More Style for Less

Guest post by Debbie Anderson.

It’s a good thing to spend as much as you can afford on well made, quality basics, but what if you can’t afford to drop thousands on your wardrobe?

We get it, and so took one of our recent posts – Men’s Must Haves (According to Women) – and found less expensive versions of the highest-priced items we featured.

Some people call this type of post “The Look for Less.” We call it “It’s Not Haute, but It’s Still Hot.”

Here’s some great pieces that look a lot like their higher-priced doppelgängers:

The Original


Dark-wash jeans AG Hero Jeans, $185

The Alternative

Banana Republic Straight-Fit Dark Wash Jeans
Banana Republic Straight-Fit Dark Wash Jeans.

Banana Republic Straight-Fit Dark Wash Jeans, $79.50

The Original

Cashmere sweater in electric blue from J. Crew.
Photo from J.Crew.

J. Crew Cashmere sweater, $225

The Alternative

Wyatt Cashmere Sweater from Bluefly
Wyatt Cashmere Sweater.

Wyatt Cashmere Sweater,  $118.30

The Original

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Rag & Bone Hoxton Jacket, $1,375

The Alternative

Marc New York by Andrew Marc Cruz Jacket
Marc New York jacket.
Photo: Zappos

Marc New York by Andrew Marc Cruz Jacket,  $379

And let’s just say you had a little more to spend on the jacket, there’s always this option:

Diesel Leide Leather Jacket
Diesel Leather Jacket.
Photo: Neiman Marcus

Leide Leather Jacket, $598
(Still better than $1,375, right?)

Sure, quality can be sacrificed when you go down in price, but other times, you find the same level of workmanship and detail as you do with higher-priced pieces for less money. It’s all about taking advantage of sales, familiarizing yourself with the shops and outlets that sell pricey brands for less, and ensuring you’re still buying quality fabrics.

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