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Style = Confidence
Calgary, Alberta


Ensemble Style is a Calgary fashion stylist stylists personal shopper shoppers and wardrobe consultant consultants. Menswear styling and closet edits. Custom suiting for men. Made-to-measure suiting





A men's fashion/style blog, for the modern, stylish man. Personal shopping and styling in Calgary Alberta, Canada. New York fashion styling and consulting.

How to stay dapper on a budget.

Lauren Larsen

Having good style can definitely be a costly feat... but it doesn't have to be. This post is all about how to stay dapper on a budget (because I care [almost] as much about your bank account as you do... and I LOVE saving money!).

Because I am a profesh shopper [literally, it's my job], I know the malls and shopping areas of the cities I frequent like the back of my hand. Not only do I know where to shop for the latest and greatest [quality] designer duds {shout out to Leo, Understudy & Modern Menswear here in YYC}, I also know where to find deals when my clients challenge me with a budget.

I am not a stylist who focuses only on the latest runway fashion and [fleeting] trends - I believe style and confidence is much more important than that - and although I do believe in the value of a quality-made and one-of-a-kind pieces, and think it is worth it to spend more on items that will last longer, I am definitely a sucker for a deal. AND I know which pieces are worth spending more on and which pieces you are simply spending your hard earned dollas on a fancy label [NAH!].

Without further discussion... here it is...


Find less expensive alternatives.

Look numero uno - casual & cool.

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the look for less

Look numero dos - the weekend warrior.

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Ensemble style menswear blog Calgary New York

Look numero trois - Dad jeans make a comeback.

Ensemble style personal stylist menswear calgary new york

Ensemble style personal stylist menswear calgary new york

So there you have it! Three [awesome] looks that can be put together for significantly less $$ than the version on the models. Looking good doesn't have to cost a fortune - especially when you have someone who can help you navigate the malls to find the latest and greatest, at a lesser cost.

I always try to present my clients alternatives at different price points, so they are able to see the difference (sometimes the difference is significant, sometimes it is minimal & sometimes there isn't any). It is important to know what and why you are purchasing what you are.

Here are a five stores that offer regular deals and/or have quality clothing at a lesser price.

  1. The Gap - love their shirts, denim and jackets.
  2. Banana Republic - they always have pretty good sales, depending what day of the week you shop.
  3. J.Crew will usually offer seasonal sales and when their items are on sale, they are ON SALE!
  4. Nordstrom will have mega sales a few times a year - usually at the end of the season.
  5. The Bay - who doesn't love Bay Days?

If you have any questions or would like to see more of this style of post, drop me a line! It seriously makes my day to hear from you! This post was actually inspired by one of my readers... so, if you ask, you shall receive!

- Ensemble Style

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