Most underrated brands

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What are your thoughts on this? Was thinking about Uniqlo. Any other brands that offer decent clothing quality at affordable prices?

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May 15, 2018

phuongnguyen, have you checked out these or run a search:

Or maybe the following pros can chime in... @Jschroe36 @futures trader man @John-Doe8

Hope that helps.

May 22, 2018

Charles Tyrwhitt is a great one. Shirts are excellent quality and are very affordable.

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Jun 6, 2018

+1 on Charles Tyrwhitt, particularly if you focus on their discounted items.

You should also consider T.M.Lewin, the London tailor who invented the button-up shirt in 1898. The two stores are practically next door to each other on Jermyn St. in London, and their Super Fitted cut is a great option for guys who are sick of baggy waists.

For pure price/performance, Amazon's new Buttoned Down private label uses the same extra-long-staple Supima cotton as Brooks Brothers, but a significantly better value.

Nordstrom also does a very good job with their private label Nordstrom Men's Shop line.

The main problem with Uniqlo and other brands with S/M/L sizing is you're probably going to have to compromise on either collar or sleeve length (unless you're lucky enough to be a body double for the guy they had in mind when they designed their size models.) If you're wearing suit & tie, this matters: you want the sleeve to cover your wrist bone, but not your hand, and to show ~1/2" of shirt cuff when you're wearing a jacket. (Think James Bond in Casino Royale.)

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Jun 1, 2018

Has anyone tried the Amazon shirts? I like BB but always wait for the semi-annual sales to get anything. CT is pretty reasonable, but I feel like their non-iron shirts get wrinkly quicker than BB's.

Jun 1, 2018

I've had terrible experiences with Uniqlo and the sizing so I can definitely second the advice here.

I own a few pairs of the Nordstrom private label pants and they are amazing, great slim fit and they offer complimentary hemming so that you get the perfect length every time.

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Jun 1, 2018

If you're in NY and want to go hands-on before buying, you might want to check out their new Manhattan Men's Store. https://shop.nordstrom.com/c/new-york
If you decide Nordstrom Men's Shop gives you what you're looking for, you can find them on Rack at even lower prices, along with deeply-discounted Hugo Boss, Brooks Brothers, and other dept store brands.

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Jun 4, 2018

I always considered TML and CT on par with each other, as they are similarly priced/do the same deals, but I bought CT shirts because after trying both brands on I decided CT fitted me better. I was very happy with the CT shirt quality, but one day I got a free short from TM Lewin, so I bought one, and I hated it. The material was just worse, and to this day ive probably only worn that shirt about 10 times.

Jun 4, 2018

Fit is highly personal, both in terms of measurements and preference for ease of movement vs. excess fabric.

This means an online review of "fits great" or "too tight" is only meaningful if the reviewer is your body double.

You can either spend time and effort going from store to store or have a machine do the heavy lifting for you.

Jun 5, 2018

Yep exactly, always try them on first even if its only $20.

I tried both brands on, tried a few fits and few different sizes, in the end was slightly leaning to CT so went with them. (and when it came to my first suit i went TM over CT for the same reason - fit me well with less/cheaper tailoring needed)

But when i ended up actually getting a shirt from TM and wearing it to work a few times, I hated it. I think it was partly down to the material though, it feels so plastic...

May 31, 2018

Nothing comes close to Bonobos at its price range

May 31, 2018

$100? I like Brooks Brothers for the same price. Sometimes you can get them 4 for $200

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Jun 9, 2018

I only buy Bonobos on sale -- they have good sales too although not as regularly -- and FWIW (I have weird proportions) Brooks Brothers fits me like a tablecloth

Jun 9, 2018

Different brands have different centerlines. Brooks Brother Milano, their trimmest model, is about the same as Bonobos Standard, their roomiest.

If you're looking for shirts designed with young trim guys in mind (vs. old fat men), in addition to Bonobos Slim/Tailored check out Charles Tyrwhitt Extra/Super Slim, Nordstrom Extra Trim, T.M. Lewin Fitted/Super Fitted.

If you'd rather not go to the effort of grinding through all of these websites, and would prefer to see all of you options with personalized ratings based on how they will fit you, not some generic fit model, DM me.

Jun 1, 2018

If you mean the variety of interesting colors/patterns, I'd have to agree, and the fabric quality is very high.

If you're working with a team that's moved beyond white & blue solids, you might want to check out Amazon's Buttoned Down, which has a wide variety of colorful patterns. I'm guessing they use the same contract manufacturers ad Bonobos and Brooks Brothers.

Jun 1, 2018

Uniqlo is great and very underrated although I would prefer TM Lewin, Hawes and Curtis or Charles Tyrwhitt for shirts (as mentioned by others). Uniqlo is good for t-shirts, polos, jeans, chinos and coats.

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Jun 1, 2018

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Jun 1, 2018

Lands' End for quality vests, raincoats and winter jackets. Bulova for casual dress watches. Toyota for a car that will run 200K+ miles without giving you issues.

All underrated brands that deliver equivalent quality to premium brands without the accompanying price tag.

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Oct 30, 2018

Woah Woah Woah... suggesting a vest other than Patagonia?!

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Jun 1, 2018

Zara, Urban Outfitters

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Jun 3, 2018

Gotta love those $5 solid-color t-shirts from Urban.

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Jun 3, 2018

Gilt.com

What concert costs 45 cents? 50 Cent feat. Nickelback.

Jun 3, 2018

FUBU

Absolute truths don't exist... celebrated opinions do.

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Jun 3, 2018

Nordstrom Rack always has some great steals.

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Jun 3, 2018

MVMT watches. I'm bracing for the MS because I know how touchy people are about their timepieces, but they're pretty handsome and damn near bulletproof, not to mention an absolute steal in their price range.

Also, per cfitz above- never, ever sleep on Nordstrom Rack. Some of their stuff is pretty goofy, but in other cases, the buyers ordered more of some pretty quality stuff than they could realistically sell, so they push it to the Rack at ridiculous prices. I found a Versace suit there for $185, which is way closer to FV than its list price, but come on.

Aide-toi, et Dieu t'aidera.

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Jun 3, 2018

Every merchant thinks his designs are going to fly off the shelves, but about 30% of apparel moves at a discount. The only brick & mortar segment that's growing is "off-price" channels like Rack. The challenge is it's luck of the draw finding your preferred color/pattern size, and stuff sells out quickly.

Jun 3, 2018

I haven't got a MVMT watch but I always thought they looked nice.

Jun 5, 2018

I would never advise anyone to buy an MVMT watch but to each their own. In that price range you are better off with a Seiko 5/Citizen or for a few more bucks a hamilton khaki or Tissot.

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Oct 11, 2018

Tissot watches are much better for the same price. MVMT looks fake to me

Jun 3, 2018

Axel Arigato https://mfshn.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/cock-21.jpg

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Jun 4, 2018

Wearing effeminate shoes (probs with low-cut socks)? I highly doubt it.

Absolute truths don't exist... celebrated opinions do.

Nov 28, 2018

link to cop?

What concert costs 45 cents? 50 Cent feat. Nickelback.

Jan 17, 2019

Yeah these are pretty sick
Selling for $3500! This designer has got a couple other funny ones too.
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Jun 3, 2018

Banana republic has insane sales and surprisingly good quality. Also they have tall sizes for pants and shirts

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Jun 4, 2018

Solid choice, when I'm not suited up I'm in a pair of BR chinos, Sperry's, and a polo button down.

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Jun 3, 2018

JNCO

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Jun 3, 2018

State & Liberty shirts are great

Jun 4, 2018

haven't tried these but have some mizzen + main shirts which i think are the same concept. I really don't see myself going back to traditional dress shirt material any time soon

Jun 4, 2018

Agreed. Mizzen main are gym shirts that look like button downs that look better than brooks brothers since they don't wrinkle like crazy or star. Here's $50!! off, with free returns

State and liberty feels cheap. I wasn't a fan.

Jun 3, 2018

Not a specific brand, but Nordstrom Rack (Nordstrom's discount chain) has unbelievable deals on designer clothing. Highly recommend

Jun 4, 2018

Agreed, found a new pair of Allen Edmonds for $80 in the clearance section. Can't tell if they are firsts or seconds but they sure look like firsts.

Jun 4, 2018

Step 1) Fly to any of: Mexico, Vietnam, India, Panama

Step 2) Buy a bunch of suits, shirts, slacks, etc.

Step 3) Use the amount you just saved to pay for hookers and blow

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Jun 5, 2018

Peter millar makes great causal and golf attire.

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Jun 6, 2018

Anyone know the cheapest brand with a good cut for 10+ inch drop from chest to waist - particularly for dress shirts? Currently have to get everything tailored which, besides being expensive, is an annoyance. Not a bodybuilder type w/ distorted proportions, just have a small waist.

Jun 6, 2018

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Jun 6, 2018

Try the TM Lewis super slim fit. Not 10 inches but still a trim waist. Inexpensive on sale and returnable.

Jun 6, 2018

Cole Haan is great deal when on sale. ~$100 for classic looking well-made shoes that last 2-3 years. I am a fan of their socks too, and own their packable raincoat.

LL Bean makes quality merchandise. Their vintage shirts I have found compare to anything out there quality wise for dressy casual and outdoor clothing. Costco Kirkland brand is a great deal on dress shirts but not as fashionable looking as Brooks Brothers. You can't go wrong with a Brooks Brothers non-iron shirt.

Coach makes great briefcases. I bought a brown Hudson bag at the outlet store for $150. Treated it with silicone leather protector and is very water resistant.

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Nov 28, 2018

Definitely agree on LL Bean

Oct 9, 2018

Kamakura Shirts

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Oct 21, 2018
  • Mizzen And main. That performance shirts thread here on this forum opened my eyes to how much more comfortable things could be. Don't have to take care of my clothes anymore and look sharper than the uncomfortable brooks brothers drones. I'm a mega big supporter.
  • Lululemon. Again. I like to be comfortable. Metal vent tech shirts are top of line. Can find at large discount on eBay if patient. Crushes the under Armour or adidas gym shirts.
  • Allen Edmonds. Good quality shoes.
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Jan 17, 2019