Chicago Men’s Style Guide
Whether you’re a self-diagnosed shopaholic or you live in fear of having to buy new clothes, there is no escaping the fact that what you wear has serious effects on how people see you. If you want to look like a serious businessman, you need to wear a professional, tailored suit. If you want to look like you’re ready for a great party, you need to look like you’re ready to have some fun. If you look in your closet and realize you aren’t prepared to dress for the situations you want to be in, then it is high time you head to the stores and go shopping. Men living in the Chicago area are in luck because there are a number of great stores nearby selling all sorts of men’s fashion items.
Balani Custom Clothiers, 55 W. Monroe Street
Got a big date and want to look sharp? Or maybe you have an important presentation at your office? Either way, the time has arrived for you to invest in a top-notch suit, custom-designed and custom-made for you. Balani Custom Clothiers is the place to go for this kind of purchase. Founded in 1961, Balani Custom Clothiers aims to provide its customers with the finest in men’s fashions, while also trying to “unwind the uptight image of custom clothing.” With customer service and quality as its top priorities, it is impossible to walk into this store and leave unsatisfied. Chicago Magazine even awarded it the title of “best custom suit”!
Barbour, 2042 North Halsted Street
Looking for something a little edgier than a great suit? Then you need to head to Barbour on Halsted Street. Barbour is a well-known brand in Britain, even though it is not yet a household name here in the United States. With its shelves fully stocked with brands like the Steven McQueen Collection, there is nothing ho hum or boring about the goods in this shop. Try an embroidered American flag jacket for something really patriotic!
Zaharoff, 110 East Oak Street
If you like looking dapper and debonair then Zaharoff might just become your new favorite place to spend a Sunday. With a three-story flagship store in Chicago, you can head to this shop for a wallet, a tie, or a great suit. This store is so committed to making its customers look great, that it even has a Marilyn Miglin boutique inside where men can get skincare seminars or consultations. In the market for some “simple luxury”? What about some “understate elegance”? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then this is the place for you.
Agriculture, 532 E. 43rd Street
Looking for some amazing clothing but don’t have the money to spend at the high-end specialty shops? Look no further than Agriculture, where brands like Takumi, Ted Baker, and Mavi are all sold at reasonable prices. And if you do want something custom made, you can get that here, too. Agriculture is also known for having one of the friendliest staffs around, so you might even make a new friend while you’re there.
DTLR, 7550 S. Stony Island Avenue
If fancy suits are not your thing, then check out DTLR. This is the store to go to in Chicago if you are looking for Nike branded items, but there are other designers and brands sold here too. The best shop in town for a wide selection of caps, t-shirts, and watches, DTLR takes trendiness to the next level. Try some new Levi’s jeans or Converse sneakers to go with your new, fun t-shirts and watches.
Article contributed by Ted Corbitt