H&M is one of our favorite budget-friendly stores and they have a huge range of items, from essential items to more trendy pieces. So, we thought it was time for Ashley to do a $100 challenge and show you three of her favorite looks, with each entire look coming in at $100 or under.
Pants (only available in-store)
Pants Alternative 1
Pants Alternative 2
Scarf (only available in-store)
Scarf Alternative 1
Scarf Alternative 2
Scarf Alternative 3
We’ve talked about how important it is to regularly clean out your wardrobe of items that are old, out of style, and no longer worth it. This goes for your accessories too. Accessories are a key part of your overall style, and a few wrong choices or out of date items can easily ruin an otherwise great look.
1. Wide bracelets
My position on this is well known, it’s time to ditch the stacked bracelets and wide leather straps. Their time has come and gone.
2. Too-wide ties
It’s important to keep an eye on your tie’s width. Not everyone should wear a skinny tie (it should be proportionate to your body type and suit style) but anything wider than 3” is just going to look out of date and out of style.
3. Belts with big buckles or large logos
Another item I’ve talked about before, get rid of ‘em! Belts should be minimal. The same goes for super-wide belt widths and contrasting stitching, definitely a big no.
4. Lapel flowers/pins
I don’t mind a bit of flair, like a thoughtfully chosen pocket square or tie bar, but at a certain point, less is more. You don’t need to add on a lapel pin/flower in addition to all the other accessories you’re wearing, it’s too much.
5. Extra-wide tie bars
If your tie bar goes past your tie, you’re in trouble. Additionally, anything more than 2 inches wide, (unless you’re a broader guy with a 44” chest or larger), is just too long.
6. Colored shoelaces
Another trend that had its day, simple and understated is the way to go with shoelaces. You want that nice pair of shoes to do the talking, not the brightly-colored laces.
7. Big, chunky metal rings
A simple band or signet ring is just fine, but large bulky rings just look dated and over the top.
The right blazer (or two!) is a super-versatile item that no man should be without. In this video, we’re discussing our picks for the 3 types of blazers every man should own. Don’t forget to check out our blazer fit guide and all our picks below!
A classic staple that goes with everything. Get one in wool and you can wear it with everything; dressy, business casual and more.
Try one with some texture like tweed or herringbone or even one in cotton. This one is great for fall and the color can be worn with everything from jeans to slacks and a tie.
For a third blazer, try one with some pattern like a check, houndstooth or windowpane. It’s an elevated look that’s perfect with dark jeans or chinos. This one also dresses up well and can stand in for a suit when worn with slacks.
Now that we’re headed into Fall it’s about time you start thinking about your sweater rotation. While cashmere is expensive, it’s no longer just a true luxury item, and you can now find cashmere sweaters at multiple different price points. We get asked about cashmere sweaters a ton so we thought it was time we gave you our opinion on whether or not cashmere was worth it.
-Very light, soft, and warm. Cashmere is the ideal material for sweaters.
-They are extremely comfortable and layer easily.
-Have a nice finish that can be dressy or casual.
-Expensive to very expensive.
-Delicate and require extra care. Not as durable as merino wool or cotton versions.
-Cashmere sweaters now come at a huge range of price points so it can be tough to know the quality.
Ashley: Worth It
Dorian: Not Worth It
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