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Best Fashion Apps for Men

It can be difficult to stay fashionable whilst having other obligations and hobbies. Venturing into a store with the objective of getting one particular item can lead to hours of searching only to find that your desired item is sold out, or if you do find it, to leave feeling like you spent way more than you should have. With more and more stores providing online shopping it is easier to avoid hectic stores and shop from the comfort of your home or office. However, just as you would spend grueling hours combing shops for the right shirt, so can you be burdened with searching through thousands of selections in hundreds of online stores. That is, until the most recent shift in fashion, from physical stores, to online ones, and now to apps.

Shopping via app is growing more and more popular because of its convenience. There are apps that allow users to view a specific item while seeing similar things at rivaling prices. Some apps alert you through email upon the arrival or restocking of an item that interests you. Apps such as Cool Guy (not in U.S currency), Jack Threads, Mod Man and Frank and Oak are only a few that have been getting good reviews from app users all over. Some stores like Mr Porter and Givenchy Men have also set roots in the growing field of app retail.

via Apple
via Apple

Cool Guy which is targeted towards European men of style allows for its users to browse from a decent selection of clothing and accessories. After selecting they have the option of adding an item to their closet and then arranging it with other items for different looks. Overall, it’s a great app to have because it minimizes the time needed for creating outfits and packing for holidays. Similarly, Jack Threads allows users to view brand name items at reduced prices. They update their inventory everyday at 12 pm and offer description of each item so the shoppers know exactly what they are getting.

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Shoes: Try these Pair of Extravagance

In this country of extravagance and excess, it’s easy to find an expensive, over-the-top pair of shoes. The recipe is rather simple. First, find a pair of high quality shoes. Then, cover it in expensive metals (preferably gold, silver or platinum). Lastly, take a handful of high carat diamonds, paste it all over the shoes and slap a high price tag on it.

But truly expensive pair of shoes are made with love, passion and a healthy dose of quality; not a pair of loafers covered with 24 carat diamonds (Nick C. I’m talking to you). Often made by luxury brands like Salvatore Ferragamo or Louis Vuitton, the prices rarely exceed $10,000. But, they are tastefully designed and sold at a price that will make you feel like you just got your money’s worth. Some designs may have some gold or diamonds, but they are subtle and difficult to spot from a distance.

Moro Monk Strap by A. Testoni
$38,000
Made with alligator skin, the Moro Monk is a labor of love. Meticulously put together, these shoes are made to be durable yet soft and comfortable in any weather condition. Testoni also offers an option to add a gold, diamond encrusted buckle.

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Manhattan Richelieu by Louis Vuitton
$10,000
Also made from alligator skin, Manhattan Richelieu is put together using complex stitching methods and subtle designs expected from a $10,000 pair of shoes. It even comes with a discrete LV badge on the side of the shoe.via Louis Vuitton

 

Stefano Bemer Bespoke Shoes

$3,000
If you are looking for a pair of shoes made just for your spoiled feet, Stefano Bemer bespoke shoes should be your first choice. Taking about 4 weeks to put together, each pair is specially built to match every curve on your feet. Customers can choose hides from a large collection of common and exotic animals (sting-ray and hippopotamus being just a few).

via Stefano Bemer
via Stefano Bemer

 

Aubercy
$2000-$3000
Aubercy is a family owned, high-end shoe brand based in Paris. Much like Stefano Bemer, they offer bespoke services to perfectly match the customers feet. With impeccable craftsmanship and dedication to absolute perfection, these shoes will mostly require a kidney or two.

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via Aubercy

 

Rapiécés Reprisés by Berluti
$1900
Put together with supple and high quality leather and inspired by Andy Warhol, Rapiécés Reprisés are for the gentleman committed to the high style. The shoes are made with complex stitching methods and finished with great scrutiny. Made in small quantities, they are truly a symbol of status.

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via Rapiécés Reprisés

 

 

 

 

 

Quality Over Quantity: Why It’s Sometimes Better To Spend More.

Clothes, like cars or children, are investments. A person looking for a job will expectedly dress smartly depending, of course, on the type of job desired. You wouldn’t attend a formal event dressed informally unless you’re seeking to make a statement of some sort, or that is in fact the image you chose to portray. The type of clothes you wear says a lot about you as a person and it is up to you to acquire the right ones in order to be perceived in the right way.

Thus we enter the debate of quality over quantity. Often, big retail chain stores sell replicas of higher end designs, but you should not only consider looks or pricing when purchasing clothes. It is easy for any store to sell a basic white button down shirt, it’s a whole different story however when you consider the materials that make up this shirt and the way that is made. It is impractical to purchase a poorly made shirt for less money because it will eventually show the signs of its quality, and repurchasing it will, after a while, cost you more than if you had bought the more expensive but better made one. The term quality isn’t only applied to suits and shirts, everything, from t-shirts to sneakers can be well made.

Some things to consider when searching for well made clothing are the labels which tell you what kind of fabric is used and how it should be taken care of, and whether the fit is what you are looking for. Some stores to find quality clothing that won’t leave you bankrupt are Topman and ZARA. Shopping online would also be beneficial, as in most cases you will be able to read reviews of specific items and often there is a sale section containing reduced price goods.

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via Zara