As a millennial, I’m not accustomed to going into the men’s section of a department store and leaving with an entire outfit. There are just way too many brands I love that I usually can’t find in these stores. If you’re looking for a good place to find affordable clothes on a budget, there are a ton of options both online and offline. Why pay any more than you have to, right? I’m going to share 5 brick and mortar stores and 5 online stores +marketplaces that I use for finding killer deals.
Online Stores and Marketplaces
You could argue that online shopping habits have been responsible for the continued downfall of shopping malls, so I’d thought I’d start with a few online stores and marketplaces I use to find deals, starting with the one I frequent the most. Keep in mind that you can usually receive free shipping, 20% off, and more discounts by entering coupon codes at checkout. Just be sure to check sites like RetailMeNot.com or CouponCodes.com to see try a few coupon codes at checkout. A better way to do this is to download a free browser extension that automatically finds coupon codes for you at checkout like Cently by Coupon Follow. Super easy.
If you’re looking for great brands at really low prices, it’s tough to beat eBay when it comes to selection and price. It’s one of their fastest growing categories, and they carry everything from Peter Millar to Vintage Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, to Under Armour. If you haven’t shopped on eBay in a while, many brands are actually opening storefronts and selling directly to consumers on eBay and offer up to 60 day returns. For example, did you know that there is actually a Crocs Official eBay Outlet? eBay actually pretty similar to Amazon in that they sell much more new with tags items than preowned. As an active eBay shopper and seller, I’ve witnessed the section of new items increase dramatically over the past few years, with clothing being really strong. You can really find some great deals, send best offers to sellers, and most are really good about answering questions you may have about an item.
The number of sellers on the platform continues to grow, pushing down prices and boosting selection. Typically you can expect to pay one fourth of the retail price by purchasing gently used preowned clothing.
Amazon is not my personal favorite for buying cheap clothing, but their daily deals section is pretty great option. Amazon massively discounts certain clothing items from time to time, and is a great strategy for putting together an outfit and having it delivered to you in a couple of days. You might also want to trial Amazon Prime if you’re not already a member, and save even more money on shipping. Clothing usually ships first class as long as it weighs less than 16 ounces, and usually costs less than 5 bucks per item.
3. Sierra Trading Post
For boots and other high quality outdoor brands like Carhartt, Wrangler, Ariat, and Columbia, Sierra Trading Post is my hands-down new favorite. Their clearance section is pretty amazing, with some of the biggest discounts I have ever seen. I recently found a pair of $200 boots for $50 after finding some coupon codes at RetailMeNot.com. The next day I came across a $40 pair of Dickies for only $7.00. It’s worth checking out from time to time, especially if you are looking for gifts or a new outfit.
You may think of Groupon as only a deals site for events/vacations, but they partner with alot of lesser-known brands for clothing at Groupon.com/goods. I’ve ordered a few clothing items on Groupon before, and it usually takes little bit longer to receive items, so if you aren’t willing to wait, Groupon may not be for you. Collegiate and NFL apparel always seems pretty plentiful, as well as fashion accessories like sunglasses and wallets. I would recommend filling your cart up to get free shipping, as well as checking to see if there are any additional coupons online. Deals change constantly and they often sell out of popular items, so you may want to pull the trigger as soon as something catches your eye.
One marketplace that deals exclusively in clothing is Poshmark. It claims to be the “#1 place to buy and sell fashion”, and looks to be a promising platform moving forward for clothing. I haven’t shopped here personally, but I do know many respected members of the eBay and reseller community like Rockstar Flipper, that have recommended it. Since Poshmark is a social marketplace, you may be able to find some really good deals as opposed to other sources.
Brick and Mortar Retail Stores
Belk is somewhat of a regional chain, but their selection of menswear brands is pretty great in the North Carolina,. They operate in 16 southeastern US states as well as online. As opposed to Macy’s, in my opinion Belk seems to have a better selection of casual mens brands at pretty reasonable prices. They usually stock a lot more colorful summer brands like Columbia PFG, Southern Proper, Southern Tide, Vineyard Vines, Nautica, and many others.
2. Goodwill and Salvation Army
For blazers and sportcoats, checking a few local Goodwill or Salvation Army stores might be a good idea from time to time. I regularly find Brooks Brothers, Ralph Lauren, Peter Millar, Patagonia, and several other high-end brands pretty much every time I go. Prices vary by region, but expect to pay anywhere from $7.99 to $10.00 for blazers, and $4-6 for dress shirts.
The Salvation Army has half-off days in some states as well as tag sales that you might want to check out. Their prices are usually a little bit cheaper than Goodwill, and I usually walk away with a designer outfit for less than $10.
Goodwill’s can get crowded on the weekend, so I would suggest going during the week not only for fewer crowds, but for better selection. You run the risk of not having as big of a selection on the weekend so dropping in during your lunch break might be your best bet.
3. Old Navy
If you’re looking fashions staples like plain t-shirts, sweatshirts, or long sleeve shirts, Old Navy is a solid option. They have a pretty big selection of plain t-shirts that are some of the most comfortable shirts you can buy for the money. Every guy needs a white and black t-shirt, right? Compared to retailers like Belk or Macy’s, their clearance section is pretty well stocked with a lot of red tag inventory. If you don’t have an Old Navy near you, Gap will usually have a similar selection, since they are owned by the same company.
For purchasing shoes, Ross typically has exceptional prices for brands like Nike, Air Jordan, Dr. Martens, Clarks, Under Armour, and more. Compared to competitors that I will mention next, the clothing selection isn’t quite as good. Ross Stores can be hit or miss, and check out is pretty slow every time a visit one. They do usually carry a good selection belts and wallets for under $20 that may be worth stopping in for. I would recommend going as late as possible (from 8-11pm) since they are open later than most.
5. TJ Maxx & Marshalls
TJX Companies owns both of these stores you may have heard of, and they are both excellent choices for buying new designer brands at pretty unbeatable prices. I’ve found Polo Ralph Lauren polo shirts for $20, Robert Graham shirts for around $40, and tons of other designer brands for under $20 like Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, and Michael Kors. Brands like Vineyard Vines, Robert Graham, Southern Tide, Peter Millar, and am seeing more recent designer brands begin make their way into these stores as of late. It may be worth checking out.
Both stores are typically packed with inventory, as well as a pretty large clearance section. As opposed to Ross, they have a much bigger clothing selection and are typically a lot better organized.
Have another idea for sourcing men’s clothing on a budget? Leave a comment below. For more help on assembling an outfit for around $50, check out: How to Dress Well on a Budget as a Guy – 5 Outfits for around $50.