A: It’s a good time to be asking this question: There’s an enormous pivot to men’s wear going on as designers increasingly combine their lines on the runway, and women’s wear names like Prabal Gurung and The Row expand into men’s.
But as far as economic sensitivity goes, outreach has been pretty limited. The fast fashion collaborations that have brought names like Karl Lagerfeld, Alexander Wang and Victoria Beckham to a vast audience don’t seem to have filtered over into the men’s wear universe.
While we wait for some brand to wake up to that one, I asked Matthew Schneier, my fashion colleague who is about your age, what he would suggest. Here’s what he said: “I hand-wring over nearly every fashion purchase I make. Personally, I wear mostly affordable items with a few splurges here and there. Uniqlo is a great resource as far as I, and many fashion editors I know, are concerned. (My kingdom for a return of its Jil Sander-designed +J collection.)
“A step up from there, Our Legacy, out of Sweden but available worldwide, makes great, contemporary-priced men’s wear. Ditto Fanmail, from Brooklyn — not cheap, by any means, but not on the level of Mr. Ford.
“Lastly (and with apologies to the brands), I’ve become a militant sale shopper. If you can wait till the end of the season, you can find a ton at 25, 30, 50 and even 70 percent off. Wait even longer and things tend to recirculate in the booming consignment and resale market. With patience and a commitment to time scrolling, I’ve found favorite pieces on sites like Grailed for prices much closer to my budget than the tag price.”