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the Right Price Buying Tips for Men [0:00:00] Hi! I’m Antonio Centeno. I’m the founder of
Real Men Real Style. Guys, today I’m going to give you five tips on how to shop smart.
Many of you guys I know are out there building your wardrobe. You’re wanting to have clothing
and have accessories that in a sense help you send the message you want to send, and
I want to make sure that you don’t get raked over the coals when you’re out there buying
things that you’re paying almost double the price of what you should, so hopefully you
can take these tips and you can run with them. I have to admit, these tips are a little bit
general, but I will link to an article over at Real Men Real Style and we’ll go into more
detail. In addition, I’ll link to other videos, to other articles that go into more detail
for each of the points. Cool? Okay. Guys, if you haven’t already, please subscribe
to my YouTube channel. That way, these videos come right to you. In addition, if you like
this, if you find it useful, I’d appreciate the like. And if you have something to add,
if I miss a tip that you feel, “Antonio, you should’ve had this in the video,” make sure
to go leave it down in the comments below. You guys know I love to hear from you. I appreciate
your support. I’m always down there in the YouTube comments
responding to people, so that’s the best way probably to engage me, short of being on my
email list, which you can join at any time, and go grab my free 47-page e-book on men’s
style. This e-book has been downloaded over a hundred thousand times and men around the
world daily write me and say, “This e-book is amazing. You should be charging for it.”
Maybe at some point I will, but right now it’s free. Okay, so tip number one, what’s the first
thing you needed to do when making a buying decision is only buy what you need. It seems
pretty simple, right? How many times though — and I’ve done this myself. I remember I
bought this orange vest and I didn’t know what I was thinking. This was back in probably
2000. I was a young Marine officer stationed at Carlsbad, California. I went to an outlet
and I saw this orange vest. There were a couple of things that were wrong
with it. One, it was a large and I should be wearing a medium, but this thing is great.
It’s 70% off, so I purchased it. Now, one, I don’t know really where this orange down
vest would’ve fit into my core wardrobe at that point in my life because it didn’t
fit there. It was the wrong size, but I justified it because gosh, it was 70% off. It was such
a great deal. Where is that orange vest now? I don’t know.
I gave it away to goodwill years ago. How many times did I wear that? Maybe one. I’ve
got a picture of it somewhere and that’s why I remember this vest. I was riding my motorcycle.
I had all these layers on and then it somehow fit and I wore it more like a signal vest
so people could see me and cars not hit me or anything like that. The point is, guys,
we oftentimes buy clothing that we don’t need. Now, how can you not make this mistake? Let’s
go to point number two, educate yourself. Now, if you’ve watched a couple of my videos,
congratulations, but what I would recommend is you go and watch a lot of my videos. Go
check out Aaron Marino over at I am Alpha M., teaching men’s fashion, FashionBeans.
Go read what those guys are saying over there if you’re more fashion-inclined. Articles
of Style, go check out what Dan is writing about. Go check out Primer Magazine, The Art
of Manliness, they all have style sections, Barron over at the Effortless Gent. The point is, gentlemen, educate yourself.
When it comes down to it, you need to be seeking a little bit of self-improvement every single
day and I think being on someone’s email list that really resonates with you, find your
Yoda, find the guy that you really resonate with, and listen to what he has to say, learn
a little bit every day, but focus in on educating yourself so that you know what to buy. Now, after you’re doing this and as you’re
going through this, part number three, create a list, create a plan. You should have a list
of the items that should be in your core wardrobe. Now, I give this to the guys that are in my
style system, which I’ve got these premium courses and I do actually give them a breakout
list, but for you, if you’re just starting off, if you don’t know where to go, first
think about what’s going to be your needs. Now, these are going to change and depending
on where you are at in life, what kind of a job you have. If you’re a lawyer in New
York City, well, you’re going to have different needs than if you’re a small town — let’s
say you’re a master electrician and you’re over in Shawano, Wisconsin. You’re going to
have a little bit different needs of what should be in your wardrobe. However, there
are items that need to be in your wardrobe. You need to put together that list. Focus
in on your needs, then after that, focus in on your wants. After that, you want to be thinking of what
are you going to spend money on because this makes it really easy for you to decide where
you’re going to spend your money. There are certain pieces that are investment pieces.
There are other pieces which are nice to have and you want to spend money there only after
you’ve invested in having at least a suit. And when I say a suit, having a nice suit
that fits you well and that’s both the trousers and the jacket made from the same fabric,
having a light colored dress shirt again that fits you well with a tie, with shoes, and
that entire outfit right there is going to serve you. [0:05:01] Now, make sure to get a muted tie because
you want to be able to not only wear this to a wedding, but also a funeral. That right
there is going to be one of your go-to investment pieces. In the article over at Real Men Real
Style, I go into a lot more detail about what you should have as some of these things, the
first items that men should have in his wardrobe, but understand that actually you writing out
that list, maybe putting it on a shared document on Google Docs is going to be a very important
step. Point number four, return policy. Whenever
you’re out there shopping, look at the return policy. I remember I bought something on — I
think it was Lucky’s website and it was a clearance item. I didn’t realize after I
got it and it didn’t fit me very well that I couldn’t send it back. They’ve got a “no
return policy” on clearance items. Now, that struck me as kind of weird and I actually
talked with the manager. They did actually accept it back, but it’s one of those things
that you don’t want to have to do it. You want to make sure you work with a company
or you purchase from someone that you can make a return. If you’re working with a custom clothier,
he shouldn’t be looking to build out your ten shirts at the same time. Initially, you
want to get that one shirt, get the fit right, get the style right, make sure you’re happy
with it, then he can build the other nine shirts out. So not just return policy, but
also making sure how they deal with whenever you’ve got something that needs to be adjusted,
the fit. Those are the kinds of things you want to look at. Look at those store company
policies especially for returns. Number five, don’t get caught in the hype.
This happens especially around the holidays. You’re going to see Black Friday. You’re going
to see Cyber Monday, Labor Day sales, all these sales. They try to get you and engage
you in the company. I’m not going to name names. Let’s just say there are some companies
that they always have a sale going on. They realize that’s a tactic to get you to feel
that you’ve got to take action and purchase now, but don’t fall for that. If you understand
you only buy what you’re going to need, if you educate yourself, if you create a list
and if you understand the return policy, then this last one should be pretty easy. All right. Gentlemen, that’s it. I will see
you in the next video. If you’ve got something to add, leave it down on the comments below
and go check out Real Men Real Style. I’ve put together a great article which supports
this video. Take care. Bye-bye. [0:07:24] End of Audio

62 thoughts on “5 Tips To Build A Wardrobe On Cheap Budget | Dress Sharp For Less | Thrifty Man Buying Tips”

  1. One thing I would suggest is to wait for the hype. If you know the pieces you need to add to your wardrobe try and wait for places like mens warehouse to have a killer deal. For instance I needed to get a Navy Suit and could use a new gray and black suit as the ones I have are a little small. I waited for them to do a buy one get one free on suits as well as have the suits on sale. This meant I was looking at getting 2 650 dollar suits for 350. Also the suits I was looking at happened to be 3 piece suits but because they didn't have the 3 piece suits available in my size I managed to get an additional 3rd suit at 50%. In the end I spent 450 bucks for 1950 worth of suits and got a 50 dollar gift card. I knocked off a need and 2 wants off my list. 🙂 Now I am waiting for them to put shirts on buy one get one and use my 50 dollar gift card so I can get 2 100 dollar shirts for 50 bucks hehe.

  2. @Real Men Real Style 
    What is up with these waaay too long intros? Every time i start your video, I have to skip 1 minute in to it, because that's where your video actually starts.

    For other people, this video starts at 1:24.

  3. Im a young adult who wants to dress young but also classy. Any ideas? Because most of these are aimed to adults.

  4. I agree on everything, #4 and #1 in particular, I bought a red bowtie a while back for family photos. Red. Not a single thing in my wardrobe that it would look great with. Still hangs in the closet today

  5. Hello Antonio. I would like to ask you for an advice. I am dealing with a big problem in my relationship. And lately I started to feel jealous a lot. I don't want to feel this way but I just can't help myself. I would really appreciate if you could help me.


  6. Hi Anthonio
    I am really fascinated in class style, but I have a problem…
    The problem is that I am to skinny and I don't fit well in a suit. I already know that I have to gain more wight, but is there an other option perhaps? My point is that I like that style so much that I am dying to look good in and I am not, because of my body. Do you have a tips or ideas about what I could wear which is kind of like the same style as class?
    I hope you can understand, my English is not that good.

  7. Antonio, I've just started wearing pocket squares and am wondering if the material really matters or if it's just preference. I've been finding that silk ones tend to sit a little more nicely but I like the different textures from cotton, linen, etc. Could you help me out?

  8. Money isn't the only cost that buying clothing has, it can also cost time. This is up to you and your situation if you want to do this, but I've found one of the best ways to save money is to spend more time planning and eyeing your purchases.

    Let's say you're looking for a navy jacket and there are a few options in your price range. What I generally would do is go to those stores and try them on if possible, then come home and wait for days, weeks, even sometimes months until they go on sale, then you buy it. While you're waiting for that item to go on sale you can focus on actually buying something else, etc. Have a list of things you're looking for and check them off as you buy them.

    Another advantage of doing this is to basically completely eliminate impulse purchases. If you've been eyeing a certain piece for a month and you're still excited about it, the chances are very good that you'll enjoy wearing it for years.

    When doing this, Dappered and the Internet Archive are great resources to see how often something has been a part of sales in the past.

    Oh, and sign up for Ebates. It's free and you can get some money back on online purchases from a lot of popular retailers.

    Also, I remember reading something back when I started getting into style, but I forget where. It might have been from some of your stuff, Antonio. But it was basically that if you buy something that's 75% off and it's $200, then that's still $200 that's coming out of your bank account. Yeah, it may have been a big sale, but if it's something you're not going to wear, then you just wasted $200. Is that such a great deal now?

    So don't be pressured by something being a "great deal" compared to what manufacturers say it's worth, determine its value to you by how much you honestly like it, and how much use you'd get out of it. If you won't wear it, who cares if you can get a $2000 jacket for $250?

  9. Do you guys like to stick with a few main brands or mix it up? I am thinking about starting a wardrobe soon!

  10. Oh yeah, I recently lost 80 pounds and my goal is 100 total. I'm trying to figure out should I have my suits altered now or wait until I get to my goal. Everything is too big, which is great, but I don't want to do it twice. Then again, what if I have a event where I need a suit?

  11. Hey Antonio!
    I'm going to Bangkok soon and I will stay there for some time, and I know you know some really good tailors there, could you recommend some good tailors to me there?
    How is their pricing for say, a dress shirt?

    Thank you very much in advance

  12. Great tips thx.
    Two tips for you: 1- you should drink water before filming, we hear a very subtle snap when you articulate. I had that problem in live presentations and realized a bottle of water solved that.
    2- maybe it would be good to have your q-cards little higher (closer to the cam) so we don't catch you looking at them (even if you are very good at not showing it).
    Thx again for your videos they are always a treasure of info

  13. I would like to think that you bought the vest due to the constant safety briefs of your previous command on road safety. lol

  14. I think the appropriate saying is "It's not a saving if you weren't going to buy it in the first place". (Or something to that effect)

  15. Another item to consider for smart shopping – be sure to buy clothing styles that are particular for your own age.

  16. This is another great video!  I usually buy my clothes at a Pittsburgh-area T.J. Maxx stores … and I also buy my clothes at either K-Mart or Wal-Mart.  I try not to spend too much money on the clothes that I buy for myself.

  17. Thank you Antonio @Real Men Real Style ! The only thing I would like to add is to check what fabric the clothes you are thinking of buying is made off (is it one or two f in this context?). I made the mistake of buying a nice looking shirt with nice feel and everything but then realized that the shirt did not breathe and I got sweetly unnecessarily. It was made of something like 65% polyester. So my new rule is to look up what the clothes are made of and that the clothes is made of less then 35% artificial fabric like polyester. A bit more expensive but oh so much better feel. =)

  18. You just listed a lot youtubers that we can watch,making them more popular,just to show us where we can learn how to be more educated.Not everybody would have made the same thing.All my respect,sir.I'm glad i found this channel.

  19. Antonio, I love all of your videos and what I love most of all is that you don't do clickbait titles. This would have been so easy to call "5 tips that clothing salesmen don't want you to know" or something silly, but your commitment to good titles speaks to the respectability and trust in your brand.

  20. Antonio, I am a bigger guy (XXXL), and I would like to see content directed towards men of my nature. Is there videos you have done about plus sized men's fashion, or is there a channel that you know of geared to bigger men?

  21. Hello Antonio, do you possibly have an app for your channel? And if not, would you consider making one? -Luke

  22. Hi i am 14 years old and i want to educate my self and wear classe clothes sorry for the english i am from morocco so can you do a video " how to chose a good hairstyle "


  23. Always have a sale? At js. A. Bank buy 1 suit get 10 free. We will even throw in a house this Friday through Saturday at Jos. A. Bank

  24. Hey antonio..i m from india..i m chubby bubbly..can u suggest me what type of clothing does a chubby guy needs?

  25. When you talked about that orange vest it reminded me about this top hat I bought that I thought I was going to wear. I've only worn it once.

  26. i have a question that has been bugging me for some time now. How do you match a left over pin stripe suit jacket? i have a beautiful 1200$ burberry suit that the pants got destroyed. it gone worn out at the thigh area and finally, my car keys cut through them when i rubbed up against a wall. now i'm left with a really nice jacket that matches nothing. how can i save this jacket?

  27. excellent speaking skills.

    nice tips as well. question: You mentioned something about a "muted tie"; but in contrast to what? and what are those/ these other ties communicating that we might not be aware of?

  28. Please make a video on how to step up the tie game. I have no idea how to combine ties even though I wear formal wear most of the time.

  29. Reminds me of the slightly too large Pink Poloshirt i bought a while ago.
    Dont ask me what the hell i was thinking. At least it was cheap.

  30. Hi,
     I just wanted to say that after finally realising #1 I have absolutely no clue about style / dressing right #2 I need to crack this for professional and social reasons, I found myself in total limbo with no clear way forward or even a good idea of where to start ( shoes ? shirts ? suits ?

    I hate just randomly shopping / fitting ) and so I just ignored the whole issue until one day I tried a you tube search for jeans and fitting and I got a hit on one of your vids and it was like 'wow, this is exactly the backup I need'.

    I've found your presentations/talks and positive 'here's what you can do' attitude really helpful in step by step pulling myself out of a nose dive of 'clothes just don't fit me / look right on me' & orienting myself so I could get my bearings on the whole deal.

    Through finally knowing something solid that I can work off they've really helped to give me confidence in eventually establishing both the direction that I personally need move in ( breakthrough+ ! ) and a solid foundation to base myself off of.

    Not knowing where to start makes it impossible to focus which makes it impossible to make progress but the specific practical no-nonsense advice I found here has really helped to bring clarity to what I want/need to do immediately/day-to-day to make progress and I can clearly see the steps I need to take to get to the next stage I've set for myself.
    Watching and re-watching the different vids also gives me a real sense of how things fit together and how everything is connected or at least should be if I want to achieve that look of co-ordinated, structured 'style'.

    I'm not saying I win every time but if I 'lose' I learn so I win ! Anyway, I'm just so relieved to have at last developed some sort map & general structure to work off, it means that everything I learn/figure out I can relate to what I already know so it all goes back in the mix and then I watch the vids again and it all just clicks a bit more and I know I'm making ground.

    It's a work in progress but hey,every day is a school day.
    Anyway just wanted to say thanks for the breakthroughs and keep on making a difference.
    I guess you would say 'Semper Fi'.

  31. Antonio I would like to see a video I'm getting started with YouTube I've been thinking about it for some time now and would like some tips

  32. 6:39 an example is Express. That store is ALWAYS on sale but the prices are still high to make up for the "discounted" price.

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