Sure, we sometimes feature expensive clothing on TSBmen. That doesn’t mean, however, that good style has to be expensive.
Meet Tampa native Cory Sylvester. Part time writer, actor and comedian. Full-time style enthusiast and budget shopper extraordinaire.
After studying and performing sketch comedy at the legendary Second City Theater in Chicago, Cory moved to NYC in search of opportunity and experience. Admittedly, this lead to many nights waiting tables and performing odd jobs between gigs. Throughout the process of chasing his dream, however, Cory has learned many important life lessons, including how to look presentable and stylish on a tight budget.
Here he shares years of experience finding steals and deals, and proves that you don’t need a lot of cheddar to have good style.
1. Military Surplus
“When I moved to NYC I put everything I could fit into this bag and left the rest of my life in behind me. Everyone should know the feeling of a one-way flight to New York City…no return.”
Budget Shopping Tip: Army/Navy Surplus
If you’re shopping on a tight budget, check out your local army/navy surplus store. You’ll be surprised how many wearable basics you can find: cargo pants, canvas bags, aviator sunglasses, lace-up boots, canvas belts, yellow rain slickers, fatigue jackets, wool peacoats, etc.
Everything in there will be inexpensive and built to last. Just make sure you size down (most army/navy stuff is cut generously) and remember you’ll probably have to take some pieces to the tailor.
Crunch the Numbers
Sunglasses: $18 Cole Hann from Nordstrom Rack
Watch: $49 Timex from eBay
Donegal Sweater: $19 from Old Navy
Camo Pants: $12 from Crossroads Army/Navy Supply
Wingtips: $3 Florsheim from Salvation Army Chicago
Belt: $49 from JCrew
Canvas Duffel Bag: $22 from Army/Navy Surplus Chicago
Total Outfit: $172
- Gold aviator shades by Cole Haan
- Grey donegal wool sweater by Old Navy
- Camo cargo pants Vintage
- Gold watch by Timex
- Black leather plaque belt by JCrew
- Canvas duffle bag from Army/Navy Surplus
- Black Vintage wingtips by Florsheim