Best Clothing Brands For Men

    Best Clothing Brands For Men

    post #1 of 31
    Thread Starter 

    What brands/companies do you think are the best options for men to buy from?

     

    1. For casual wear.  Not sport-wear, but not for business dress or formal either.

    2. Could be worn by younger men, but is also mature enough for older men.

    3. Affordable.  Yes, it's subjective, but generally over $100 for a garment is out of most of our budgets.

     

    So far, I've thought of Perry Ellis, Calvin Klein and Express.  Kenneth Cole is another possibility. 

     

    I don't think I want Ralph Lauren/Polo.  It's a bit overplayed, too common in rap music and such.

     

    What do you think of these brands I listed?

    What brands do you personally wear?

    What would you suggest?

    post #2 of 31

    (Being Italian, I usually wait for the sales and try to buy Italian (or japanese) brands, but even on sale they seldom approach $100.)

     

    I saw recently the new Uniqlo store. Choices are very limited and there's nothing too out of the ordinary, but for casual wear the colors are fun and it's quite inexpensive.

     

    cacio

    post #3 of 31
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by cacio View Post

    I saw recently the new Uniqlo store. Choices are very limited and there's nothing too out of the ordinary, but for casual wear the colors are fun and it's quite inexpensive.

    I went to the one on 5th Ave and the store itself was impressive, but I couldn't find anything there that I'd wear. It was pretty much just bright colored sweat pants and hoodies!

     

    I personally go for a mix of styles from (some) pricey designer stuff (Varvatos), to inexpensive asymmetrical imports (BytheR), to thrift store and vintage (Jet Rag), to mid/pricey-range (All-Saints, Rag and Bone), to mid/cheap (Top Man, H&M, Zara). While I generally find what I'm looking for in these places, they can be a bit uninspired and seasonal trends can be a bit of a bummer.

     

    I'm not a fan of Perry Ellis, CK, or Express -- it's all a bit too straight-laced for my liking. I quite like some of what Diesel puts together, but I can't stand wearing anything with a label/logo on it -- and they're notorious for that!

     

    I'm pretty good with sales, and have often scored some higher ticket items for next to nothing just by keeping on them.

    post #4 of 31
    Charvet
    Armani
    Brioni
    Gucci
    post #5 of 31

    It really depends on what you're looking for and if you know how to find it.  For example--I'm a hunter on ebay (still).  I have very specific items I'm looking for from specific brands.  I'm willing to buy used, but only if the item looks, feels, (smells) brand new--so I ask a LOT of questions.  Consequently, last week I scored a Ralph Lauren purple label silk shirt for $0.99 because no one else bid on it.  Came in yesterday...it looks like I removed the tags myself.  Brand new.  With that in mind, you can go for nearly any designer if you know where (and how) to look.  Sign up for websites with deals like Haute Look and Gilt (free to sign up).  Still...you asked for brands, so here are many:

     

    Sweaters: Brooks Brothers...Lands End (their 2-ply cashmere sweaters are heavenly)...Neiman Marcus...Loro Piano (very pricey though)

     

    Button-down shirts: I DO like Calvin Klein for a more casual look...I also like Michael Kors, Perry Ellis, and Geoffrey Beene as they fit me well...Ermenegildo Zegna...Gant...Thomas Pink...Zachary Prell

     

    Polos: Bobby Jones has become my favorite brand of polos.  Tons of styles.  Very soft.  Not a lot of people wearing them...Fred Perry...Original Penguin...pricier ones like Lacoste and Burberry

     

    Jeans: I own a pair of 7 For All Mankinds, Hudsons, AGs, and Armani Jeans.  Lucky Brands are also nice.  Most Hudsons are a lower rise (which I don't like), but I found a pair with a more comfortable rise, and I tell you what...when I'm wearing Hudsons, I never want to take them off.  They're like sweatpant-comfortable.

     

    Casual pants: I stick with Dockers.  Why mess with anything else?

     

    Dress pants: Austin Reed...Calvin Klein...Diesel...Hickey Freeman...Mossimo...again, I like how Perry Ellis and Geoffrey Beene feel/fit on me.

     

    Obviously, you can't go wrong with anything by Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, etc, but they all come with the price tag you're looking to avoid.

    post #6 of 31

    i have 2 john varvatos shirts just a nice tshirt with in peace we trust and a nice dress shirt after that i tend to go for a&e and levi also Armani exchange is another favorite im debating at the moment if i should pickup a pair of Armani exchange sunglasses or a used pair of john varvatos sunglasses as he is a favorite perhaps ray bans but not likely

    post #7 of 31
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by henry94 View Post

     used pair of john varvatos sunglasses as he is a favorite perhaps ray bans but not likely

    You should look at Gilt, they have John Varvatos sunglasses pretty regularly for $100, about half off their normal sale price. Anyway, on topic:

     

    I'm kind of all over the place style wise. I'd say the most high-fashion brands I own are probably John Varvatos, rag & Bone and a couple pairs of shoes from Bally and Gucci. Mostly I stick to basics from brands like J. Crew and Armani Exchange (yes most of their stuff is garish but their plain pima cotton t shirts have a fit that's incomparable)

     

    Not a fan of CK, their high end stuff like suiting is nice looking but their low end stuff just seems tacky to me. Perry Ellis is ok, but not my cup of tea. Express is too garish for the most part imo, never been a huge fan. Kenneth Cole I love for shoes, and I do't have a whole lot of experience with their clothes but I think they're nice enough. I'd avoid the reaction line though, everything I've owned form them ever (mostly accessories) was utter crap.

     

    Personally, I'd say the best brand for what you were describing is J. Crew. They do basics that are high quality, and subtle. They have a wide variety of offerings (it's not quite as preppy as everyone says and I tend to shy away from the preppier aspects of their collection) and though it's pricey, their third-party collections are always outstanding. They also have good sales on a very regular basis, and 30% off everything from them puts them strictly in what I'd classify as affordable to normal people. Suiting does run very pricey though.

     

    If we were talking a slightly higher price range (not significantly, maybe Polo RL level) I'd say look at Club Monaco. Great stuff. Again, can be preppy but that look is easily avoided if you buy stuff that isn't preppy.

    post #8 of 31
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by shinninglikeme View Post

    My favs for men are Gucci 

    Armani

    Dolce & Gabbana

    Armani is consistently great across all lines (Armani Exchange doesn't count, it's Armani in name only, and as previously stated they make great t shirts and little else) but every so often I see something from them and just have to scratch my head as to who the target market was. 

     

    Gucci makes FANTASTIC shoes, and very attractive suits, but I find their casual-wear to be a bit garish more my tastes. Great leathers too

     

    Dolce and Gabbana makes outstanding suits, and beautiful leather goods. While I find that their casual-wear can be a bit garish too, I think it's more artfully done than Gucci.

     

    I forgot to mention that i LOVE Burberry. Great cuts on their suiting, their trenches are classic, their leathers are top notch and, except for those awful button downs with the burberry check pattern all over them, almost everything they make is luxurious in both look and feel.

    post #9 of 31
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kaizer121 View Post

    Armani is consistently great across all lines (Armani Exchange doesn't count, it's Armani in name only, and as previously stated they make great t shirts and little else)  

    Gucci makes FANTASTIC shoes, and very attractive suits.
    Agree.
    post #10 of 31

    Burberry
     

    post #11 of 31

    Burberry and Gucci if I can afford them.

     

    But now, H&M will do the job.

    post #12 of 31

    Topman

    Zara

    Pull & Bear

    post #13 of 31

    I mix and match brands. When I can afford to I play a little extra and buy Citizens of Humanity Jeans. For I have 4 year old pairs that look and feel extremely nice. Yet the problem is it is 180-300 for a pair of jeans. Yet to get 4+ years from a pair of jeans that get nicer as the age is a very good thing. Not to mention how they are cut.

    post #14 of 31
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SmellGoodPimp View Post

    I mix and match brands.
    I've tried this from time to time with mixed results.
    post #15 of 31

    Kinda hard to answer.  It mostly depends on your body type, style and where you live.  Personally, as I'm tall and thin, I'll go to Zara for cheap and sure.  My look is definitely European though (in my Us friends' opinion)

    post #16 of 31

    RL Polos

    Levi's jeans

    Sneakers

    post #17 of 31
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mccann690 

    6/12/13 at 9:05pm

    noirdrakkar said:



    What brands/companies do you think are the best options for men to buy from?

     

    1. For casual wear.  Not sport-wear, but not for business dress or formal either.

    2. Could be worn by younger men, but is also mature enough for older men.

    3. Affordable.  Yes, it's subjective, but generally over $100 for a garment is out of most of our budgets.

     

    So far, I've thought of Perry Ellis, Calvin Klein and Express.  Kenneth Cole is another possibility. 

     

    I don't think I want Ralph Lauren/Polo.  It's a bit overplayed, too common in rap music and such.

     

    What do you think of these brands I listed?

    What brands do you personally wear?

    What would you suggest?

    6/12/13 at 10:08pm

    cacio said:



    (Being Italian, I usually wait for the sales and try to buy Italian (or japanese) brands, but even on sale they seldom approach $100.)

     

    I saw recently the new Uniqlo store. Choices are very limited and there's nothing too out of the ordinary, but for casual wear the colors are fun and it's quite inexpensive.

     

    cacio

    6/12/13 at 11:58pm

    deadidol said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by cacio View Post

    I saw recently the new Uniqlo store. Choices are very limited and there's nothing too out of the ordinary, but for casual wear the colors are fun and it's quite inexpensive.

    I went to the one on 5th Ave and the store itself was impressive, but I couldn't find anything there that I'd wear. It was pretty much just bright colored sweat pants and hoodies!

     

    I personally go for a mix of styles from (some) pricey designer stuff (Varvatos), to inexpensive asymmetrical imports (BytheR), to thrift store and vintage (Jet Rag), to mid/pricey-range (All-Saints, Rag and Bone), to mid/cheap (Top Man, H&M, Zara). While I generally find what I'm looking for in these places, they can be a bit uninspired and seasonal trends can be a bit of a bummer.

     

    I'm not a fan of Perry Ellis, CK, or Express -- it's all a bit too straight-laced for my liking. I quite like some of what Diesel puts together, but I can't stand wearing anything with a label/logo on it -- and they're notorious for that!

     

    I'm pretty good with sales, and have often scored some higher ticket items for next to nothing just by keeping on them.

    6/13/13 at 4:03am

    hednic said:



    Charvet
    Armani
    Brioni
    Gucci

    6/13/13 at 9:10am

    Teach13 said:



    It really depends on what you're looking for and if you know how to find it.  For example--I'm a hunter on ebay (still).  I have very specific items I'm looking for from specific brands.  I'm willing to buy used, but only if the item looks, feels, (smells) brand new--so I ask a LOT of questions.  Consequently, last week I scored a Ralph Lauren purple label silk shirt for $0.99 because no one else bid on it.  Came in yesterday...it looks like I removed the tags myself.  Brand new.  With that in mind, you can go for nearly any designer if you know where (and how) to look.  Sign up for websites with deals like Haute Look and Gilt (free to sign up).  Still...you asked for brands, so here are many:

     

    Sweaters: Brooks Brothers...Lands End (their 2-ply cashmere sweaters are heavenly)...Neiman Marcus...Loro Piano (very pricey though)

     

    Button-down shirts: I DO like Calvin Klein for a more casual look...I also like Michael Kors, Perry Ellis, and Geoffrey Beene as they fit me well...Ermenegildo Zegna...Gant...Thomas Pink...Zachary Prell

     

    Polos: Bobby Jones has become my favorite brand of polos.  Tons of styles.  Very soft.  Not a lot of people wearing them...Fred Perry...Original Penguin...pricier ones like Lacoste and Burberry

     

    Jeans: I own a pair of 7 For All Mankinds, Hudsons, AGs, and Armani Jeans.  Lucky Brands are also nice.  Most Hudsons are a lower rise (which I don't like), but I found a pair with a more comfortable rise, and I tell you what...when I'm wearing Hudsons, I never want to take them off.  They're like sweatpant-comfortable.

     

    Casual pants: I stick with Dockers.  Why mess with anything else?

     

    Dress pants: Austin Reed...Calvin Klein...Diesel...Hickey Freeman...Mossimo...again, I like how Perry Ellis and Geoffrey Beene feel/fit on me.

     

    Obviously, you can't go wrong with anything by Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, etc, but they all come with the price tag you're looking to avoid.

    6/14/13 at 8:22pm

    henry94 said:



    i have 2 john varvatos shirts just a nice tshirt with in peace we trust and a nice dress shirt after that i tend to go for a&e and levi also Armani exchange is another favorite im debating at the moment if i should pickup a pair of Armani exchange sunglasses or a used pair of john varvatos sunglasses as he is a favorite perhaps ray bans but not likely

    6/16/13 at 12:59pm

    kaizer121 said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by henry94 View Post

     used pair of john varvatos sunglasses as he is a favorite perhaps ray bans but not likely

    You should look at Gilt, they have John Varvatos sunglasses pretty regularly for $100, about half off their normal sale price. Anyway, on topic:

     

    I'm kind of all over the place style wise. I'd say the most high-fashion brands I own are probably John Varvatos, rag & Bone and a couple pairs of shoes from Bally and Gucci. Mostly I stick to basics from brands like J. Crew and Armani Exchange (yes most of their stuff is garish but their plain pima cotton t shirts have a fit that's incomparable)

     

    Not a fan of CK, their high end stuff like suiting is nice looking but their low end stuff just seems tacky to me. Perry Ellis is ok, but not my cup of tea. Express is too garish for the most part imo, never been a huge fan. Kenneth Cole I love for shoes, and I do't have a whole lot of experience with their clothes but I think they're nice enough. I'd avoid the reaction line though, everything I've owned form them ever (mostly accessories) was utter crap.

     

    Personally, I'd say the best brand for what you were describing is J. Crew. They do basics that are high quality, and subtle. They have a wide variety of offerings (it's not quite as preppy as everyone says and I tend to shy away from the preppier aspects of their collection) and though it's pricey, their third-party collections are always outstanding. They also have good sales on a very regular basis, and 30% off everything from them puts them strictly in what I'd classify as affordable to normal people. Suiting does run very pricey though.

     

    If we were talking a slightly higher price range (not significantly, maybe Polo RL level) I'd say look at Club Monaco. Great stuff. Again, can be preppy but that look is easily avoided if you buy stuff that isn't preppy.

    6/17/13 at 11:32am

    kaizer121 said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by shinninglikeme View Post

    My favs for men are Gucci 

    Armani

    Dolce & Gabbana

    Armani is consistently great across all lines (Armani Exchange doesn't count, it's Armani in name only, and as previously stated they make great t shirts and little else) but every so often I see something from them and just have to scratch my head as to who the target market was. 

     

    Gucci makes FANTASTIC shoes, and very attractive suits, but I find their casual-wear to be a bit garish more my tastes. Great leathers too

     

    Dolce and Gabbana makes outstanding suits, and beautiful leather goods. While I find that their casual-wear can be a bit garish too, I think it's more artfully done than Gucci.

     

    I forgot to mention that i LOVE Burberry. Great cuts on their suiting, their trenches are classic, their leathers are top notch and, except for those awful button downs with the burberry check pattern all over them, almost everything they make is luxurious in both look and feel.

    6/19/13 at 12:47pm

    hednic said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kaizer121 View Post

    Armani is consistently great across all lines (Armani Exchange doesn't count, it's Armani in name only, and as previously stated they make great t shirts and little else)  

    Gucci makes FANTASTIC shoes, and very attractive suits.
    Agree.

    6/19/13 at 1:01pm

    mccann690 said:



    Burberry
     

    6/23/13 at 11:38am

    topnotes said:



    Burberry and Gucci if I can afford them.

     

    But now, H&M will do the job.

    6/27/13 at 8:34pm

    swarnadwipa said:



    Topman

    Zara

    Pull & Bear

    6/27/13 at 8:52pm

    SmellGoodPimp said:



    I mix and match brands. When I can afford to I play a little extra and buy Citizens of Humanity Jeans. For I have 4 year old pairs that look and feel extremely nice. Yet the problem is it is 180-300 for a pair of jeans. Yet to get 4+ years from a pair of jeans that get nicer as the age is a very good thing. Not to mention how they are cut.

    7/3/13 at 10:57am

    hednic said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SmellGoodPimp View Post

    I mix and match brands.
    I've tried this from time to time with mixed results.

    9/6/13 at 7:51am

    jaymatff said:



    Kinda hard to answer.  It mostly depends on your body type, style and where you live.  Personally, as I'm tall and thin, I'll go to Zara for cheap and sure.  My look is definitely European though (in my Us friends' opinion)

    9/6/13 at 7:57am

    Tony T said:



    RL Polos

    Levi's jeans

    Sneakers

    9/6/13 at 3:11pm

    hednic said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mccann690