The $100 Outfit
So often in #menswear we are obsessed with items well out of our budgets and sometimes we eat Mr. Noodles for a week just so we can buy the perfect red brick soled brogues. Now this isn’t a bad thing, investments are smart and you’ll get back every penny you put into your purchase.
The thing is, sometimes we don’t even have the money for investments. Sometimes we spend the last $20 we had in our new shoe fund on jaggerbombs for a half-interested girl at a sticky floored bar. So a few weeks ago I ducked into what is known as “the Canadian Uniqlo”, Joe Fresh. Now I’m not gonna be singing praises about Joe Fresh cause, well… they are low-quality, but for the amount you pay, boy you’re getting a steal. I don’t have much to say on their oxfords or their crewnecks other than they’re what you expect. The crewneck is a crewneck. The oxford is no better or worse than Land’s End Canvas, if it weren’t a tad boxy it would be completely acceptable, bar the fact it’s made in Bangladesh.
What I really wanna talk about is the denim. I was just kinda dickin’ around the store, half-interested and not really looking for anything specific, until I looked across the room. It was like one of those scenes in a Rom-Com where the couple locks eyes across a crowded room, but in this case the girl was selvedge denim with no eyes and the crowded room was a cold and lifeless box store. Now nowhere in the Joe Fresh world does it say a single thing about raw or selvedge denim, yet here I am wearing a pair. It’s not great quality denim and I don’t expect them to last long, but they fit perfectly and they’re $49! Definitely a good cop for those of you getting into the game, or just those of you who tore an irreparable crotch hole and don’t have the $200 for a new pair of real jeans.
So, next time you’re too lazy to do laundry or you wake up in a strange city with no clothes but somehow your wallet, I suggest checkin out Joe Fresh.
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