• Century 21 Blogger Project

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    I love seeing what my friends are up to. You'd think that since moving up to New York I'd have more time to do so but the city has a way of overbooking your calendar. It was last fall that I introduced my good buddy Ali in his Brooklyn loft space chock full of vintage clothing (in fact, his vintage Ralph Lauren collection is currently being featured on the Ralph Lauren Vintage website). Recently, Ali and I headed across the Hudson to Century 21 in Paramus, New Jersey to check out some installations he created for the men's floor. I typically don't frequent department stores but I couldn't believe the prices Century 21 was asking for these designer duds. Is this the tri-state's best kept secret?

    As he walked me through his "preppy" installation I thought it'd be fun to pull together a fall look on the cheap. In the end, I saved $578 off retail*.

    Photographed in Brooklyn, NY

    • Shades of Grey wool tweed blazer (suggested retail: $216, Century 21: $80)
    • Jack Spade Oxford cloth button down (suggested retail: $135, Century 21: $67)
    • Ralph Lauren tie (suggested retail: $115, Century 21: $25)
    • Psycho Bunny cable knit sweater (suggested retail: $195, Century 21: $70)
    • Ralph Lauren scarf (suggested retail: $52, Century 21: $30)
    • Jack Spade corduroy trousers (suggested retail: $225, Century 21: $115)
    • Adidas trainers (suggested retail: $65, Century 21: $38)

    *courtesy of Century 21

    Nov 6, 2012 | Permalink (14) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/26/2012 at 6:17 PM:

    @C—I would certainly encourage you to pick up a university stripe scarf in your school colors…SUNY school or otherwise.

    @John E.—I wear the Nike Killshot and it’s quite simple as well.

    C left a comment on 11/26/2012 at 5:54 PM:

    Nice scarf Castleberry! Is it still prep to get a scarf in your school colors if you come from a SUNY school or something boring?

    John E. left a comment on 11/26/2012 at 4:48 PM:

    Nice look. I agree on today’s sneakers—mostly too garish to wear. I’m an active tennis player, and I wear Nike City Court VI shoes. They’re plain white with a modest black swoosh, and they go perfectly with the rest of my whites.

    Oh, and Fred, no need to go all the way to Paramus for your Century 21 fix unless you need to be in New Jersey for something else. Go to the original location, across from the World Trade Center.

    J.Miller left a comment on 11/24/2012 at 7:46 PM:

    I remember several years ago on a visit to NYC, a friend suggested this store. I thought he was pulling my leg because Century 21 is a real estate company. But i found it downtown new york with great deals on suits.

    John left a comment on 11/24/2012 at 11:03 AM:

    At last a look I can reasonably afford!

    Elizabeth left a comment on 11/24/2012 at 9:07 AM:

    N ice. I hope the women’s clothing is of similar bent!

    Mike left a comment on 11/22/2012 at 10:05 PM:

    F.E.  I think Harris was looking for a different answer than what you provided.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/21/2012 at 7:25 PM:

    @Harris—Does there need to be any other explanation about the minimally designed trainers other than the fact that I like them? This entire blog is built upon that premise—things I like.

    @Saturday—Century 21 is the kind of place you need to shop in the store and explore/dig. This is definitely not an online shopping experience.

    Harris left a comment on 11/21/2012 at 5:53 PM:

    @emj—I’m in agreement, classic sneakers are better looking than most news ones and are great with shorts/a casual outfit.

    emjkmj left a comment on 11/21/2012 at 5:43 PM:


    I would assume that people like retro sneakers because they don’t want to look like they’re wearing something from a sci-fi flick.  Have you been to a champs or foot locker lately?  Hideous! I have been wearing Rod lavers and Stan Smiths since high school, and don’t ever plan to stop…

    Harris left a comment on 11/21/2012 at 5:36 PM:

    what’s with all the retro-y sneakers?

    Saturdays left a comment on 11/21/2012 at 5:11 PM:

    Unfortunately, their website isn’t as well stocked as the brick and mortar store is.

    Great tidbit nonetheless.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/21/2012 at 11:07 AM:

    @Davis—They are an Adidas Originals trainer…the specific model name I am unaware of.

    Davis left a comment on 11/21/2012 at 11:04 AM:

    Exactly what kind of Adidas trainers are those? They look superb with the pants.