thank you anon! sorry I’m responding to this late. I hope you get this.
I agree with your musing, the professional look at your age could seem ill-fitting or laughable to some. (this is unfortunate. it’s not your fault fault you want to look sharp, am I right?) I am putting this into action myself. Even at 20, I’m still a university student with jobs that have only required me to dress in work wear. So, I currently have no one to impress by peacocking around. It is good that you are self-aware about this topic.
If you are worried about budget, I will be posting about that shortly. As for clothing selection, nothing speaks louder at your age then purposefully staying subtle. details, my friend.
I will try to supply a few links, because no matter how much I blather about it, examples are better.
Maybe you already follow Noah (or NOVH). I am consistently impressed by his freshness in his outfits. They are well-composed and still capture his youthfulness. Some looks only he can pull off.
Noah inspires me artistically, too, because he is not afraid to add to, cut from, dye, or stitch up his look to his own liking. again, his subtly is what makes him the master. it begs the exclamation, “you made that?”
now’s a perfect time to start learning the sewing machine, reader. Get ahead of everyone else.
Okay, sorry, I’m running out of time so I will keep this short.
As Noah does and many other bloggers/designers/artists are doing: look at the pictures you like, decide what you can wear and enjoy wearing 100% unabashedly, add your own touch, subtly is king above peacocking, but continue to accentuated your rebellious youth (or whatever). now go conquer the world.
First of all, greetings from America! you reside 8515.4 Miles away from me. outstanding.
your reason (A) will be addressed by me shortly in a post because I have been receiving many complaints/acknowledgments about this subject. bear with me.
(B). thanks for pointing this out. I subconsciously (and conceitedly) post items I would wear, being tall and strangely lanky. First, know that if you are short but dress sharply, you can still be incredibly more intimidating than normal, tall folk. Plus, you will look more “put together” if your legs and arms don’t go on for miles, am I right? Anyway, I have done a bit of looking and have found these bloggers/blogs that might give solace to the compact man:
Scott Schuman. famous for the Sartorialist. he has many, many opinions on everything that are…fun.. to read.
Short Shrifted. He hasn’t updated in awhile, but when he did, it was exhaustive. linked above is his musings in custom alterations for short guys.
The Style Blogger (an obvious favorite of 4/3) composed an article by Adam Lampell about dressing to fit your body type.
Closet Freaks (another favorite) are very well put together. they do not break the bank, yet they don’t sacrifice fit either. They’re not incredibly short (5’7 and 5’9) but I think they will help.
All in all, the fit of your clothes are indispensable. I know you said you don’t want to spend a lot, so when you go to clothing stores, look for better fit for now. I, personally, scour stores for athletic fit shirts and straight, tapered pants. I am not “athletic,” but with my lankiness, I cannot wear anything baggy without it being accentuated. just an example.
I’ve heard hemming is incredibly easy to learn if you want to take care of some problems yourself. Maybe develop a relationship with a tailor to take care of those nicer articles that you’re not afraid to spend a little extra cash on to make perfect.
that was probably TMI, sorry.
(C.) I hear you, man. It’s blazing here where I live, too. record temps this time of year. I promise I will get out of my comfort zone soon and start making posts about summer clothes. I admit I have been avoiding that.
Thanks for your message and your concerns. It really was a pleasure answering. keep in touch!