Having your first presentation in polyt or uni that requires you to be in formal wear? On a tight budget too?
Here are some of the best places where you can probably buy a fitting, long-sleeved shirt and dress pants for under $100, because #studentsarepoor
Uniqlo is the de facto place for affordable casual wear, but they do have a formal wear section that’s often overlooked. The brand also caters to the Asian body type so leave your worries about shirts and sleeves being too long behind.
Alteration for pants takes less than a few hours, a convenient service if your presentation happens to be on the next day.
With more than 10 outlets islandwide, Cotton On would probably be the best place to shop at if you need formal wear in a rush. The shirts look trendy enough to be worn outside of a presentation’s setting too, so they won’t end up being in a corner of your wardrobe for eternity after work is done.
The popular online shopping site has a wide selection of affordable formal wear for men and being based in Singapore also means that deliveries are fast and refunds/exchanges are easily handled. However, this may not be an appealing option to people who like to try on their clothes and guarantee that the material is to their liking before partng with their money.
And of course, if your presentation is tomorrow, you’ll better not go for this option.
G2000 is all about formal wear so this would be a safe option if you need that shirt or a pair of pants at the last minute. They have formal wear for any body type so rest assured if you’ve been having one too many plates of char kway teow recently. If you require accessories such as belts or ties, they have you covered as well.
One thing about G2000 is that there’s usually a sale – so if you’re on a tight budget, don’t go for the latest design. Those items on sale are usually so cheap that you can buy almost three pieces for the price of a latest design.
The men’s clothing-only counterpart to Topshop has a wide selection of formal, button-down shirts, dress pants, blazers and even shoes alongside its casual wear collection. The only problem here is that you may end up with more than just formal wear in your shopping bag and an emptier wallet after you’re done, as it’s one of the priciest among this list.
Nevertheless, they have designs catered for young adults and their designs can pass off as a casual wear as well, so you can kill two birds with one stone!
Departmental stores (OG, Robinsons, BHG, etc)
Do try shopping at departmental stores such as OG and Robinsons. They bring in formal wear from different brands globally and even though you can’t pronounce some of the brands’ names, their shirts and pants are worth a go in the fitting room. They may even end up being a better fit than some of the stuff you’ll get from your usual shops.
And when you’re there, do remember to spend some time to go through every nook and cranny in the store; sometimes, there’re really affordable formal wear hidden in the corner of the store!
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