We don't want to dictate to you what you should or shouldn't wear. However, there are certain style principles you might find handy, especially if you're a young professional who's just starting out.
Take a look at the first 5 of them.
With new collections every spring / summer and fall / winter, we're basically being told to get clothes that'll server us a year or so and then be tossed. No wonder their quality sometimes lags.
However, if you spend a bit more on your clothes, you might get pieces that'll last for years. Take shoes, for example. Get a pair for $40 made from leatherette, and you'll be happy you saved some money, but only until they fall apart after one season of wear. Invest $120 in a pair of leather boots and -- although they won't be the best boots mankind can make -- you'll likely be able to wear them for the next 5 years or so.
There's a great saying: I'm not rich enough to buy cheap things.
Remember that the next time you're buying a piece of clothing!
One could easily get lost here. There are suits for summer, for winter, single-breasted, double-breasted, afternoon suits, evening suits…
If you're just starting out as a young professional, you're not likely going to buy let's say 5 suits for 5 different occasions.
The solution here is to get a suit that you can wear almost anywhere. Make sure to pick a dark color (dark grey, dark blue or black) and go for single-breasted. Pair your find with black leather shoes, a matching belt, a crisp white shirt and a decent skinny tie (ask at your local clothing store about color and patterns).
Such a suit can be worn at the office as well as to weddings, the theater, concerts, you name it.
We have actually tapped this in the last point. Don't get us wrong, it's not that you should completely ignore the trends, however, the thing with trends is that they come… and go.
Unless you've got a bottomless wallet, following what the fashion world dictates might very well empty your account. Just imagine getting, for example, a pair of light green jeans (if, for whatever reason, it becomes the trend) this spring only to find out next year that they're soooo 2016.
Luckily for all of us, there are things that seem to never go out of fashion. You'll always be fine with black / brown leather shoes, dark blue jeans, plain white t-shirts, dark grey blazers, a decent watch and a leather jacket.
The way we see it, this step is the logical outcome of points 1 - 3 combined. When you purchase high-quality pieces that you can wear on more than one occasion and that will likely not go out of fashion in the upcoming years, it's obvious that you want them to look new even after you've worn them for some time.
The absolute necessity is to take good care of your shoes, as they always tend to be destroyed sooner than, let's say, t-shirts or blazers.
When it comes to leather (shoes as well as other leather products), there's one product we can highly recommend: Collonil's silicon polish cream.
As for other materials, use Google! For example, there are close to 9 million results for “denim care tips”, so it's impossible to not find at least one that will be useful :)
You might also be interested in our blog post on how to make your leather stuff last for decades.
Nothing makes you look more like a walking billboard than a T-shirt that actually looks like one.
There are brands that succeeded in making us like the fact that we promote them every time we put their products on (take, for example, a t-shirt from Hollister or Abercrombie & Fitch, which prominently displays the brand name across the front). However, if there's one thing you can do right now that will upgrade your “young professional look”, it's getting a few plain t-shirts, cardigans, shirts, etc.
How about points 6 to 10? Working on them; stay tuned ;)