New Wardrobe for Starting a Postdoc?

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    Dec 27, 2011 7:19 AM GMT
    Alright, I know there are some fashionistas on here with way better ideas and style sense than I have.

    Anyway, I'll be starting a postdoc in the next couple months and really feel I need to update my wardrobe. Just want to finally move out of the grad student wardrobe and into something where, you know, I actually care a bit more about my clothes and how I look (not that I totally ignored this these past 6 years, but it was far too casual).

    My difficulty is that while I want something a little more cleaned-up and professional, I don't need or want the dress clothes like what's typical in a business atmosphere. So anybody know of any brands/styles/individual pieces that would fit the bill?

    Oh, and I don't have any concerns about damaging the clothes while doing my research. I'm not in a field where I'm usually doing a lot of lab/experiment work.
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    Dec 27, 2011 7:26 AM GMT
    Try shopping at J Crew or Banana Republic. They both offer a variety of stylish and affordable clothes, that aren't runway flashy or business stuffy.
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    Dec 27, 2011 7:34 AM GMT
    The requirements you post are ambivalent. You want a dress wardrobe that's not a "typical" dress wardrobe? Go to stores, buy what's appealing to you.
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    Dec 27, 2011 7:35 AM GMT
    Calvin Klein menswear.... not too trendy, not too sedate, decently made.... slim fitting... clean and modern...
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    Dec 27, 2011 7:41 AM GMT
    Congratulations on the accomplishment. I'm in a field where the males often have to be in a box (aka suit) and look like clones of each other. Enjoy any fashion freedom you might have.
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    Dec 27, 2011 7:52 AM GMT
    Thanks xrichx and hairyandym; I've actually looked in those places but didn't see anything jump out at me. Maybe I need to look again and just have more of an open mind.

    Panda_person, thanks for the congrats. I guess my "problem" is really more fortunate than I made it sound. icon_razz.gif I definitely do not want to end up looking like just another clone.

    Ariodante, I was hoping maybe someone would also post about brands I don't know or may not be available in brick-and-mortar stores around me. There's a chance there's some stuff I could get online that I'm totally ignorant of. After all, just googling "clothes for postdoc" doesn't really give much help icon_razz.gif. And I also want to hear some peoples' perspectives on what they think is appropriate attire. Maybe I've got it all wrong.
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    Dec 27, 2011 1:39 PM GMT
    What's your field? Where are you living? What do others wear? Are there occasions you need to take into account? Tight budget or not so much so? Do you have to wash it all or do you use a laundry/dry cleaner? What kind of shoes do you favor?
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    Dec 27, 2011 1:52 PM GMT
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    diesel.com

    I love a sport coat over t-shirt and jeans. Diesel's Black Label is more dressy...and they have their semi annual sale on now.

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    Dec 27, 2011 2:21 PM GMT
    "...googling clothes for postdoc" ...that's hilarious! Congrats on your doctorate!

    I guess you'll need clothes for different occasions...work, gym, casual etc. With your physique you probably can wear anything or nothing lol!

    One of my postdoc friends (brilliant mathematician) only wears jeans and t's to work! Go with makes you feel good...

    I think Einstein had the same outfit for everyday... ;)

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    Dec 27, 2011 4:27 PM GMT
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    Dec 27, 2011 4:47 PM GMT
    xrichx saidTry shopping at J Crew or Banana Republic. They both offer a variety of stylish and affordable clothes, that aren't runway flashy or business stuffy.

    + Calvin Klein, Zara

    Remember, you need to let your TALENTS and work speak for you, NOT your wardrobe. As previously mentioned the stores above have stylish, taliored clothes that are not too flashy, which is what is needed.

    Other Advice?

    * Spend money to have properly TAILORED clothes; pants that are
    properly hemmed, suit/sport jackets with PROPER sleeve length.
    * Several pairs of nice shoes that are always polished.
    *Make sure your shirts are nicely pressed.
    *Most important: TUCK IN YOUR SHIRTS! (Or if you want the shirt out look, make sure the shirt is MEANT to be worn untucked NOT all shirts are meant to be worn untucked)
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    Dec 27, 2011 5:20 PM GMT
    Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Burberry, Standard, and Armani Exchange. These are my favorite stores, however they are extremely expensive, and I only buy clothes there that are on sale.

    J Crew, Gap, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, and Eddie Bauer are great stores as well.

    I like my clothes fairly simple without a lot of printed designs, extra buttons, large collars etc. but like people above have said, just go to the nearest shopping plaza/mall and see what you like.

    When it comes to jeans, I buy mostly Levis. And I buy their skinny jeans (comparable to slim fit at most other places). No holes and crap like that...
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    Dec 27, 2011 5:27 PM GMT
    If you're teaching and you have appearances to keep up with, then I'd say you need to dress the part. Otherwise wear what you want. I'm sure you'll look great regardless icon_wink.gif I agree with the suggestions here so far, and I like the recent designs in CK it makes a guy look stylish.

    Definitely update your wardrobe for conference and public speaking venues though. icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 27, 2011 5:29 PM GMT
    Try Crossroads Trading Company for all of the kinds of name brand labels mentioned by other posters...but "recycled". In other words, gently worn. You can purchase for pennies on the dollar. Look sharp, and be smart with your money.
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    Dec 27, 2011 6:19 PM GMT
    You don't mention whether your postdoc is in an academic, government, or corporate environment. It could make a big difference.

    Also, even though you may be finally getting a real paycheck, don't spend any money that you don't have to. It's important to maintain your mobility during these years.

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    Dec 27, 2011 6:25 PM GMT
    Thanks everyone for your input! I've been looking online through some of the stores you've all suggested, and I'm leaning towards the CK stuff. Definitely agree that it'd have to be on-sale to be affordable.

    I've already got a tailored suit and few pairs of slacks I can use as separates so if there's ever a need to be in dress clothes, I am covered on that end. I do need to get some more pairs of good shoes, though- I only have one pair haha!

    Since I didn't clarify, the postdoc is academic. I've applied to a couple faculty positions already, but will hold off on anymore until I complete the postdoc. My eventual goal is to be a professor at a research-focused university.

    Oh, and I have been debating the earrings. It would be hard to let them go since I've had them for more than a decade now, but I do recognize I may be getting past the point where it's acceptable. =/
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    Dec 27, 2011 6:28 PM GMT
    Go to a Macy's or another outlet. I find great dress clothes there for way affordable prices.
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    Dec 27, 2011 7:18 PM GMT
    ucimae saidThanks everyone for your input! I've been looking online through some of the stores you've all suggested, and I'm leaning towards the CK stuff. Definitely agree that it'd have to be on-sale to be affordable.

    I've already got a tailored suit and few pairs of slacks I can use as separates so if there's ever a need to be in dress clothes, I am covered on that end. I do need to get some more pairs of good shoes, though- I only have one pair haha!

    Since I didn't clarify, the postdoc is academic. I've applied to a couple faculty positions already, but will hold off on anymore until I complete the postdoc. My eventual goal is to be a professor at a research-focused university.

    Oh, and I have been debating the earrings. It would be hard to let them go since I've had them for more than a decade now, but I do recognize I may be getting past the point where it's acceptable. =/


    Really, check out Crossroads Trading Company. Use the savings to pay off your student loans.
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    Dec 27, 2011 7:23 PM GMT
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    ucimae saidThanks everyone for your input! I've been looking online through some of the stores you've all suggested, and I'm leaning towards the CK stuff. Definitely agree that it'd have to be on-sale to be affordable.

    I've already got a tailored suit and few pairs of slacks I can use as separates so if there's ever a need to be in dress clothes, I am covered on that end. I do need to get some more pairs of good shoes, though- I only have one pair haha!

    Since I didn't clarify, the postdoc is academic. I've applied to a couple faculty positions already, but will hold off on anymore until I complete the postdoc. My eventual goal is to be a professor at a research-focused university.

    Oh, and I have been debating the earrings. It would be hard to let them go since I've had them for more than a decade now, but I do recognize I may be getting past the point where it's acceptable. =/


    Really, check out Crossroads Trading Company. Use the savings to pay off your student loans.


    Yeah, when I get back to town after the holidays, I'll take a look at the one in Costa Mesa. It's close enough to SCP that if I don't find something there, I can try the sale racks at the mall lol!
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    Dec 27, 2011 8:04 PM GMT
    If you're looking for recycled...check out here >> http://www.outofthecloset.org/locations.html

    Its gay owned and your money goes to AIDS education and testing, its all good. And considering that gay men donate their clothes there, you will find some fashionable pieces for pennies on the dollar.
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    Dec 27, 2011 8:13 PM GMT
    When I first started a professional career, I ran into the same situation. I needed a new set of clothes for a business environment and all I owned were clothes for a blue-collar job. I decided to choose quality over quantity. Got 4 nice shirts from Kenneth Cole/HB, and 1 pair of pants and shoes. Wore the same pants and changed shirts M-Th, and wore jeans and a casual shirt on Fridays. Repeated every week, and no one noticed anything until I could afford more clothes icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 27, 2011 10:59 PM GMT
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    ucimae saidThanks everyone for your input! I've been looking online through some of the stores you've all suggested, and I'm leaning towards the CK stuff. Definitely agree that it'd have to be on-sale to be affordable.

    I've already got a tailored suit and few pairs of slacks I can use as separates so if there's ever a need to be in dress clothes, I am covered on that end. I do need to get some more pairs of good shoes, though- I only have one pair haha!

    Since I didn't clarify, the postdoc is academic. I've applied to a couple faculty positions already, but will hold off on anymore until I complete the postdoc. My eventual goal is to be a professor at a research-focused university.

    Oh, and I have been debating the earrings. It would be hard to let them go since I've had them for more than a decade now, but I do recognize I may be getting past the point where it's acceptable. =/


    Really, check out Crossroads Trading Company. Use the savings to pay off your student loans.


    Yeah, when I get back to town after the holidays, I'll take a look at the one in Costa Mesa. It's close enough to SCP that if I don't find something there, I can try the sale racks at the mall lol!


    Since moving to SF a little over a year ago, I'd say that I've amassed a new wardrobe worth over $3k retail for about $600 by shopping at Crossroads. Out of the Closet is also a good place, but the quality is not as high as Crossroads. Goodwill is also a good place, but the quality is usually the lowest. There are also other higher end recycled shops (i.e. Sui Generis), but that's like paying full retail.
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    Dec 27, 2011 11:03 PM GMT
    Things are quite casual in physics, but banana republic, Hugo boss and pink serve me just fine.

    The best thing is to see what the heteros are wearing, and just subtly snazz it up a lil bit.

    Many congrats on the job!