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Pittsburgh guy on a budget: Paul S.

Paul regularly shops at H&M, Urban Outfitters, Zara, Topman, and American Apparel.
Courtesy of Paul S.

Pittsburgh guys have style and they do it on a budget! Whether they are still living in the city or bringing their style to another place, Pittsburgh guys know how to bargain hunt and look fabulous! Paul, a 23 year-old sales advisor at H&M, barista, and hairdresser on the side from Oakmont talks about his style, his best bargain, and that dream purchase!

What is one word to describe you style?

Alternative. That may sound lame, but I often hear from people when receiving a compliment about clothing or an outfit that "I would have never thought it wear it like that!"

What are your wardrobe staples?

I definitely have a couple wardrobe staples that I feel like anyone that knows me could point out. I have a pair of acid wash skinny jeans that are probably somewhere between 3-5 years old that I can not seem to part with. I also have a pair of brown suede boots and black leather boots that I also wear quite frequently. Lately, I've also been trying to throw on a pair of fake glasses every chance I get.

What is one piece of fashion you could never pull off?

I'd love, love, love, to be able to throw on a hat (of any kind) and not have to worry about spending entirely too much time on my hair, but I don't think I could ever truly pull it off (even if I may have unfortunately tried a time or two).

What is your favorite clothing season?

This is a little bit of a tough one. While I hate the cold weather, late Fall is totally my favorite time to dress. I love to layer and love wearing darker colors, but I can still mix it up with different jackets and coats that are more about fashion than over-sized and about functionality.

What stores do you regularly shop in?

I'm always at H&M working, so this has become my natural go-to. The vast majority of my closet is definitely from there. I do, however also love Urban Outfitters, Zara, Topman, and if I'm looking for something basic, American Apparel.

What was the best deal that you ever found?

Honestly, as much as I hate to admit it, I am the absolute worst with this. If I see something that I have to have, I buy it. I'm definitely trying to improve my ability, or lack there of, to bargain shop.

If you were given $1000 and could splurge on one item of clothing/shoes/purses/jewelry, what would you buy?

Definitely a great pair of boots. I'm totally a boots boy. While they may not be practical in the Summer, here in Pittsburgh, I've definitely found quite a use for boots. Plus, I love laughing when getting called "Clunky Brewster" by my boyfriend while wearing a nice pair of boots.

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