It is a fact that fashion can be very expensive but not style. You can easily dress up very nicely with out spending all your money.
The big brands know that now customers are smarter and they must produce high quality products for less. With the growth of new fashion brands, the winners are those who can please their customers.
Zara is a big example of this. Zara is one of the of largest retailers in the planet and they sell their clothes for a very good price. They deliver similar fashion items as luxury brands because they actually “copy” them and make some tweaks to it.
Zara launches new items every two weeks so it is not like you are buying last season’s clothing for less. So my point is that, like Zara, there are many other fashion brands with this same mentally, and unless you have the money and you like to buy luxury items from certain brands, there is no reason for you to go over budget and spend all your money on clothes.
And in the case that you do prefer to buy from luxury brands but you are on a budget, choosing the right items will be key in order to create an affordable versatile wardrobe. So as you can see, either way we have to be smart in the way we shop.
With that in mind, I want to show you what I believe to be the must have items, or the first basic ones, that you should buy to revamp your style.
You need one item that you will wear a lot, with unlimited number of outfits, and will never be out of fashion; this item would be our life saving white shirt.
When I say unlimited outfits I really mean it and I am talking about casual, dress up, with tie or a beanie; this is what I call a true must have!
Let’s take David Beckham as an example;
Think about this, you can wear your shirt to the beach, to the airport, wedding, formal occasion and pair it with any suit or tie. This is the best one: choose the weirdest tie and it will still match your white shirt.
You will see guys like David Beckham wearing a white shirt many times in a roll because it is just easier to wear; Not to mention Karl Lagerfeld or Tom Ford.
The old days that you would wear Abercrombie&Fitch trashed jeans are gone; welcome the clean solid Denim.
Choosing the right denim is just as important as choosing the rest of your outfit. Denim jeans should work as the support for your outfit and not the center of attention.
You should worry more about the fitting rather than the color of it. I always think a darker color looks better than a lighter one. A darker denim will also match more types of outfits than a lighter one; but it is always good to have a light denim in your wardrobe as a backup.
I would suggest you go with a slim fit denim because it just looks better and more modern. I don’t like the straight jeans too much( please don’t wear boot-cut jeans ) because of the ankle fitting.
Denim pants look sloppy if it doesn’t fit well, but there are guys with thicker legs, like myself, that have a harder time finding the right jeans, so I suggest you look into the new traveler denim from Banana Republic.
I bought a pair and still have not found anything else that fits as good as the traveler denim.
The white sneaker has been trending for a while now, and don’t expect it to go away any time soon. Justin Timberlake is one of the best known adopter of the ‘white sneaker outfit’. Whenever you see him, he is wearing one of these guys; even with a suit.
By the way, follow Aleks Musika on instagram for some white sneaker inspiration.
Buy the right Suit
When you are on a budget you need to buy the clothes that will be easy to wear and will be very versatile. In the Suit case, that would be the gray suit.
In my opinion, one of the smartest episodes from GQ.com videos was the 48hr wardrobe. In the video they show how to pack for a trip without taking a lot of stuff. And surprisingly the Gray suit was there.
It is really cool to see the many looks you can get from the same suit. You can go from business outfit to casual just by adding for example some dark denim jeans. This is definitely my favorite episode from GQ!
No More Printed t-shirt
Talking about gray… you can use the same rule with t-shirts. If you want to look stylish, the basic will be your best choice.
Feel free to wear colored tees like yellow, red, orange but your must have will be the black, white or Gray. Take a look at Scott Disick; how many t-shirt colors does a millionaire need?
One Shoe, Many Looks
If I could only buy one shoe it would be the Loafer. It is not just a classic shoe, it is also very versatile and easy to wear. Wear it for a business meeting, take out the socks for a casual outfit, put on shorts and enjoy a sunny day. It works for every look.
You can also find loafers for a very good price. By the way, if it is your first acquisition, go for a brown color rather than black.
You see, without spending a lot of money you can change your whole wardrobe. The trick is to buy the right items that you will be able to wear a lot. What was your favorite?