You don’t have to spend a fortune to change your entire wardrobe. It’s definitely possible to establish a stylish and versatile wardrobe while on a budget. Let’s face it, it’s hard for the modern gentleman to afford the very best when it comes to new clothes – luckily, we put together a few recommendations to help you stay within your budget.
Men’s Style 101
If you’re looking to add more versatility to your wardrobe or simply revamp it completely, there are a few things you need to consider. Start by opening up your wardrobe and ensure all the essentials a modern gentleman, regardless of his style, needs: dark denim, t-shirts, oxford-button-down, etc. Once you’ve established a solid foundation of clothes that are versatile, you can start purchasing items that will seamlessly match.
The main thing to remember is to try your best to purchase clothes that are classically ‘stylish’, not currently ‘fashionable’. Fashion trends are constantly changing, but a classic deep-navy suit will make you look stylish and put together. Another key point to keep in mind is that the way your clothes fit will set you apart from others. This means buying a shirt in a ‘classic-fit’ vs a ‘slim fit’ will truly set you apart from the masses.
Smart Clothing Purchases
The temptation of buying something just because its on sale is one way to break your budget. If you find a great quality piece of clothing but it’s outside of your budget, wait for it to be on sale. Finding the ideal sales takes time. It requires you to pay close attention to stores’ sales while simultaneously shopping multiple sales at a time. There are a lot of ways to assist you in finding great deals – below are a few money saving tips.
- Outlets & Thrift Stores
- Subscription Email List
- End of Season Shopping
Old to New
History tends to repeat itself and the saying definitely holds true in the fashion world. Flare jeans and distressed denim have made a rather surprising reappearance within the last 3 years. While clothing trends usually vanish for some time and suddenly come back, they tend to bring back a heart-warming nostalgic feeling.
Old clothes usually end up sitting in the dresser or the closet, taking up quality space that could be used for clothes you actually wear. If you happen to have a pair of old jeans – distress them and update them to the current fashion trends. If you stumble upon an item that is extremely cheap but one size too big – don’t be afraid to purchase it and have it altered. Although, tailoring clothes may be expensive, the cost of getting them altered on top of the sale could potentially be cheaper than the full price.
Once you have the basic building blocks of a good wardrobe, you can start to dabble in the accessories department. Jewellery is one of the best ways to add a new accent to an old or new outfit. If you’re all about brands and flashy labels, it can be tempting to splurge in pricey department stores – especially when it comes to jewellery. If you can’t afford those brand-new Tom Ford bracelets or shades, check out stores like Top Man and H&M that sell accessories for under $40.
Now that you understand how to look good without breaking the bank, it’s time to put what you learned to the test. If you understand the difference between what you need and what you want (which is where many people struggle) then you’re already on the right track. In the long run this may help you save money and prevent you from ending up with an abundance of clothes you will never wear.
If you’re looking for a little help around the holidays on keeping your finances on check, take a glance at our Holiday Season Financial Mistakes blog.