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With the availability of the internet, you can now shop for clothes online in the comfort of your own homes. However, the very best way to shop for clothing is to actually visit the store. Being at the store lets you try on the clothing, making sure it fits well and looks good, and that the quality of the clothing is top notch. Although nothing beats shopping in person, the online store websites can be very useful when searching for clothes. These websites allow you to do some research on what styles are available, the price of the apparel, and whether there are any discounts available before you step into the stores.
In this article, the websites of eight popular men’s clothing stores were reviewed. These eight stores were chosen because they all target men ages 25 to 45. For each of these online stores, the basic information about the store, the choices and styles of the clothing (mainly their casual shirts collection) and the price range for their casual shirts were determined. The cheapest shirt is shown for each of the stores. This was done so that the stores can be compared in a systematic way. The stores that were examined were Banana Republic, Eddi Bauer, Gap, J.Crew, Nautica, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Bahama, and Tommy Hilfiger.
Banana Republic is an American apparel company founded in 1978. It carries modern luxury clothing for men and women. The clothing items available at the store include: stretch shirts, monogram shirts, casual shirts (slim and tailored slim), short sleeve shirts, polos, T-shirts, jackets and zip-ups, sweaters, outerwear, blazers, suits, pants, chinos, denim, shorts, underwear and socks, shoes and accessories. In terms of their casual shirt collection (56 slim and 8 tailored slim styles), they have a good selection of colours, patterns, and textures. The price range for their casual shirts is between $44.99 to $69.50.
Eddie Bauer is a US outdoor brand established in 1920. It offers outerwear, men’s and women’s clothing, gear and accessories as well as mountaineering gear. Available in the stores are shirts, T-shirts, polos, sweaters, sweatshirts and hoodies, fleece, outerwear and blazers, pants, jeans, shorts, swimwear, active and sportswear, sleepwear, accessories, shoes and boots, underwear and socks, and long underwear. They have 15 styles of casual shirts that come in three fits: relaxed, classic and slim. There are a variety of colours, patterns, and textures to choose from. The price for these casual shirts ranges from $39.95 to $99.95.
Gap is an American clothing company founded in 1969. It is a place to find clean, classic American style apparel for the whole family. The store sells T-shirts and tanks, polos, shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, outerwear and blazers, jeans, cords, pants, shorts, sleepwear and loungewear, underwear and socks, shoes and accessories. They have 46 styles of casual shirts that are available in different patterns, colours, textures, and fits (original or slim). Their price range for these shirts is from $17.99 to $59.95.
J. Crew is an American company that got its start in 1983. It offers high quality clothing for the whole family. These are the items available at the store: shirts, T-shirts, polos, fleece, sweaters, pants, denim and cords, suits, sportcoats and vests, outerwear, shorts, swimwear, ties and pocket squares, underwear and sleepwear, shoes, bags and accessories. There are over 85 styles of mostly cotton casual shirts, available in three different fits, slim, regular or tall. There are many colours, patterns and texture to select from. These shirts retail for $64.50 to $370.00.
Nautica is a US company founded in 1983. It is a modern American classic brand that offers clothing for the entire family. In its store, a variety of items can be found such as polos, T-shirts, shorts, swim, underwear and sleepwear, pants, jeans, shirts, activewear, outerwear and blazers, sweaters, suit separates, shoes, socks and accessories. There are 37 casual shirt styles, mostly made of cotton, that come in one fit. These shirts are available in several colours, patterns and textures. The price of these shirts ranges from $29.99 and $79.50.
Polo Ralph Lauren
Polo Ralph Lauren is an American company established in 1967. It offers high-end American style clothing to men, women and children. The following are sold at its stores: polos, shirts, sweaters, jackets and outerwear, sweatshirts and T-shirts, rugbys, pants, Chinos, jeans, shorts, swimwear, sportcoats, suits, shoes, sleepwear and robes, underwear and socks, and accessories. It has about 112 casual shirt styles. Most of these shirts are made of cotton. They are available in two fits, custom and classic fit. The shirts come in a variety of colours, patterns and textures. The cost for these shirts ranges from $29.99 to $198.00.
Tommy Bahama is an American apparel manufacturer established in 1992. It makes luxury lifestyle clothing for men and women. Items sold at the store include shirts, polos, T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweaters, jackets and blazers, pants, jeans, shorts, swimwear, loungewear and boxers, shoes and sandals, accessories, cologne and grooming and golf. The store has roughly 35 casual shirt styles in original and trimmer fits. These shirts come in different fabric (including silk), colours, and patterns. They have a price range of $98.00 to $148.00.
Tommy Hilfiger is an American premium lifestyle brand that debuted in 1985. The company offers classic American style clothing to the whole family. They carry polos and rugbys, shirts, sweaters, T-shirt, fleece, pants and shorts, jeans, jackets and outerwear, suit separates, footwear, underwear and sleepwear, and accessories. They have about 54 casual shirt styles in slim, custom, classic and vintage fits. These shirts are mostly made of cotton and are available in different colours, patterns and textures. The price range for these shirts starts from $43.00 to $98.00.
Time to go shopping
This review will hopefully show you the kind of stores that are out there, the style choices that are available, and the current cost for a casual shirt. It is hoped that you will find something that fits your personal taste and budget. Using the information found on the online stores and from this review, you can head into the real stores and make more informed purchasing decisions. Although this review does not contain all of the men’s clothing stores, it has a good selection of some of the more common stores found in most major cities. One caveat is that fashion does change quickly and some of these prices, and styles may not be available next season. It is advised that you do your own research to find the latest prices and fashion in stock. Hopefully, this review has generated some interest in clothes shopping and provided information on some of the stores where you can do your shopping.
Pharma520 on April 06, 2014:
A big thank you for your article.Thanks Again. Great. fafaced
Simon Lam (author) on September 05, 2012:
Thanks for reading and your comment. Also, thank you for following me. I will have a look at your hubs soon!
Neha Madan on September 04, 2012:
Very Nice collection of Men's wear. I liked Eddie Bauer most. I am also writing on fashion & Ethnic Wear Get a look at my hub.