How to Save Big Money on Men’s Clothing

Dressing well does not necessarily mean breaking the bank. There are several tricks that savvy shoppers have used to years that allow us to save money while looking our best.

1. Find a Good Second Hand Shop.

“What,” I can hear you exclaim, “I ain’t no piker, shopping at Good Will and shit!” Second hand stores have come a long way from the days of the Salvation Army.

Find a place like Jeremy’s in San Francisco (where I got that fatigue jacket).

2. Find a Nordstrom Rack or Loehmann’s. Nordstrom Rack (and similar stores) sells the same quality stuff you’d find at a more-expensive department store. They are able to sell at lower prices because of lower overhead. Instead of paying rent at a shopping mall, Rack-style stores are near a Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, i.e., in more “industrial” areas.

Sometimes the clothes are last season, but come on. Men’s fashion doesn’t change year-over-year. Most of what you buy should be in style for 5-10 years.

3. Shop every week. Don’t buy something every week. Just look around. Window shopping is a pretty relaxing activity and also a great way to meet girls.

Often that girl shopping in the men’s department is looking for something to buy her brother. Don’t assume women aren’t receptive to being opened. Instead you should be asking her opinion on clothing items. It’s a nice indirect approach that can be very successful.

4. Show some restraint. I wanted a fatigue jacket for over a year. I would never pay $350 for a fatigue jacket. I have self-control.

This is a swag jacket. It’s Eden or some other Nordstrom brand and retailed for $350. I know that’s what the price was because the tag was in one of the pockets when I purchased it for $40 at a consignment shop.

Men's Fatigue Jacket Army Style Jacket

You are a man. Do not grab every shiny object you see. Have some dignity. Be patient.

5. Find your brand. If you’ve got got muscular thighs and wear a 32″ waist, good luck finding jeans that fit.

One day I broke down. I spent 2 hours (yes, hours) in a jeans store trying on several dozens of pairs of jeans.  It was a great fashion decision.

6. Get on mailing lists. Joe’s Jeans ended up being one of the best-fitting jeans for me. I got on Joe’s mailing list. Occasionally they would send me 25% off coupons.

Most of your favorite brands have a Facebook page. Many companies offer exclusive money-saving offers through their Facebook pages. If so, “like” their pages.

7. Know when the big sales are. Lucky Jeans also fit me extremely well. Lucky has a semi-annual 50% off sale.

8. Have cash to make big moves. Although I might “shop” every week, I usually only buy stuff twice a year. But I have lots of cash to make big moves. For example, I was able to buy 5 pairs of Luck Jeans during it’s 50% off sale.

9. Shop at H&M and Cotton On. Sure, the fabric isn’t as great as you’d find at Nordstrom. The clothing is nevertheless soft and it cut for a fit, athletic man. I usually pay around $30 for a well-fitting, soft shirt.

10. Shop during the off-season. Buy your winter clothing in the Summer and your Summer clothing in the winter.

Feel free to add your own tips in the comments, and of course, check out Masculine Style.

  • http://masculinestyle.wordpress.com Tanner

    All of this is solid advice. I’ll share the love.

  • B

    I’d rather take fashion advice from you because I find Masculine Style to be too hipster in his tastes.

  • Lee

    You guys in the USA should check out Dappered.com if you want a heads up on deals…

  • Feldspar

    Thrift store + tailoring is the secret magic to getting the best clothing.

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  • http://finndistan.blogspot.com finndistan

    Hugo Boss blazer bought in mint condition from a thrift store sale for 3 e. (easily 300 + euros) Needs some tailoring which I can get for 20 euros back home and a dry clean + press, 10 euros. Same for a mint Cinque winter coat, 5 euros, again original price 200+; some other interesting jackets for 10 to 20 euros, which are still waiting for some tailoring, to get the perfect fit, now they fit well. Once a week I pass by the thrift store to see what they got. Am now in the hunt for some 70s style jackets.

  • Jokah Macpherson

    “If you’ve got got muscular thighs and wear a 32″ waist, good luck finding jeans that fit.”

    That is exactly what I have. I discovered Lucky Brand on my own as well but I have never tried Joe’s. I will have to check them out.

  • Nick

    I had muscular thighs and I wear a size 32 waist (actually 30-31 fits better on the waist) and I cannot FOR THE LIFE OF ME find a pair of fucking pants that will fit. I’ve literally been looking for the past 4 years.

    And I hate belts.

    • Nick

      have*

      • CJ

        Same here. It’s a curse to be so lean and jacked.

  • Eddie Morra

    I second that on H&M! Found great slim fit trousers that fit perfectly, not tight yet tappered throughout the leg, ended up buying 5 pairs in various colors of the same style and fit. Once you find the perfect cut and fit in a great looking pairs of pants, I have no qualms about buying up the whole collection of colors!

  • Beta Male

    Also, Ebay. I have bought numerous pairs of high level jeans that fit me really well on Ebay, never for less than 50% off. Two of the three for $30 or less on a pair of $120 jeans. All were hardly worn.

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  • String

    I was running into the exact problem of not being able to find pants that fit.

    Tried Lucky jeans after reading this post and am very happy with them so far.

    Thanks.

  • http://www.shopchakra.com/ Daniel Martin

    Why people always talk about clothes, why they don;t talk about perfumes. You know no one is fully dressed without fragrance.

  • emily aaron

    Great ideas.Probably it could lead to a better and a smart shopping. People wish to save their pockets and hence with these tips, they can definitely head up with a considerable savings for their shopping for clothes!!

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  • Chris Woakes

    I want a new Jeans but it is very costly.He was bargaining with me.Many time i face this situation but i don’t understand what to do. Thank you for your blog & solved my problem.I also found good collection of Jeans & shirt’s from Simon + Simon