I have a few misgivings about asking this kind of question (plus it has been asked before in different ways), but this is a subject that many people here seem to have experience with. I am a 26 year old grad student in astronomy. And my fashion sense sucks. It has never really bothered me before, but I am starting to really feel better about my appearance through lifting, and I would like to start looking a little better with clothes as well.
I usually just view clothes as being purely utilitarian, I just go buy some cheap clothes from the store whenever I need them. So, now I am a little confused about what to get. I don't need the latest fashion or anything, I just want to look decent. Expense is also an issue, there is no way I can spend $1000 on a wardrobe. What kind of shoes should I be looking at?
I guess my only style right now is "old fashioned," mostly because I want to distinguish myself from the undergraduates... this is particularly true when I am teaching. I have a old fashioned haircut, for example.
Another question I wanted to ask about is scent. I have noticed that a lot of guys are using scents all the time now (or at least more often than me). I looked at the cologne thread and there were some good suggestions, but is there anything specific you could recommend for someone like me? Here I am also old fashioned, I usually use Newport by Caswell-Massey (make fun of me but I like the smell)! I'm not trying to be metrosexual here, I just would like to look and smell a little better than I do now.