Haha, I’m just kidding. Dress however you feel most comfortable and be a good person. That’s what’s really important.
But…when I was an undergrad, all my math friends and I dressed … not so great. I personally loved over sized t-shirts and stretchy basketball shorts. All. The. Freaking. Time. (Even if it was snowing)
At some point I noticed that the way my professors and TAs dressed was different. I decided that I wanted be a mature young professional and it would start with dressing better so that I could see myself as a young professional.
(Update: 12/31/2017) I think it’s more important to be a good person then it is to look good. However I also think that we live in a world where people do judge themselves and each other on appearance. And so I think it’s not a bad idea to at least be aware of how to dress nicely even if you don’t ever do this yourself. Here’s an op-ed I found randomly where another young adult discusses their experience with this. The Right Fit: AZADEH AALAI
Maybe you disagree with me. But if you are wanted to dress professionally, it’s not too hard to teach yourself.
In my humble opinion, the most important things are
- Know how to buy clothes that fit you
- This means knowing what things to check so that you’re not buying something too small or worse, too big for you
- Having a basic idea of what patterns and colors look nice together or that look nice in layers
- This is personal taste, and it’s really more for people who want, like, jedi-level style
I think there is a lot of resources on youtube and online explaining these concepts if you just search.
Just be careful because I’m looking around and seeing a lot of youtuber’s trying to use their advice videos to sell people either their own brand products or push other products from paid advertisers. I think too examples of groups that do this are Alpha.m and Real Men Real Style (I actually used to go to Real Men Real Style for advice back in their early days, but now I see him constantly pushing out videos of advice that I personally think is just okay advice, while trying to sell something in the middle of the video – I don’t recommend them).
However here are two sites that I’m currently into (as of 2017 neither seems to be insistent on pushing a product on their audience):
Dappered – For finding deals on men’s clothing
The Kavalier – For reviews on the various online men’s clothing sellers
A final piece of advice – If you ever find yourself in a clothing store and you’re panicking because you don’t know what you’ve gotten yourself into just remember the emergency option – “When in doubt, buy what the mannequin is wearing” Haha