Finding affordable and stylish clothes for men is a bit tricky. Many brands produce cookie-cutter styles that will quickly assimilate your individuality into a look that is largely homogeneous. In other words, you’ll waste a lot of time, energy, and money only to look like everyone else.
However, there are a few retailers who stand above the pack, producing fashion and selling styles that will help you develop an image and express yourself while keeping your wallet happy.
Gilt Groupe—: Gilt is an online retailer that offers an exclusive, invitation-only program that gives you access to scheduled sales of all sorts of hand-selected luxury fashions for men. You may get a savings of up to 60% off retail. I also love that they feature a number of the smaller boutique brands. Quantities are very limited on their sales, but you do have an opportunity to preview the items.
Bluefly—: If you are obsessed with designer labels but want authentic apparel at discounted prices, then look no further than BlueFly. The fashion buyers there source brand new clothes from over 350 retailers at discounts of 20% to 75%. Personally, I have spent quite a bit at Blue Fly to update my business attire, so I can attest to the value and savings. If you’re looking for name brand at a discount, then this is the place to shop.
Century 21—: Unless you live in the New York City metropolitan area, you’ve probably never heard of Century 21, but if you ever have a chance to visit one of their 10 locations, you should. Century 21 is unlike any discount retailer I’ve ever seen. It’s sort of like a massive warehouse with floor after floor of discounted high-end fashions. Imagine Feline’s basement (before going of business) but on steroids–that’s what Century 21 is leek
Club Monaco—: Club Monaco may appear in a shopping mall in the clot of uninspiring fashion retailers like the Banana Republic or Express, but don’t be fooled, it’s quite different. Founded in Toronto, Club Monaco offers chic fashions that appeal to the creative consumer and they truly embody the concept of affordable luxury.
Jack Threads—: Jack Threads is a members-only shopping club that posts new sales around noon each day; it’s very similar to Gilt, but they focus on a totally different customer. At Jack Threads, you’re only going to find contemporary fashions like street, skate, and surf wear.
For the hip and cool kids, it’s the perfect place to find top-tier but deeply discounted fashions.
Vinyard Vines—: Vinyard Vines, inspired by life on Martha’s Vineyard, is a colorful, preppy fashion brand with a full assortment of clothing that exudes personality.
This brand reminds me a little of Ralph Lauren Polo without the jockey and the conspicuous RL monogram: Vineyard Vines is more playful but still dressy and stylish.
Zara—: Zara is a Spain-based fashion retailer that operates hundreds of stores in over 70 countries. Unlike H&M and Unique that both traditionally need 6 months to a year to introduce new fashions into their stores, Zara is able to do this in about two weeks. In other words, Zara is able to respond to the latest trends more quickly than its competitors, providing you an opportunity to seize the latest and greatest fashions for your wardrobe.
Forever21—: Forever21 is a cult favorite among the ladies, and a store you’re probably pretty familiar with if your girlfriend drags you to the mall every weekend. But what you may not know, is that it has a highly underrated and quickly growing line of men’s clothing, constantly pushing out the best in streetwear and basics.
Finding stores and websites that are up to date with the latest men’s clothing trends while going easy on a guy’s wallet can be pretty tough. After all, men’s style is constantly evolving and trying to keep up with the season’s hottest looks is no easy task. Luckily, if you’re looking for some new threads without breaking the bank, you’ve come to the right place. Below are 10 fashion-forward sites with affordable men’s clothing stores and brands that are pretty underrated and definitely worth checking out.