How to Dress While Pinching Pennies

Being a twenty-something in New York City is not for the faint of heart. In fact, if you are still experiencing philomacrostembioticosistic outbreaks you may want to consult your doctor. But seriously, we live in a land of extremes. You can have the worst day of your life here, and then wake up the next day only realizing everything is completely different.  As a collective, I feel like me and my friends have huge goals. We all moved to NYC to accomplish something big. We also have limited incomes. Here is the kicker, we are in a place filled with opportunity and during an average week you can get offered all sorts of opportunities.

In the past week I have had to manage an opening night, a high profiled gala, and a private party with people I want to impress. Did I mention I have a limited income?

I have some insights for the men who are reading this. If you are lady be sure to bookmark this and use it on your next man friend/date/lover/etc.

So how do you do it? How can someone like me with two suits, a tux, and a few blazers to my name make things work? The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind, but also it is right under your nose. First of all, if you don’t have a tux, go get one from a rental place preferably after prom season. Those establishments will usually sell their used tuxedos after prom season for a surprisingly cheap price. The idea is they need to clean out there old things, and you need to acquire something new to you!  It is a small thing, but something you will be so glad you have when the occasion arises.

For formal, but not black tie events, accessories are where it is at my friends. For me, ties, and blazers are exactly what I need to make a look entirely different. You can get these things from all over and there are probably thrift store finds waiting for you in your neighborhood! If you can pull a great blazer and tie together guys, then your job is mostly done.

In less formal situations, try wearing your clothes in a different way. Layering different pieces can make things you have already worn look entirely new to the same crowd.

Also, do not be afraid of color! Use all sorts of colors and patterns. Just, do it. Use them and then swap them out with other colors and patterns. You will be surprised how different mash ups will surprise even your closest friends! Patterns with other patterns can usually work to your favor, but might need lady approval (so lady’s, be aware).

The most important thing you can do is assess your wardrobe. Know what you have and never be afraid to wear it with different pairings.

The lesson is you too can live on a shoestring budget and look like you are living on a six-figure budget. Afterall you’ve made it to Manhattan, anything is possible!

Post authored by Trevor Worden



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