There are wardrobe essentials that one must simply never skimp on, a good suit being one of them. However, in this economy, there is no need (and quite likely no available green) to spend $200 on a designer t-shirt when you can probably find one for a few bucks at a thrift store or, for the same price, purchase 20 designer-inspired t-shirts that can be mixed and matched with different pieces to create hundreds of looks. Here’s some advice from the dudes over at GQ magazine on how to dress on a budget.
1. Start at the best of the low-cost, high-style stores
And all these goodies are in H&M stores now…
2. Suck it up and head to the dreaded outlet mall
Outlet malls are a nightmare, and that’s coming from me, someone who LOVES to shop. If you have the guts to brave them, they are a great place to find affordable accessories (socks, belts, hats, etc.). Avoid weekend crowds for your own sanity.
3. Take care of what you already own
If the label on an item of clothing states “dry clean only,” don’t go and throw it in the washing machine! Put cedar chips in your closets and drawers; they are a natural way of warding off moths and other critters that may eat away at your clothes – smells good too!
4. Shop your local Army-Navy store
5. Thrifting requires Jedi-like patience, but is totally worth the savings
Joshua Kissi (pictured on left with business partner Travis Gums, right), co-founder of the style blog Street Etiquette, scored his Tommy Hilfiger tie at a thrift store for $3.00.
6. Even cheaper than thrifting – shop your own closet
This advice comes directly from me, not GQ. The other day, I was browsing a fashion magazine and came across an outfit that stopped me dead in my tracks. I HAD to have it. I showed my girlfriend and she replied, “Don’t you already own this outfit?” I actually owned all of the components of the outfit, but never thought to put the look together on my own.
As I mentioned in a previous post, take inventory of what you already own and look for outfit inspiration from books and magazines. You’ll be surprised at what little you need to purchase to put together a decent outfit, because you probably already own stuff that you’re not making efficient use of. And, if you can’t make any use of an item, GET RID OF IT!