon. I don't like the face of the T49963 the watch hands combined with the thick numbers and minute/hour marks is pretty overbearing.
Something like the Sieko SNK803K2 but with a leather watch strap would look better as an alternative to the Timex T49963.
Not exactly them, but pretty damn close--just swap laces:
Robert Wayne Desert Blake Boot in grey suede, or, Clarks Original Desert Boot in distressed grey. I have a pair of Robert Waynes and they are incredibly comfortable, purchased at a retailer in the mall for $25 USD, on sale. Incredible value.
or search 'Desert Boot' in grey.
I was looking into buying some Iron Rangers. I can get Copper ones for cheaper than on Amazon at a store nearby, but I think they only have Copper. I can't decide if I want Copper or Amber - the copper pair I tried on looks lighter than it does on Amazon, and I'd like a darker boot since I don't have dark brown shoes. Does anyone know how the Coppers looks like after some wear and tear and care (e.g. the red wing leather dressing)?
I'm a huge fan of the Seiko 5 series of watches.
You can usually find they for about $50 and they look great. The best part is they are mechanical.
They also come in lots of different colors.
You're going to want to avoid shoes with large, unnecessary branding like those Ralph Lauren ones.
Also, sneakers are next to useless when dealing with lots of rain and snow. You're going to want some boots. LL Bean Boots are a classic option and highly effective against lots of rain. A work boot like Red Wing Iron Rangers are also often recommended because they look nice, are very sturdy, and can be somewhat weatherproofed with sno-seal or an equivalent.
Basically, don't get those shoes. Get some boots with minimal branding. It's your best choice for the weather.
Also, boot guide
I really like this little guy Bulova for $85
This is my favorite Orient $217 I think it is just lovely.
I own this watch Invicta $170 and I get compliments on it everyday.
I'm not a fan but people do often recommend bean boots. You can also buy something like Red Wings moc toe boot or something similar and apply waterproofing product like sno-seal or Obenaufs to it. I did mine over a year ago and its still good, though I only really wear it during bad winter days, so your mileage may vary, but a jar is good for several applications. Also note that they will darken the leather.
I would stay away from Puma boots. Especially since many of those look like high tops. Here are some of MFA's favorites:
L.L. Bean Katahdin Iron Works Engineer Boots
Chippewa 6" "GQ" Boot
Red Wing Heritage Beckman
Alden Indy Boot
And of course Clark's Originals Desert Boots
Take a look at these. It's guaranteed that they'll look better initially, with age, and that you'll be able to wear them much longer.
Seiko 5 automatic watch is great if you don't have massive wrists. I love mine.
Edit: Also, shop through smile.amazon.com so a portion of your purchase goes to charity!
I have this watch with this nato strap and love the combination. You can get both for under your $100 dollar budget and have an awesome automatic watch with a really nice strap.
I am :) I dont own a pair but i hear on their own they are fairly comfortable and they fit they way you dress fairly well try these ones in beeswax
I've suggested this before, and I've seen others suggest it, but I really like this watch. You can cut off the strap and buy some different nylon ones to go with your outfit. I'm around your age and I understand that it's not necessary to have more than one watch, but it's just a fun thing to have.
Keep in mind that you don't have to buy something immediately. I got a couple of gift cards (Gilt, J. Crew) today and although I really want to get something right now, there isn't anything out there that tickles me too much.
These are highly recommend as a starter boot around here. The circlejerk is strong but they are a quality boot so many people like them: http://www.clarksusa.com/eng/product/desert_boot_men/26078358. There is a Clarks store near you at:
7875 Montgomery Rd
Kenwood Towne Centre
Cincinnati, OH 45236
Phone: (513) 791-0548
These are cheaper on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Clarks-Originals-Mens-Desert-Boot/dp/B0007MCUTK) however if you have Amazon Prime you can get them shipped 1 or 2 day. Amazon is also running a 20% off coupon if you sign up for their fashion newsletter which brings the price even lower. Size down 1/2-1 size of what you normally wear. I am a 10.5 but I bought my clarks in a 9.5
On the cheaper end, you can get this same style at Target for around $50. They are called the Estes boot if I remember correctly. It's called a chukka. You get what you pay for though as these won't last long. http://www.target.com/p/men-s-merona-estes-genuine-leather-chukka-boot-brown/-/A-14238857
These are also options from Amazon for around what the Clarks would be: http://www.amazon.com/Eastland-Mens-Fidelity-Lace-Up-Black/dp/B003CIPSD6/ref=sr_1_1?s=shoes&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1393961365&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=eastland+high+fidelity
Just remember to use that Amazon code if you order any of these from there. The 20% works on anything clothing or shoe item
Both of those watches are hardly what I'd call 'big boy watches'. Frankly they look really low quality, fragile and with expansion bands they will not be comfortable. Sorry if that's kinda harsh but in terms of watches less is often more and something really gaudy (especially that cheap) just looks like trash.
There's no shame in being on a budget, especially when you're just getting out of college, but you're much better off with something a little more subtle, like an easy reader. That's understated enough that it'll look good casually or when dressed up (and it's dirt cheap). Timex expedition and weekender are also nice but are perhaps more casual than what you're looking for. If you really want something dressier the Seiko 5 is a really high quality automatic watch for the price.
Edit: To answer the second part of your question, watch should usually match your belt and shoes (especially if it's brown or black), with black looking more formal. Silver watches go with just about anything.
Citizen Eco Drive. You cant go wrong and they sell the B8081 on Amazon for around 115$. Its an amazing watch, classic and minimalist and you never have to worry about the movement or battery. I got mine a couple months ago and am still in love with it.
Edit : Here's the link --> https://www.amazon.com/Citizen-BM8180-03E-Eco-Drive-Stainless-Canvas/dp/B000EQS1JW
These honestly don't look terrible, but there are the oft-recommended and definitely good looking Chippewa Apaches on Amazon for not much more
If you like it, that's really all that counts. They look fine and there isn't really anything wrong with them. However their watches use a simple japanese quartz movement and you are basically paying an extra 100 some dollars for a fashion brand.
Some cheaper alternatives that might be higher in quality.
Also if you buy the G-10 straps elsewhere.. it will be a lot cheaper!
Edit Here's another Bulova that's closer to those DW watches.
Per the wonderful suggestion via /u/barshat, an itemized list.
Left to Right, Top to Bottom
And because the CDBs were so controversial, here's a version that will make you guys feel better.
Hey /r/watches person here. Can I recommend you not choose that watch? It's a Chinese POS, you can do better. I'm going to assume you want to go quartz, which is fine if you aren't a watch fanatic. Here are some similar and more respectable choices I quickly found:
Thanks for sharing! That Citizen seems really nice, I don't suppose you'd happen to have any thoughts to share on the Seiko 5? It would be my first watch and I don't know much about them.
If your goal is to look fashionable, then just wear what colors are in.
If your goal is to look good, then you absolutely want to coordinate your outfit around the colors and shapes that flatter you. Just like a jacket in the wrong fit can make you look fat, a shirt in the wrong color can make you look pale. If you care about fit, you should care about color.
Entire books have been written on the subject.
Does it snow/rain a lot in your area or is it just cold?
MFA has its own boot guide, look here
Popular boots on MFA are: RW IR, RW Beckman, My current winter boot is the RW 875, Thorogood Moc, Thorogood Plain, Chippewa GQ, Bean Boots.
All of these boots can be found in your price range through sales and coupon codes. All would be good for light snow except for the first and the Chippewa GQ. Bean boots are the best for heavy snow.
Hey man! Do these two items definitely fit together? 1 2 The band seems like its 19mm, the watch allows for 18mm.
Is it easy to change the band?
Timex Weekender. Tons of options and very economically priced. Only downside is that it ticks very loudly.
If you want to go a bit pricier, Skagen is on the better end of "fashion" watches quality wise, and I genuinely love the look of a lot of their models, particularly this one.
Also, check out Seiko, Citizen and Bulova for some of their more basic looking models. You can't go wrong with any of the brands I named, I own one of all of these except Skagen, but I know they're good stuff. It just comes down to how big of a watch you want and how much you want to spend.
'Round these parts the women I see wearing boot cut jeans are all rednecks, and love light blue fades. I'd go skinny or straight leg. If you are handy with a sewing machine or needle, you can convert your existing jeans.
[http://www.amazon.com/Mens-Casual-Easy-Reader-Watch-SILVER/dp/B002QHD2PK](Here's an Easy Reader), and here's a http://www.amazon.com/Timex-T2N654KW-Weekender-Through-Strap/dp/B004VR9J0A. Both come in a variety of faces and straps. I have [http://www.amazon.com/Timex-T2H281-Reader-Leather-Silver-Tone/dp/B000AYYIYU/ref=pd_sbs_a_1](this one) on right now.
The skulls aren't bad, but they do lean more to the "look everyone, I'm wearing menswear" side of things. In my opinion, anyway.
You did good with the look though. Most of the time menswear on women means cargo shorts, loose jeans, flannel, and hoodies- on lesbians. Nothing against lesbians, but lots of them don't dress very well. Looking feminine certainly helps, and long hair seals it all.
I wear throughout the summer just nylon straps unless there is a more fancy event, then I would wear leather/metal. But honestly, I would say the most basic/common colors are moss green, red/blue/white, blue/orange/white and then basically any leather strap you like, since those exist in diverse colors and textures.
As someone else has already recommended, the timex weekender on navy/grey is an excellent start.
Things to be aware of:
Seiko SNK809. $50 on Amazon. Automatic with day/date complication. Sized for small wrists. Looks great and a step above Timex. Best automatic you can get for the price IMO. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002SSUQFG
The Seiko 5 line is pretty much standard to 37mm and has a whole variety of styles including some pretty dressy ones like your Victorinox.
Although most of the Hamilton line is about 40mm, you could check out some of their 'Classic' style watches which tend to run smaller.
Finally, Christopher Ward has a few smaller style watches as well.
One thing to really pay attention to when looking at smaller watches (and watches in general) is how thick they are. My SNK809 looks tiny on my wrist compared to my old Timex Easy Reader even though the Seiko is actually a little larger simply because its thicker by a few mm.
Normally I agree. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000WUKJ0O/?tag=hyprod-20&amp;hvadid=15466381059&amp;hvpos=1o1&amp;hvexid=&amp;hvnetw=g&amp;hvrand=988609545413277249&amp;hvpone=&amp;hvptwo=&amp;hvqmt=&amp;ref=asc_df_B000WUKJ0O thats my current watch. So I was thinking this might be a good one when I feel like going with something more interesting.
The Thursday’s Captain has a lug-sole which has quite good grip. That seems like you best move or find a sale on Redwing Iron Rangers .
It's aesthetically a good choice if your budget can't stretch the extra 40 GBP to this (chose it since it's a similar design): https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Mens-Watches/Seiko-Automatic-Black-Analogue-Display-Fabric-SNK807K2/B006CHML4I
The difference in quality is in the movement of the watch. The Timex Weekender has a quartz movement powered by a battery - which makes it little different to every 99p watch coming out of China. On the other hand, the Seiko 5 has a jewel movement powered by kinetic energy.
Spurred on by this thread on r/FMF a few days ago, I purchased the Seiko 5 in blue off of Amazon. The blue, green, and cream models were on sale for $50, and using the 20% off newsletter promotion it came out to $40.
Special thanks to /u/JoCoLaRedux for pointing me to this Hadley-Roma brown leather watch strap. It appears he’s wearing it with the cream face, which also looks great.
I KNEW someone would say that!
In all honesty Clark's Desert Boots are a great place to start. It's a well rounded boot that can be found easily under $100. There are also several different colors, materials, and you can find the cheaper Buschacre II variety which have a rubber sole.
I'd be amiss if I didn't also mention the Gafney Wingtip.
I purchased this watch over a year ago, and it's still going strong. The retail price is over 100, but I believe it can be had on sale fairly easily if you look around.
It's an automatic, and I've seen some complaints about a loud tick, but that's not been the case at all for me. It's certainly more quiet than the Weekender by Timex, which may also interest you. My only complaint about the Rodina was that the strap it came with was terrible quality, which is unsurprising at the price point. I just purchased an assortment of NATO straps, including one leather, that I switch out frequently.
Another option, outside of the Timex, is this Seiko. It's another automatic, and it's regarded as one of the more reliable budget watches. Seiko has several other watches in the 50-150 price range you may be interested in, so I'd shop around for one that fits your criteria.
You have some options, but if I were you, I'd make my main focus reliability. A lot of cheap watches will stop working fairly quickly, and after that, it doesn't matter how pretty it is. It's now your most handsome paperweight. Stay away from brands like Invicta. If it looks like a Rolex but costs less than a trip to Olive Garden, it's probably trash.
Edit: Spelling errors.
I had a question about some chukka style boots I'm interested in. You said be dubious of Cole Haan and I was wondering if it's because of the style or the workmanship. I was looking at these which are on sale for $90 at the moment. I was planning on getting a beeswax leather CDB instead but I thought the Cole Haan ones looked pretty decent too. Thanks in advance for any insight you might have.
290-58 (20% off from shoe newsletter signup)=$232 when bought through amazon, + 2 day free shipping
My reservations: I already have CDB and a Chippewa GQ's, one year old each.
http://www.indochino.com/product/essential-navy-suit vs http://www.indochino.com/product/essential-blue-suit
Been reading recently that the blue is less versatile than the navy, but I feel like the navy suit is too close to black which I already have but maybe you guys know better.
I just got a Seiko 5 809, same clean black face sans tach (a leather strap like that won't be too tough to find). Love it.
Love this cardigan sweater
First boots: Alden or Amber Iron Ranger's? $75 dollar difference with the Alden's on sale, but I might be able to find the Ranger's cheaper somewhere? I like to save moneys.
Levi's 511 hybrid trousers in deep green lichen.
Levi's 511 jeans in black stretch.
American Eagle skinny khakis in honey.
H&M twill pants in camel.
Vans Canvas Authentics in true white.
J.Crew factory slim washed shirt in majestic purple micro.
J.Crew factory slim washed pocket tee in white.
H&M hooded top in dark blue.
Hoping to pick up a Timex Weekender, Clark's Desert Boots and an Ace Hotel x Alpha Industries Fishtail Parka soon as well.
No it's not a particularly great brand and the majority of the watches you see marked down on amazon are permanently marked down - the original price is super inflated to try and trick you into thinking you're getting a good deal.
Check out r/watches to see some options in that price range.
Here's some that you might like: Seiko, Timex, Casio.
This really belongs in /r/frugalmalefashion but let me have a look.
Edit: notich cheaper, you are already looking at a pretty price effective pair, but Clark's is always an option: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0007MCUTK/ref=redir_mdp_mobile/182-5374533-8513748
Thorogood have great value boots. The ones you linked don't seem to be good quality and the design is a little tacky.
You can pick up some of the Seiko 5s for about 50 shipped on Amazon. Roommate just got this, and it's fantastic. Looks so much better in person too. Great watch for the cost.
Ooph, good purchase! Hopefully you were able to try some on before ordering. I had to buy about a full size down from my usual shoe size. And in case you missed my other comment/haven't considered what/how to care for them here's this copy/pasta: At the suggestion of multiple reddit users, I use this cleaner/conditioner and this brush, which have worked well enough for me.
If what your going for is a nice Brown watch. Id recommend a "cheap" quality watch maker. Here i think mfa would agree with a choice like this. http://www.amazon.com/Bulova-98H51-Strap-Calendar-Watch/dp/B000WUKJ0O/ref=sr_1_3?s=watches&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1348028564&amp;sr=1-3
Looks like this Bulova to me. Awesome price to if you're interested in getting one for yourself.
This is what I've got and I think it looks really good for the price. Kind of a similar look to what you posted.
Its basically a weekender with a leather brown strap. I am constantly receiving compliments on it.
I highly recommend looking through [r/watches' buying guides] (http://www.reddit.com/r/Watches/wiki/buyingguide) as well as the faq. Lots of good recommendations are given, especially for automatic watches, which are a "step up" from quartz movement type watches like the Timex Weekender.
edit: as for an actual recommendation, people rave about their seiko 5's, particularly the SNK809 model which can be fitted with a NATO strap of your choice.
The venerable Seiko 5 and many of its variants, for well under your budget
Proven automatic movement, meaning no batteries are required. Cloth strap, handsome (IMO) clean dial. Will last you a lifetime of use if taken care of.
The case is literally plastic.
A bit more expensive but still a bargain is the Seiko 5 series, which I own and love.
The Citizen Eco Drive is a fantastic watch, great for everyday use. I paired it with the NATO band and it looks very sharp!
I really like the Seiko 5 automatic. It's a great looking watch, it's an automatic, and it's well priced.
Here are two Citizen dress watches that would be good for your price point. You'd have to have the band replaced to be brown, but I personally think they look great with black straps.
Timex Easy Reader - $25
Timex Weekender (olive) - $28
Timex Weekender (Black) - $30
and more, and more.
Beats the $40 I bought mine for at Target. Great watches for the price.
I just got Chipewa Apaches with big ole Vibram soles.
They're super sturdy, seem fairly weather resistant and look great. I bought some wax too, which is helping more with the weather.
Managed to get them at a reduced price and couldn't be happier. Hope yo make them last several years through resoling and upkeep.