GQ’s Expensive Trip to the Department Stores
In the throws of the holiday season, GQ decided to dispatch their fashion editors to eight of the biggest department stores in America. Their mission was to find selections amongst the racks and racks of stuff that a style conscious guy in 2009 would be proud to give, and would also be pretty darn excited to receive.
Seems like whoever they sent out couldn’t find anything on sale. Or for much under $100.
The first three items are as follows: A $280 Cashmere Sweater, a $165 Denim shirt, and then a $40 pair of… get this… SOCKS. $40 for a pair of socks? C’mon guys. That’s ridiculous. What percentage of their reading audience actually has this kind of money? Not everyone makes the sweet salary that GQ Fashion Editors apparently seem to haul in.
Not all of us have access to a Barney’s, a Bloomingdale’s, or Saks Fifth Avenue. And if you’re on this site, chances are you couldn’t afford even some of the smallest purchases in those upscale anchor retailers. So we tried our hand at what GQ set out to do… only we kept affordability, and accessibility in mind. Here are our picks for the best of the best from the Department Store World…
— Macy’s ——————————————————–
Alfani Red Trench Coat – $129.99
Is it warm enough for this time of year? Not if you live in an area where it’s bitter cold. Will you want it when the spring thaw starts and the rains start to fall? Absolutely.
DKNY Murphy Button Down – $29.99
You can never have too many button down shirts that can pass for both your layer under a sweater, or by themselves. A slim fit and shorter tail makes this shirt good for untucked, or tucked-in occasions.
Tommy Hilfiger Silicone Strap Watch – $115.00
White Face, sporty black silicone strap, big ol’ numbers. And it’s cheap. What’s not to like?
— Target ———————————————————
Men’s Herringbone Wool & Leather Gloves – $19.99
Standing out without demanding attention is one of the keys to having a good sense of style. While every other well dressed guy will have black leather gloves… these add a twist with wool herringbone tops. And they come in a host of sizes (S, M, L, XL) as opposed to the usual M-L and XL, so you can get a precise fit.
5 Shelf Espresso Bookcase – $119.99
If it weren’t for Cost Plus and Target, I don’t think people with real jobs and real (low to middle class) paychecks could afford to furnish their home. 5 shelves, big solid construction, dark wood. Classic and modern, all at the same time. Know a bibliophile that you want to splurge on? They’d love a big fat bookcase for their collection.
Merino Wool Camel Sweater – $31.99
Merino Wool offers warmth without being too bulky. Great for layering under a blazer.
— Kohl’s —————————————————–
Dockers Flat Front Khaki – $32.99
It took them awhile, but one of the world’s largest Khakis makers finally realized that not everyone likes wearing relaxed fit pleated pants. Slim Fit, flat front, good details. Perfect for work or weekends.
3-pack Jockey Low Rise Briefs – $14.25
Can it really be Christmas if you don’t open up at least one package of underwear that was wrapped and under the tree? Only difference is these look way better than your classic tighty-whiteys. And they fit immensley better. Used to classic fit higher waist briefs? Try these and you’ll never go back to your previous diaper like-fitting underwear ever again.
Picnic Time Manhattan Portable Cocktail Case – $135.99
A space for everything you need to make a Martini, while on the go. Comes with two martini glasses, cocktail shaker, jigger, tongs, strainer, two olive picks, two napkins, and a vermouth spritzer & stirrer. All in one hell of a good looking case.
Now only if we could come up with a way to make sure you can get a parking space at any of these places at this time of year. It may be the season of miracles, but… we’re not that good. Happy Holidays…