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Wear a $700 outfit for under $200

October 8, 2014

SaleIn the past, shopping intimidated me. For one, the really nice clothes sucked up so much of my money. And two, I didn’t know where to look for the really good deals. For this reason, I either bought less expensive clothes of poor quality or paid full price for a more expensive item of greater quality. Truthfully, it is possible to land some great quality clothes for tamped down prices.

In order to get the really great clothes for a steal, you need to plan ahead. Consider the following strategy:

Make a list of the items you wish to acquire.

  1. Save money through the year.
  2. Keep your eye out for sales throughout the year and pick up any items on your list that you find for a good price.
  3. Take all the money you saved and hit the key sales. The absolute best days to get the best deals are the day after Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
  4. On the key days, buy the items on your list first starting with the best deals you can find. Don’t get side tracked by the many other items you will see on sale. Once you check off your list, you can let your eyes wander into other areas.

I have really come to enjoy shopping these sales. I make a list of the clothes I want and wade through many sales to find them. I always start at the same two stores: Macy’s and Dillard’s. They usually have the best prices on the best clothes. At Macy’s, I will check out their door busters such as heavily discounted sport coats, suits or shirts. One year, they had several hundred designer ties on sale for $9.99. I then use a Macy’s card to get another 15-20% off making sure to pay off the balance at the cash register to avoid the card’s high interest charges (20%+ on my card). At Dillard’s, I look for their 50% discounting of already-reduced sale items. I have even seen a $1,000 Hugo Boss suit on sale for $175 during one of those sales.

The following is an example of a $709 wardrobe that I purchased for $188:

Clothing Article         Retail Price    Sale Price

Worsted Wool Pants      $150                    $50

Sport Coat                        $275                    $47

Dress Shirt                       $60                      $8

Designer Tie                    $50                      $10

Cuff Links                        $40                      $11

Shoes                                $90                      $50

Pair of Socks                   $9                         $2

Belt                                   $35                       $10

Total                              $709                  $188

Every man should take advantage of these kinds of deals. However, if your closet is seriously void of the necessities, then go out now and buy enough to get you through the months to the big sales.

© Copyright Fashion for the average man 2014.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Brian S permalink
    October 8, 2014 9:23 am

    Hi Jeremy,
    You are so correct about bargain hunting. Since I returned to Europe I have found so many places to buy top quality clothes for so much less. I wish I had a bigger wardrobe! Oh, and a bigger bank balance obviously. I found a Ferragamo silk neck tie for 20 quid last month. Can’t beat that.

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