The internet in general and the Gentleman’s Gazette in particular offer plenty information on how to dress, live, and behave like a gentleman. In our guides, we always try to provide lists of quality manufacturers for various price groups but nevertheless these things are sometimes unaffordable, especially if you are still in school, if you are at the beginning of your career or if your job simply doesn’t pay that much. While good quality always has its price, the Gentleman’s Gazette has always tried to cater to the man interested in classic style, no matter the wallet size.
Today, I would like to focus on the gentlemen for whom classic style is out of reach. In my experience, most men fall into one of two groups: people who can’t afford certain things, and people who don’t have access to these things.
You Can’t Afford Nice Things
This kind of man lives in a metropolitan area with plenty of stores to choose from. They read online magazines such as Gentleman’s Gazette, good clothing is familiar, and they know tailors, suit silhouettes and craftsmen by name. However, this man’s finances don’t stretch to these indulgences.
No Access to Nice Things
These men who live in a rural area or country were classic men’s clothing is hard to come by. You know a few sites were you can buy things online, but shipping costs are high and you have to pay duties on top of that. You could afford to buy stuff, but you would like to try things on first or touch the fabric before you buy because returns can be complicated.
Personally, I started as both, when I grew up in a small town with 3,000 people. At the age of 15, I started to read about classic men’s style. I would meet with people and craftsmen, online and in person, and made sure to visit stores whenever I did have access. I researched my travel routes before so I could meet people along the way. Later on, I moved to Munich and then Hamburg, where I went to law school. All of a sudden, I was in living in cities with tailors, expensive haberdashers and plenty of options to choose from, if it wasn’t for the money. So I began by creating a list of items a complete wardrobe should have and started looking on ebay and most importantly, vintage stores for items to add to my closet. If something didn’t turn out, or if I found a better quality item along the way, I sold the old things and bought new ones. I think my shirt wardrobe was completely revamped twice in this way. So, I know exactly what it is like to have a limited budget or to live in an area without any availability. All of the hints and tips I provide here are based on my personal experience, and they worked very well for me. Furthermore, many of the things I bought years ago on ebay or at a vintage store are still play an active role in my wardrobe.
Tips for Those Who Can’t Afford Quality Items
You are surrounded by all these wonderful goods, but you just can’t afford them – at least new. Be consoled. You still have a big advantage to the ones who can’t buy anything of quality even if they had the ability. Here are a few ideas to help get around