Looking fashionable and having a complete look might take effort, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it takes a lot of cash. It’s just not true that you have to break the bank in order to create a dapper ensemble. In fact, you don’t even need to spend more than $200 to do it. Here are five complete outfits that cost under $200. From casual weekend wear to office Fridays and even a great choice for the boardroom, by combing the right pieces from different retailers, you’ll be able to step your wardrobe up this fall, even if you are on a budget.
Note: While all of these outfits were under $200 at the time of press, prices are subject to change.
Gant is a great store to buy high-quality, moderately priced clothes. If you are tired of the same old sweaters year after year, this fall, you need to buy this Cotton Striped Shawl Collar Sweater. The shawl collar is a great look on most men and a way more exciting choice than a V-neck or crew neck sweater. The blue stripes make this sweater sporty, yet sophisticated. Made of 100% cotton, this piece is also great for layering, so it can be worn in a variety of weather conditions. Balance the roomy fit on top with tighter cut bottoms such as The Gap’s 1969 Slim Fit Jeans.
Forever 21 is often overlooked as a great fashion resource for men because the retailer is mostly known for its women’s line. The store is high on trend and low on price. This season, the retailer’s Button-Down Cardigan is the right choice for a layered look. The rich burgundy color makes this classic cut anything but boring. If you aren’t a burgundy man, don’t worry, it also comes in navy and light grey. Wear a basic black crewneck t-shirt like this one from Barneys New York underneath. Pair with preppy pants like J.Crew’s Cotton Canvas Chinos. And since you’ve got a few bucks left over, why not top the look off with a strong accessory like Goorin Brothers’ Burbank hat?
Frank & Oak is one of my favorite new(ish) retailers. If you work in an office with a definitive dress code and need to buy budget friendly attire that’s on the more formal side, Frank & Oak should be your go-to store. For example, its Laurier Slub Linen Blazer in Asphalt and matching pants are suitable (no pun intended) for any corporate situation. A light material, but darker color, it’s a good choice for warmer fall days. To complete this corporate look, choose Frank & Oak’s Windsor End-on-End shirt in light blue.
There’s nothing that screams weekends in the fall more than vintage style jeans and a classic baseball t-shirt. Perfect for watching football at your local bar or even to an informal date, Mavi’s Zach Straight Leg Jeans are casual, but not sloppy. They have a more tapered cut, but aren’t too skinny. Wear them with Club Monaco’s Long-Sleeve Side Seam Crew shirt. Made of cotton modal, this t-shirt is super soft and comfy. Because you’ll have a few bucks left over, complete the look with a pair of black classic Chuck Taylor All Stars.
A bold shirt paired with muted pants is always a creative yet foolproof look. Jack Spade’s Winslow Checked Shirt is proper looking, but doesn’t take itself too seriously. For chillier days, wear a solid navy blue sweater like this one from Old Navy over it. To this make this look preppy, but casual (hello Fridays!) choose a tailored pair of pants like Old Navy’s Built-In Flexible Ultimate Skinny Khakis.