How to Save Money on Men’s Business Apparel Without Sacrificing Style

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by on March 20, 2013

ID-10017278The old saying that "clothes make the man" remains true, and style is the distinct flair that ensures each man is an individualist not a cookie-cutter mannequin.  Luxurious fabrics, quality construction and designer cuts can anchor style — but can also make a man go flat broke.  There must be way to dress for business on a budget without looking cheap or sacrificing a personal style.

Buy in the Off Season

It makes sense to buy summer clothes in summer, right? Wrong. One of the best ways to find summer office shirts and slacks at a deep discount is to buy them in fall when stores are unloading stock they didn’t sell in summer.  Ditto for winter sweaters and coats: they sell for half price or less in as spring nears. You can get brand new pieces that will still be fashionable next year.  In winter, make an effort to buy a new fall wardrobe. 

Buy Classic and Quality Pieces Only

If you use the above trick and buy languishing inventory out-of-season to save bucks, you might run the risk of loading up on unfashionable clothes. That’s only if you’re dim-witted enough to go for the slick, overly cool stuff that will be the butt of jokes in a few months. Grown business men shouldn’t shop for cool pieces, but for the classic essentials. Stick to the simple button down shirts and the traditional gray, brown, black, navy and tan colors for sports jackets and pants. Leave the chartreuse and mustard slacks or the wild prints shirts for the hipsters.  Crazy colored-ties are OK, though.

Shop at the discount designer outlets

Every man needs a few eye-catching designer pieces. There are strategic ways to get them that won’t eat up half the Friday paycheck. From Chicago to Milwaukee to San Francisco, there are clusters of discount designer stores known as premium outlet malls.  Find one near you and plan a trip. These outlet smalls specialize in moving surplus merchandise directly from well-known designers.

Buy second-hand

Don’t turn up your nose at gently worn pieces. For years, resale shops and the Salvation Army have been selling high-quality men’s apparel for pennies. Don’t let your pride keep you from at least checking it out. Here’s how it works: people donate clothing to charity. Let me rephrase that: WEALTHY people often donate their barely worn high-end clothes and even new clothes with price tags still on them to charity for tax write-offs. You have to hunt for these elite pieces, sorting through some of the out-of-fashion dusty items that won’t be worth your time. Often, however, discount stores will have these items in a special section. When you find that stellar trademark trench, cashmere sweater or tapered suit that looks as good as new, the rummaging will be worth it.

Guest Post Bio: Ted Corbitt writes about money saving fashion tips and other men’s fashion topics. Ted is a writer for Balani Custom Clothiers. Image courtesy of graur razvan ionut /


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