When Brad Humphries needs clothes for the board room or the backyard, he heads to Main Street.
The Columbia financial planner regularly shops at Granger Owings and Circa 1332, both downtown boutiques featuring men’s fashions.
“I go to those guys, my wife would say too much, they would say too little,” Humphries said with a laugh. “I trust they will steer me in the right direction more often than not ... I enjoy it, being presentable. When you look good and feel like you look good, you feel confident.”
Humphries also shops at the Backpacker Quality Gear for sports and everyday attire and was pleased when a J. Crew opened on Trenholm Plaza. The recently opened J. Crew and Nordstrom Rack stores in Columbia offer a variety of essentials in men’s fashion. For more casual and alternative styles, men can look to stores like Urban Outfitters in the Vista or consignment boutique Sid and Nancy in Five Points.
Humphries describes his style as classic, consisting of “pieces that you see on Gregory Peck or some of those guys from the ’50s and ’60s.” He said he likes to keep his closet full of staples that will last the test of time.
“I like sticking with the fundamentals – something that, if you look at a picture 20 years from now, someone’s not going to laugh and say ‘look how big those glasses are’ or ‘look how big that collar is,’” Humphries said. “I like things that you can say it looks good now, it will look good 20 years from now and it looked good 30 years ago.”
Humphries’ work staples are those simple, classic pieces: some good sport coats, gray slacks and blue and white dress shirts. For casual wear, his go-to pieces are high-quality jeans and versatile boots.
“I like things you can beat around in or go for a drink in,” Humphries said.