Men don’t tend to be targeted as much as women when it comes to fashion brand marketing campaigns. So, chances are that you do what most other guys do and head to the same old stores to pick up the same type of clothes you’ve been wearing for years from the shelves when you need a new outfit. This doesn’t have to be the case, though! Curating a personal style can give us the opportunity to express ourselves through what we wear. It can endow us with confidence. It can make us feel comfortable in ourselves. So, it’s important to know what different options are out there for you and how you can put together outfits that stand out from the crowd. Let’s start this journey by sourcing clothing from alternative places. Sure, major retailers are convenient – you’ll head in, pick something up from a rack, and there’s a good chance it’ll be available in your size. But these items are mass manufactured and there are going to be tens or even hundreds of thousands of other people out their with the exact same look. Here are a few places to start!
Boutique stores tend to stock the same item in different sizes, much like high street stores. But they also tend to be independent and, a lot of the time, products will be limited in number or form part of a limited edition series – once they’ve sold out, they’re gone. These types of stores can stock anything – from jackets to loafers. But most boutiques will specialise in a given item or style of clothing, so once you find something that you like, you can generally head back time and time again for something else similar.
Vintage clothing is any clothing that predates the 1990s. Vintage stores are well stocked with these types of items. So, browse the rails and see what your local store has to offer. You should always try items on in store before making a purchase. Remember that vintage sizing is different to modern day sizing, so it’s best to try everything out an ensure that items aren’t too large or too small. Trying items on will also help you to determine whether there is any damage to the item (and whether this can be repaired or whether it renders the piece of clothing useless), whether there are any missing buttons, and whether there are any marks or stains. Remember that these items could have been around for years, so you want to ensure that they aren’t too well worn.
Believe it or not, you really can find some absolute gems in thrift stores. While vintage stores are generally curated, thrift stores will contain a combination of tat and genuinely nice items. So it’s up to you to sift through the stock and pull out potential buys yourself.
These are just a few different places that you might want to try sourcing unique and individual items from in the future. These could come to be your signature pieces!