When it comes to building your wardrobe there are a few things to consider. Your wardrobe very much depends on your lifestyle, age, income and profession. However, there are a number of essentials that every man should have in his closet.
Here are 12 items that every man should have in his wardrobe.
1. A grey or navy suit
Every man needs a good quality and well-fitted suit, even if he only needs it a couple of times a year. Why navy or grey? Because these are neutral colors and will go with almost everything and works for any occasion – be it a date, an interview or a wedding. However, know your measurements before parting with your money. Make sure it fits perfectly, because you’ll wear it for a long time. Combining different shirts and ties with your basic suit every time will transform your look each time you wear it.
2. One pair each of brown and black shoes
You really need both black and brown. Black would be more suitable for attending formal events, whilst brown is more casual and can be worn with a suit or with jeans. You can never go wrong with a solid pair of black lace-ups.
3. A White Shirt
No modern man’s wardrobe is complete without a white shirt! Easy to dress up with some formal trousers and a blazer or you can dress it down with a pair of jeans for that laid back after office look.
4. Skinny black tie
Skinny black tie is a must have in any man’s wardrobe. Its easy and classic. It can be dressed up or down. Although to ensure you are prepared for all occasions, we would advise you to have several tie patterns and colors.
Example: Black Slim Tie, TOPMAN
5. The Classic White T-Shirt
Having this in your wardrobe will never fail you. White t-shirts look good on just about everybody. You can never go wrong with ‘blue jeans and white t-shirt’ combination as it will never go out of style.
6. Casual sneakers
Don’t just use the pair you wear for workouts, get a nice pair to wear with your favorite blue jeans. Nice-looking sneakers with jeans or any other type of sporty pants is not only trendy but also amazingly comfortable. Get at least one new pair a year for that sporty and casual look.
Example: Chuck Taylor All Star, Converse
A pair of well-fitted dark blue jeans is another essential item for every man. It can be worn with a blazer, but still look great with a pair of loafers or lace ups. You can dress it up or down depending on the occasion. Invest in your denim and let it grow old with you.
Example: ‘Ruler’ Straight Leg Jeans, Levi’s
8. A pair of sunglasses
A pair of quality sunnies is a required part of every man’s wardrobe. Choose the sunglasses according to your budget, style and most importantly your face shape. A few classic styles to inspire you: aviators, wayfarer, wraparounds – get a pair that is dark, simple and not too large.
Example: Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses, ASOS
9. A brown and black belt
Your brown or black leather shoes will need matching belts to compliment them. The bigger your belt buckle the less formal it is. Invest in a quality belt, as you will save the money in the long run. Also remember, if you wear a male jewellery of any kind (cufflinks, tie tacs etc.) – the belt should be in the same color family.
10. A nice coat
Ideally it should be a simple overcoat in neutral color – that means either grey, navy or brown. Make sure the coat a few inches longer than your suit jackets, so it can just fit them under. We would recommend investing in a wool coat, as it will last-long and looks just amazing!
Example: Jaeger Car coat, House of Fraser
11. Leather wallet
A smart wallet says a lot about a man! A leather wallet will last long, looks great and is very practical. It will perfectly blend with any style you choose to wear.
12. Timeless watch
This is another essential wardrobe item worth spending money on. The watch you wear says a lot about your personality and sense of style. Try to have at least one watch that goes with absolutely everything. Your best option will be an elegant black leather watch with simple pin tool.
Example: Larsson & Jennings Lugano Watch