Money, as the adage goes, can’t buy happiness. It can, however, buy your next favorite pair of WFH sweat shorts or the latest version of the walking shoes you now have reason to wear—and you don’t even need a whole heap of it, either. Turns out, the most expensive version of any given item isn’t always the one you should be investing in, especially when it comes to rounding out your wardrobe with a few well-priced essentials. After all, having piles of money to drop on any piece that catches your fancy does not a stylish man make.
Luckily, we live in the era of the internet, and there’ve never been more options when it comes to copping super-covetable menswear on the low. Online stores for men, in particular, are flourishing, and for good reason. If you’re in the market for a few wallet-friendly summer finds, you, my friend, have come to the right place. Because we’ve trolled the darkest depths of the worldwide web to compile a list of some of the best places to shop if you’re looking for affordable alternatives to all the latest runway heat you’ve been admiring from afar.
Admire no longer, my guy. Add that shit to your cart and then check the fuck out. And remember: Fiscal responsibility was, is, and always will be the coolest look of them all.
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The DTC darling promised nothing short of a revolution when it launched with a platform predicated on “radical transparency” and, thankfully, it didn’t disappoint. The internet’s favorite retailer does what many now consider the prototypical millennial aesthetic better than almost anyone else—in other words, it’s the place to go to cash out on democratically priced cashmere, pocket tees, and other streamlined essentials.
Yes, yes, the same spot you rely on for everything from paper towels to pet supplies also offers a rapidly expanding selection of bona fide fashion. We’re not talking purely basics, either (though the in-house Essentials line is always a solid bet). You can score some serious steals from big name brands and smaller labels alike, often at prices that make the process of navigating the site’s not-so-user-friendly design well worth it.
H&M is a pioneer of what’s now referred to as fast fashion, and it remains one of the largest players in the scene. If it’s not already your go-to place for last-minute pick-me-ups, it should be. The Swedish retailer sells products that span the style spectrum—from foundational wardrobe essentials to hyper-trendy pieces, all on the cheap. (Bonus points for the brand’s renewed interest in sustainability.)
Asos offers a wide-ranging assortment of ultra-hip brands complemented by an in-house label that rarely misses. The site’s selection of product is particularly suited for testing out a trend or statement piece you don’t want to drop some serious coin on. (Pro tip: Both the shoe and tailoring departments are especially well-stocked.)
Folks tend to think of StockX as the place to go to pay through the nose for grail-level sneakers on the secondary market. They’re not wrong! You can pick up all manner of “I can’t believe I can get this, and I really can’t believe I would pay this” stuff ranging from sneakers to streetwear to watches. But the site also has a downright gigantic repository of cheap, good, not-so-flashy sneakers that collectors are simply trying to offload—and for way less than retail, too. So revise your assumptions and start shopping accordingly.
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The billion-dollar luxury consignment platform isn’t exclusively home to fancy designer duds you’d have to take out a loan to afford. Mixed in among all the extravagant high-end finery are deals galore, provided you have the mental stamina necessary to scroll past all the noise to unearth those hidden gems. I promise, they’re out there.
You might be saving up for a new arrival, but if you’re in the market for something awesome and affordable (awesomely affordable, even!), Todd Snyder’s sale section has you well and truly covered. The New York-based designer’s wares—from camp shirts and cool shorts to topcoats and even collaborative watches from Timex—can hit discounts of up to 70% off, all while maintaining that crucial cool factor.
The OG peer-to-peer reselling platform might be an industry veteran at this point, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be one of the first places any savvy shopper checks if they’re looking to score some serious heat on a discount. Once you figure out how to navigate the site’s search parameters, stop by to sift through one of the best selections of reasonably priced vintage clothing on the web.
The beloved offshoot of the mall mainstay is one of the best places to visit if you’re in the mood to discover something you never knew you needed. Nordstrom Rack’s selection can vary, but its often-cluttered hangers host many a hidden gem, from deeply-discounted denim to formalwear you’ll want to rock as often as possible. It’s also a great place to consistently check for footwear deals—you never know when your favorite shoe might turn up half-off and in pristine condition.
Nordstrom itself is no slouch, either. You can easily rack up quite the credit card receipt if you’re feeling spendy, but the retailer’s sale section tends to be full of Very Good Stuff at a Very Good Price. You might end up paying a little bit more than you would at Nordstrom Rack or other, similar outlets, but you’ll get newer, more on-trend options and Nordstrom’s legendarily capable customer service in return. Don’t sleep.
Ah, Uniqlo. What would shopping online be without you? Uniqlo offers a seemingly endless array of basics the brand refers to as “lifewear,” and they rarely disappoint. Perhaps one of the only retailers you could truly walk out wearing from head to toe, the Japanese chain just nails the details—from its signature puffer jackets, to its selection of near-perfect jeans, and everything in between.
When COS landed stateside for the first time almost a decade ago, the London-based brand (and H&M sibling label) established itself as a fashion-editor-favorite through its selection of streamlined styles with enough subtle design details to separate it from the pack. COS is more than another brand selling elevated basics—it routinely churns out covetable versions of the everyday staples you’ll always reach for at a price point that belies its design bona fides.
What started out as a single store in San Fransisco selling Levi’s gradually evolved into a titan of international retail and a name synonymous with American design. Today, Gap is a mainstay of shopping centers around the world, and is still one of the best places to stock up on basics at a bargain (an upcoming collaboration with Kanye West only adds to its intrigue). Gap is an OG, so put some respect on its name.
Topman is cut from the same cloth as some of its other British brethren also included on this list, but the retailer’s selection of cutting-edge styles is slightly more curated. It’s also not shy about embracing the designer origins of many of the pieces it puts out, often styling them in ways that look completely in line with how they’d be presented strutting down the catwalk. Come for the boldly printed camp collar shirts, stay for the hard-to-beat assortment of slim suiting.
Grailed remains one of the best sites to try if you’re struggling to track down any hard-to-find rare garms, but the resale platform also stocks an enviable selection of more approachable heat, of a prolific user base that’s as clothing-obsessed as you’d imagine.
It’s likely not news to you that Nike stocks one of the most extensive selections of super-affordable activewear around. The Swoosh rightfully figures into any conversation on the state of casual clothing today, and it doesn’t look like the Portland-based brand plans on slowing down any time soon. But you might not know that Nike’s regular old ready-to-wear is equally as good as any of its more athletic-leaning offerings, and at a similarly approachable price to boot.
You might be a bit surprised to see Cabela’s on this list, but the outdoor recreation retailer is one of the best sources of durable workwear staples from the likes of Carhartt and the (suddenly ultra-stylish) Salomon. Cabela’s selection has always been extensive, but as the aesthetic it’s long peddled continues to be, ahem, adopted (appropriated?) by the fashion crowd, it’s emerged as a powerhouse of functional design (ditto its parent company, Bass Pro Shops).
There’s got to be something in that Scandinavian water, because the Swedes keep on cheffing up increasingly convincing ways to separate us from the money in our wallets. (To be fair, when the product looks like this, it takes very little.) Arket is yet another brand under H&M’s umbrella, a recently launched label that has no brick-and-mortar presence outside of Europe but through its website offers a hefty selection of styles so good you’d swear they’re designer.
Sure, J.Crew isn’t always inexpensive, but it can be. You just need to know where to look. The iconic (and, sadly, recently struggling) retailer often hosts sale offers that seem almost too good to be true, from steep discounts on seasonal items to a clearance section that’s second to none. And it’s still one of the best spots to shop for classic, prep-inflected Americana, including sun-dyed tees, slim chinos, and perfectly-cut OCBDs.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: It’s hard to ignore the Philadelphia-based retailer’s influence when it comes to popularizing an aesthetic that’s a—if not the—norm. Right about now, UO looks like it was ahead of the curve. That’s especially true if you’re in the market for clothing that’s trend-oriented but not necessarily trendy (in other words, stuff you won’t have to retire at the end of each season).
There are few shopping trips that feel exactly like an excursion to Target. There’s a reason the mega-retailer holds a special place in the heart of many a fashion fanatic: The store’s clothing selection always offers a surprisingly solid amount of sleeper hits, from workout basics to “you won’t believe where I bought this” beachwear.
Buck Mason sells elevated basics with a bit of an edge. The brand’s curved hem tees are modern-day staples, but it also offers a range of other thoughtful, hard-wearing items, all in a variety of cuts and fits (the leather styles, in particular, are always seasonal standouts).
Mott & Bow
Shopping at Mott & Bow is easy. Plain and simple. The site’s color palette—mostly made up of white, black, gray, and shades of indigo—is timeless, and the clothes themselves tend to convey a certain ease. Denim might make up the core of the collection, but the brand also sells a bevy of foundational items, including button-front shirts that shouldn’t be slept on. The best part? The retailer offers an at-home try-on program when you’re picking out your first pair of pants so you can send back whichever don’t end up fitting, free of charge.
River Island is a British retailer that offers some of the best takes on European style the continent is famous for, sans the sometimes-ludicrous designer prices. (Stop by the site’s Inspiration section to jot down notes on how you want to style your newest cop or y’know, just to kill time.)
There’s always going to be demand for inexpensive denim, especially when it’s as comfortable as DSTLD’s. The brand makes shopping super simple, offering four fits in a range of washes, and all for less than $100. The California-based company also sells a solid selection of sturdy tees and all-black accessories sure to enliven (so to speak) any outfit.
Buying a suit online seemed utterly insane until the people at Suitsupply mastered the process. Yes, you should definitely have a solid grasp of your general measurements before ordering. But once you do, you’ll be set for life (and all without ever having to step foot in a physical store again).
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Source : Esquire