This week we are going to build on last week’s blog post – “3 Reasons Why You Should Invest In Your Wardrobe”. Last week we outlined the WHY on mens fashion, so this week we are going to discuss the HOW. If you haven’t already, we urge you to read last week’ post so you’re up to speed.
So hopefully by now you’re thinking “ok I should indeed invest in mens fashion and mens accessories, but how can I do it without spending a fortune?”. Well first and foremost its simple and easy to build a wardrobe on a budget; all it takes is smart shopping, experimentation, and time. So here are our three recommended ways of HOW to invest in a wardrobe worthy of a modern man:
The Lottery Game: Thrift Shopping
If you haven’t ever gone thrift shopping, we desperately urge you to do so, not only is it primed for fantastic finds at bargain prices, it can be immensely fun and it’s usually in support of an important charity too. Not to mention you would technically be ‘recycling’ clothing which is only a good thing for the planet. But getting back to the point, thrift shopping is ultimately the best budget way to expand your wardrobe with ‘new’ and stylish items. Although a lot of it is stuff you would never want to buy, ‘you will strike gold’ eventually and what a feeling that is, so keep at it!
Another reason to shop at these types of stores is its easily to find some of the prime items that you’ll need that tick the mens fashion list: namely the classic jacket, sports coat, and overcoat. If you get to know a budget tailor too, you can have these low priced items adjusted to fit you perfectly – how it fits is vital. Also any items that you do find, you can rest assured that you won’t see a fellow modern man walking down the street with the same one. It’s good to be unique.
Med-term Investment: High End Outlet Stores
If you think about investing in style like you would in the stock market, you have short term and long term investment goals. These goals subsequently equate to short and long term wins to match.
So we define short term goals as; buying average to good quality clothes, at affordable prices to enable you to buy numerous items in one go. This strategy is a great way of building out the basis of a wardrobe from very little.
The best way to do this is by shopping at normal budget high street /outlet stores for wardrobe staples such as; shirts, trousers, chinos, jackets and suits. Although they will deteriorate with age (1-2years) these items are usually of a good enough quality and it’s easy to the right size (again, the fit is very important).
Long-term Investment: Quality Brand Stores
To build on what was said in point two, the long term investment strategy would instead be to buy high quality/ high fashion branded items, every once in a while. This building strategy isn’t great for the initial building stages of a wardrobe. Instead, we would recommend this after the first two options have been done.
Adopting this strategy last will mean the foundation wardrobe will just become better and better with age, because of the slow influx of these higher quality items. We would recommend investing in the big ticket items that really make the impact first like: an over coat, a jacket, or a suit. It’s a slow process but Rome wasn’t built in a day was it?
Regardless of your strategy/ strategies, being a men’s accessories store, we are also going to recommend you outfit these items with complimentary mens accessories such as; bow ties, suspenders, leather belts, luxury watches and much much more. Doing so will certainly go a long way in raising the quality ‘look and feel’ as well enabling you to really show your particular style. Men’s Accessories is the key chaps!
So there we have it, two post’s addressing the topic of why and how to outfit your style on a budget. As we mentioned last time - Dressing like the man you want to become (aspirational dressing), certainly goes a long way in helping you become that man. Trust us.
What your tips for investing in your style while on a bugdet? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you.