Online Shopping Tip: “I need to buy clothes for my husband!”

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So I had a few other posts I was going to write up but over the weekend, my husband decided he needed new business shirts for work and of course, I would be the one to look for them and buy them at the best price. After almost 8 years of marriage, he and I both know that I know what looks good on him better than he does and so it’s easier if I buy it for him. And this got me thinking – I’m sure this is a very common occurrence in many households…..and whilst it wasn’t always like this for us, especially before kids, now it’s just more efficient if I buy for him and he can try it on at home. We both save time and time is precious when you work full time and have 2 kids to spend time with.

So for all you lovely ladies who are nice enough to buy clothes for your other half, I’ve put together some sites you might like to browse…

Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York – your usual department stores in the US have a great selection of menswear online. Formal, casual, shoes and accessories – this can be your one stop shop if you need to buy across different categories. As with any overseas purchases, just be careful with shipping, return policies and sizing. Oh, and don’t pay full price – they have promotional and sales events very frequently so wait and score a good deal.

Harrods, Selfridges, Debenams, John Lewis, House of Fraser – UK department stores that again sell a range of menswear from different brands and deliver to Australia. I think Harvey Nichols is the only place that doesn’t deliver (feel free to correct me if I’m wrong – my UK knowledge is not as strong as the US!)

If department stores aren’t your thing or don’t have what you’re looking for, how about some of these?

Charles Tyrwitt

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UK brand specialising in mens businesswear and women’s shirts. I found them through my sister in law who bought her groomsmen’s suits and shirts from here and found the quality to be fantastic and very reasonably priced. They’ve set up an Australian website so you can purchase in AUD. They still come from the UK so will take a bit of time to be shipped but at the moment, they are having a great sale and shirts are cheap as $40 for high quality non-iron 100% cotton business shirts. With variable sleeves lengths and customisation available, I can’t speak more highly of this brand. Better than Thomas Pink any day!

Mr Porter

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The men’s version of Net-a-Porter, Mr Porter stocks a range of designer items specifically for men. Suits, shirts, accessories, bag, shoes and casual wear, this site is great if your man wants a high end brand or you’re looking for a special present for an occasion. Just keep in mind delivery is £20 but the service is the same exceptional service as Net-a-Porter so you’re in safe hands.

Matches Fashion

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This Net-a-Porter equivalent has a mens section as well and currently have some good sales. They stock mainly European designers so if you’re not familiar with sizing, cut, etc, it’s going to be a bit hard. Having said that, some high end brands are discounted by up to 60% so might be worth buying and then having alterations done here. I just saw a gorgeous Gucci cashmere men’s jacket for 50% off and stylish men’s chinos also at 50% off.

Paul Smith

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All my friends from the UK love Paul Smith and one of my friend’s husband will only buy Paul Smith suit and shirts. It’s definitely a lot more metro style suiting rather than traditional with bright colours, stripes and patterns being a feature of their shirts and accessories. They have an online store and do deliver to Australia but shipping is a bit steep – £30 so best to know your man’s size before you buy. You can always try it on here at DJs but obviously stock is very limited. They have good sales so you can wait until then.

Ralph Lauren

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These guys don’t deliver to Australia BUT I had to put it in because firstly Tyson Beckford eye candy… and secondly it’s my husband’s favourite store – he pretty much only wears Ralph Lauren because it fits him the best – and lastly, because it’s so cheap in the US that it’s worth buying and using a parcel forwarding company to ship it here. Especially during sale times, you can buy men’s shirts and knits for real cheap compared to here. I remember buying my husband’s Ralph Lauren cargo shops at the Vegas outlets for $20 and he LOVES it and wears it practically every day. I think men’s shorts at Target in Australia are $20. Subscribe to their mailing list and you’ll receive notice of sales and extra discount on sales. If not, try yMacy’s – I think they might be the only US department store that will ship RL to Australia.

G-Star

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I love G-star denim for men – so sexy! Shame my hubby can’t fit into them – he’s a bit chunky and G-star is cut a bit small. Great stylish casualwear for men (not a fan of the women’s range). They have an online store in Australia and prices are comparable to the US – it’s not ridiculously overpriced and so definitely worthwhile buying it locally. They offer free shipping and free returns (30 days) on full priced items so there’s no reason not to buy!

Revolve Clothing

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One of my favourite online stores also a men’s section stocking a wide range of designers. It’s mostly casualwear and I wouldn’t recommend it for suiting anyways given they’re not specialists in that area. If you’re after American brands like True Religion, Fred Perry, G-star, Jack Spade then this place is great. Free shipping to Australia on purchases over $100 and free Global Express delivery if you order over $300.

I’m a little hesitant to suggest sites such as ASOS and the Iconic as the fashion there is for Gen Y or Z or whatever we’re up to right now as they’ll feature tight skinny leg jeans or whatever the latest craze is. However, a lot of the chainstores also have menswear – so your Country Roads, Sportscraft, SABA, Oxford, Witchery. I’ve honestly never bought menswear from there so I can’t comment but check it out and wait for the sales.

Finally, before you buy, just make sure you know your man’s size and style. Sounds obvious but there’s a lot of variables when buying clothes – collar size, sleeve length, slim fit, classic fit, relaxed fit, double cuff, single cuff, collar style, leg length, waist size, skinny leg, boot leg, dark wash, light wash, point shoes, square shaped shoes, shoe size, shoe width, laces, buckles, belt size, etc, etc – you get the picture. And final piece of advice – don’t buy something you would like him to wear – based on my experience, he’ll wear it once as a token gesture and then it’ll get lost in the bottom of the drawers never to see the light – buy something you know he’ll like.


Shopping is still shopping, even if it’s not for you so enjoy!

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