Dress your man on a budget

October 20, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Shopping for men doesn't have to be an uphill battle! Audrey Mansfield has advice on making it a cinch.

Tips to shopping affordably for your man
By Audrey Mansfield

1) Start a collection with a solid dark suit. That way you can extend your wardrobe by using the suit jacket as a sports coat paired with jeans or khakis. You can use the trousers for a more casual look, when paired with layered knits or a casual shirt and a sports coat.

2) Ties: Make sure your man knows how to tie a 1/2 Windsor knot. It's a knot that will stay perfectly centered. A heavier gauge tie will always sit a little away from the shirt and that gives the tie a very expensive look.

3) Most men don't like to go discount shopping. So do your prep work and pre-pull the items you like. Put them on hold and bring your man into the store the next day to try them on. That way he won't feel so overwhelmed.

Looks featured on the show:

Casual look: Ed

Jacket - DKNY
$49.99 Compare at $325.00

Sweater - Alternative
$24.99 Compare at $42.00

T-shirt - Juicy Couture
$19.99 Compare at $58.00

Jeans - Rock & Republic
$19.99 Compare at $195.00

Shoes - Lambert on Truex
$149.99 Compare at $695.00

Bag - Kenneth Cole Reaction
$59.99 Compare at $150.00

TOTAL: $324.94 COMPARED AT $1465.00 SAVINGS OF $1140.06

Business casual look: Noah

Leather Jacket - John Varvatos
$349.99 Compare at $1095.00

Sweater - Orme in Portofino
$199.99 Compare at $375.00

Shirt - Dolce and Gabanna
$69.00 Compare at $195.00

Scarf - Imperial
$39.99 Compare at $95.00

Pants - Theory
$99.99 Compare at $265.00

Shoes - Gucci
$299.99 Compare at $545.00

TOTAL: $1058.95 COMPARED AT $ 2570 SAVINGS OF $ 1511.05

Business suit: Justin

Suit jacket and Pants - Burberry
$399.99 Compare at $1,200.00

Raincoat - Theory
$199.99 Compare at $595.00

Shirt - Lorenzo Uomo
$39.99 Compare at $125.00

Hat - Ben Sherman
$29.99 Compare at $50.00

Tie - Giorgio Armani
$79.99 Compare at $140.00

Belt - Joseph Abboud
$24.99 Compare at $50.00

Briefcase - Lamberson Truex
$249.99 Compare at $795.00

TOTAL $1024.93 COMPARED AT $ 2955.00 SAVINGS OF $1930.07

Outfits featured on the show are available at Loehmann's The Men's Store in San Francisco.

LOEHMANN'S
THE MEN'S STORE
211 SUTTER STREET
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94108
(415) 395-0983
Hours: M-F 9-8 SAT 9:30-8 SUN 11-7
www.loehmanns.com


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