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How to Save Money on Clothes | Bargain and Budget Shopping

Aaron Marino of alpha m. reveals where can you find hidden gems and bargains other than thrift stores. One thing with style and looking good is that you don't have to spend a lot of money.

Thrift stores are great to find outer wear like sport coats and blazers. If they are a little big, take it to the tailor.

Some US stores that have unbelievable bargains and good deals on clothing include JC Penney's. This store has a sport coat and suit section that is phenomenal. The JC Penney's jean section is also worth a look. Another place to check out is Target. The Mossimo brand is inexpensive for tee shirts, flannels, and jeans. Old Navy should be the go-to, once a month store. They have a super discount / sale rack for basic items. Tee shirts and jeans are great finds at Old Navy.

Another little secret of Alpha's are Marshall's and TJ Maxx where they buy in bulk from the manufacturer. You can find some really nice designer stuff in these stores. You have to be in the mood to  hunt and pick through items since the sizes are limited.

The bottom line is that it's worth your time and money to explore some of these stores. You will look great, and you will have saved money!


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Wardrobe Preservation | Taking Care of Your Clothes -
January 19, 2012
Hang up your clothes!  I can still hear my mother’s unrelenting words from days gone by, when she futilely attempted to get me to take care of my clothes.  As usual, she was right, which I’ve grown to learn over the years. You may have the best wardrobe in town, but if you don’t take care of it properly, you won’t have it for long; not to mention it won’t look its best on you.  ClothiRead More»
All About Men's Slacks | Khakis, Chinos, Dress Pants -
January 13, 2012
Modern Tailor | Custom Tailored Pants Men's Khakis and Slacks | Proper Fitting Pants Alpha can't stand shopping for pants off-the-rack. He doesn't love the fit, so he buys a pants that are passable and not 'great'. Aaron Marino of alpha m. covers the three most common pants as well as the difference between khakis and chinos. Khakis: Guys love khakis that refer to color and style. They fit the aveRead More»
In-Between Pants | Business Casual Pants -
December 24, 2011
There are numerous styles of pants on the market for men today, from jeans to dress slacks, but this article is going to talk about what I like to refer to as “In-Between” pants. These are pants that are also classified as “business casual” – not jeans, but not dressy slacks, either.  In-Between pants are casual and typically include khakis, chinos and corduroys; all pants that can be aRead More»
Men's Pant Rise | Standard, Mid, Low -
December 18, 2011
Aaron Marino of alpha m. discusses the pant rise which is the distance between the waist band to the bottom of the crotch. A standard rise is about 12 inches. 'Standard' was standard back in the 50's and 60's, which they wore their pants at their belly button. We currently wear pants around our natural waist. Designers are now making low and mid rises (8 to 11 inches) making the pant fit better wiRead More»

Men's Jeans Style Guide -
December 18, 2011
Straight-forward and direct,  here's what you do NOT want in men's jeans: jeans that taper. This means you don’t want a pair of jeans that get narrow as they go down your leg, ending with a tight ring around your ankle. anything that's been acid washed, or makes one start reminiscing about hair-band videos from the 1980's. Acid washed jeans are like leisure suits – they will never come back Read More»
Timeless Tee Shirts | T-Shirts -
December 18, 2011
Who doesn’t love or wear t-shirts?  Not too many of us and for good reason!  T-shirts, undoubtedly the most popular and commonly worn shirt, have been around since the 1800’s, and have only grown in popularity since; never losing status or taking a backseat to any other shirt. Named because of their shape resembling the letter T; tees are collarless, typically buttonless, constructed of softRead More»
Winter Hat Options | Beanie, Skull Cap, Bomber, Ski, Knit -
December 16, 2011
Is it possible to look stylish and cool while wearing a winter hat? Aaron Marino of alpha m. talks about different types of winter hat options. Once in awhile warmth and comfort trump style. Material options include acrylic (warm and lightweight), fleece (popular, synthetic, lightweight, warm), and wool (natural, warm, itchy), and fur. Most hats are one-size fits all but some of the higher end comRead More»
The Unfashionable Man -
December 16, 2011
The unfashionable man – we all know at least one, and, God love ‘em, most of them walk around without even the slightest vestiges of a clue about just how ridiculous they look, because in their mind, they look good.  Damned good. I can only imagine the inner dialogue that must be running through their heads as they don their pooka shell and/or leather strap necklace, throw on that horrible EdRead More»
Smoke and Mirrors | Short Men’s Fashion -
December 16, 2011
Hello!  My name is Aaron Marino and I’m five feet-six inches tall.  If you’re one of the millions classified as short, I understand the wardrobe challenges we have.  Dressing can be especially frustrating and disappointing – from finding the right clothing to wearing it properly –  so, I’d like to share what I call the “smoke and mirrors” way of dressing to look taller. This artiRead More»

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