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Old 07-25-2008, 09:31 AM   #1
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Question Men-Types - Do you buy clothes at REI? What types of shirts do you wear?

My husband wears lots of basic polo shirts. Basically all polo shirts in fact. Some are plain, some have car company logos on them. One is a Red Wings one, so on and so forth. He looks great in them, and wears them with khakis and sandals and a nice leather belt. (See Ex. A below) However, I am sick of seeing him in polo shirts. He said he doesn't really like plain t shirts. () So, what are my options here guys? I'm clueless on mens clothes.

He's not metro. He hates shopping. I shop for him, bring the stuff home and he tries it on. He's casual, but not sloppy. It also pains him to spend money on clothes.

I was looking at REI last night and found tons of cool button down, short sleeve shirts. They appeared to be well-made, well-priced and cool. Are these acceptable? Or will they make him look like a old fart?

And remember - he wears a uniform to work, so these aren't for work.


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Old 07-25-2008, 09:32 AM   #2
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I don't own any myself, but several folks in warmer states swear by them.
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:34 AM   #3
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As long as the pattern isn't like whatever the guy sitting across from you is wearing he should be safe. I pretty much only shop at stores like REI, always raiding the sale rack for Columbia, North Face, etc stuff on the cheap/reasonable.

Yore a chick, you should know what looks good, why are you asking us?
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:35 AM   #4
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:36 AM   #5
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Dumb question, but have you shown him any of them? Has he tried them on? I do not believe it will make him look like an old fart most likely because since you do the shopping, I doubt you are going to pick anything that would, thus making it a non-issue. So I say acceptable. So either drag him into REI and have him try some on, or bring them home if he'll fret about the cost. Magic words: "They're on sale!" (Well, works on me at least.)

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Old 07-25-2008, 09:37 AM   #6
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As long as the pattern isn't like whatever the guy sitting across from you is wearing he should be safe.

Yore a chick, you should know what looks good, why are you asking us?
Whoa. Are you in my office? The guy across from me is wearing a hawaiian shirt.

I'm not asking what looks good, I'm asking where you guys shop for 30-something clothes that aren't metro and if short sleeve button down shirts are acceptable. I clearly stated that I don't know jack about guy's clothes and don't pay attention to them. (until 8 years of polo shirts makes one crack.)
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:38 AM   #7
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Classic bowling shirts...and get the man some pants. NO ONE, and I mean, NO ONE, looks good in shorts....men especially.
www.daddyos.com




This one is nice....

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Old 07-25-2008, 09:38 AM   #8
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Are you looking for a Guayabera or camp shirt? Or something that tucks in?
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:41 AM   #9
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Bitchin'....

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Old 07-25-2008, 09:41 AM   #10
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He sounds like a typical heterosexual guy to me. I'm the same way. Hate HATE HATE ****ing shopping for clothes. Polos and T-shirts FTW.
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:42 AM   #11
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NO ONE, and I mean, NO ONE, looks good in shorts....men especially.[/IMG]
FU, man.
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:42 AM   #12
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He sounds like a typical heterosexual guy to me. I'm the same way. Hate HATE HATE ****ing shopping for clothes. Polos and T-shirts FTW.
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:42 AM   #13
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Being the Carolina's I buy most my stuff at Belk, I watch for the Red Dot sales when stuff gets marked down, IE Columbia shirts that cost you $50 at REI, I got on the last sale at $19.95. They have sales at least once a month, but store shopping only, no online shopping.
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:43 AM   #14
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I like Guayaberas, Polo shirts, and novelty tees.



That's about all I wear in the summer.
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:44 AM   #15
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Classic bowling shirts...and get the man some pants. NO ONE, and I mean, NO ONE, looks good in shorts....men especially.
www.daddyos.com




This one is nice....

You dog on shorts and then suggest those shirts?
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:44 AM   #16
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I'm 33, my wife buys me clothes and I wear them. You, my wife and my best friend's wife could likely have a long conversation about shopping for your husbands and how we wear whatever is on top of the pile, and how wrinkles don't bother us.

Most clothes come from Old Navy (or up the line -- some from Gap, and very rarely, Banana Republic), but fancier ones from from Jos. A Bank. If you sign up for their email list you can get all sorts of deals. I also have some stuff from Land's End. I've found that the Old Navy stuff is generally good for about two years, and the Gap/Banana Republic stuff lasts longer and is generally better made. I'll buy stuff from there that's basic and not going to go out of style, like khaki pants and solid colored shirts.

I've also bought clothes at REI/EMS, but generally it's more outdoorsy stuff.

I dress very casually, though, for example right now I have on a collared Old Navy polo shirt, khaki shorts and Keen sandals. I love the Keen sandals because they are the only brand I've found that can effectively deal with my smelly sandal feet. Tevas I have owned can quite literally clear a room.

For collared button down shirts, I've definitely found that the cheap ones are, well, cheap. The collars are easily crumpled and the button area crumples, too, making laundry require an iron to sort it out. I hate ironing, so these shirts gather dust in my closet because I don't want to iron them and will take something that requires less maintenance. Higher-quality shirts will hold their shape and not require me to waste my time ironing. Hopefully the REI ones will be made of stouter stuff and will hold up better.

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Old 07-25-2008, 09:45 AM   #17
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I have a few Nat Nast shirts..they are a little expensive but high quality

http://www.moonbowtropics.com/Search...egory=Nat_Nast
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:46 AM   #18
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Get him more Wings gear.

What about shaving his chest and going with body paint?

Long sleeve button up shirts?

Does he wanna be a cowboy? Get him some western shirts, boots, big buckle, & a fnacy checkbook holder.

That's all I got. Outside of work I wear almost exclusively t-shirts. Unless I have to get dressed up for like a wedding or something.
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:47 AM   #19
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he looks like he could get away with the "skater" type "bowling" shirts. you know what i mean? like the ones you don't have to tuck in..

this style..


but he looks like he could pull of something like... this....



*edit* i was beat to the punch try'n to find something not so cheesy as is 90% of the bowling shirts out there... oh well

as far as where... i can usually find some nice shirts at stores like "pacific sunwear", of course places like abercrombe will have these types of styles too. on the cheap side though you may be able to find them in a macy's type store.. i don't know what you have in your area...

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I have a few Nat Nast shirts..they are a little expensive but high quality

http://www.moonbowtropics.com/Search...egory=Nat_Nast
Hell, if we're gonna go into that price range, you can get some nice ass Hugo Boss shirts for less than that.

You guys are really ostentatious with your shirts.
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:48 AM   #21
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Chet's shirt?



Oh, and yea, I pretty much only wear polos too. Old Navy mediums are cheap and fit me perfectly. They're super easy and look casual but are perfect for the office every day too. Weekends I can rock a tshirt, though. Almost never a button down. But that's just me.
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:49 AM   #22
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Does Hugo Boss make a camp shirt?
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:50 AM   #23
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Rich would never, ever wear those bowling shirts Funker posted. They are not his style - at all. Too hipster/poseur rockabilly for him. But I can see him in the ones rudy posted. They're called camp shirts?

And he looks great in khaki shorts. He's not fat and always tucks his shirts in and wears belts. So, he looks polished, but not too much so.

I've bought him stuff (polo shirts) from Old Navy, but the quality blows. He has one shirt from Banana Republic that I bought him and he does wear it. My issue is - I'm not going to spend $60 for a shirt for him when he'll go work on the cars in it and not even considering switching into a crappy one. (So much so, that I bought him a full mechanics jumper, complete with embroidered name patch.)
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:51 AM   #24
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REI's just about the only place I shop now. The REI-branded stuff is cut really well for tall-and-skinny guys like myself. I like their patterned button-up shirts, which are cut so you can wear them un-tucked so you don't look like a complete douchebag. I also have a few quick-dry long sleeved shirts that I can roll up the sleeves on and "strap" into place.
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:51 AM   #25
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Check out Dick's sporting goods. They run some pretty good sales on Columbia stuff.
While I don't like the prices, I like the quality of Nautica shirts. When they're on sale I scoop them up.
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