So this is the outfit I wore on Friday, the one that got me some heat from a couple of fellow grad students, who claimed I was “trying too hard”. Part of it, I think, stemmed from a feeling of insecurity about themselves.
One of them started with a snarky “Well, I can’t afford all the nice clothes like you”. Of course I had to counter with the fact that the jacket, tie and shoes were all thrifted for a total of less than $15, the shirt was from Target for about $20 and the pants were bought from Kohl’s over 5 years ago for about $20. He sheepishly replied that for this kind of money he could buy about 15 drinks. We agreed to disagree when he said we each have our vices. I don’t consider my thrift hobby or my interest in looking my best at important events to be vices. Can’t say the same about my buddy’s binge drinking :)
Moral of the story: dress for your self, let the clothes that you enjoy wearing contribute to your confidence and sense of wellbeing. Bonus points for not breaking the bank.
Dress shirt: Target , $20
Grey chinos (cotton-poly blend! gasp!): Kohl’s, $20 (I think)
Blazer: thrifted, Stanley Blacker, half-lined, $8
Tie: thrifted, Land’s End Charter Collection, $2
Argyle socks: Target, $4/ 2pack
Brown suede shoes: thrifted, Land’s End, $4