2. Tailors Turn Trash to Treasure
Budget Shopping Tip: Save at the store, Splurge at the tailor
Sometimes you’re better off buying cheaper lower-quality clothing and having it tailored to fit properly rather than spending everything you have at the store and skipping the alterations. Quality is important, but fit is essential.
A tailor can also re-engineer old pieces you already own. I love finding old things in the back of my closet (or my father’s closet) that haven’t been worn in years, having them re-shaped and adding them back to my wardrobe.
Build a rapport with your tailor. He should know your name, how you like your clothes to fit and how much you want to spend with him.
At the end of the end, regardless of how much you spent on your outfit, confidence is the number one thing people will notice about your image.
There’s no shame in wearing something you paid a couple dollars for. If it fits well and you rock it with ease and confidence, people will assume you paid much, much more for it.
Crunch the Numbers
Double-Breasted Jacket: Free from lost and found at Second City Theater Chicago, alterations $60
Button Down Oxford: $30 from Land’s End (on sale)
Pocket Square: $15 from TheTieBar
Black Jeans: $42 Levis 511 from Macy’s
Watch: $49 Timex from eBay
Chelsea Boots: $109 Grenson from Urban Daddy online deal
Total Outfit: $305
- White oxford shirt by Land’s End
- Grey double breasted jacket Vintage
- White cotton pocket square
- Black jeans by Levis 511
- Gold watch by Timex
- Black chelsea boots by Grenson