Wardrobe Building — A Basic Approach
The following post is written by Rohit Satishchandra, a stylist for MODA and currently an intern at a legal department consulting firm. When I came to college, I had dreams of being a stand-out dresser. Like a lot of incoming freshman, or maybe just me, I wanted to be noticed and at the time loud pieces seemed like the way to go. Some notable purchases that summer before first year included a pair of all-white Adidas high tops, bright red pants, and a faux-leather jacket that I’ve probably worn a total of two times.
They say fashion is temporary while style is forever. I’ll admit that I do keep up with what’s in in the menswear world, but I’m not sure I’m interested in adding trending pieces at the moment. I’ve realized that a personal style is something to be nurtured and developed over time, but that doesn’t mean it has to wildly fluctuate in correspondence to trends.
It’s sort of crazy to think how my purchasing decisions have changed in the last two years. I have a sneaking suspicion that my own taste in clothing will be relatively static for a while, and by that I mean the pieces I gravitate to and the things I generally stay away from. Navy and black have sort of become my two favorite colors, with a little gray or brown mixed in there as well. You would think that makes for an exceptionally uninspiring wardrobe, but solid colors offer tremendous versatility. My project in the coming years is to establish a strong foundation of basic, yet classic, pieces that will never go out of style. Like finding, and then stocking up on, the perfect fitting tees, polos, chinos and oxford shirts. It may not make me the stand-out dresser I hoped to be when I arrived on campus, but it certainly will never look bad either.
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