How to Dress Well on a Budget: What Men Need to Know
- August 23, 2017
- ExperChat Staff
Whether you’re revamping your look to keep things fresh or shopping for a specific occasion (i.e. a new job, wedding), you can expect to spend money. The amount you spend depends on your strategy. Pull together a strong wardrobe on a small budget by changing where you shop and searching for less expensive alternatives to your favorite luxury pieces.
Where to Shop
High-end department stores and boutiques are alluring. In addition to top-notch customer service, there’s a beautifully curated selection of ready-to-wear clothing. But beware—that allure comes with a hefty price tag. Instead, start shopping in stores that carry items in your price range. Try discount retailers like H&M and Zara as well as local thrift shops. Also, online-exclusive retailers like ASOS are goldmines for affordable fashion that’s on-trend.
How to Shop
These days the retail industry is going through hard times. CNN reported that more than 5,000 stores have closed in the first half of 2017. Your favorite brands need your money, and they will go to great lengths to get it. This means deep discounts, coupons, and other specials. When you shop, don’t pay full price. Sign up for the brand’s email list because the first message tends to come with an online coupon. Then keep your eyes peeled for sale announcements, which happen on a fairly regular basis. Strike while the iron’s hot so you can maximize your savings!
Also, don’t feel the need to redo your entire closet all at once. “One good way to update a wardrobe without breaking the bank is buying a few new things, maybe 1-2 new shirts or a new pair of pants, and integrating them with the items you already own,” says resident Men’s Fashion Expert Nejla Renee. “This allows you to create new looks that feel fresh and updated without having to invest in a whole new wardrobe.”
Look for Alternatives
A Note on Tailoring
Sometimes, when you scale back price and go for discount brands, you might find more trouble with fit. If this is the case for you, save a little room in your budget for tailoring. “I think a man’s best friend should absolutely be his tailor, no matter what his budget is. A tailor can take a more inexpensive piece and make it fit the person perfectly, which will immediately elevate any look,” adds Renee. In some instances, tailoring pieces you already own could be another affordable way to update your style.