5 Essential Casual Menswear Pieces ft. Giant Tiger | The Prep Guy

posted by The Prep Guy December 29, 2017 0 comments

Hey Prepsters,

I get asked often on where I purchase my style essentials, and people always assume, that I always splurge on my looks. But that’s not true. I love mixing my looks with different high end options, as well as with affordable ones. One of my lesser known, personal favourite go-to retailers for affordable options is Giant Tiger! Here’s a few items that I would consider to be great essentials to either add into your wardrobe, or even help you shape an updated one.

Note: If you had a chance to read my previous post featuring Giant Tiger, you may have heard that the company recently overhauled their menswear lines; Mountain Ridge (classic/heritage), Rivet61 (trendy/street style) and ACX active (athletic wear). I love that they now offer pieces that are suitable for every gentleman’s wardrobe needs, without us having to clean our bank accounts.

Essential #1 | The Leather-Look Jacket

A leather (look) jacket is definitely an essential for every man’s wardrobe. It offers a ton of versatility, while still looking sharp. A personal style icon of mine is Steve McQueen, who was often seen rocking beautiful leather outerwear, and we wore it with such elegance, but still looked rugged! The style I wore is from Giant Tiger’s brand Mountain Ridge and retails regularly for under $100. This jacket also features fleece lining, offering extra warmth during the winter season.

Essential #2 | Basic Crew Neck Tees

In the great debate of choosing between crew neck or v-neck tees, I lean towards crew necks for the cooler seasons, and I like a combination for the warmer seasons. Especially the one I am wearing here which is also a long sleeve, which a must-have for the fall/winter and even early spring season in Canada. Giant Tiger’s Mountain Ridge brand offers a great range of shades and sizes, plus you can get 2 for $10!

Essential #3 | The flannel shirt

There’s potentially no shirt that signifies Canadian style like a flannel shirt does. It’s such an easy style of shirt that can look great for a variety of occasions, from everyday wear to casual date nights. This pick is another one from Mountain Ridge, and also comes in a variety of different colours.

Essential # 4 | Denim

In my opinion, every man should own at least 5 pairs of jeans at any given time, which are to be updated at least every 1.5 years. I always recommend owning 1 black jean, 2 dark wash denim, 1 medium wash and finally one light wash/white denim pair. This would allow you to cover all looks and most men, tend to rock dark denim as its the most versatile. These black jeans from Mountain Ridge (I also own them in dark blue) were my favourite Giant Tiger find yet. They retail for under $30, have a little stretch for added comfort, fit well, and have the quality comparable to some of my $200+ jeans.

Essential #5 | A Basic Sneaker

Last but definitely not least, there is no casual wear shoe that compares to a sneaker. I would recommend picking up at least one black and one white sneaker to cover your casual footwear. These Rivet61 Sneakers from Giant Tiger are super affordable (under $40) and are extremely versatile!

Thank you for reading! I hope this post was informative. Be sure to experience Giant Tiger’s menswear. You can find a Giant Tiger store nearest you online at

This post is in partnership with Giant Tiger. All opinions shared within the post are honest and my own.

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