To start off our styling expedition, we choose my gracious brother- Romolo. He just got a new fancy job in the marketing world. Romolo felt that his clothes were a little uptight compared to his bosses, who wear shorts and tees every day of the week. So we started with a short interview on what he likes and absolutely won’t try (SPOILER: he tried it and LOVES IT).
Romolo was on a budget, asking us to keep his shopping spree under $200.
This is Romolo’s typical outfit for work. Consider this his “before” photo. We think he looks pretty dapper, but could definitely use some spicing up.
What fashion problem do you want to solve?
Romolo-Well lemme me tell you. I just got a new job and I have a wardrobe of dress clothes. I’ve got like 10 dress shirts, 3 dress pants, a nice pair of dress shoes-which would be great if I could wear my dress clothes every day, but the culture of the company is casual, and I am the most dressed up person there. Everyone wears Phillies shirts, jeans and sneakers, so, my problem is, I don’t have a wardrobe thats casual enough for me to wear to work but at the same time is professional and respectable. You know what I’m saying?
Where do you normally shop?
Uhm, Marshalls, to like, you know get a deal, I am a bargain shopper at heart, always have been always will be. Sometimes the outlets.
Whats your shopping style? Do you go and have something in mind, or do you go with a budget, or do you go to a specific store?
I usually know what I wanna buy, or have an idea of what I wanna buy, but if I see something that catches my eye I’ll consider buying it.
Do you normally leave the store with what you intended on purchasing?
Well, normally I don’t buy anything, so I’ll go there and just look at shit and then leave. But uh, I need to put more of my budget into buying clothes right now. Because I need a fashionable, casual, respectable wardrobe for the workplace.
Are there any absolute no’s that you will not buy?
(laughs) Skinny jeans, I’m not wearing effing spandex jeans on my legs its uncomfortable, I feel awkward, I feel like I’m exposed. You know? But I’m open to try anything, I have faith in your abilities Alana.
Who’s style do you most prefer, Ryan Gosling, Don Draper or Andre 3000?
I would have to say Ryan Gosling, I like all of their styles, and I appreciate them, but I have to go with Ryan Gosling.
So off we went to our local mall to bargain shop for Ryan Gosling-esqe casual work clothing.
We started off at the Gap. Where we were all immediately drawn to row of brightly colored pants. BOOM. COLORS. So we decided to get Romolo to stray from the typical denim pant and go some pop and bang.
Turns out, Romolo looks fantastic in some colored pants.
And though we were big fans of these azure colored bottoms, Romolo wanted something a little less bright. So we went from blue to burgundy.
Burgundy Chinos Gap On Sale $32.89/Black Polo Gap $12.95
Which turns out to pair perfectly with this soft jersey polo.
Blue Button-Up Gap On Sale $23.00
And this multi-purpose light blue button-up is perfect for work and going out with the bro’s after work. Romolo also wanted some denim, but to keep it unique, we choose a pair with a tan wash.
Tan Denim Slim Fit Pants Gap On Sale $40.00/Plaid Button Up $19.95
FACT: This color looks good with anything and can be worn in the summer or winter. Our suggestion: when you need multiple outfits, start with the pants. Well fitting bottoms are the basics of a good wardrobe. A good pair of pants will look good with casual and formal tops- which are usually easier and cheaper to shop for.
If you’re trying to mix it up, choose denim or khakis with different washes and colors.
Pink Checkered Button Up Gap $17.50
“Pirate” shirt H&M $19.99
Romolo’s final budget came out $182.50 ($17.50 under budget). That’s 2 pairs of pants and 5 shirts, folks! With his new garb, we think he’ll win “Most Stylish” at the office and “Most Handsome” with the women.
Was Romolo happy with the work of the Closet Vomit ladies?
XOX Alana and Suzy