So you want to step up your fashion game, but let’s face the music: It’s no easy task to stay financially stable nowadays. Somehow finding $300 for the best shoes isn’t really a priority. While we enjoy treating ourselves to a splurge-worthy moment from time to time, we’re also firm believers in being practical and realistic about where men actually spend their money. And even though they are a basic necessity, clothes aren’t usually at the top of that list. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style for affordability, or for comfort for that matter.
There are a good number of affordable online retail stores that offer high-end style, as well as better ethics than your typical fast-fashion clothing brands, all at an affordable price. With that in mind, we list our favorite destinations so you can refresh your wardrobe without going beyond your budget.
The Nordic style has made its way to become a major influence of both men’s and women’s fashion around the world. Arket is an online retailer that brings Copenhagen-inspired fashion-week looks to your closet. Before you run after hearing “fashion-week looks,” let us explain that Nordic-style takes on a MUCH more casual approach. Think of it as if the street-style star and outdoor hipster had a baby. You’ll find everything from great knitwear and Sherpa fleece jackets and reliable footwear, all at an accessible price.
Asos is for the street-style guy, aiming to capture the latest trends with flashy colors, logos, and prints. You’ll find over 100 different brands from The North Face to Nike, Dr. Martens, Ellesee, and more on this digitally native retailer. Asos always has a sale, so you can easily score a great deal on your favorite brand names.
Everlane keeps it real. The brand is transparent in its direct-to-consumer model that avoids factory markups, and maintain ethical practices. You can literally build an entire capsule wardrobe, all from Everlane, and be the most effortlessly stylish guy in your friend group. All of its pieces act as one big family, working well together and apart. From performance polos to heavyweight shirts, cashmere sweaters and even sneakers, Everlane remains a one-stop shop for affordable yet elevated basics.
H&M has come a long way from the messy mall store you used to pass on your way to the food court. It’s one of the few fast fashion brands with a “conscious collection,” meaning it is on a mission to continue improving its practices and materials. From denim jackets to wool-blend coats and twill resort shirts, it’s an online destination serving street style-worthy looks.
More than an outlet of J.Crew’s more high-end parent company, J.Crew Factory is a brand that stands on its own two feet. You can find modern dress shirts, $300 slim suits, and everyday button-up shirts at affordable prices. You can also score yourself a fashionable plaid shirt for under $30, talk about an awesome deal. This retailer also often holds sales that can go up to 50% off and above.
If you’re sick of wearing the comfies that make up your work from home attire, look no further than Mango. Here you’ll find everything from slim fit suits and blazers to great denim and textured cardigans. Here is where we recommend your back-to-the-office attire or a winter coat that’s an affordable investment. The quality from Mango places it a step above your faster fashion retailers and you definitely notice the difference. The neutral color palette feels luxe and the slim fit of the brand’s FW20 collection oozes city slicker chic. A wardrobe from Mango is one to impress!
Mott and Bow
Mott and Bow keep it simple. When you shop here, you’ll find basic, closet staple items like great denim and button-down shirts that truly never go out of style. The retailer offers an at-home-try-on program, so you can take the dressing room home (because who wants to go to an actual store these days?!)
You don’t have to blow thousands of dollars for a designer suit. When a special occasion calls for it, you can find great designer items at discounted prices on Nordstrom Rack. This option is ideal if you like wearing high-end fashion but on a budget. Aside from suits, you can also find branded shirts and outerwear perfect for everyday fashion. On top of that, Nordstrom Rack has an impressive selection of shoes from brands such as Adidas and Timberland, among others.
Don’t sleep on the clothing selection in your favorite superstore. While this affordable retail pick definitely requires more of an edited eye, that doesn’t mean you can’t find great stylish pieces. *Cue the “tar-zay” pronunciation. Keep it simple here, staying close to basics. If you’re overwhelmed, we recommend Goodfellow and Co., one of Target’s in-house brands. The team behind it keeps an eye on the latest menswear trends offering a modern twist on your closet basics.
An oldie but goodie – Uniqlo carries everything from elevated basics to blazers and chinos. The brand describes its line as “LifeWear: clothing designed to improve everyone’s life.” The Japanese company keeps it simple but forward-thinking when it comes to design with tech-driven utility products like its infamous Heat Tech undershirts that are equally fashionable and functional. Almost every item is great for mixing, matching, packing, and re-wearing each season. Plus, you won’t find much over $100.
The past year has made us realize many things. One of those realizations is that comfort dressing is far better and easier. But instead of opting for old gym sweats for your work-from-home OOTD, scroll through Upwest’s selection. You’ll find comfy corduroy joggers, pajama-like waffle sweaters, and cozy button-down flannels, many made from sustainable materials. It’s a go-to spot for your casual cold season wardrobe.
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