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ibleedirish

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Cheap Clothing Solutions/ Online Consingment?
« on: May 02, 2014, 12:17:06 PM »
I have to dress relatively professionally at work. Anybody aware of affordable sources for professional attire? Used or otherwise.

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Re: Cheap Clothing Solutions/ Online Consingment?
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2014, 12:54:43 PM »
Are you male or female?  I think that could make a difference in the answers you get.

As a male, I get professional dress shirts and pants at places like Marshalls, TJ Maxx, or Ross for something like $12-$15 for shirts and $20-$25 for pants.  And I look good!

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Re: Cheap Clothing Solutions/ Online Consingment?
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2014, 12:57:05 PM »
Outlet store typically have sales on major holidays.  Some times its, 50% off the lowest price even on clearance items.  Also, if you know how to measure yourself and make minor alterations, you can try to buy clothes on-line, for example ebay.

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Re: Cheap Clothing Solutions/ Online Consingment?
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2014, 02:22:50 PM »
Male. Sometimes the outlet stores are tough because I need long shirts.

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Re: Cheap Clothing Solutions/ Online Consingment?
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2014, 02:38:43 PM »
I am the king of shopping off of the clearance racks. If it isn't 80%+ off I usually don't buy. My favorite stores are Kohl's, Burlington Coat Factory and TJ Maxx. I have purchased a number of dress shirts at Macy's on clearance as well.

My typical max is $5 for t-shirt, $12-14 for golf shirt and $10-16 for a dress shirt. Most are nice name brands. For example, I found a 2 very nice $60 Greg Norman golf shirts at Burlington last year on clearance for $8 each.

If you are interested in used I would probably recommend trying Goodwill but I don't think their selection is that great.

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Re: Cheap Clothing Solutions/ Online Consingment?
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2014, 03:39:47 PM »
The dress shirts at Costco (Kirkland brand) are super well made and classic style for around $18 as I recall. Been awhile since my husband has needed any since they really last well, and have the nice wrinkle-free treatment, so less (um, no) ironing.

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Re: Cheap Clothing Solutions/ Online Consingment?
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2014, 03:59:36 PM »
I use Twice for online consignment- I have bought/sold there several times, and have been satisfied. They have a great selection of lightly used women's business wear.

Here is my referral link:  liketwice.com/dVfXF

If you use it, you can get a $10 credit for selling, & a $10 credit for your first purchase ($20 total). I also get a $10 credit if you use the link.

EDIT: Oops, missed your second post where you clarified your gender. Sorry about that! I don't have good recommendations for menswear sites.
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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2014, 05:36:28 PM »
I feel your pain with needing long shirts--my husband is 6'3" so this is a constant issue for us. We've had great success at thrift and consignment stores. While most don't have a huge selection of men's wear, we're able to find good items by checking in frequently.

For new retail, I'll echo the prior posts on Costco and Kohl's--great sources. We've also found that Gap Outlet has amazing sales for menfolk. Pants and button-down dress shirts for under $10!!! If you have a Gap or Gap Outlet near you, check out their sales rack. Their shirts are fairly long, wish they were longer, but they're better than most places---they have a slim cut, which is nice and cuts down on bagginess.

The best long shirt my husband has is J Crew--we found it on the sidewalk in a box of free stuff (major score), it's the longest dress shirt we've ever seen! Perhaps you could find J Crew used at a thrift store? I'm definitely keeping my eyes out at Goodwill...

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Re: Cheap Clothing Solutions/ Online Consingment?
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2014, 07:54:29 PM »
My dh buys most of his clothes on ebay

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« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2014, 07:18:06 AM »
Most of my clothes have come from Kohls or outlets. Tall stuff is harder, a lot of time the cut varies by brand more than how the size is labeled.

For pants, hands down the best standard brand from a durability standpoint has been Haggar. For shirts, nothing has stood out.

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Re: Cheap Clothing Solutions/ Online Consingment?
« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2014, 10:27:59 AM »
My dh buys most of his clothes on ebay

Was also going to suggest Ebay if you know the brands/sizes you need.  Probably easier for men since the sizes are more standardized.

Thrift and consignment is worth checking out, too, if you don't mind spending a little time treasure hunting.

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Re: Cheap Clothing Solutions/ Online Consingment?
« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2014, 10:32:05 AM »
My husband gets a lot of stuff from Uniqlo. It's generally very well made, and not very expensive. I've gotten a few things there too and they've held up pretty well for the price.