5 Reasonably Priced Essentials – April 2014

No. 5 – The Winter Jacket

It’s starting to get pretty cold now, so it’s the perfect time to start looking at getting a new Winter jacket. This one by T.M. Lewin is stylish enough to actually wear with a dress shirt and trousers, and should keep you warm all Winter long.

Quilted Jacket by T.M. Lewin – $170

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T.M. Lewin is an all-around decent brand, and they market this as ‘a practical, all seasons, lightweight quilted jacket that sits perfectly over a suit or casual jacket’, and that sounds perfect for your everyday Winter wear. They also stock a navy version, but it is currently only available in two sizes; still, it looks just as good.

 

 

 

 

 

No. 4 – The Dress Shoes

A decent pair of black oxfords are a necessity. As far as reasonably priced and decent quality goes, my choice is Charles Tyrwhitt. I own three pairs of shoes from Charles Tyrwhitt, and for ~$200 each, they are well worth the cost; I doubt these would be an exception.

Black Oxfords by Charles Tyrwhitt – $199

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These shoes are made with a Goodyear Welt, and come in both regular and wide sizes, great for those with wider feet. Although the uppers are 100% leather, it is most likely corrected grain leather. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just means that the leather has been painted and sanded in order to change the grain direction; this usually results in a stiffer and shinier leather. Again, it’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s not preferable. The sole is also leather with a rubber heel for comfort, and, provided you take good care of the shoes, they should last you a long time. Overall, they are a reasonably priced and essential part of any wardrobe.

 

 

No.3 – The Sneakers

Every man should own at least one pair of all-purpose sneakers, the kind of shoes that you wear to the gym, or on a warm summer day with your shorts. As far as brands go, you can’t go past a pair of Vans.

Canvas Authentic – $45

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There’s not much I can say I can about these shoes; they have a canvas upper and a rubber sole, so in addition to being a stylish pair of shoes, they are also comfortable. I like the look of the dark blue canvas, but I’m also partial to the plain white; they come in 33 different colours, so there are plenty to choose from.

 

 

No.2 – The Blazer

Like I said up top, it’s starting to get colder, that means that you need a heavier blazer than you would during the warmer months, and for that, you can’t go past tweed.

Tweed Blazer by Uniqlo – $129

Tweed by Uniqlo

It’s a little bit shorter than I would usually recommend for most people, and it’s not 100% Wool (72% Wool, 28% Nylon), but for $129, I can compromise my values a little. It comes in three colours; dark grey, brown, and blue. I recommend the blue, but any of the options are good.

No.1 – The Pocket Square

No jacket breast pocket is complete without a pocket square; I’m all for fancy patterned silk pocket squares, but absolutely nothing beats the plain white cotton handkerchief. They go with virtually every outfit, and make you look like a hero when you selflessly offer it up to clean up a spill.

White Cotton Handkerchiefs – $6

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I think $6 for a three pack of handkerchief is a pretty good deal, and I can tell you from personal experience that they are great at soaking up red wine from a wool sweater; just remember to not put the stained cloth back in your breast pocket.

 

 

 

 

 
Well, that’s my list for this month; if you have any suggestions for next month, or if you know of any products like the ones above but cheaper, let me know down in the comments below, and have a great day.

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