I have what is probably considered an unhealthy appetite for men’s interests magazines. Not only do I usually buy the usual suspects like GQ and Esquire, but I also typically read some of the international versions and any other magazine that I find interesting in the bookstore. I love most of the content of these magazine and use them as resources for putting together my personal style. However, my one major gripe is that a lot of the clothing and accessories featured are too expensive for me. Sometimes those magazines will throw a few less expensive items in there, but not always. Sure, maybe I could throw it all on a credit card and pay it off later, but, like me, that’s probably gotten a lot of you in trouble before. What I really love doing is picking a piece here or there slowly augmenting my wardrobe. Obviously, this is the more mature, responsible way to do it.
However, every once in a while, an outfit just grabs me, and I have to replicate the whole thing. This month, it was GQ’s photo shoot with Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead). While I can’t post the picture here, due to copyright restrictions, I can post a link. Of course being a Walking Dead fan helps, but I could wear that outfit every weekend for the rest of this Fall and Winter. The only trouble is that, including the watch, that outfit costs about $8,000. So, what I decided to do, with some help from my friends at Nordstrom, was put together this outfit in a price range that was more my speed. I’ve included images and links for every piece in the outfit.
Surprisingly, the item I thought would be the easiest to match ended up being the hardest. The jeans from the GQ picture have such amazing texture and the perfect worn and distressed details that I began to understand why they are $495, even though I would not spend that much on a pair of jeans. I hope you appreciate the jeans I chose as an alternative, in addition to the rest of the outfit.