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Old 06-22-2012, 03:22 PM   #2226
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The key to quality mens' clothing is that it's long lasting.

As PJ said, random cheap shirts will fit okay for a few months, but the shape begin to distort within a few months as a result of the poorer quality stitching and materials and in turn be resigned to the back of the closet. Whereas a higher quality shirt, which might cost two or three times the price of the cheap alternative, will have a great fit and maintain it's shape for years; if anything, improving with age. In the short term, it means spending much more and having fewer pieces. In the long term however, you'll have a diverse wardrobe of clothing that feels and looks better for a comparable price to the cheap alternatives because quality lasts. Even a moderate step up to N&F, Momotaro, Rough Territory jeans from Silvers and Diesels will forever change the way you approach fashion. I guarantee, after one pair of N&F denim, you'll be addicted to the feel and look of higher quality construction and materials and never go back to standard mall brands.

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I personally like the Fruit of the Loom blank tees more than H&M blanks.. The H&M ones always seem to shrink funny, at least imo. I picked up a 4-pack of Fruit of the Loom "Euro-fit t-shirts" or something from Walmart in the states for $11. Fits very nicely. Not all wide and boxy like your average cheap blank tee.

All my tees and shoes are relatively cheap.. my tees are mostly blanks from American Apparel or Fruit of the Loom, and my shoes are all various slip-ons.. mostly Vans.
But I do still spend a pretty penny on quality jeans.. so I'm not too sure about the lower end stuff.
Great advice as always, PJ.

Looking great doesn't require every component of your wardrobe to be the best of the best, often times the opposite is true.

A dude could rock a pair Common Project kicks, Iron Heart jeans , a Samurai t-shirt, and a Momotaro button down, and I'm sure he'd look great; the waft of burning money might overpower his cologne though..

For those of us who do not have the budget for a $2000 outfit, there are lots of great inexpensive options. As a side note, I happen to think an outfit with a couple great core pieces and a few budget staples looks much better and certainly not as pretentious.

Instead of Common Projects, leather Vans or a pair of Tom's.
Instead of Iron Hearts, N&F and APC make great denim.
Instead of Samurai, American Apparel or any of the many other inexpensive quality t's.
Instead of Momotaro, N&F or RRL at still respectably high price points, J-crew, H&M, Uniqlo (requires a trip to Americaville) at a much more budget friendly price point, or if you're really cheap and like to shop you can find some great plaid, flannel shirts at thrift stores for next to nothing.

The extra few bucks to get things tailor is almost always worthwhile. Quality of fit trumps all other factors in overall look and feel.

To conclude my exceptionally long and rambling post: if you want to look great there's one secret to keep forefront in your mind, buy clothing you like and don't concern yourself with trends or conforming to a particular style. If you buy clothing you like, all your outfits will look great because a fluid individual sense of style will naturally evolve. More importantly, you'll like the way you look and feel good about yourself. The attractiveness an air of confidence exudes is more effective than any outfit.
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I guarantee, after one pair of N&F denim, you'll be addicted to the feel and look of higher quality construction and materials and never go back to standard mall brands.
To expand on this, N&F's low prices kind of make it a no brainer. Their prices are what, $100-$200? I've seen them on sale for as low as $75. They'll last waaaay longer than the more expensive Diesels, Sevens, and so on. N&F should be a staple for sure.

I only see 2 reasons why people wouldn't have a pair N&F in their closet.
1. They NEED a logo plastered on the back pocket to show off the brand. (not judging.. to each their own)
2. They're not into raw denim. (which is fair, because raws are slimmer, rougher and aren't exactly for every occasion)
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Old 06-22-2012, 05:49 PM   #2228
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To expand on this, N&F's low prices kind of make it a no brainer. Their prices are what, $100-$200? I've seen them on sale for as low as $75. They'll last waaaay longer than the more expensive Diesels, Sevens, and so on. N&F should be a staple for sure.
I've seen Naked and Famous priced between $125-200. Staple 14oz pairs at the lower price point, signature low production runs (red core, pomegranates) and heavier ounce denim (Elephants) between $175-200. Momotaro collaborations are around $250. The 32oz monsters were $495 but those are... wow

On sale locally, they occasionally come up at $75ish but it's pretty uncommon in my personal experience. On styleforum however, I routinely see new pairs for between $75-$100 shipped to Canada.

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I only see 2 reasons why people wouldn't have a pair N&F in their closet.
1. They NEED a logo plastered on the back pocket to show off the brand. (not judging.. to each their own)
2. They're not into raw denim. (which is fair, because raws are slimmer, rougher and aren't exactly for every occasion)
1. Nudies have a subtle logo on the back pocket, but it's definitely not as bold as TR's.
2. It's totally fair for people to not be into heavy ounce raw denim, they have a very different feel some might not enjoy. To those people there are a few pairs Naked and Famous jeans I would suggest considering: 5oz lightweight painter, 8oz Linen Blend, 10oz lightweight selvedge .

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And if you think Naked&Famous jeans are still a bit too expensive for you try Unbranded raw denim. It's the same parent company just that it's manufactured in China instead of Canada and doesn't have any logos what so ever (literally unbranded lol).

Thrifting is actually really fun when you find some nice clothing! You never know what you can find at Value Village (gets intense in there during their 50% off days). Do you guys have any good suggestions for some other thrift stores? There are a few on main street but I think they're mostly womens fashion and not mens?

One thing that I like about mens fashion is that most of the "core" items in a mens drawer is a bit seasonless/timeless. Button ups and jeans for example
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The key to quality mens' clothing is that it's long lasting.

As PJ said, random cheap shirts will fit okay for a few months, but the shape begin to distort within a few months as a result of the poorer quality stitching and materials and in turn be resigned to the back of the closet. Whereas a higher quality shirt, which might cost two or three times the price of the cheap alternative, will have a great fit and maintain it's shape for years; if anything, improving with age. In the short term, it means spending much more and having fewer pieces. In the long term however, you'll have a diverse wardrobe of clothing that feels and looks better for a comparable price to the cheap alternatives because quality lasts. Even a moderate step up to N&F, Momotaro, Rough Territory jeans from Silvers and Diesels will forever change the way you approach fashion. I guarantee, after one pair of N&F denim, you'll be addicted to the feel and look of higher quality construction and materials and never go back to standard mall brands.



Great advice as always, PJ.

Looking great doesn't require every component of your wardrobe to be the best of the best, often times the opposite is true.

A dude could rock a pair Common Project kicks, Iron Heart jeans , a Samurai t-shirt, and a Momotaro button down, and I'm sure he'd look great; the waft of burning money might overpower his cologne though..

For those of us who do not have the budget for a $2000 outfit, there are lots of great inexpensive options. As a side note, I happen to think an outfit with a couple great core pieces and a few budget staples looks much better and certainly not as pretentious.

Instead of Common Projects, leather Vans or a pair of Tom's.
Instead of Iron Hearts, N&F and APC make great denim.
Instead of Samurai, American Apparel or any of the many other inexpensive quality t's.
Instead of Momotaro, N&F or RRL at still respectably high price points, J-crew, H&M, Uniqlo (requires a trip to Americaville) at a much more budget friendly price point, or if you're really cheap and like to shop you can find some great plaid, flannel shirts at thrift stores for next to nothing.

The extra few bucks to get things tailor is almost always worthwhile. Quality of fit trumps all other factors in overall look and feel.

To conclude my exceptionally long and rambling post: if you want to look great there's one secret to keep forefront in your mind, buy clothing you like and don't concern yourself with trends or conforming to a particular style. If you buy clothing you like, all your outfits will look great because a fluid individual sense of style will naturally evolve. More importantly, you'll like the way you look and feel good about yourself. The attractiveness an air of confidence exudes is more effective than any outfit.
Same with Jeans lol. My Levis from 4 to 5 years ago still looks decent (maybe the color looks a bit faded but other than that it still looks good) While my cheaper Jeans looks like crap after a year or less.
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i think Zara has some Raw denim too ($79.90), what do u guys think of those? I don't own any raw denim at the moment
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Zara generally has decent clothing, but I'm not experienced with the denim line. Like ForbiddenX, I recommend Unbranded as the best option at a price point below N&F.

Definitely in for suggestions on places to thrift in Vancouver.
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i think Zara has some Raw denim too ($79.90), what do u guys think of those? I don't own any raw denim at the moment
got a pair of black ones a few days ago in hong kong. Looked nice but not into RAW other than the look/colour so i wouldn't know.

just bought some nice skinnies from diesel with a bit of bootcut. Looks so nice on me perfect length too so no hem is needed. 30waist,30 length
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I got it on sale at liveouthere.com for 270ish

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