Brands I like and recommend
Frequently, I have conversations with people telling me about wonderful clothes they acquired. More often than not, they mention the brand as a descriptor. Why? What does the brand have to do with it? Is it a symbol of status? Has the brand gained much recognition and a “cool” image? Too many people get caught up in one brand or another – whether a polo shirt displays a polo player or an alligator. Status should not factor into your decision to choose a brand.
I am not saying brands hold no relevance. In fact, it may present you with the best clues as to quality, durability, and style. I like to think of it as a quality seal of sorts. I know when I see a particular brand on a shirt such as Hugo Boss, it will possess a superior construction and fabric. Further, I know a pair of Bruno Magli shoes will last longer and look better than shoes of lesser artisan appeal.
Truthfully, you can dress great with unknown brands as well. Who says you have to be tied down to a particular designer? The logo or name should not define you, label you, or fit you neatly into some “category.” So, free your mind of this restriction binding you to only a certain number of brands. Be free. Explore. Try new designers. When you do, make sure to keep the primary principles of fashion in mind. If you need a refresher, try reading my article Where do I start? Tips for launching your fashion journey.
So, I am sharing with you a simple top of mind list of five categories with five suggestions for each (in no particular order). I purposely limited myself to five as I did not want to overwhelm you. And, don’t let the expensive brands scare you off. With the right planning and bargain hunting skills, you can find their products at great prices too. So here you go:
Moderately priced clothes:
More expensive clothes:
Moderately priced shoes:
Polo Ralph Lauren
Sperry Top Sider
More expensive shoes:
To Boot New York
Stores I like:
Saks Fifth Avenue
Notice I did not include a “Cheap clothes” or “Cheap shoes” category. Stay away from those as they will not last as long and will look like they sound – Cheap! Look for great quality at great prices. Lastly, don’t get caught up in logos for status. Stick to the principles and look great no matter the brand. However, use the brands to establish those styles you prefer. And, employ them to mark the best sources of quality apparel. Now, get out there and go shopping!
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