I agree with this one 100%
Originally Posted by Marcus Brody
I like the concept of this thread. It makes for a fun debate. My take
Uniqlo - n/a I've never been in one.
Rugby - a speculative 60/100 - I like some of the styles, and apparently the things here are well made, but they a lot are fairly expensive for "vintage" looking stuff, and I'm rarely a big fan of that. I don't have extensive experience with the store though, as we only got one in DC (where I lived until a few months ago) a little while ago, and there isn't one where I am now. I think my personal ranking is lowered due to the kind of douchey vibe I got from the clientele of the attached bar in the DC location, which admittedly isn't fair to the clothes, but it colored my view of them.
J.Crew - 75/100 - I own a fair amount of stuff from J.Crew, including a few blazers that I like a lot for casual wear. The quality of the stuff I've had from there has always been good. I probably like it less than I could as living in Georgetown it was basically the wardrobe of everyone, so I was a bit tired of the look at times.
H&M - 55/100 - It's an exceptional value, I just can never find anything I really like there. Part of the problem was that the men's section of the store in Georgetown was really lacking. When I lived in Spain, I found a lot nicer stuff, so I assume it was just a branch problem (there was another store downtown which was much nicer, but I rarely went to). In all the times I ever went into the G'town store, I only ever found one shirt that I bought.
BR - 70/100 - This one is trading on history a bit, as it has been a long time since I found anything here I really liked. At one point, though a ton of my basics were bought from here. What's keeping the rating up is my main casual winter coat, bought probably 4+ years ago that I still really like stylistically and is basically in like new condition despite me having worn it hundreds of times, tossed it everywhere, etc. For that alone it gets a 5-10 point bump.
A&F 10/100 - Once again I can't comment on the quality of the clothes as I have none. In fact, the only A&F item I own is some cologne that an aunt gave me for Christmas. Few brands spark such a visceral aversion in me, though. I always really hated the pre-distressed, novelty tshirt thing, as to me it is basically trying to buy the experience of having an interesting life, so I started out on the wrong foot with the brand. Its legion of wearers never helped me though. There is no brand on this list that I'd less like to go out in public with a logo t-shirt than A&F.
Gap - 60/100 - solely for their stretch, athletic fit t's, which I think are basically the perfect undershirt. They'd made them thinner for a while, but my most recent batch is back to the thickness that lasts for years. During the aforementioned time in Spain, I rented a room from a woman who also had a small time laundry service. She was amazed by my Gap tshirts. She always was talking about how she knew quality clothes and those were quality clothes. She basically refused to believe me when I told her I wouldn't pay more than 12 dollars for them.
Target 55/100 - I've only had a few clothing items from the store. I've mainly bought other things. What I have bought has been serviceable though.
American Eagle - 20/100 - Somehow I like it more than A&F despite that it is a lower quality copy. Probably because I used to pick up stuff from time to time during their sales and it was basically free. I had some sandals from here that I wore for years.
Old Navy 50/100 - I hated the "Magic" commercials like no other ad campaign I've ever seen. We got an Old Navy in my small, rural PA hometown and I never even went to it (preferring to shop at Ross), which tells you a lot given my town's limited options. My mom got me a safari style coat from there not long ago, though, and I like it more than anything I've seen from the store, so maybe I should give it more credit. For the price, it's a nice piece.
Express - 65/100 - there was a period in college where about half my wardrobe came from Structure (which became express during this period). They always had great sales, so this rating is basically predicated on the assumption of never paying anything close to retail. I liked the style a bit more during the Structure years, but I haven't been there recently, so I don't know what they are doing at the moment.
Aeropostale - 20/100 - A store that I probably wouldn't even go into, but interestingly one shirt that I wear all the time comes from here. I bought it three years ago or so thinking I'd use it as an outdoor work shirt for a summer job I had as it was nice, light cotton, but we ended up getting issued shirts and I've worn it as a casual shirt ever since. So much that over this summer my friends made fun of me as I was wearing it in a good 40% of pictures people put on facebook.
Club Monaco - 65/100 - Are the retail prices absurd? Yes. But if you live near one you should never pay retail. The Georgetown store at least at least 25% of its men's floor space devoted to sale items, a lot of them at a very large discount. As the style is understated, you can buy things at after Christmas sales and the like and not worry about them going out of style immediately. I've never bought anything here at retail (except maybe a belt), but I do own a number of things from the store that have held up well. They're cotton, ribbed turtleneck sweaters used to be some of my favorites and I had several in different colors.
Zara - 60/100 - kind of the opposite of Club Monaco. Fairly reasonably priced at retail, but trendy and not superbly made. I have a few nice things from the store, but a lot of it is actually overpriced for me as it would look silly soon. Still, I enjoy the store and stop in when I see one.