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Clothes can help get you where you want to be. Well-dressed men are more hireable, earn more money, and even perceive themselves in a more positive light.

Great, you may be thinking – so how do I get started with this men’s budget wardrobe overhaul? I don’t have that dream job or promotion yet. I’m still just getting by. I can’t afford to drop a small fortune on restructuring my entire wardrobe.

You need to build a wardrobe on a cheap budget.

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Gentlemen, we’ve got the complete guide to building a men’s wardrobe on a budget. Let’s get into it!

1. Find Your Message

Unfortunately, almost everyone judges the book by its cover – the way you dress influences how people think of you. Before you buy anything, decide what your personal brand will be so you can evaluate everything in your wardrobe based on whether it fits in.

Do you want to send a message that you’re competent and trustworthy? Or maybe that you go against the grain and stand out from the crowd?

Choose your outfits with that message in mind. If you don’t know where you’re going, you wind up somewhere else – and sometimes with clothes you wind up there having blown a lot of your budget.

2. Less Is More

Building a men’s wardrobe from scratch doesn’t have to be expensive.

You might imagine that well-dressed men all have huge walk-in closets with a hundred suits, fifty pairs of shoes, and a thousand shirts. But the truth is that most men who dress exceptionally well have pretty modest wardrobes.

If you want to know how to dress well on a budget, let me point you to A J Biddle, one of the best-dressed men of the last hundred years. He owned only seven suits, twelve shirts, and four pairs of shoes when he died.

How did he do it on such a small wardrobe?

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A J Biddle is known as “the best dressed man of all time”.

The answer is that everything he owned, he loved, wore often, and could pair with a wide range of the other pieces in his wardrobe.

A combination of intentionality and interchangeability can give a man the ability to look fantastic every day with a very small selection of clothes.

3. Give Yourself Time & Leverage Discounts

If you try to improve your wardrobe overnight, it’s bound to be more expensive. Need a suit for an interview in three days? If you want one that’s going to work long-term, you’re going to be paying full price.

But say you give yourself three months… suddenly a whole new world opens up.

It’s easy to look great on a budget. You can watch prices online and buy when the item you need is marked down.

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4. Have A Clothing Budget

There are two key things you need to understand here. The first is that when you budget for something you’re not gonna have to pay interest on it – but if you put that on a credit card with 20% interest that $200 suit you thought you got a great deal on is going to cost you three or four hundred dollars in the end.

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The other thing to understand is that there’s a psychological component to putting money away for your wardrobe. If you’re socking away twenty-five dollars a week for a specific purpose, you can spend it with confidence, knowing that you worked for what you’re buying and you can securely afford it.

5. Focus In On Interchangeability

You might remember when interchangeability was mentioned in #2 – or one of the dozens of other times it’s been talked about on this site. It’s worth coming back to because it’s so important, especially when you’re building your wardrobe on a budget.

Everything you buy – jackets, shirts, trousers, shoes – needs to work with everything you already own.

It’s a system based on simple math. When you’ve got four pairs of trousers, four jackets, four shirts and four pairs of shoes that all easily mix and match with one another, you can multiply them – 4 x 4 x 4 x 4 – into 256 different outfits.

Use this tip to build and maintain a stylish wardrobe on a budget.

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If you’re able to do a lot more with a lot less, you’ll save money overall because every penny you spend on style goes towards awesome clothes you can really leverage.

6. Avoid The Whimsical Winds of Fashion

Do everything you can to put together outfits that will still be in style two years from now, ten years from now, maybe even 20 years from now.

Avoid fashion trends and look at items that have been standard parts of men’s wardrobes for decades.

Don’t waste your money on fashion. What looks great this year will look dated next year.

If you’ve got extra money in your budget, feel free to go grab the latest trends and have fun wearing them. But understand that they may pass out of fashion in a couple seasons.

7. Understand the Style Theory of Value

The style theory of value is that the true value of a piece of clothing is equal to the number of wears times the way it makes you feel divided by the price.

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You get a great deal on a suit. But you wear it once a year. That’s not great value…

Simply put, when you’re looking at two similar items – a slightly pricier one that you love and would wear all the time, and one that’s cheaper but which you won’t wear nearly as often or feel nearly as great in – you want to go with the more expensive item.

Even though you spent more money, you’ll get more value because you’ll get more use out of it.

8. No Fit, No Buy – No Exceptions!

Whether we’re talking about casual clothing or a suit, a dress shirt or a pair of shoes, it doesn’t matter if they’re ninety percent off – if they don’t fit your body exceptionally well, they’re not a deal.

9. Have A Roadmap

You want to have a step-by-step plan for building your wardrobe.

One of the easiest ways to do this is to look at where you want to go. Identify your broad goal – put together a few good outfits, create a weekly work wardrobe – and then start checking out magazines or sources online for inspiration. Don’t choose specific products or make any final decisions yet – just think about the types of aesthetics, cuts, or colors you like.

Start building a few ideal outfits in your mind’s eye (or on paper) and figure out what elements could be interchangeable.

Eventually you’ll be able to say things like “I want three pairs of shoes in these styles”, or “I want two jackets in these colors.” Then when you shop, you’ll have a direction – saving you money and time.

10. Try On Luxury Clothes and Accessories

Obviously, you’re not gonna buy them right now. But you’re developing your own taste and your knowledge of what quality feels like.

When you try on that top-of-the-line sports jacket and feel how it drapes off your body, you’ll know that’s what you’re looking for. Next time you feel it from a garment that’s a fraction of the price, you’ll know you’re getting a great deal.

When you know what true quality is, you’ll understand the kind of pieces that are worth saving for.

All this ties in to building a personal style brand. A quality wardrobe shows discernment, commitment, and attention to detail – even if it’s a budget wardrobe.

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No-Fail Color Combos For Men: Summer 2024 Edition

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One of the trickier elements of achieving good style is color theory. That is, what looks good together, what matches, what contrasts well, the works!

When men initially start their style journey, before they learn about the context and history of various aesthetics, they’ll often try tackling color first.

And for good reason. Not matching correctly or poor color choices are a quick and easy way to doom your outfit. Getting it right takes a trained eye – or a handy guide like this one.

Specifically in the summer months, there tend to be more color options available to men’s clothing than ever. Less layers means our outfits are sometimes encouraged to make a statement through different means, whether that’s through pattern, texture, or perhaps most obviously, color!

And so, without further ado, here are our recommendations for no-fail color combinations for men’s outfits this summer.

White, Red, and Navy Blue

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Perhaps a bit on-the-nose for the Fourth of July season, but arguably all the more so appropriate because of it, there’s something nostalgic about loosely representing the American flag during the summer – albeit tastefully.

One sure way to nail this formula without mistakenly getting raised along the flag pole is to combine a classic white tee with navy blue pants, shorts, or denim, along with a primary or dark red cardigan for cool summer evenings.

Too warm for the cardigan? Consider a blue and red patterned top with white shorts or white linen trousers for a similar effect with more cooling factor.

It’s a brilliant combo with just a dash of patriotic flair. Trust us!

Off-White, Tan, and Forest Green

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Sometimes, deep contrast is what you want for maximum dynamism in an outfit. To experiment with this color combination, try pairing a pair of off-white painter/carpenter pants with a dark, forest green top (either a tee or a camp collar shirt). Tie it all together with a pair of tan loafers and a matching tan braided belt!

Looking to go cooler? Perhaps opt for a pair of forest green shorts and an off-white tee. Finish it off with a sleek pair of tan espadrilles or elegant fisherman’s sandals, and you’re ready to hit the sun!

Classic Black and White

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Minimalism can be elegant, and there’s no better proof than the classic black and white combo.

This generally works best for slightly elevated outfits, ranging from smart casual to business casual. Try starting with a pair of white pleated trousers, preferably in a breathable fabric like cotton, or even better, linen. Pair them with a black knit polo, tucked in ideally, and accessorize with a black leather belt and matching loafers.

A more elegant way to spin this combo is with a white linen suit – paired with a simple black tee shirt. If you’re feeling a bit of retro flair in your veins, dare to swap the tee for a black shirt with a 70s-inspired, jumbo collar worn popped over the jacket’s lapels. You can totally pull it off with confidence – we promise.

Autumnal Orange and Sage Green

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Are you an autumnal soul? As in, someone who wishes it was fall during all three other seasons? We don’t blame you! Autumn color palettes are some of the most visually pleasing and downright cozy.

The good news is, you don’t have to wait until fall to incorporate autumnal earth tones into your summer wardrobe! It’s not like it’s illegal. If anything, it’s a fun nod to another season when worn properly.

A burnt or rust orange definitely screams fall, but when utilized on a classic camp collar shirt and paired with a more summery sage green (either in short or linen trouser iterations), it surprisingly works!

Soft Pink and Deep Blue

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When worn well, pink can be a surprisingly masculine color that echoes elegance and signals sophistication.

An easy way to see this for yourself is by pairing deep blue trousers (try seersucker or linen for ideal weather friendly comfort) with a soft pink linen shirt – either long sleeve or short. You can also swap the pants for shorts if that’s more your thing.

The rich contrast between pink and blue tones is especially exciting in summer, where both colors reign highly.

White on White on White (or Maybe Tan)

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No, no, we’re not kidding around with this one. If you’re lacking in the hair department, you might choose to avoid this combo in order to beat the “Mr. Clean” allegations, but when done well, we still think this look is a power-move.

The key is to incorporate summer texture. White pants or shorts in either linen or seersucker, combined with a white top in a similar fabric. Linen on linen works wonders. Seersucker on linen is great, too. Seersucker on seersucker tends to work best with a suit, but use your discretion.

Finish it off with either white sneakers (canvas ones are great) or a daring white loafer. Alternatively, if you want to break up the white just a drop, consider opting for tan shoes with a matching belt. In many ways, it’s arguably more elegant.

Tan and Teal

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Tan is a canvas upon which everything will match, which is why going bold and exciting with a contrasting shade is a good bet. Teal is a fine choice because it’s reminiscent of mediterranean oceans and mosaic tiles, further reinforcing the summery association.

The safest way to approach this look is with tan chinos or shorts combined with a rich teal top (either a tee, linen shirt, or camp collar shirt). Tan or brown accessories will seal the deal, but an alternative method is to reverse the colors on their head.

Teal shorts are quite striking but within the bounds of good taste, and a tan linen shirt looks absolutely stellar with them. Try it for yourself!

Beige, Chocolate Brown, and Sage Green

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Looking for something similar to the previous option but one that works a bit better in more professional settings? Beige trousers, paired with chocolate brown loafers and a matching belt, look great with sage green, a calmer alternative to teal.

Sometimes referred to as seafoam green, sage looks especially elegant when represented by a linen fabric.

Calm Gray and Black

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Don’t underestimate the versatility of gray in your summer wardrobe. In truth, it can go with almost anything, but looks sleekest when paired with black.

Not convinced? Try combining a pair of gray linen pants with a black knit polo for that after work rooftop party, or gray shorts with a black tee for a sleek and minimal laid-back day. From fine summer tailoring to relaxed and leisurely attire, this combo is something of a cheat code, if you ask us.

Maroon and Mint

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We’re not done with shades of red! Maroon is often seen as one of the more mature shades, but you can make it feel a bit more playful if you pair it next to an airy mint color tone.

A pair of mint green (fainter than sage, in most cases) pants or shorts delivers extra wow-factor when placed alongside a maroon red top. From tees to polos to linen button downs, you’ve got options. But you can reverse the positions too! Try maroon shorts with a mint tee on toasty days for a look that’ll keep you cool and looking, well, cooler!

Lastly, Experiment!

Aside from these specific seasonal recommendations, allow yourself to have fun and experiment with different color and color combinations on your own! It takes time and experience to gain a truly trained eye, and while learning the basics of color theory can help, your personal style journey will thank you for any hands-on experience!.

So go out there, and give some of these a whirl. When you’re ready, feel free to try new ideas out for yourself!

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Stylish Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Perfect Picks from Merci Maman, ChloBo, Lebrusan Studio, and Dower & Hall

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As Father’s Day approaches, it’s time to celebrate the wonderful dads in our lives with thoughtful and stylish gifts. Whether you’re looking for something classic, trendy, or completely unique, this gift guide has you covered. Featuring pieces from Merci Maman, ChloBo, Lebrusan Studio, and Dower & Hall, you’ll find gifts to suit every budget and taste.

Merci Maman

Merci Maman offers personalized jewelry that makes a perfect sentimental gift. Their Personalized Intertwined Necklace is a standout piece, featuring two or three rings that can be engraved with names, dates, or a special message. This elegant necklace is ideal for a dad who loves meaningful keepsakes.

Another beautiful option is the Personalized Open Bangle, which is both sleek and stylish. Engrave it with a special date or message to make it a unique token of appreciation. For new dads, the Personalized Initial Necklace featuring the initials of their children is a touching and timeless choice.

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ChloBo

For the fashion-forward dad, ChloBo offers trendy yet sophisticated pieces. The Men’s Noodle Ball Bracelet is a versatile accessory that combines traditional craftsmanship with modern design. It’s perfect for a dad who appreciates minimalist style with a touch of elegance.

The Sacred Earth Ring is another excellent choice. This bold piece is crafted with precision and can add a statement to any outfit. If your dad is into layered looks, the Protective Eye Necklace is a stylish and symbolic piece that can be worn alone or with other chains.

Lebrusan Studio

Lebrusan Studio is known for its intricate and ethical designs. For a dad with a taste for the unique, the Silver Skull Ring is a standout. This piece combines a touch of edginess with exquisite craftsmanship, making it perfect for the dad who loves something a bit different.

For something more classic, consider the Gold St Christopher Pendant. This traditional symbol of protection is beautifully crafted and makes a thoughtful gift for the dad who travels often or loves classic jewelry. Another excellent option is the Ethical Wedding Band, ideal for renewing vows or simply as a token of enduring love.

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Dower & Hall

Dower & Hall offers timeless pieces that exude elegance. The Leather & Pearl Bracelet is an excellent choice for the millennial dad who appreciates a blend of classic and contemporary styles. The combination of leather and pearls creates a distinctive look that is both rugged and refined.

For dads who love symbolic jewelry, the Tree of Life Pendant is a meaningful piece that represents family and growth. It’s a beautiful reminder of the roots and connections that make a family strong. The Skullduggery Wax Melts are a fun and quirky gift for dads who enjoy unique home fragrances and stylish decor.

Lastly, for a classic and elegant gift, consider the Silver St Christopher Pendant. This traditional piece is perfect for any dad, providing both style and a sense of protection.

Conclusion

With this selection of thoughtful and stylish pieces from Merci Maman, ChloBo, Lebrusan Studio, and Dower & Hall, you’re sure to find the perfect gift to show your dad just how much he means to you. Whether he loves personalized jewelry, modern fashion, unique designs, or timeless classics, there’s something here to suit every taste and budget. Celebrate Father’s Day with a gift that will be cherished for years to come.

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Celebrate Father’s Day in Style with Bloobloom Eyewear

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Father’s Day is fast approaching, and with it comes the perennial question: What to get him for Father’s Day? This year, look no further than French eyewear brand Bloobloom. Known for its impeccable blend of style and sustainability, Bloobloom offers a range of sunglasses and glasses that make perfect gifts for any father figure in your life.

Bloobloom boasts an extensive collection of eyewear, featuring various styles, frames, shapes, and colors. Whether your dad prefers classic designs or contemporary looks, there is something for everyone in Bloobloom’s lineup. Each pair of glasses starts from £99, ensuring high-quality eyewear at an accessible price point.

Here are a few top picks from Bloobloom’s collection that are sure to make this Father’s Day special:

  • Author in Black: For the dad who appreciates timeless elegance, the Author in Black offers a sophisticated, classic look. These frames exude confidence and style, perfect for any occasion.
  • Pro in Midnight: If your father is a fan of sleek, modern designs, the Pro in Midnight is an excellent choice. These frames combine contemporary aesthetics with a touch of boldness, making them ideal for both professional and casual settings.
  • Mentor in Sunflower: For the adventurous dad who loves to stand out, the Mentor in Sunflower adds a splash of color and personality. These sunglasses are not only stylish but also provide excellent protection from the sun, perfect for outdoor activities.
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One of the standout features of Bloobloom is its commitment to giving back. For every purchase made, Bloobloom donates a pair of glasses to one of the world’s 2.5 billion people in need who lack access to eye care through its ‘Pair for a Pair’ scheme. This initiative ensures that your gift not only brings joy to your father but also contributes to a noble cause, improving the lives of those less fortunate.

In addition to its charitable efforts, Bloobloom is dedicated to sustainability. The brand has planted over 8,000 trees and uses plastic-free packaging, reflecting its commitment to the environment. Furthermore, Bloobloom opts for lower-impact raw materials in the production of its eyewear, reducing its ecological footprint.

Choosing Bloobloom for your Father’s Day gift means supporting a brand that values both quality and ethical practices. Each pair of glasses is a testament to Bloobloom’s dedication to creating stylish, durable, and environmentally friendly eyewear.

Father’s Day is the perfect occasion to show appreciation and love for the father figures in your life. With Bloobloom’s wide range of stylish and sustainable eyewear, you’re sure to find the perfect gift that suits his personality and style. From classic frames like the Author in Black to the bold Mentor in Sunflower, there’s something for every dad.

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