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Where do men buy casual clothes?

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FancySpaceGloves Tue 11-Mar-14 22:36:01

DH looks great for work. He gets his shirts tailored. His shoes and cufflinks are things of beauty given tender loving care. The suits fit just right. He has a style and it works for him. He knows exactly where/how to shop for it.

Unfortunately he has become bit of a mess casually. It has escalated during the years of having small children do sicks on him and us not going out anywhere naice much.

He wants casual clothes for non-work time. He hasn't bought anything in ages, except for the odd jumper and jeans from Gap / M&S. He doesn't have a clue where/how to shop.

His clothes are ridiculously old because he simply does not shop. He is sick of feeling dowdy (or whatever the male equivalent is) but has confessed to feeling panicked at the thought of shopping for weekend/evening outfits.

I refuse to help. It would break our marriage. I have however kindly offered to seek MN wisdom.

So, where does a man in his forties buy his casual clothes?

TravelinColour Tue 11-Mar-14 22:38:20

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Tiredstilltired Tue 11-Mar-14 22:40:47

Crew Clothing, Reiss, Jack Wills for sweaters, polo shirts etc.

FancySpaceGloves Tue 11-Mar-14 23:00:27

Wow, that was quick. Thanks v v much.

GinandChocolate Tue 11-Mar-14 23:15:02

Hugo Boss, Armani Jeans

nearlyreadyforstatelyhomes Tue 11-Mar-14 23:17:11

How old is he?

TravelinColour Tue 11-Mar-14 23:34:42

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FancySpaceGloves Tue 11-Mar-14 23:34:46

43, strawberry blonde ginger balding so cut v short, pretty good body but the combo of short legs, wide shoulders, good muscles can make him look stocky. He worries that the wrong clothes make him look like a member of the BNP.

Weekend daytimes are spent mucking about in the countryside or hanging out with family and of course the boring chores and ferrying DC to their clubs. Evening going out is mainly dinner with friends and the odd trip to London for a bit of culture.

PigletJohn Tue 11-Mar-14 23:41:08

it is very common for men who wear smart suits not to be good as casuals.

The place he buys his suits and shirts are probably about the right price range for what he would like, but take care over the age range.

Presumably he knows his collar, chest, waist and leg size, and his colours.

If he has been getting portly he may not like looking in the mirror. A good suit conceals a lot of defects.

Try to discourage him from red trousers or garish colours.

If he finds a shirt style that he likes, and you will let him wear, he should get half a dozen. They will be thicker than office shirts. Some people like Tattersall check that is not too bold. And a couple of jumpers or something. He will need some nice chunky non-office shoes or boots, and is allowed to wear brown or tan. He can presumably wear jeans and will need a nice, substantial, solid leather belt without a silly buckle. He can wear grey or blue trousers if he wants to look smartish but not office. He will need at least one soft indoor jacket and one warm outdoor jacket.

If he's not hard up he could browse the Moss Bros website. They do have some classic stuff that is mostly good quality. You can look at it with him if you like. Selecting size and colourway will reduce the amount of stuff to look at. Once he knows his colours and styles, he will be able to walk through a menswear shop in minutes, pausing only to feel the handles.

When business is good I use Debenhams, Moss, and Jones Bootmakers but that doesn't mean he should. When on hard times, I use Debenhams and Sainsbos and order shoes from Clifford James (their clothes are mostly too old, and their suits are poor quality).

TinyDiamond Wed 12-Mar-14 23:04:12


TollgateDebs Wed 12-Mar-14 23:24:30

Landsend have some good basics and often good items in their clearance section including different sleeve sizes for their shirts, both formal and casual and they are cut for men not boys, so allowances for the middle age male shape! My DH is fussy, but I have also picked up some good t-shirts from places like Matalan, where they do plain long sleeved t's that wash very well. TK Maxx can also be a good go to and I'd second John Lewis. More traditional mens outfitters can be good, as they stock wider ranges of trousers, so you have more choice of flat front / pleated styles, so a better chance of finding more flattering fits. Makes like Meyer are classic, not cheap, but wash and wear well.

Theoldhag Wed 12-Mar-14 23:28:56

Outdoor activity type shops have some very comfy casual clothing, if he is an outdoorsy type.

TreeFuMom Wed 12-Mar-14 23:31:02

My DP likes Paul Smith - quite expensive but smart and stylish

nearlyreadyforstatelyhomes Thu 13-Mar-14 06:40:07

H&M is a winner for DH. Mix it in with a few more expensive items and its really good!

Eastpoint Thu 13-Mar-14 06:45:50

Hugo Boss. Don't know where you live but there's a big shop in Sloane Square & I think it's sold in department stores, there are about 3 different ranges. Hackett has some nice stuff too. My friend with a tall ex-sporty shaped DH has bought him rugby style shirts from White Stuff & casual trousers from M&S.

mrsnec Thu 13-Mar-14 06:49:50

My dh does casual better than smart. He doesn't care who buys his clothes but does take an interest. It's mainly debenhams, but he has outdoorsy type stuff from Rohan and cheapo stuff from asos and he likes River Island for shoes for some reason.

FuckyNell Thu 13-Mar-14 07:13:03

My dh likes massimo dutti.

He gets lyle and Scott t shirts, and Gant polos.

Couple of north face hoodies.

FancySpaceGloves Thu 13-Mar-14 10:36:50

Thanks everyone. We'd never have thought of looking in some of those places.

schmalex Thu 13-Mar-14 15:45:24

I send my DH to the gorgeous personal shopper at Selfridges.

Shimmyshimmy Thu 13-Mar-14 16:03:03

Dh is the same, he'd got too old do to scruffy and get away with it. He liked clothes from Jigsaw, stylish without labels or looking too young and trendy. John Lewis & Co appealed too and a few bits from Cos and some casual /boots from Hudson.

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