The Sigma Male mindset is one of necessity and frugality. A Sigma understands that spending huge amounts of his resources on a single item of clothing because of a label is a massive waste. Being smart and frugal, Sigmas are always looking for the opportunity to make the most out of the resources available to them.
A Sigma understands how important his wardrobe is, but also how important it is to do it on a budget. You can look very sharp on a very limited budget, but it requires a little thought and effort. The easy option of walking into a store and buying a full outfit displayed on a mannequin at full price isn’t available to most Sigmas. Even if it was, they wouldn’t take it. Taking the alternative route has become a whole lot easier.
Nate at Iron and Tweed has written an outstanding book on building an affordable wardrobe that puts all the information you need in one place. Casual Style 101 isn’t just a book on style advice for men. It’s a formula for building a complete wardrobe on a budget. The detail Nate goes into is amazing. Not only does he tell you where to shop, he sets out how many of each item you need, which colours to buy, which styles to avoid, among a host of others.
Casual Style 101 even has a set of outfit formulas to show you how to combine your pieces for different occasions, making every item extremely versatile. The formulas are the end result of buying a small number of complementary pieces, which give a large amount of possible combinations. Rather than throwing money at it, Nate approached this by being as smart as possible. He certainly practices what he preaches, take a look at his blog Iron and Tweed, the man certainly knows how to dress. He also has an excellent free ebook available, 10 Timeless Wardrobe Essentials. Definitely worth signing up for.
Casual Style 101 gives a lot of very specific information, which is exactly what most guys starting out need. There is even a section on how to get a suit, dress shirt, tie and shoes for less than $250. By far the most useful section in the book is what to look for in thrift stores and what to avoid. Nate explains how to find the hidden gems in thrift stores, which is where you will make the real savings. Following his advice on what brands to look for, I found a quality moto style leather jacket for less than $40. This jacket looks badass and would cost upwards of $400 in a store.
Finally, there is a complete shopping list for you to work through. All the information in Casual Style 101 is extremely practical and can be implemented by a man of any age or situation. By focusing on classic pieces and styles, Casual Style 101 allows you to build a wardrobe that will always look well, so all the purchases you make are investments rather than expenses.
The book is a complete package that runs you through the whole process of building an affordable wardrobe on a budget from scratch. This is perfect if you are just starting out in life, or if you lack knowledge on style and fashion. Everything you need to know is in this book, even down to your shopping list!
I loved the simple, practical style of the book. There was no fluff or padding, just no nonsense advice that is actually easy to follow.
You can buy Casual Style 101 here, for less than the price of a Tshirt. It’ll be the best investment you will make in your appearance this year. I don’t recognise myself after six months of following the advice in the book. I stand out in a crowd, I feel more confident, I look like I mean business.