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$87 Thrift Store Haul | Bargain and Budget Shopping

Aaron Marino of alpha m. shares a thrift store haul by IAmAlphaM viewer, Dave, who 36 great items for $87. In regard to thrift store shopping, you do have to hunt and dig but you can find great stuff that people just decided not to wear anymore.

Typically successful people are the ones who donate. The great point is that you don't have to spend tons of money to look great. On a strict budget, you can find amazing items at the thrift store. Aaron didn't grow up with money. Most of his clothes came from 2nd hand stores or thrift stores. At his high school he was voted best dressed even though the didn't have as much money as other kids at his school. He loves to get sports coats and have them tailored. It's amazing what you can find if you know how to look for it.


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Garment Rack | Hanging Clothes -
July 6, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. demonstrates a men's garment rack. He explains the rack's usage: portable, quick assembly, inexpensive (around $10), and convenient. You can hang volumes of clothes when you have limited space. You can also hang so you can grab-and-go without ironing. The garment rack may be your best men's fashion and men's style solution. Read More»
Alpha M. Travel Packing Tip | Garment Bag -
July 4, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. displays his methods for wrinkle-free packing and traveling with suits, dress shirts, slacks, and sports coats. Generally when you use a garment bag, the items don't need to be ironed when you arriving at your destination. Aaron demonstrates unzipping the bag, compartments for shoes & belts, secret compartments for underwear, and the hook area for hanging your clothes.Read More»
Buyer's Remorse | Shopping Regret -
June 27, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. did something that he's regretful. He spent too much money on a pair of men's shoes and has buyer's remorse. Aaron grew up poor and doesn't like to spend money. He says he's 'cheap as hell' which developed his creativity with putting together great outfits. So when he's faced with spending a lot on a specific item, he gets all freaked-out with the waste of money. He's alsoRead More»
Wedding Guest Attire | White Shoes and a Wedding -
June 27, 2012
Are you getting invited to weddings? Aaron Marino of alpha m. addresses what color belt and shoes should be worn with white plain polo and khaki pants. If you are going to be in a wedding but the hosts don't specify the color of shoes / belt, ask them. Also always go with something safe. You don't want to stick out on somebody else's day. Opt for brown shoes / belt. You want to more crazy? Go tan.Read More»

Color Combinations -
June 12, 2012
Possibly one of our biggest challenges when assembling an outfit is coordinating colors.  I'm sure science has a good explanation, but it seems most men lack skill when it comes to harmonizing colors. Hey, I'm a guy... I get it!  So, instead of trying to change what makes us men, I'm going to give you some basic rules that will turn a handicap into an asset.  Say goodbye to the women's advice yRead More»
Elevate Your Style | Better to Be Overdressed -
June 11, 2012
Is there a way to still be stylish and step-up your game but not be overly dressed or styled? Aaron Marino of alpha m. advises how to avoid being overdressed but remain a stylish and fashionable man. He explains that you can look appropriate a situation with a peer group and still maintain elevated style. If the situation is casual jeans and tee shirts, you will be above the group by dressing in yRead More»
Throwing Style Out the Window | Dressing Down -
June 8, 2012
Proper men's image takes consistency. Certain times, however, function and comfort take precedence. Aaron Marino of alpha m. discusses when these certain times are. The one time and situation is when you are doing manual labor. In those times, wear items that are comfortable and able to get dirty. Generally, look great and put best foot forward all the time. But if you are required to get dirty, sRead More»
Dressing Up with Dress Socks -
June 7, 2012
With so many types and styles of socks available today, I'm often asked what constitutes a dress sock.  Is it color, fabric, weight, length, or pattern that differentiates dress socks from other types?  The answer is all of the above! Dress socks all have something in common regardless of what they look like: they are designed to be worn with dress pants and shoes; therefore, are made of thinnerRead More»
Shopping for Men's Shorts and Shirts | J Crew, Macy's, Marshalls -
June 7, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. and Jay shopped for men's shorts and men's button-down short sleeve shirts. They shopped at J Crew for city shorts (fit incredibly well but are pricier). Then went to Macy's for Calvin Klein button-down shirts as well as a polo style shirt from Banana Republic. Then they were looking for plaid shorts, which they couldn't find until they went to Marshalls (name brand items Read More»

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