Shopping for men’s shirts is not a piece of cake. Say, for instance, you may find a printed shirt of your choice in a store only to find that it doesn’t fit you properly. Or get your hands on the best fitting shirt after combing several stores, but it turns out that the color of the outfit is not exactly your favorite. The worse feeling of all is when you get that one perfect shirt, with color, pattern, print and fitting in place but it is overpriced!
These are sticky situations and I am sure that most men have been in them more than once in their lives. This is where some tips for purchasing affordable, yet quality shirts come to their rescue. Let’s go through some of them:
Look beyond brands
We are all equally guilty of being suckers for brand names and don’t think twice before splurging on clothing just because they belong to “xyz” brand. More often than not, it is not the love for the brand, but the love of flaunting a branded outfit that makes us buy them.
How about looking beyond brands for once?
There are many other, lesser known brands of shirts that sell similar outfits at much lower rates. You’ll be astonished at the high-quality outfits that are sold by these brands and can be customized to fit you perfectly.
They are no match to branded outfits, but then you don’t need a label on your cloth to look dapper. Do you?
If it is a trend, then it will always come at a price. For example, ripped jeans is the red hot trend right now. Some of these “trendy” pair of jeans can definitely burn not one, but several holes in your pocket!
The exorbitant price tag is just one of the reasons to say a big NO to trends. In addition to this, you also need to be wary of trends because most of them are basically fads that fade from public memory as soon as a new trend replaces them. Also, most of the “trendy” clothes usually lie somewhere in your wardrobe unused after the hype dies down.
Ditch trends and define your own, personal sense of style. Fashion blogs wax eloquent on the power of experimenting with one’s style. And they do it for a reason. To begin with, you’ll learn something new, find out what really is your style and become a pro at making suave appearances by wearing the best outfits in town! Don’t shy away from exploring various styles and never stop experimenting.
Trust me, this will save you cash and the agony of throwing/giving away the once precious item of clothing or accessory, which you bought on a whim.
Try custom made shirts
Compared to ordinary shirts that are sold at various outlets, custom made shirts are priced higher. But then, they are affordable, fit you perfectly and match your most specific requirements. For instance, you can always design a custom dress shirt just the way you want, without paying through your nose. Here are some of the benefits of buying custom made dress shirts, in no particular order:
- No need to visit several stores to search for the perfect shirt.
- Get everything customized in the shirt, including:
- Collar design
- Cuff style
- Sleeve length
- Pocket design
- They are more comfortable than ready-to-wear shirts
- Get perfectly-fitting shirts at a lower price tag
At the end of the day, you’ll get an exclusively designed shirt owned by you!
Find them thrift stores
On a budget and still want to buy a shirt? Leave your worry aside and visit a thrift store near you. You’ll be surprised to find an amazing collection of shirts at some of these stores. For example, they may have a stock of branded clothes from high-end fashion labels at slashed prices. This way, you can own branded shirts sans their sky-high price! The only thing you have to be careful about is not to pick up a piece that says “yesteryears”. Also, you may have to sort from heaps of shirts to find the perfect one and this will take time. Therefore, ensure that you have plenty of time on hand before visiting a thrift store to buy your outfit.
Ask for recommendations
Asking your friends, family member, an acquaintance for recommending places that have a stock of affordable, high-quality shirts is a smart move. This will save you time and help you shop for fashionable clothes. You may find your new favorite store or clothing brand, based on their recommendations. So why not give it a try? This point holds true for brick-and-mortar stores as well as online stores. You can also ask them to recommend places from where you can get a customized shirt made.
Buy in bulk
Ever liked a shirt so much that you wished that the store had more varieties of the same range or type? This is where a wholesaler enters the scenario:
- You can buy more number of shirts in your preferred design, style or pattern. For instance, you can buy a number of plain shirts in different colors or printed shirts with two pockets or shirts with a specific type of sleeves.
- Buying in bulk from wholesaler saves you money. The shirts are offered at throwaway prices and the chances of getting substandard quality product is almost NIL.
- You don’t have to comb several stores and waste time to search for similar shirts.
However, before you purchase shirts from wholesalers, make it a point to read reviews about them. This will help you take an informed decision.
These are some handy tips, which will help you land the best deals in affordable shirts without making you compromise on the style front. What is your take on affordable fashion? Have a tip or two to add to
Author: Nicola Reynor
Nicola Reynor is a passionate blogger who loves to blog about fashion, beauty, travel, health, fitness, wedding and lifestyle trends. When in leisure time, she prefers to spend time in traveling with friends and family. Connect with her on Google+ and Twitter.