Is it possible to look good buying cheap clothing?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Upward, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. msulinski

    msulinski Senior member

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    I agree with JLibourel re patterned shirts. A button-down collar is good too.
     
  2. coldsalmon

    coldsalmon Senior member

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    You can do things well, quickly, and cheaply, but not all at the same time. You have to pick two. If you want to dress well and cheaply, you're going to have to spend a lot of time finding bargains that others have overlooked.

    That said, you can do a lot to improve your goals. Buying 5 of the same pair of pants will make it look like you only own one pair of pants. Two different pairs of pants will be much better. In answer to your question, I would go with two pairs of wool pants: two different grays or a gray and a brown.

    Whatever you buy, make sure it fits. This is the most important thing. Charles Tyrwhitt or TM Lewin have SF-approved shirts that are in your price range, but you will have to do some guesswork on the fit when ordering online.

    Finally, reconcile yourself to the fact that you will waste a certain amount of money figuring out what looks good on you and works for your professional needs. If these are your first shirts, you won't even know what a good fit looks like. You will probably buy your first round of shirts thinking that they fit perfectly, only to notice after two weeks that the fit is terrible. I thought that all of my shirts fit until my wife (accidentally) bought me a shirt that actually did fit, and I was able to see the difference.

    If you want very specific recommendations, try these:

    2 pairs of wool pants from Brooks Brothers in charcoal and light grey or British tan: $229
    http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Regent-Fit-Plain-Front-Classic-Gabardine-Trousers/188J,default,pd.html

    5 shirts from TM Lewin in various subtle patterns such as graph stripe or vertical stripe: $240
    The safest and most "professional" looking patterns will be either blue on white or white on blue. Here are 6 that I have picked out for you:
    http://www.tmlewin.com/Fully-Fitted-Blue-Navy-Check-Twill-Shirt/47670,en_US,pd.html
    http://www.tmlewin.com/Fully-Fitted-Blue-Stripe-Luxury-Twill-Shirt/47404,en_US,pd.html
    http://www.tmlewin.com/Fully-Fitted-Navy-Blue-Stripe-Twill-Shirt/47661,en_US,pd.html
    http://www.tmlewin.com/Fully-Fitted-Blue-Stripe-Poplin-Shirt/47286,en_US,pd.html
    http://www.tmlewin.com/Fully-Fitted-Blue-Stripe-Poplin-Shirt/47285,en_US,pd.html
    http://www.tmlewin.com/Fully-Fitted-Blue-Stripe-Poplin-Shirt/46763,en_US,pd.html

    Again, make sure that you select the right fit. Those examples are for a slim man.
     
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  3. An Acute Style

    An Acute Style Senior member

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    You can look good on the cheap. I'd recommend checking out the sales at Lands End, LL Bean, and Uniqlo. They have many different shirt and pant options for under $25. I went to the sites just now and they all have what you're looking for.
     
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    Ianiceman Senior member

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    Charles Tyrwhitt has a sale on for their shirts right now, many as low as $35 which IMO must be close to the best bang for your buck on halfway decent shirts.
     
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    archibaldleach Senior member

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    Probably even better prices if you go to the UK website and pay in Pounds.
     
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    Don't seem to have many options for semi-spread collar - extra slim fit
    mostly $59 =(

    Btw does, TM Lewin have semi-spread collar shirts? Can't seem to find any on their site

    I'm also looking for my first batch of dress shirts about 5 in a mix of solid and stripes
    Looking at CT, TM lewin, Land Ends, or Brook Brothers - not sure which ones are good..I'm also a fairly skinny guy 5'8 135-138lbs
     
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  7. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    What do you mean by semi-spread? They have a semi-cutaway which is a pretty wide spread with more limited selections. Their standard classic collar is a decent semi-spread IMO. In any event, the UK website has only 4 extra slim fit shirts over 30 Pounds (around $47 or so) and the vast majority are 25 Pounds ($38 or so) or under, with some below 20 Pounds ($31 or so).
     
  8. msulinski

    msulinski Senior member

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    Quote:I agree - the standard collars for both CT and TM Lewin both have decent spreads. For me anyway, the collar points end up under the jacket lapels.
     
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    theh00d Senior member

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    Which would be better to be wore with tie and without ties
    Classic, cutaway, or semi-cutaway?
     
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    archibaldleach Senior member

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    Classic. The wider the spread, the more the shirt begs to be worn with a tie.
     
  11. YRR92

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    Re: TM Lewin:

    How's their slim fit? I'm looking for something slimmer than BB slim. BB ESF works well for me, and Tyrwhitt's "tailored fit" (renamed slim, I think) is acceptable.
     
  12. msulinski

    msulinski Senior member

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    TM Lewin is somewhere between CT slim and extra. For me it is just right. I like that the chest is comparable to CT slim while the waist approaches CT extra slim.

    If you want something very slim, try TM Lewin's fully fitted. I couldn't even button the one I tried, and I can wear a CT extra slim in the same neck size.
     
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    YRR92 Senior member

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    Thanks. I assumed "fully-fitted" meant "full-fitting"/generous/not for me, with 15.5 neck on a 36R torso.
     
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    Colors and patterns are needed, but if it's just a mix of a few mediocre brands, people will notice, some in a bad way. Include a few higher-priced shirts and pants, and the result will be better.
     
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    size 38R Senior member

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    Bear this in mind, at work you are trying to impress at your new job. so give yourself the most matching options possible, so that each item you add to your wardrobe will increase your number of combinations. at least buy 3-4 odd vests/waistcoats, put together skillfully with a contrasting set of pants,shoes, tie and shirt. also, see a barber at least once a month,to keep your edges sharp, you will be recognized for your presentation so you only need worry about your work performance. [​IMG]

    Brands? sf approved? we will welcome you in the thrift store bragging thread, half of these guys dominate style. and get more style for their dollars, which it sounds like you might be in need of to get started. and maybe continue with. good luck.
     

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