**Note: this article comes from the writer’s personal experience as a longtime veteran of the clothing retail industry in Mobile, Alabama. The writer is not employed by any of the businesses mentioned herein. The writer still currently resides in Mobile, Alabama. – How many men ages 30-60 do you know who would admit that they enjoy shipping for clothes? My guess would be “not too many.” Let’s face it. When it comes to hunting for the best fashion bargains, men are all about three things: quick, simple and affordable. Standing in long lines, fighting through crowded malls and enduring endless bouts of indecisiveness over what to buy have never been appealing activities for the majority of the male population. And don’t even get me started on high-end men’s clothing warehouses where other men try to dress you by hand.
But when necessity calls and you find yourself forced to suffer through that dreaded shopping experience, why not do a little research first? Ask around your social network (yes, even and especially your lady friends) and try to find the best spots for fast, efficient and simple shopping and service.
If you’re ever in the Gulf Coast City of Mobile, Alabama, these two spots are for you, guys:
1. Kohl’s Department Store
845 Schillinger Rd. South
Mobile, AL 36695
Walk into the Kohl’s Clothing Store on South Schillinger Rd. in Mobile and you’ll find a wide selection of casual and dressy men’s apparel. From athletic wear by Adidas® and casual wear by Chaps® and Columbia® to modern and trendy dress apparel by Apt. 9®, Billy London® and Axcess®, there’s no end to the selection available at your fingertips.
With a ticket price of $70.00 and a Kohl’s sale price of $20.99, the Apt. 9® black, modern fit linen suit pants are a great deal, coupled with its accompanying suit jacket of the same material (sold separately) at an amazing sale price of $54.00 (ticket price $180.00). You simply can’t find deals this good on dress wear at high end suit warehouses.
And for stylish, modern fit dress shirts, be sure to check out the non-ironed, patterned point collar dress shirts by Axcess®, as well as their button-front and satin dress shirts. Mix and match and pair them up with modern fit dress pants in other name brands, and accessorize the look with a trendy Axcess® reversible leather belt.
2. Super Target
790 Schillinger Rd. South
Since 1962, the Target retail corporation has grown exponentially in size, boasting over 1,700 stores nationwide with over 351,000 employees according to 2009 surveys and statistics. These staggering numbers have rocketed this retail giant to shopping superstardom, making them the second largest discount retailer in the world behind Walmart®.
And when it comes to affordable, trendy and stylish men’s dressy fashions, Target® hits the bull’s-eye dead center (pun intended). With sought after name brands like Merona® and Mossimo®, you’ll not only find all of your dress pant and shirt needs, but your dress shoe needs as well.
As one of Target’s primary, staple brands, Merona® delivers a wide range of stylish dress shoes, including the Jerry slip-on ($17.48 online, black) and the lace-up Roshad Oxford ($28.99, black), both of which boast the signature and stylish square toe design. If it’s current dress fashion you’re looking for, men, you simply can’t go wrong here.
Pair your new shoes up with the Merona® fitted twill dress shirts ($19.99), available in chic black, white and charcoal colors, a pair of Marona® modern fit, polyester/rayon suit pants ($24.99) and top it all off with their signature poly/rayon suit jacket ($59.99, available in black or gray).
So whether you’re a longtime Mobilian or just a temporary visitor looking to beat the sky-high prices of high-end suit warehouses and costly designer name brands, look no further than your local Kohl’s® and Target® retailers. You’ll be sure to find styles that will fit your look, your size and most importantly your wallet.