Skimp vs. Splurge: Casual fall looks (part 3 of 4)

As you know, I’ve been doing a breakdown of each of our “skimp vs. splurge” looks from our last style segment on Breakfast Television.  You can take a look at the breakdown of the first two looks here and here.

Gents, I know there are many of you who just aren’t comfortable pulling together different patterns and colours in a single outfit.  This look is an easy way to move in that direction.  Also, it’s a great casual outfit that is WAY beyond the basic jeans and t-shirt.

Take a look.


What I love about this look:

Splurge Items:

  • This navy, quilted coat has so many subtle details.  The cordoroy on the collar and four pocket front give a lot of interest to the utilitarian-inspired jacket.  I think this is something that you’d have for at least 10 years.  It’s surprisingly warm too so it would be perfect not only for fall but also warmer winter days (with a few layers – as shown on our model). ~ The Helm Clothing ($1425)
  • Since the jacket is a dark neutral (but not black… black is harsh), a rich pop of colour is needed.  This pumpkin Ralph Lauren cardigan is a great match with navy. It will definitely show your eye for style.  Now, you might be like “Whoa! This is orange.  I can’t do orange.” Yes you can. Just try it… or maybe a different rich fall colour. ~ The Helm Clothing ($385)

Skimp Items:

  • I chose a collared shirt under this caridgan.  If that looks too dressy to you, swap it out for a t-shirt.  The collared shirt adds a bit of formality but what I love most about it, is the pattern.  It picks up some of the blue from the jacket and pants without being too “matchy matchy”. ~ Express Men ($69.90)
  • Now I know that many of you are not at all into coloured pants.  This is just a blue pant.  You like blue. It’s a great first step into the world of colour on the bottom half of your body.  I like adding a cuff – it’s interesting.  Feel free to not cuff it too if that doesn’t seem like your style. ~ Express Men ($69.90)
  • I really don’t think you should skimp too much on footwear; we are talking your feet here. I like to call these shoes a dressy sneaker.  Yes, that’s right.  Even if you were wearing an awesome pair of jeans and a basic white t shirt, these sneakers are going to take that look to a whole different level of style. ~ Jaisel ($133)
  • This belt is awesome.  If you are feeling bold enough to venture into bright, bold colours, do it with a belt (watch the segment to see the belt).  Since this belt is a more reasonable price point, go ahead and try something new.  You won’t be breaking the bank. ~ Express ($29.90)

Our last outfit breakdown is coming up in the next couple of days.  Stay tuned!


Hair: House of Tin Salon

Makeup: Makeup by Bean

Model: Stephen

Styling: Yours Truly

Clothing: The Helm Clothing, Jaisel, Express Men

Thanks to Brill Communications