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2015 fashion resolutions

January 8, 2015

resolutionsI am amazed at how quickly 2014 came and went. Over the past year, we have talked about a lot – from pocket squares to jackets to tuxedos to smiling. And now, we embrace 2015. In keeping with my annual tradition of recommending resolutions for the new year, I have four new suggestions. As in past years, I will give you easier to implement resolutions. The first one on the list is one I plan to do for sure. So, here are this year’s fashion resolutions:

  1. In 2015, clean out of your closet at least ten unnecessary items. Step away from reading this article for a moment and take a hard look at what you own. Any of it the wrong size for you? Out of date? Worn out? Not your style? If you have not worn that item in the last two years, give serious thought to donating it to charity or throwing it out.
  2. In 2015, throw away your trashed out shoes. This especially applies to dress shoes scuffed beyond recognition. They lived a long useful life. It’s time to let go. Dress shoes in particular should look marvelous. For more on getting an excellent pair of oxfords, read Explaining shoes: The Oxford.
  3. In 2015, pitch all your socks with holes. This one is simple. Nowadays, you can find all kinds of great and inexpensive socks. Just make sure to avoid white tube socks (Read Throw away your white socks).
  4. In 2015, purchase one pair of shoe trees and use them in your nicest dress shoes. To protect the investment of an excellent shoe, the shoe tree provides a perfect help. It absorbs moisture and aids the shoe in retaining its shape.

If you set no goals, large or small, you will achieve no goals. However, if you set some achievable goals, you are much more likely to get something done. I hope you will grab ahold of at least one fashionable goal this year. If you need help, choose one of the four above or look back through my past resolution articles. And, I recommend posting it somewhere you can see it. So, if you choose number one, then print out this article, highlight number one and tape it to your closet door. Whatever you decide, do something – do anything to improve yourself in 2015. Happy new year!

 

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Bargain Season Recap

This year, I had several key things on my list to obtain during the bargain season. I got them all brand new for some tremendous deals. Anymore, I feel like I have to become a walking calculator to figure out all the additional discounts off of discount percentages. Maybe that’s a marketing strategy in itself. Here are a few of my bargain purchases:

Burberry Briefcase – I have wanted this one for some time, but did not have the money for it. So, I used the Birthday Strategy and saved up to get it. Thank you everyone who contributed. Retail $1,495. Paid $700 (53.2% discount).

burberry bag

 

Banana Republic Briefcase – For those days of heavy rain when I want to leave the Burberry briefcase at home, I found this quality back-up for a fantastic price. Retail $198. Paid $19.97 (90% discount).

Banana briefcase

 

Calvin Klein sweater – Sweaters were on my list for this year and I could not pass up this deal. Retail $89.50. Paid $8.99 (90% discount).

calvin sweater

 

Michael Kors shirt – I love this shirt. It looks great, feels comfortable and is made well. Retail $125. Paid $25 (80% discount)

MK shirt

 

Sak’s Fifth Avenue sweater – I noticed something in purchasing this one. Retailers are trying clever new ways of offering discounts. On the day after Christmas, this sweater tag was marked down from $128 to $76.80 and had a sign on the rack saying it was an additional 50% off – bringing the price to $38.40. I liked the sweater and I liked the price, but I thought I would check back on New Year’s day to see if it was reduced any more. On New Year’s, the same sweater had been marked down on the tag to $51.20 and the sign on the rack said it was an additional 25% off – making the price … $38.40. It was the exact same price reached in two different ways! Retail $128. Paid $38.40 (70% discount).

saks sweater saks sweater tag

 

A few other deals I found:

Joe’s Jeans – Retail $169. Paid $44.61 (73.6% discount).

Burberry Prorsum T-shirt – Retail $150. Paid $42 (72% discount).

J Crew plaid long sleeve collared shirt – Retail $69.50. Paid $11.99 (82.7% discount).

Banana Republic corduroy pants – Retail $69.50. Paid $22 (68.4% discount).

 

Copyright 2015 Fashion for the average man.

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. joseph6castleberry permalink
    January 8, 2015 6:00 am

    Love the blog! Keep it coming. This one offered great advice, as usual.

  2. January 9, 2015 1:14 am

    Fashion resolutions; such a good idea! I had a couple of things I wanted to tick off my list, but reframing it as resolutions now will give me more motivation 🙂

  3. January 9, 2015 3:13 am

    Good advice Jeremy. Totally agree about the shoe trees. Have a few pair that are always in use … strongly recommend buying good quality (Italian) shoes, pay a bit more, and protect the investment and watch them last a decade.

    • January 16, 2015 2:08 pm

      Nothing like an excellent pair of Italian shoes. Sounds like you have the right idea.

  4. January 15, 2015 3:46 pm

    Wow where did you get all that stuff from for so cheap? Online? 🙂 great job!

    • January 16, 2015 2:07 pm

      I got these items from Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom Rack, Banana Republic, JCrew outlet store, and Ebay. I plan to write an article in the future about Ebay. If you know how to use Ebay, you can grab some fantastic deals. As far as the stores are concerned, the bargain season gives you the opportunity to find some of the best stuff on sale. Check out some of my other articles about bargain hunting for tips on how to do it. Thanks for reading.

  5. January 17, 2015 2:28 pm

    Good post here. I hope that bag lasts a lifetime 😀 It’s nice

  6. January 20, 2015 4:13 pm

    Great post Jeremy! Particularly like point 1- I don’t know about others but i know a lot of guys who are hoarders and because they struggle to throw something out they wont replace it with anything new. Never saying “I already have a good pair of jeans” or “i don’t need more jumpers” is definitely a lifelong habit more of us need to pick up!

    • January 21, 2015 3:13 pm

      So true. That’s why we need to take an honest look in the closet every now and then. Thanks for reading!

  7. The Simple Beginner permalink
    February 12, 2015 9:46 pm

    Yes! I enjoyed reading this. Great bargains too!

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