Went to Express for the weekend sale and picked up a grey plaid suit for $153 after discounts. Overall a well structured suit that will require small modifications by my tailor. I feel this is a great pickup that will add diversity to my suit game.
Stay tuned for updates on how I will tailor this suit to give it a more distinguished look.
Express is a retailer that sells both casual and business wear. Recently in my trip to the Bay Area, I ventured into an Express store and the trendy and slim fitting Spring blazers really caught my eye. What kept me from being their customer was the price tag of $198. This weekend, I will drop by the store to try on their blazers thanks to a limited time sale: $15 off $50, $30 off $100, and $60 off $200. This means I can buy a cotton blazer with a pair of socks ($198 + 10 = $208) for $148 before tax.
Lighter and more breathable, cotton suits are a welcomed alternative to its wool counterpart. With the weather warming up, you may want to to add the trousers (at $98 before discount) at the store to make it a complete suit. I am in favor of the khaki cotton suit although many other options are available.
The sale is on from now until the end of Sunday March 23rd. Print out or present this coupon in-store, or use the promo code 1323 online. For blazers and suits, I recommend trying it on in person because fit is everything. Use the Simple Style Manual to ensure the jacket and pants look flattering on you.
If you are like me, then you are very excited for Spring. In Vancouver, we start to see more sun, warmer weather, and we get to replace our thick winter coat with a lighter one. One style I enjoy seeing in the Spring is floral. Most of us picture floral being the pattern of spring dresses, the same dress that make guys look twice. Well, men's fashion has evolved to the point now we have many floral patterned clothing to choose from. More importantly, floral on men has the same impact on women; my floral ties, shirts, and flower lapels are easy ways to get women to notice you.
Most men haven't caught onto this so I will recommend you to be one of the first to incorporate this into your look. Start slow and ease into this by adding floral accents to your style using accessories. A suit with a floral tie or adding a flower lapel pin will make a stylish statement. Be prepared for some extra attention, being fashionable will make you stand out.
Here is a closer look at some of my lapel flowers. I wear them with my suits or casual sport coats on lighter days. Wear it over your left jacket lapel, insert it into the button hole if its available. It is an excellent statement piece that will make your black/blue/gray suit stand out from the crowd.
Prices for lapel flowers vary from $5 to $20 depending on the design and size. Floral ties are in the $25 range. See more on the Simple Style Manual for tips on accessories. Message me here if you want to know where I purchased these pieces.
If you haven't been living under a rock the last few years, you would have noticed H&M stores popping up all around you. For someone who is looking to build a collection of essential apparel, H&M offers many inexpensive quality pieces. I like them for their relevant designs and muted logos.
H&M is having their Mid-Season Sale; take 25% off your purchase in-store in Canada. No coupons are required, the discounted price will be reflected at checkout. This is one of the best sales you will see from H&M and it makes their products that much more appealing.
Duffle Backpack - Bag is made up of canvas material with faux leather parts. I quite like the flaps with metal buckles and press-studs. This is a nice change from the standard nylon/polyester athletic backpack.
Price: $30 after applying 25% off promotion.
Swim Trunks - Basic swim trunks with some colors and stripes. I have ditched all my long board shorts for swim trunks that stop 1-2 inches above my knees. It is actually more flattering to show a little thigh than creating the illusion of stumpy legs. With the sale, it's time to take the dive into modern swim wear.
Price: $15 after applying 25% off promotion.
Slim Fit Chinos - Tired of wearing jeans? Chinos are a great casual option. Pair this with a casual shirt, tee, leather jacket, or whatever you normally wear with jeans, this is a great alternative.
Price: $27 after applying the 25% off promotion.
The sale can end anytime so take advantage of it soon. As usual, contact me for any questions you may have with your upcoming purchase. Their entire collection is on sale so if you want to improve your style at a low cost, this is a great place to start. Check out the Simple Style Manual for a easy to follow guide on essential apparel.
I am in the Bay Area for a short vacay and loving the weather so far. The pic above was what I wore on my flight. Comfortable apparel with lots of pockets made sure I slept on the flight and didn't have to worry about where I placed my valuables.
Day 1 of shopping in the Bay Area was uneventful. No big sales or unique boutique stores to rave about. If anyone has a recommendation, message me. For now I will indulge in the delicious food this place has to offer.
Can a stylish and versatile timepiece be inexpensive? The simple answer is yes. A watch doesn't need to cost your entire pay cheque for it to make an impact. I am an avid shopper of Amazon.com because it offers items for a fraction of the store price, great sales, and the informative peer reviews. A sale for up to 75% off on watches is happening right now and this is a great opportunity for me to highlight some inexpensive options.
The timepieces below all have the following characteristics:
Black watch with gold accents: $11.09 with free shipping.
Minimalist design makes this watch incredibly versatile. Wear it with a t-shirt or a suit.
Silver classic digital bracelet: $17.47.
This timepiece has a vintage look to it, making it a statement piece that goes well in most settings. Did I mention this watch includes features like an alarm, stopwatch, LED light, and water resistance. Not to mention a similar Casio watch is being sold at American Apparel for $54.
Gold tone digital watch: $25.25
Similar to the silver timepiece above it, this is a accurate time keeper with many great features and larger digits to allow easy viewing. The gold tone can add some flair to your outfit and matches great with other gold accessories like the gold belt buckle. Great value especially if you compare it to other gold tone Casio watches being sold at American Apparel for $70 - 80.
There are many more models of Casio watches for under $35 on Amazon.com you may want to consider. Act fast, prices can change any day. If you will like a second opinion on your purchase, feel free to email me here and I'd be happy to help. For Canadian shoppers living close to a US city, utilize a US mail box to save on shipping.
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