What Are the Top 10 Mens Clothing Websites?
What Are the Top 10 Mens Clothing Websites?
Men’s clothing doesn’t get nearly the attention that women’s clothing does. The stereotype about men’s clothing goes that men just don’t shop as much as women — and there’s some truth to this. Men’s fashion is not usually paid much mind at the haute couture level, either — the focus there is on pretty dresses and expensive women’s shoes.
But for men who care about clothes, there’s good news. More than a few online clothing retailers and websites are dedicated to men’s clothes. Here are the top ten men’s fashion retailers websites online.
The fact that Men’s Wearhouse is the most popular site for men’s clothing says more about men’s attitudes about clothes than anything else. While the most popular women’s clothing retailers include higher-end stores like BlueFly and JCrew, the men’s list is populated by less expensive purveyors. The Men’s Wearhouse website is pretty much identical to the clothing they sell in their retail stores, ranging from affordable suits to low-end luxury items, often at a pretty good discount.
To be fair, Brooks Brothers sells more than men’s clothing — they have child and women’s sections as well — but they’re best known for their suits. You can find reasonably priced items here, like no-iron shirts 3 for $150, but the Brooks Brothers clothing you know and love (like the 1818 line of suits) is far more expensive than the number one suit retailer, Men’s Wearhouse.
Offering higher-end men’s and women’s fashion, Kenneth Cole’s website is just as full of more affordable items (like signature Kenneth Cole dress shirts for under $60) as it studded by pairs of loafers for $300. The website is super easy to navigate, and the men’s clothing for sale here is probably not as expensive as you expect.
The retail version of this store (and the website itself) advertise the fact that Casual Male is for larger men by including the symbol XL after the name. The smallest size of clothing at CasualMale is “XLT”, for Extra Large / Tall. Sizes go up as high as 10X, some items a little larger, some smaller. This website is popular because of the large number of men who can’t find clothes that fit at other retailers.
Paul Frederick is along the lines of the Men’s Wearhouse — formal and business attire for men at affordable prices. These are high-quality clothes that most men can afford — 3 custom tailored Oxford shirts for $150, for instance. There’s usually a variety of price points to choose from. Dress shirts, for instance, run from $29 up to $100.
The website is not for the faint of heart — clicking on Undergear.com may get you some funny looks. Yes, there’s lots of pictures of men in underwear, and much of the underwear and clothing at Undergear is a little bit exotic. But for men who take their underwear as seriously as their outerwear, Undergear.com is there to help.
You could say that His Room is the higher class version of Undergear.com, though it is interesting to note that Undergear.com is more popular. Boxers, briefs, swimwear, and everything in between are on offer at HisRoom.com, modest in price and style. A purchase of $40 or more earns you free shipping, and with boxers at $20 a pop, you’re very likely to earn that discount.
Simple name, simple concept. Billing itself as “America’s premier tie store”, Ties.com breaks the top 10 men’s fashion websites without selling so much as a tee-shirt. All sorts of ties are available — novelty ties, skinny ties, bowties, tie accessories, and even tie racks and other storage devices. Average tie price here is $12, so you can stock up on ties without worrying about the bottom line.
Rochester Big and Tall is not nearly as popular as Casual Male XL, but their web presence is almost as strong. Clothing at Rochester’s website is available in fewer sizes than at Casual Male (usually Large / Tall through 6 or 7X) but you have a wider variety of brands, and even a good assortment of popular men’s clothing brands like Polo and Michael Kors.
Eddie Bauer sells “premium outdoor-inspired casual wear”. It is a distinctive brand that men recognize — there are even Eddie Bauer branded vehicles. You can find men’s clothing, accessories and even home furnishings. The style here is modern meets outdoors, perfect for Preppy types the world around.
Much like men’s clothing retailers, websites and blogs dedicated (or even addressing) men’s fashion are just not as common as those for women’s clothes.
Here are our top ten blogs and informational sites about men’s clothing.
The word “urban” in the title and the fact that the blogger is African-American may make some men shy about visiting The Urban Gentleman, but fear not. You don’t have to be a brother to appreciate the extensive writings on men’s style available here. The Urban Gent’s recent blog about his experience at Men’s Wearhouse was an eye-opener, complete with beautiful photos of the blogger at work buying suits.
The Style Nerds are three guys (and one gal) who blog constantly about the world of men’s fashion. No sooner had I learned about a new men’s clothing collection at H&M than the Style Nerds weighed in. Up to date chatter about all things related to men’s fashion, along with some awesome pics.
Saying “Well show you how to look good,” the geniuses behind Calculatus Eliminatus (Latin for ‘process of elimination’) turn men’s fashion blogging into something close to what’s going on in the world of women’s fashion. I’m not sure if some of the writers are female or what, but the fashion commentary here tends toward the bitchy side.
A rarity in the men’s fashion world — region-specific commentary. District Cut is a “DC men’s fashion blog”, but you don’t have to live inside the Betlway to appreciate their musings. Sure, there are some DC-specific items if you’re into that sort of thing, but most of the content avoids regionalism. Links to great sales, photographs of fashion events, and fashion commentary are the star here.
Esquire Magazine’s men’s fashion section is called The Style Blog, and it is crammed full of great content. You’ll love their “mustache of the day” (today’s was Jason Schwartzman) and fashion-on-TV recaps. Most of the content here is what you’d expect from a fashion blog — but it is easy to navigate and the writing is top notch.
Get Kempt is a blog dedicated to “world of men’s style / fashion / grooming” in their own words. You could think of Get Kempt as a more fashion-minded Maxim, a mens’ version of Gawker with less politics and more pictures of men steering sailboats. Style is more important than substance here, but there’s plenty of great advice on men’s fashion to be found.
Though Veritas is currently on something of a hiatus, there’s a giant archive of fashion tips and news to be mined.
Very “bro’d out” fashion advice here, with topics like “How Dudes Can Dress Up the H&M Autumn/Winter Collection”. This is maybe the “toughest” men’s fashion blog out there, if such a thing is possible.
Style Points has recently branched out to include other men’s topics like sports, the style writing and advice at Style Points is still a huge focus of the site.
A relatively new blog from Britain focusing on men’s fashion across the pond. Men’s fashion in America often draws from British fashion, so get a jump on American trends by checking out what’s hot in London men’s fashion.
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