Q1: With Father’s Day coming up this week, where should we concentrate our efforts for dear old dad?
A: Let’s face it, Dad will buy whatever new gadget comes out but does not have the enthusiasm or interest to shop for clothing. His wardrobe is probably so dated that it’s time to redecorate him.
Q2: What would be out-of-style in men’s clothing? What needs updating to bring him into this decade?
Take a look at his pants, do they have pleats? Suits too – do they have pleats and are they double-breasted? He needs flat fronted pants and shorts. How about sport shirts – are they pale colors and baggy, boxy? Sports shirts now are fitted. Colors are bold, vibrant and shirts have stripes or plaids, and feature two pockets.
Q3: Is there anything else we can do to make him a fashion plate?
Colors this season are lavender and purples in dress shirts and golf shirts. Washed out colors in pants. For summer, buy him ½ socks to wear inside running shoes so he doesn’t pull up his dress socks when he wears shorts. How about buying him his first shirt or pants with stretch in them, they’re so comfortable. Once you wear stretch, you never go back.
Q4: Where can we go to get the best bang for our buck?
Designer Fashion Outlet is a true outlet, which carries Double J, Royal Robbins, Jeanne Pierre, Daniel Cremieux, Weekendz Off, Ibex and names we can’t mention here at savings of 50%-90% off for men’s and ladies’ separates, jackets, pants, shirts, sweaters and outerwear. They sell this season’s samples (sample sizes: men medium and large, women small and medium), leftovers, and discontinued styles. They also have footwear and Kelty outdoor products. You can even catch $5 racks here. Come often as stock changes weekly (sometimes daily!).
Location: 5575 Royalmount, Ville Mont-Royal
Phone: 514-739-3122 X214
Hours: Mon-Fri 10-2, Sat 9-1
Q:5 Any other places to shop for men?
This weekend there’s a Decarie Blvd sidewalk and community sale on Decarie Blvd in VSL. Jaf Pret-a-Porter is part of that sale. Their sidewalk sale promo for fathers’ day is 3 polo shirts for $20 and inside the store if you spend $85 you receive for free a zipped cotton sweater.
Jaf is a neighbourhood corner store which has deals on men’s clothes, some with well known names. Helpful salesmen will find you pants (to 50) and shirts (to 5XL) starting at $25, suits (to 56) at $175 – $995, sports jackets $175 & up, sweaters, jackets, and free on the spot alterations. There are also made-to-measure suits and shirts, and some suits for athletically built men. Ask about tuxedos and rentals, and if you need them, boys’ suits in sizes 4-20.
Locations: 900 boul. Decarie, Ville St-Laurent at Decelles (514-744-0985); 619 boul. Rene-Levesque (514-877-9888); 3240 boul. St-Martin o. (450-978-9661); Centre de liquidation (look for the 4/$40 table in the front), 1880 St-Martin o. (450-688-3636).
Hours: Regular plus Sun 12-4
On the boutique end of the scale is Boutique Jacques. They are offering 2-for-1 golf shirts. However for the next two weeks, you can get 2-for-1 on everything in the store; So a better deal would be to buy one $500 suit and get the second one free. Just tell them Sandra sent you.
For the well-dressed man who wouldn’t dream of going “discount shopping”, here you will receive one-on-one boutique service along with top of the line men’s domestic and European suits – (sugg. retail $450 – $2,000) at discounts of up to 50%. To round out your wardrobe, you can choose from their formal wear, sportswear and golf wear. There is a complete tailor shop on the premises and they offer made-to-measure. For 54 years, this family-run business has always been known for its excellent service, quality and prices. This boutique is a real find; it’s worth going to, wherever you happen to live.
Location: 5970 Cote-des-Neiges
Hours: Mon-Wed 9-6, Thurs 9-8, Fri 9-3, Sun 10-4
Q6: Any last comments?
A: If you are going to give them gift certificates, make sure you purchase one at a store where they usually shop.