It used to be that when it came to shopping, the ladies got all the options and the guys got left out in the cold. Times have changed, and in fashion-conscious Houston the more masculine sex is getting his fair share of shops catering specifically to his needs. Guys, your look has arrived.
Last Call Studio
Everyone knows Neiman Marcus has a fix on high-end fashion. But the brand's Last Call Studio stores are all about bringing big name designers to the masses at discount prices. The guy's collection here really excels with lines from Ben Sherman, Hugo Boss and Theory.
Reserve Supply Co.
Remember when skateboards and motorcycles ruled your world? Well, some of us more than others. For those who truly like the board life and others who just like the look, Reserve Supply Co. offers vintage brands like Pendleton and RVCA that speak the language of Americana.
Nordstrom Rack is the off-price division of the well-known department store. Here you'll find fashions, accessories and even home decor, typically at 50 to 60% off normal store prices. New shipments come in daily from Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com, so if you see something you like, move fast.
With nearly 400 stores spread across multiple wings, the Galleria has earned its reputation as the go-to place for fashion in Texas. And for guys, this is especially true. Consider that the Galleria is home to Original Penguin, Lacoste, Club Monaco, J. Crew, French Connection, Versace, Giorgio Armani and many more stores geared (at least in part) to the male gender.
Rye 51 & Q Custom Clothier
Set in the tony West Ave., Rye51 offers casual options from the likes of Diesel, Earnest Sewn and John Varvatos--oh, and did we mention a whiskey bar? Next door, Rye51's sister shop, Q Custom Clothier, serves up high-end, made to measure shirts and suits created from hundreds of fabric options, assembled in custom shops in Europe and shipped direct.
The Class Room
Talk about too cool for school. Rice Village's The Class Room offers apparel, bags and other accessories for the guy who knows quality fashion. Brands like Vanishing Elephant, Epperson Mountaineering and White Horse Trading Co. make the Class Room a go-to spot in the trendy Village. Don't miss the whiskey tastings.
Launched in Houston in 1883, Hamilton Shirts is still doing what it does best--creating bespoke and made-to-measure shirts of the highest quality. These are the shirts worn by Hollywood A-Listers and Texas tycoons. But they can be yours too, and it's not as pricey as you might think. The company also has an 1883 Sports Shirt line.
Billy Reid has always had a quintessential Southern gentleman look to his designs. Now his shop is housed in a character-driven bungalow near Montrose that plays up that look with salvaged wood, vintage furniture and heirloom photos of a time gone by.
Sure, the nation's fourth-largest city is more cosmo than cowboy. But there are definitely times you want to play up that western look. After all, when in Texas... Head over to Cavender's near Reliant Park for boots, buckles, and pearl snap shirts for the complete look.
There's no denying it. When H&M finally announced it was bringing a retail store to Houston, there was a groundswell of excitement. The European-based retailer is known around the world for bringing fashion-forward looks to the masses at bargain basement prices. The Baybrook Mall store has a complete "men's store" inside, with a multitude of clothing and accessory options for whatever look.
The area's two largest outlet malls are Katy Mills on I-10 West in Katy and the Houston Premium Outlets off of Highway 290 in Cypress. Each has a number of stores geared toward guys. At Katy Mills, you'll find Banana Republic, Polo Ralph Lauren and Last Call by Neiman Marcus. At Houston Premium Outlets, stores such as Saks Off 5th, Nautica, Guess, Brooks Brothers and 7 For All Mankind offer plenty of options.
By AJ Mistretta
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