Hey, NTB. I Want your opinion on this one. It's that I live in a European country that isn't doing very good at economics an all that so I can't afford to put away some 400 $ for clothing every month. 80$ tops. Is it even possible to dress properly without spending BIG MONEY? What would you suggest? (Funny I always think "What would NTB say about this" when it comes down to fashion)
Of course you can dress well without spending a lot of money, just as you can dress poorly while dropping guap on guap on guap. Thrifting, eBay-scouring, Yoox-browsing and general sales-mongering should be activities in which you engage, and you should also just be smart about the items you purchase.
Finally, stay tuned for Put This On’s Ramen Noodle Budget series that will be published sometime in the near future—I’m sure Mr. Thorn, Derek and co. will be dropping deadly knowledge darts with that one.
All that said, whatever you do: Never go full retail.
I'm a big fan of your blog. I'm a fan of manswear, and although my style may not be to the point of perfection, I'm hoping to get it there one day. The problem is, I'm a college student and don't have much money. Do you know any places where clothes aren't very expensive like most popular manswear websites and whatnot? I'm just looking for some stylish affordable clothing that won't put a hole in my bank account.
Put This On recently did a series on thrifting. This is a good place to start—you never know what kind of gems you can find. Ebay is also a hotbed for for scoring some used gear (as well as unsold, end of season items from retailers looking to recoup some costs).
If you are looking for bargain prices for luxury brands, Yoox is the way to go. If you told me you knew of a site that offered Lardini wool cashmere blend blazers for $249 before I found out about Yoox, I’d tell you about a guy in Brooklyn I know who has a bridge for sale. You should also be trolling menswear blogs for news as to when sample sales and clearances are scheduled to hit (e.g., Barneys’ upcoming warehouse sale).
Stay fresh youngin.
EDIT: via djzachattack
To the college kid looking for cheap stuff, Rugby has pretty good quality products for someone wanting to start building up their wardrobe. They legitimately are always having a sale on stuff, and if you want something at full price, they offer a 15% student discount. J. Crew also has a student discount which is useful. And obviously signing up for Gilt is always a good idea.