Finding your own personal style can be a challenge. Not to be confused with trends or fashion, which are often crazy and over within a season, style is something that, for many people, develops over the course of a lifetime. Few of us are lucky enough to be born with inherent style; it usually takes a lot of trial and error throughout our teens and twenties to even begin to figure out what we like and what suits us.
And what stops most of us men from finding our own style? Perhaps we don’t have a lot of money to spend on clothing. Perhaps we have a family and buying clothing for ourselves isn’t a priority. Perhaps we’ve never even considered there could be a connection between who we are and how we dress so we just wear what everyone else does.
Even if you’re unsure what your personal style is right now, there are things that you can do to create a great foundation wardrobe, that you can then build on as you work out what you like. Menswear basics like suits, well tailored dress shirts, good quality cotton t-shirts and decent shoes never go out of style. Choose classic cuts and fits to ensure you get the most out of your purchases and experiment with accessories like ties, bow ties and pocket squares to add a pop of colour, pattern or texture to your outfit.
Now I get it; shopping can be overwhelming. We’re faced with more options for menswear than ever before and not only that but most stores nowadays are designed to turn shopping in to an entire experience. If you’re unsure what your style is, then being bombarded with loud music, dim lighting and sullen teens who look like they’d rather be anywhere than assisting you, can make shopping for even the basics seem like an impossible task.
So if you want to make life super easy, I recommend that you start by shopping online from the comfort of your own home and, if you want to really stretch your buck out, shop men’s online clearance sales.
I’ve spent the last few months watching the clearance sections of RW&Co., Zara, Aldo and several other outlets that sell men’s clothing, shoes and accessories. They have all had some really amazing discounts and I found them because I was willing to take the time to hunt them out. It can take a little bit of effort, but it’s worth the pay off.
One of the best places to start for clearance bargains is Zara. I caught a huge sale at Zara online after Christmas, where they listed a slew of men’s shoes all for under $30. I picked up a pair just to check them out, and they are pretty nice. The quality is decent, and the style is great. I opted to do in-store delivery to save on shipping, which is a great money saving tip if shipping isn’t free.
I then found a clearance sale with a decent selection of men’s dress shirts on RW&Co. The shirts started from as little as $18 dollars and many were priced at $20. I don’t need to tell you that’s a super deal for a well-styled, well made dress shirt. If you’re starting out, invest in classic whites and blues as they go with almost everything and you’ll have these as staples in your wardrobe for years.
If you want to up your t-shirt game, I found a great selection for under $7 on both Marks Work Wearhouse and on RW&Co. Again, I’d recommend you choose white, grey, navy and black if you want to invest in classic pieces that will go with anything.
On the Indochino website, we found suits for half off along with a few other fantastic deals. A good suit doesn’t have to cost the earth and styled with a decent dress shirt, a pocket square and a really great pair of shoes, you’ll instantly be miles ahead in the style stakes. Don’t be afraid to wear a suit casually either. If you’re looking to elevate your look, a single breasted suit worn over a fitted t-shirt and with a pair of Converse can look super sharp. It’s all about your attitude. Confidence is key.
Here’s the deal guys, for years and years, the ladies have known about clearance sales, buying at the end of the season, and a slew of other tricks of the trade for getting great deals on the clothes you want, while saving a fortune in the process.
So, do your research. Find your favourite brands, or check out some of mine above, and see what’s on offer. It’s never been easier to look your best for less.