The Dapper Man’s Guide to Taobao Shopping

Taobao Hacks Dappers guide to shopping
Hello men in our life. We love you.
But we’re really tired of hearing you complain about how limited / expensive/ ugly your fashion options are in Singapore. Zara has 3 stories dedicated to the women and all you have is one measly section – 50% of which are basics. We hear you.

This post is dedicated to all the gentlemen who have scoured Orchard tirelessly looking for something other than a white t-shirt that doesn’t also have price tags that would leave you emotionally scarred. (Personal experience? We tried shopping for our men and it sucked.)

Listen up. You’re going to be super stoked because we’ve lined up a massive list of dope men’s fashion labels from Taobao that are – wait for it – approved by the ladies.

Editor’s note: this article is dedicated to our resident Man-Bun and Bae-with-a-D

Featured Shop No. 1: 几立 Ji Li
Rating: Gold Medal Seller, 3 Blue Crowns, 5 Years of Operation
Quality: 4.8
Service: 4.8
Responsiveness: 4.9
Price range: ¥70 – 100 = SGD14.87 – $21.25

First off. Did you get a load of the prices? No? Look again.
What’s that you say – shut up and take our money? Thought so.

My clothes are so tragically hip I’ll sit by this dumpster and look cool for awhile.

Ji Li has an amazing selection of cotton tops that are easy on the eyes, yet slightly raw around the edges. They say: rugged. Yet refined.

1. This tunic that channels country-boy meets the city.
Ji Li 1.jpg
Item: Slim-fit band collar tunic
Colours: Grey
Price: ¥89.00 = SGD18.90

2. For that MacRitchie Reservoir date – flowers and girl not included.
Ji Li 2.jpg
Item: Round-neck loose cotton long-sleeved shirt
Colours: Grey and dark blue
Cost: ¥69.00 = SGD14.66

3. Post apocalyptic street-wear Yeezy would approve of.
Ji Li 3.jpgItem: Boat-neck navy blue cotton 3/4-sleeved top
Colours: Navy blue
Price: ¥69.00 = SGD14.66

4. And trousers to complete the look. Little details – like an asymmetrical zip – make this basic piece, well, not so basic.
Ji Li 4Item: Tapered trousers with asymmetrical placket
Colours: Black
Price: ¥99.00 = SGD21.04

Featured Shop No. 2: 兔先森男装百货铺 Tu Xian Sen Nan Zhuang Bai Huo Pu
Rating: Gold Medal Seller, 5 Blue Crowns, 7 Years of Operation
Quality: 4.8
Service: 4.8
Responsiveness: 4.9
Price range: ¥100 – ¥200 = SGD21.25 – 42.50

Fans of Japan’s minimalistic street style, give MUJI a miss and try this pocket friendly alternative. Just ignore the creepy psycho-murderer rabbit mask.

1. Tailored goodness that comes in four colours (white, grey, pink and blue).
Rabbit 1.png
Item: Men’s Oxford long-sleeved shirt
Colours: Light blue, dark blue, white and red
Price: ¥199.00 = SGD42.29

2. These fitted slacks that will score you a feature on SHENTONISTA.
Your dateable-ness just increased by a factor of 10.
Rabbit 3
Item: Draw string elastic waist slacks
Colours: Grey, Dark Grey
Price: ¥149.00 = SGD31.65

3. These loose-fitting khaki trousers that will go with almost anything.
Rabbit 4.png
Item: Loose casual cotton khaki trousers
Colours: Khaki
Price: ¥ 199.00 = SGD42.28

Featured Shop No. 3: 无限不循环 (Wu Xian Bu Xun Huan)
Rating: Gold Medal Seller, 4 Blue Crowns, 7 Years of Operation
Quality: 4.9
Service: 4.9
Responsiveness: 4.9
Price range: ¥130 – 200 = SGD27.60 – 78.60

This has easily got to be one of our absolute favourites. Deconstructed, industrial pieces with quirky details that bring to mind G-Star’s gritty masculine street wear and Depression’s edginess.
Men of Singapore, you do not know what you’re missing out on if you pass on this.

1. This deconstructed top that says Art Director.
Or that you’re a massive Hunger Games fan.
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Item: Black deconstructed loose tunic 
Colours: Black
Price: ¥ 132.30 = SGD 28.54

2. Say goodbye to boring conventional shirts.
Item: High-necked long-sleeved cotton shirt
Colours: Blue
Price: ¥369.00 = SGD78.40

3. Channel Takeshi Kaneshiro with this button up top.
Item: Organic cotton long-sleeved shirt with surgeon’s collar detail
Colours: Black
Price: ¥329.00 = SGD69.90

4. Suddenly everyone wants your opinion on the state of Singapore’s art scene.
Item: Loose cotton long-sleeved t-shirt with folds 
Colours: Black
Price: ¥ 167.30 = SGD 36.09

5. Is that Yohji Yamamoto they ask? No. It’s your awesome steal from Taobao.
Item: White cotton long-sleeved t-shirt 
Colours: White
Price: ¥189.00 = SGD40.16

6. These 3-quarters that slouch in the most perfect way.
Item: Black cotton blend three-quarter slacks 
Colours: Black
Price: ¥ 149.00 = SGD32.14

Featured Shop No. 4: 棉先生 Mian Xian Sheng
Rating: Gold Medal Seller, 3 Yellow Crowns, 10 Years of Operation
Quality: 4.8
Service: 4.8
Responsiveness: 4.8
Price range: ¥150.00 – 190.00 = SGD31.87 – 40.37

“But it’s the same price as Uniqlo!”, you say.
Before you scroll over this, Mian Xian Sheng is part of Taobao’s special category of 中国质造 Zhong Guo Zhi Zao shops that are hand-picked for their excellent quality and international manufacturing standards.
Preppy and veering to the formal side of things, you can’t go wrong with quality basics from Mian Xian Sheng.
Most pieces come in multiple colours too.1. This shirt that screams lumber sexual.
Mr Cotton 1

Item: Mr. Cotton Spring 2016 men’s solid coloured long-sleeved casual shirt
Colours: 12 colours including grey, blue, green, yellow, red and white

Price: ¥ 148.00 = SGD 31.93

2. This shirt that says you take craft coffee seriously. Very. Seriously.
Mr Cotton 2

Item: Mr. Cotton 2016 Spring solid colour long-sleeved casual poplin shirt
Colours: Light blue, dark blue and white
Price: ¥ 169.00 = SGD 36.46

3. The shirts come in different textures too – check out the nice organic finishing on this one.
Mr Cotton 3.jpg
Item: Mr. Cotton 2015 Autumn solid colour cotton long-sleeved chambray shirt
Colour: Light blue, dark blue, pink and white
Price range: ¥ 148.00 = SGD 31.93

4. Pretend the weather’s 5 degrees out with this comfy long sleeved sweater.
Mr Cotton 5
Item: Mr. Cotton fall raglan sleeve cotton long-sleeved sweater
Colours: Marble grey
Price: ¥ 179.00 = SGD 38.61

5. Slim fit chinos to complete your outfit.
Mr Cotton 4
Item: Mr. Cotton 2016 Spring solid colour linen drawstring pants

Colours: Black, blue, grey, red and yellow
Price: ¥ 148.00 = SGD 31.93

Featured Shop No. 5: 酷衣购品牌店 Ku Yi Gou Pin Pai Dian
Rating: Gold Medal Seller, 1 Yellow Crowns, 10 Years of Operation
Quality: 4.7
Service: 4.8
Responsiveness: 4.8
Price range: ¥70.00 – 140.00 = SGD14.90 – 30.00

Zara fans, give your wallet a break with these affordable formal /smart-casual date-night worthy threads.

1. Up your hunk factor with this classic v-neck.
Ku Yi Gou Pin Pai Dian 1
Item: Long-sleeved v-neck solid colour long-sleeved t-shirt
Colour: Black
Price: ¥ 69.00 = SGD 14.88

2. Zara Men? Massimo Dutti? They’ll never know!
Ku Yi Gou Pin Pai Dian 2
Item: Long-sleeved business casual cotton shirt
Colours: Dark blue
Prices: ¥ 98.00 = SGD21.14

3. Show off your rakish side with this polka-dotted jacquard shirt.
Ku Yi Gou Pin Pai Dian 3
Item: Long-sleeved polka-dotted jacquard shirt
Colours: Dark blue
Price: ¥ 119.00 = SGD 25.67

4. *Plays JT’s Suit and Tie*
Ku Yi Gou Pin Pai Dian 4.pngItem: Long-sleeved Chinese collar business shirt
Colour: White
Price: ¥ 128.00 = SGD 27.61

Gentlemen, wearing berms to that thing you have to go to to is not an excuse anymore.
Go forth and dapper away!

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Author: Taobao Hacks

The ultimate guide to shopping at Tao Bao! Not everything on Tao Bao has look like it was made in a sweat shop in China. We curate the best of Tao Bao - from fashionable threads that wouldn't look out of place on the streets of Paris and Milan, furniture that looks like it came out of a Kinfolk magazine, tech products that will please even the geekiest techhead and anything else that you could possibly dream of buying. But prettier.

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