Friday, October 12, 2007

Low Budget Style: Men's Edition

As promised, here is my round-up of wallet-friendly options for the guys.

I like the slant pocket on this button-down. Urban Outfitters, on sale for $19.99.

Loomstate One Day At A Time Tee
, on sale for $29 @ Tobi.

Tankfarm Landeck Military Jacket
, on sale for $61 @ Tobi.

Now would be a good time to buy classic shorts on sale that'll see you through next summer. By Alpha Industries, $29.99 @ Urban Outfitters.

One great place to find affordable menswear is Uniqlo. I've extolled its hidden gems to any guy friend who visits and have turned quite a few into addicts. My baby bro is a fan of their undershirts, available in v-neck, crew, or beater styles in every color imaginable. They take up an entire section of the top floor in the 36,000 square ft. SoHo store (546 Broadway) and make great layering pieces. If you're not in the NYC area, you'll have to wait for one to open near you over the next several years, as the Japanese retail giant (which draws completely undeserved comparisons to The Gap -- it's way the hell more hip) cautiously continues to expand its presence stateside. They have everything from boxers to athletic wear to suiting, all in stylish cuts and colors and at amazing prices, and the quality is pretty decent, too.

Some looks from the fall lookbook.

Many of my style-conscious male friends also swear by Zara, where it's easy to find a nice button down, merino wool sweater, or tee without breaking the bank. I especially like their coats, so if you need one for dressier occasions but won't be getting much use out of it otherwise, you might want to try their stylish-yet-affordable offerings.

A coat featured in the fall catalogue.

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  1. I actually have the one day at a time yellow shirt and LOVE it. Carful though, they shrink.

  2. thanks for the heads up. tips for preventing shrinkage: wash in cold water only and allow to air dry.