Stores Every Man On A Low Budget Should Shop At

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I’ve decided to do a post for men who just want to look good but don’t have the money. The last thing I’d ever advise you to do is spend your last £200 on a suit. Make sure you stay in your financial lane, even if that means building an outfit for £60 – it is possible trust me. Always be on the lookout for low budget stores or the next sale at your favourite brand and sign up to newsletters. I know shopping on a budget can be frustrating and annoying but it is what it is, try to remain patient and it will get easier.

All of the stores mentioned in this post are specific to the United Kingdom unless you intend on getting them delivered to you. With that being said there will be near identical stores in your country, exact same products and prices with a different name so be sure to check them out.

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I must admit I consider myself to be on a modest income so I definitely am not above shopping in these low budget stores – sometimes.

Poundland

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As the name suggests, Poundland is a piece of land in which anything and everything on that land is priced at £1. It’s well known in the UK and in recent years has grown from strength to strength, with stores popping up everywhere. They once sold ties, still do sell some underwear and all their stores definitely sell socks. Obviously due to the price, it’s seen as a poor mans store so beware before you brag that your boxers only cost £1.

As mentioned previously, I’m pretty sure every country has their own kind of stores in which everything is sold at the same really cheap price – so be on the look out.

Primark

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Primark is well known in the UK for being the huge cheap shop no one wants to admit they shop at. They are averagely good at everything, you can’t expect too much of their products. They are pretty much everyone’s go to place for underwear and socks. My favourite thing about Primark is their incredibly cheap suits, it’s a well made suit with cheap material sold at around £40 for a two piece. This is no exaggeration when I say you could pick up a full two piece suit, with shirt, tie and some black office shoes all for £60.

Please note that on the weekends the ques in here are ridiculous so I advice going there during the week.

Next

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Next is definitely one of the biggest retailers there are, they sell everything, men’s clothes, women’s clothes, children’s clothes and even home furniture. Truth be told, their menswear range is the very opposite to my taste, I find them very basic and standard. They have a very small range of shoes, definitely not their forte. Their clearance is the best time to shop there, you can pick up some amazing blazers for dirt cheap. Usually this is because the trousers would sold out or only have really huge or slim waist sizes. Next also have a really good online store, it’s pretty spot on and they have massive stock.

TM Lewin

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TM Lewin might come as a surprise inclusion on this list as it looks like a very expensive store, well it is. TM Lewin is mainly aimed at corporate lads with navy suits and pink shirts on huge salaries. The average suit here will cost you around £250, with shirts costing £35 and ties costing around £25. With that being said they have earned the right to those price points as without a doubt, they have lead the way in the last 100 years and have almost become the benchmark for quality. If you’re reading this wondering why I would include such a brand on my list, the answer is simple; their change of season discounts. Between the months of April to June and October to December they start to dump all their stock that didn’t sell as they expected and £40 shirts are sold at £15 – bargain!

After shopping here for five years, I’ve loved every purchase except their socks, they lost elasticity within a month, wasn’t impressed.

My Best Buy From Each Store

Poundland

This is going to sound funny but I’m being serious, I picked up three pairs of black socks for £1. I’m actually wearing them now. They are comfortable, have a decent colour and they are cheap as chips, or even cheaper.

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Primark

In 2010 I picked up a suit for a work event I went to. Cost me a whopping £35 for a two piece black suit. I also picked up some black shoes for £8. Not bad right?

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Next

I have had over fifteen suits from Next, no exaggeration, many of which I still own and its hard to pick an out and out favourite. For the sake of this, I’ll go with one of my go-to suits when I need to impress – the blue pin stripe suit. The suit is a poly-blend suit, nothing special, but looks fantastic, has great colour, I’ve owned it for three years and it cost me a modest £110 for the jacket and trousers.

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hamed adefuwa next pin stripe suit

TM Lewin

I have and always will rant about my twill pink oxford shirt from TM Lewin, I’ve had it for over two years and it’s served me well. However it cost £35 so you would expect it too. For that reason my favourite shirt from TM Lewin will have to be my non-iron summer shirts I bagged in the winter of 2015. I remember seeing these online and thinking “what the hell – £15.” Since it was November and no one wanted to wear summery colorful shirts they were on sale from £35 to £15. I grabbed three . Without a doubt; a brilliant bargain, brilliant quality and my favourite buy.

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tm lewin summer shirts sale men on low budget

tm lewin summer shirts sale men on low budget

Low Budget Stores

Wherever you live and whatever shops you have available to you, you can apply some of these tips to suit you. When the season changes as it is now, have a look at all the winter clothes, the jackets, scarves, gloves, wool or denim shirts. No one wants to buy thick clothes now when they’re expecting hot sunny days, I’m in England so I wouldn’t bet on it too much.

Also be on the look at in the sales section of your favourite websites. Check in your local “pound shop” and see what they have to offer. Enjoy the budget shopping and if anyone asks; you paid top dollar for it.

TM Lewin Clearance Shirts – £15 Each!

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Like everybody else, I’m strapped for cash at this time of the year. I’ve dug way too deep into my pockets and spent way to much money on way too many things I shouldn’t have. However, it’s time for me to dig a little deeper.

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TM Lewin are truely a great company. Hawes & Curtis are doing well to compete with them but outside of these two, it becomes hard to name another brand doing so well in Men’s shirts. Realistically £40 for a really good quality shirt is not bad. Yes you can definitely get decent shirts from places like Next or Burton for half the price. However they lack the quality of TM Lewin & it’s like.

This sale is the perfect opportunity for you and I to bag a few quality shirts, beautifully tailored for only 38% of the original price. Why? Simply because they didn’t sell enough over last season – even after all the silly 4 for £100 sales they had. Here’s where we come in and grab a bargain.

Be quick to order yourself a pair before they run out of your size. I’d recommend collecting from store, save yourself £5 delivery charges.

I just ordered myself the London Fitted Navy Teal Check Twill Shirt. I’d personally recommend these three shirts for the wonderful year we have ahead of us.

London Fitted Navy Teal Check Twill Shirt
London Blue Slim Stripe Twill Pin Collar Slim Fit Shirt
Light Pink Oxford Relaxed Fit Casual Shirt

10% Off TM Lewin – March

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I do not remember the last time I bought an item for full price, the only time I would ever do that is out of desperation. Why would you? There are discount codes and vouchers all over the internet. Although to be honest some companies like TM Lewin are pretty good at keeping them hidden. Luckily for you guys, I’m here.

Just Enter MARCH10 at checkout and you got yourself 10% off anything online.

Click Here – TM Lewin

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10% OFF – ENTER MARCH10 AT CHECKOUT

Page Grey Sharkskin 2-Button Slim Fit Suit

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I have a wedding to go to this weekend and needed a quality grey suit which wasn’t too stand out and bright but also wasn’t too dull. Obviously I could have went to the normal retail stores like Next, M&S and Moss but they just don’t give that wow factor. TM Lewin are known for their quality and the Page Grey Sharkskin 2-Button Slim Fit Suit is no different.

The Page sharkskin grey suit is cut to our Sackville slim fit block. The two-button jacket has narrow lapels and tapered waist giving this suit a streamlined style. Made up in a durable merino wool blend in a contemporary sharkskin style weave, this suit will ensure you look great all year round.

The grey straight faced lining gives this suit a stylish and sharp British look, making it perfect for everyday wear. The sharkskin further enhances the soft texture and gives a subtle sheen for a modern style. We have used a floating chest piece to make the jacket durable for daily wear.

The Page trousers complete the look for this suit maintaining the slim cut. Tailored details ensure trousers that fit perfectly. Classic tailored details have been maintained throughout, with front tailored pockets, back jetted pockets a double hook and bar fastening and French bearer all ensure a sharp slim fit style.

All of TM Lewin’s suit trousers are unhemmed, they offer a free alteration service to help you achieve the perfect fit.

Obviously with TM Lewin you are going to pay a bit more than normal for the quality of the suit but for some reason this suit isn’t priced high compared to their others. The jacket is £104 with the trousers priced at £75.

£179 for the whole suit.

Page Grey Sharkskin 2-Button Slim Fit Suit

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My Four Shirts – 10% OFF

Do you ever just look at someone and think wow they are basically wearing the same thing as me but they look so much better, why? Or that guy looks great but he’s dressed so simplistically. Sometimes it can just be their complexion or their body shape just looks great with their outfit but 9/10 times it will just be the fact that they are wearing quality clothes.

TM Lewin doesn’t fall short in terms of quality. People notice you when you wear a TM Lewin shirt. Your white shirt is leagues above the other guys white shirt. I went into TM Lewin a few times in the last month, trying to match four shirts for £80 but I could never find three shirts I actually liked, let alone four. The problem with TM Lewin is the retail stores are more expensive than the online stores and they have such a small selection in store. The know that the fit of the shirt is the most important thing.

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Try It On

Go into the store and try on the different sizes, find your perfect size, ignore the sales reps and walk out. Jump online and order all the shirts you love. Not only are the shirts online cheaper; they have more colours, more designs and you can mix up the sale items with the non sale items.

My Order & Vouchers

I ordered four shirts and two socks online in the exact colours and fit I wanted when I was in the store. Not only did I find my perfect size/design I also ended up paying less for four shirts and two socks than I would have if I just would have bought four shirts in store. When shopping online you have the opportunity to add in discount codes and coupons that you can’t do in store. I used a voucher for 10% off which brought my order from £92 down to £82.80. I sometimes get emails with them offering me 20 or 30% off so you should definitely sign up to their mailing list.

If you want me to send you any voucher codes I get for TM Lewin leave a comment below, I’ll gladly share.

It get’s better…

My order came with £50 wine voucher with Virgin wines, which I threw in the bin as I don’t drink wine. Better than the wine voucher, they sent me two vouchers with £10 off any order over £75.

Want My TM Lewin Shirts

Want to order the same shirts/socks as me, I definitely recommend them. Enjoy…

Fitted Plain White Twill Cutaway Collar Shirt

London Fitted White Curved Cutaway Collar Shirt

Fitted Blue Poplin Double Cuff Shirt

Fitted Plain Pink Luxury Twill Double Cuff Shirt

Navy Blue Stripe Socks

Navy Pink Stripe Socks

Fitted Plain White Twill Cutaway Collar Shirt

crisp white shirt

I put on my new wool suit, my standard white shirt and went out today for some shopping and a meal, it turns out I hate my current white shirt that I thought I loved.

Standing inside Mark’s and Spencer, under the sharp white light I noticed my shirt wasn’t as good as it once was. The natural creases that happen throughout the day didn’t look natural anymore, they looked like they had been there for years.

Maybe I’m making this sound more dramatic than it needs to be but if your going to keep your suit jacket on all day everyday then maybe you can get away with an old shirt. Me however, I take my suit jacket off all the time and although no one would say anything I would hate for someone to think; “That shirt used to be white lol”.

So once the day was done and my suit’s in the wardrobe its time to make a change. When it comes to buying shirts there are many different retailers to choose from depending on your budget. If you need any help then give me a shout and I’ll be happy to help you choose a shirt.

My solution

TM Lewin Fitted Plain White Twill Cutaway Collar Shirt

Fitted Plain White Twill Cutaway Collar Shirt - Above The Ankl

Ted Baker Buttin Cufflinks

Ted Baker Buttin Cufflinks

We all own double cuffed shirts and we love them dearly, so it’s no surprise that we love cufflinks. Cufflinks are great for our ego, they are that little piece of our outfit that usually go un-noticed. The best thing about cufflinks is definitely the fact they are so simple and often overlooked. Cufflinks are elegant and the Ted Baker Buttin Cufflinks is definitely a fine elegant thing.

Ted Baker Buttin Cufflinks

As we all know, Ted Baker is a marvellous brand and they definitely come up with fine pieces of clothing. Ted Baker is a brand known to be different and do it with amazing style. I love wearing cufflinks, especially my Aston Martin pair, as they grab so much attention from others. When people look down at my wrist and notice something different, something out of the ordinary – they love it.

Quality & Price

Made mostly out of brass and then finished off with your standard button for that really authentic look. These Ted Baker Buttin Cufflinks were originally priced at £55, which I would never pay for cufflinks. Thankfully as with everything I buy, these are are on sale for £25. The price is pretty decent but still more expensive than probably all your over cufflinks.

Should You Buy Them?

If you’re like me and you enjoy; wearing named brands, receiving compliments and wearing things that are conversation starters… Then yes you need these! If you’re into grabbing a bargain, then what better bargain than a named and branded Ted Baker item. However, if you don’t really care about cufflinks, then get some £5 ones from eBay or Amazon.

Plus they come with this amazing gift box which basically means you should buy two pairs and give one to a dear friend.

Here’s The Link.

Ted Baker Buttin Cufflinks

TM Lewin 4 Shirts Offer

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I’m sure there’s not many of you who don’t own TM Lewin shirts, I can only imagine my non UK/US readers not owning shirts from this amazing store. Then again, even if you’re not from UK/US, you still should grab yourself a couple of these shirts. Very rarely will you be able to find a shirt at around twenty or thirty pounds at the quality and consistency of TM Lewin.

We all know about their 4 shirts for £100 promotion which is on all year round, well as you probably know this time of the year is the perfect time for offers and saving some money. TM Lewin thankfully is no different and they currently have their shirts on sale.

4 Shirts For £80

I have nothing but praise for TM Lewin’s shirts, I generally don’t but their ties or cufflinks from them as they’re usually more expensive than the shirts themselves and I know I could get similar ties from other stores for a much lower price. I definitely will be ordering my TM Lewin shirts online this week, make sure you do as well.

My Recommendations

I have owned two of these shirts in the past which I lost (don’t ask how), my close friend also bought the other two a few years ago and still wears them regularly so I highly recommend these four.

Slim Fit Plain White Luxury Twill Shirt

Slim Fit Plain White Twill Non-Iron Shirt

Slim Fit Navy Bengal Stripe Poplin Shirt

Slim Fit Plain Pink Luxury Twill Shirt