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Hey gents,

So I have a question for you guys today, and I want to hear your thoughts.

I was thinking about how some folks can buy $200 jeans and think nothing of it, but when it comes to a button-up, for example, they are okay picking out whatever they find on an Old Navy sale rack. Others can be the complete opposite: ultra specific about the shirting (or the outerwear, or the underwear!) they purchase, but completely content with a $50 pair of Levi’s denim.

I generally have three categories in my head when it comes to clothing: things I skimp on, things I spend (normal amounts) for, and things I would splurge on.

I find that I skimp on underwear (Hanes, Calvin Klein from Ross or Macy’s if it’s on sale) and socks, I spend on things like a good pair of pants or decent sweater (J.Crew), and I’d splurge on jackets and suits.

Where do certain pieces fall in your three categories? Are they similar, or very different, to my list?

Let’s hear about it below!

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PUBLISHED August 9, 2011


Barron is the Founding Editor of Effortless Gent and the Cladright Association. He's from San Francisco but currently living in New York. Connect with him on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr.



  • Ryan N.

    I’d say that I skimp on tees and polos (only in price, Lord knows not in quantity!), spend on fit (as a generality – if I find a fit off the rack that I love, I’ll keep giving that company my money), and splurge on accessories.

  • Jmbrunson

    Skimp on pocket squares, tie bars, undies, & t-shirts. Spend on slacks, dress shirts, ties, & sports coats. Splurge on watches, shoes, & suits.

  • Anonymous

    Generally, I skimp on casual clothing–stuff that’ll get beat up, that I’ll wear the hell out of. I’ll spend on accessories, though: belt, shoes, watch, bag, etc. Splurge on suiting and jackets. Not to huge amounts though. I’m not a believer in spending exorbitant amounts of money on things that can be had at a lesser price with the same quality and fit. No matter whose name is on the label.

  • Glen

    I usually skimp on shirts. My limit for a button up is probably $25 and a t-shirt is at $15. I also skimp on shoes (I usually wait for super deals). I spend normal price on accessories (but I usually find those kind of stuff on sale) and lighter jackets. I splurge on jeans (bad habit) and the occasional suit/jacket.

  • Anonymous

    Splurge on shoes, spend on shirts, skimp elsewhere, except for one pair of sunglasses.

    • Jwedel1231

      I can get a pair of aviators from a c-store for 10 bucks and they look just as good as a $100 pair in a store.  
      tl;dr I skimp on shades.

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