Menswear brands to trust when you don’t have time or money to waste.

 

It’s no secret that many men want to be dressing better. For decades, magazines like Esquire and GQ have been serving up men’s style with the biggest names from the golden screen to the gridiron rocking the latest duds from top designers all to show you just how easy it is to look like Idris Elba or Ryan Gosling… assuming you have a few thousand dollars to drop on a single shirt. What’s more of a secret is how men can affordably dress better. What are the best stores a regular guy can find affordable men's fashion?

A plethora of retailers both online and in person are always offering sweet deals, but rarely have the quality to back it up. On the other hand, it’s easy to reach for that designer suit that will make you feel good about how you look… until you reach for your wallet to pay for it.

Dressing on a budget can be done easily, once you know where to look. This guide is designed to help you determine where to spend your hard-earned dollars based on what you’re looking to buy, whether it’s a t-shirt or a three-piece suit.

These aren’t places where you can expect to find something that you’ll be able to pass down generations to your great-grandchildren, but these shopping solutions allow you to find something of reasonably good quality without having to spend too much of your time or money.

An aside: eBay can be a fantastic place to find affordable fashion picks like that one-of-a-kind vintage suit that fits perfectly, but – like all thrift shopping – it’s all about the luck of your timing as well as investing the time to muddle through the duds and find something that works for you.

 

The 5 Best Stores for Affordable Men's Fashion for the Guy on a Budget

Nordstrom Rack

www.nordstromrack.com/

WHAT IT’S GOOD FOR: Designer suits, outerwear, shoes, designer socks and underwear

Nordstrom Rack is the place to go if you need something a little more upscale or have an eye for designers, with everything from Lucky Brand t-shirts to Belstaff outerwear and everything in between all for unbelievable discounts. This is where you can find Ted Baker shirts for less than $50 and Hugo Boss suits starting at $350 not to mention an astounding shoe selection from Allen Edmonds, Bruno Magli, and Johnston & Murphy to Adidas, Converse, and Timberland.

H&M

H & M

www.hm.com

WHAT IT’S GOOD FOR: Jackets, affordable blazers, jeans, t-shirts, starter suits

H&M exemplifies the “fast fashion” philosophy for mainstream consumers to achieve runway looks, often through collaborations with designers like Karl Lagerfeld, Alexander Wang, and Balmain. Quality can vary so it shouldn’t be the first choice when you’re dressing to impress and sizes can run a bit small, but with few offerings beyond suit separates and outerwear priced above $100, H&M offers customers a place to experiment with modern looks or fill your closet with comfortable $7 t-shirts that you can never have too many of.

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Sizeupapparels

www.sizeupapparel.com/

Denim Jeans, Activewear, Urbanwear, and Streetwear made from top quality, comfortable materials with stylish design.

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Uniqlo

uniqlo

www.uniqlo.com/us/en/men

WHAT IT'S GOOD FOR: Basic-styled essentials like oxford cloth button-downs, sweaters, chinos, selvedge denim, and blazers.

PRICE POINT: $$

No budget style list would be complete without Uniqlo, the Japanese-based retailer. Often compared to the Gap, Uniqlo is even more basic – simpler patterns, less trends, and a more concentrated focus on the staples. Known for their $20 OCBDs and $30 sweaters, we get most excited by their sub-$50 selvedge denim, with some locations offering while-you-wait inseam hemming.

American Eagle

www.ae.com

WHAT IT’S GOOD FOR: Jeans, sweaters, button-up shirts (the ones without logos), and outerwear

 

The suggestion of American Eagle may conjure images of high school and college-aged shoppers, but the brand has slowly but surely been reinventing itself since its varsity-focused heyday in the early 2000s. After its briefly lived Martin + Osa smart casual line failed in 2010, the company incorporated that more adult-oriented mindset into its offerings to broaden its target audience, balancing its less advisable youth-focused attire (think pre-ripped jeans or polos emblazoned with giant logos) with more mature offerings along the lines of plaid flannel shirts, khaki chinos, and bomber jackets. The quality is superior to others in the same price class (Zara, etc.) you just have to know to avoid giant logos and not let them blind you to the solid staples being offered in their shadow.

When shopped intentionally, American Eagle is a place to buy quality style that can last you beyond your college years while retaining the brand’s youthful flair.