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High Style: How to be the best dressed without breaking the bank

By: Matthew Biehl



A guide to fashion, fragrance and grooming, as well as all the resources you need to look good without the price tag.
 
Mix High and Low
Investment dressing should be the main mantra for the modern man. Buying quality pieces that fulfill a certain need and fit well will give you a versatile and functional wardrobe. While there may be a slightly higher up-front cost, these pieces will last and save you money in the long-term. Knowing what you actually need for your wardrobe and considering its fit and function will help you avoid impulse buys in favour of smart choices. Fast fashion brands, such as H&M and Zara, are great places to give your style a shot in the arm without breaking the bank. These kinds of retailers offer designs that are based on the trends seen on the runway each season giving you a low-risk, and relatively low-cost, way of trying current trends without having to worry if the pieces will necessarily be relevant when the new year roles around.
 
Shop Online (and the Sales)
While shopping online means you can’t feel and try on clothes the way you can in a brick and mortar store, it’s hard not to take note of the growing number of websites dedicated to menswear. A number of brands are more accessible than ever after embracing e-commerce, and there are also sites that have a variety of labels on offer, such as mrporter.com and Canada’s own ssense.com. Another benefit to shopping online: the sales. Seasonal sales offer major discounts on covetable pieces that may normally be out of reach. Flash sale sites, such as gilt.com, specialize in only offering discounted merchandise. These limited time sales change daily, so there is always something new to see. In addition to the shopping, free style advice is right at your fingertips thanks to the editorial content that online retailers offer as part and parcel of their services. All of this and more, just a mere click away.
 
Make Friends With a Tailor
Shopping off the rack may be the norm for most men, but that doesn’t mean that every man will walk away from those racks with the perfect fit every time. Finding a tailor to make small tweaks, such as hemming pants or taking in a jacket is an inexpensive solution to make clothes look like they were made just for you, as opposed to the masses.
 
Small Packs a lot of Punch
When it comes to fragrance, less really is more. Pick a couple of signature scents that can be changed up between day and evening or even seasonally, and stick with them. Buy the smallest size to save money, but also save the scent, as fragrance, like food, can go off over time. To prevent this, try keeping the bottle out of direct sunlight and consistently hot temperatures. And when it comes to application, avoid dousing your whole body and instead make a few strategic sprays to the wrists and rub excess below your jaw line.
 
Find a Good Barber
With the resurgence in men’s barbershops, keeping your hair in check has never been easier, or more affordable. Yes, there are some higher end chains that are popping up as a result of the popularity, but you should always be able to find a local barber that will be inexpensive while still giving a good cut. Spending less on each hair cut will mean that you may even want to go more often, allowing you to maintain a desired hairstyle much easier. Cheaper than a salon and they know men’s hair, what’s not to love?
 
Keep it Trim
Facial hair is socially acceptable again and many guys rock some variation on a daily basis. And while Movember is a great cause, it’s really the only time you should be letting the hair on your face grow unchecked. The upkeep will pay off, making you look more put together and showing people that you care about your appearance. And if you feel like giving yourself a reward with a little of the money you have saved thanks to these tips, hit up your new barber for a professional shave. The hot towel, traditional razor blade and the fact that you get to sit back while someone else takes care of your stubble will turn an everyday chore into a relaxing ritual.


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