The list of wardrobe essentials that belong in every man’s closet isn’t particularly long. If you’ve been thinking about updating your style or elevating your wardrobe staple collection, we’ve selected the 12 basics.
Blue jeans are something every man should buy. A good pair of jeans is slim but not uncomfortably tight, stiff but not so stiff that you can’t move with confidence. Bleu is a primary colour, so you can pair jeans with almost anything. Choose a belt with a subtle detail if you want to add a touch of formality.
Sneakers are comfortable but elevated so you can get from point A to point B in style. If you need a new pair of trainers, white sneakers should be on your list because they blend with a broad spectrum of outfits. Just make sure they remain brilliantly white.
A Plain White T-Shirt
Without putting much effort, a white T-shirt makes you look just perfect. White is the colour that mostly grabs attention, so make a statement, subtle or bold. Make sure everything fits well, and don’t over-accessorise. Take inspiration from Marlon Brando, a true style icon.
If you’re comfortable wearing a button-down shirt, why not choose a denim shirt? The more deteriorated it gets, the cooler it’s going to look. There was a time when the denim shirt was reserved for unfashionable dads, but it’s not the case anymore. It’s a good look for a day of travel, not to mention you have more pockets to work with.
A Weekend Bag
A weekender is ideal for travelling for work or a weekend getaway. It has a soft-sided exterior and zippered closure, made from leather – the design is timeless, so you’ll use it for coming years. The weekender is big enough to accommodate clothes, toiletries, shoes, and other essentials. Whatever kind of gentleman you are, there’s one out there for you.
Designers have mastered the art of making swim trunks, so you can bathe in the sun rather than hiding in the splash pool. A good pair of mens designer swim trunks can and (will) last you for years, but it’s up to you to keep the sand out. It’s a good idea to skip the elastic band.
Chinos are the best alternative to jeans; they’re comfortable and versatile. You can wear your chino trousers to work, if your office allows it, of course. Chinos are available in pure cotton twill and synthetic blends with performance attributes like drawing moisture away from your skin.
Find a style that fits you just right, concentrating on the hemline and sleeve lengths. Have at least one topcoat in your closet. Stay away from synthetic fabrics because they scream cheap and deteriorate at an accelerated pace. Before buying a topcoat, observe, research, experiment, and draw a logical conclusion that fits your taste.
We couldn’t let sunglasses out of the mix. Sunnies with colourful frames are the ultimate fashion accessory, but you’ll want shades that never go out of style. Tip: don’t go for oversized shades. If you want to look as cool as you think you are, grab a pair of aviators or panto sunglasses.
Black Lace-Up Shoes
If you’re attending formal events from a young age, you’ll definitely need a pair of black lace-up shoes. The iconic men’s dress shoe is (obviously) the Oxford shoe, which can be worn with formal or smart casual looks. Pick out a black patent leather pair to achieve a seriously sophisticated look.
Are you still questioning whether men can wear scarves? Just so you know, the answer is yes. A scarf keeps you warm on a cold Saturday morning and is the perfect accessory to pimp your outfit. It doesn’t matter if it’s oversized or super skinny.
The tuxedo is underrated, elegant, and exudes individuality, to name a few. It’s always remained a visual delight owing to its exceptional design – the exterior fabric is satin, the jacket has only one button to close, and there’s a distinct pocket square. It takes time to learn how to wear a tuxedo with perfection.
On A Final Note
Investing in wardrobe staples will ensure your closet has a solid foundation. When everything matches, it’s much easier to get dressed in the morning.