Finding the right balance between quality and value is a never-ending challenge for all who wear clothes. Sure, it’s great to save money, but bills are always due in other ways: when a new $5 t-shirt starts to rot after just a few wears or a trending jacket lies languishing in the closet. your clothes after its moment has passed. To help overcome this challenge and steer you into the nirvana of menswear, we’ve rounded up the best brands that are relatively affordable and aren’t fast fashion.
Alex Mill is a brand that always seems to be in the spotlight when it comes to the little details. It makes up the pure ideals of business jackets, cool t-shirts and round neck sweatshirts. But really Alex Mill is doing the best when it’s pushing customers out of their comfort zones a little bit. Go ahead and try AM’s pleated chinos with a loose crotch or even one of AM’s zipped jumpsuits.
We call Stussy the Chanel of street fashion because the skateboard brand, like the high-fashion house in Paris, has been around for so long at the top of the category. The two, of course, differ significantly in price. A Stüssy T-shirt—“The Greatest Thing You Can Have,” Our Legacy co-founder Jockum Hallin says GQ*—*retails for less than $50. The brand continues to breathe fire with its collaboration, working with Dries Van Noten and Levi’s in just the past few months, and launched the skater-friendly jackets and pants that are the cornerstone of the brand’s streetwear empire.
Philadelphia-based Paratodo prioritizes fun over most menswear brands. Its standout items include shorts with designs reminiscent of lava lamps, and t-shirts and shirts featuring alien psychedelic graphics. The brand also knows that pops of color are one of its greatest assets — who doesn’t need cardigans in shades like “mango” and “prime lemon”? And if clothes are out of your price range, you’ll probably be lured in by a $5 brick bill. stress reliever.