The average man's clothing stores

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by reyesjanise, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. reyesjanise

    reyesjanise Member

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    I just wanted to start a thread in which fellows like I, can share the best websites and stores. I like to shop and improve on my personal style but I HATE spending money.

    Some stores I enjoy to shop at are Marshells, Ross, TJ Max, Target, H&M, and Forever 21 Men. I usually frequent these stores in the middle of the week. Less of a crowd and they are usually in the middle of restocking.


    What are some stores you frequent?? or ONline?
     


  2. Putonghua73

    Putonghua73 Senior member

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    Wrong section. Should really be posted in Streetwear and Denim.

    A member of SF and hating spend money on clothes is not a good combination, because the majority of people who frequent SF, appreciate and enjoy clothing - or want to improve their sense of dress. You do not have to spend stupid amounts to look good because it's equally about how you assemble clothing (mixing and matching), developing an appreciation for the colour wheel, and avoiding cognitive dissonance i.e. consistent look and feel to your outfit, as opposed to mixing city and country together, or casual and formal (jeans with french cuffs).

    In terms of department stores, I would recommend Uniqlo and Zara (although I have never bought an item from the former). Best bang for your buck in terms of quality compared to the stores that you listed.

    For casual, I used to frequent Selfridges for the Joseph and Nicole Farhi concessions. The last item I bought from Joseph was a camel merino v-neck for £120+. I have owned this favourite piece of clothing for 7 years and it is still going strong! Joseph has been pretty poor for years; whilst Nicole Farhi has its moments - wool trousers - but is a tad over-priced. For v-neck merino wool sweaters, I swear by Nigel Hall (£85).

    I have bought dark grey woolen trousers from Ede & Ravenscroft, and in future, will be trying Howard Yount for tropical wool trousers (heading to Singapore and Malaysia in Feb next year for 3 weeks - then China for 3 weeks in May).

    Shoes, Meermin (with a pair of burgundy derbies from Aldo, a week before I discovered SF).

    I have bought a few items in the past from Zara, and still wear a ivory button-cuff shirt that my ex bought for me.

    Spending a little more money for your clothing (especially shoes - it took me 39 years to discover this axiom) will drastically up the quality, and will lead to longer clothing life because better quality clothing will not fall apart after 6 months.
     
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  3. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    Oh my, I thought this was going to be about places like MW, JAB, Macy's, maybe even Nordstrom, but evidently my expectations were too high!

    I did buy a pair of swim trunks and some undershorts at Target this summer. Most of the other stores you mention I have never so much as set foot in.

    You might get a better response if you posted this in the Streetwear & Denim forum.
     


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  5. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

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    To be honest with you, I don't do a lot of clothes shopping because everything is always so roomy and boxy. The clothes that fit me in the torso are too short in the arms, and the clothes that are long enough for my arms are 2 or 3 sizes too full in the torso. When I find some places with slim clothes for a 6ft guy, then I'll shop there. When I say "slim," I don't mean the smaller but still baggy crap that you see in most stores (MW, JAB, Brook's Brothers, etc).

    As far as suits go, lately, I've been ordering from online mtm companies. I tried Indochino recently because they had a Traveling Tailor in Chicago. The suit that I received was several sizes too big (even though THEY took my measurements). I've ordered 3 suits from Modern Tailor. They fit great. I'll stick with MT.

    Shoes? Allen Edmonds...I have a few pairs of loafers from Chernin's...Steve Madden.
     
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  6. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    LOL...priceless


     


  7. Costa

    Costa Senior member

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    "Our favorite belt? None. Don't be fooled by those silly loops"..........I can't stop laughing. This is great, thanks!
     
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  8. Beau B Brown

    Beau B Brown New Member

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    If there was a Mens Wear-to-Work line that was priced fair without sacrificing quality, sold in separates and was completely interchangeable would that be interesting? Most men on SF are fashion forward and like shopping. I'm putting together a small line that is all about fit, quality and ease. True fashion is really simple if you let it be but I think a lot of us don't know where to start and what I'm putting together is a starter kit for men that want to look good but don't know how. any feedback would be awesome. Also would you prefer clothing to be made in the US?
     


  9. ddsg

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    Gap, Banana Republic and J Crew all come to mind for simple basics (plain sweaters, shirts, socks, etc.). Take a look at dappered.com for inspiration/deals.
     


  10. add911_11

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    First thing it came to my mind was M&S
     


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    +1 That's what I was thinking.
     


  12. RDiaz

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    I buy most of my stuff at a spanish department store called "El Corte Inglés". They have some in-house brands that sell nice stuff; probably not impressive at all by SF standards, but it's sort of a heaven for those with a low income. I snagged a half-canvassed jacket for €75 on their last sale [​IMG]
    They have some nice shirts too, but most of them fit like tents and need tailoring anyways, so I prefer online stores with good price-quality ratios like Charles Tyrwhitt or T.M. Lewin.
     
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    that was fucking funny
     


  14. jt10000

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    The Uniqlo stuff I've bought (blazers, suit jackets and pants) are quite slim. And I got two of my favorite suits there (I'm cheap and I know they are not high quality).
     


  15. JLibourel

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    Good luck on your project! I am not quite sure about what you mean by "completely interchangeable." Could you please explain?

    Philosophically, I would prefer clothing to be made in the US, but I rather think for a project like yours and its target market, you will almost certainly be forced to go offshore.

    Please keep us posted.
     


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