THURSDAY, 06 FEBRUARY 2020
As we begin the new decade, there has never been a better time to refresh your wardrobe. Following the fashion trends that come and go with each summer and winter season is easy, however there is an art to nailing classic style.
The list of basic essentials that should constitute the wardrobe of every stylish man is not particularly long. From simple button-down shirts, to slim cut pants and the one suit you can always rely on – we’ve rounded up the ten items that should form the foundations of any successful wardrobe.
A Classic White Shirt
It seems obvious. But there really is very little that won’t go with a button-down shirt. Worn with a suit to for a more casual look, placed under a crew neck knit as things get a little cooler, or paired with a pair of slim chinos in a variety of colours – the white button-down is the most versatile item in your wardrobe. Opt for a shirt cut from a thicker cotton – it’ll be softer and it will last longer.
Navy Chino Pants
Because sometimes jeans just don’t cut it. Navy chinos, whether in a slim or skinny fit are a great alternative to denim and are perfect if you don’t want to wear suit trousers. Ideal all year round, wear your chinos with a button-down and suit jacket, t-shirt or t-shirt and Harrington.
A Classic Sweatshirt
Once relegated to the realm of lazy loungewear, the sweatshirt is in fact a versatile wardrobe necessity. Perfect for styling up on those more casual days, layer over the top of a classic white tee and finish with a pair of light chinos and Chelsea boots. Make a fashion statement by opting for a sweatshirt with a bold Logo print over the chest, paired back with tapered tailored trousers.
Tailoring is great as formalwear, but it’s even better when it can be mixed and matched with other pieces. Wear with a white button down shirt or a tucked in tee. For the ultimate bridge between casualwear and formalwear, pair with a turtle neck knit and casual white sneakers. A good-quality pair of grey flannel trousers should be a compulsory edition to every work wardrobe.
A Blue Suit
The black suit has its place – but it should almost always be left in the realm of the formal dress code. The beauty of a blue or navy suit is its reliability. It’s dark enough to wear in the evening, but still appropriate for the daytime when worn with the right accessories, shirt and shoes.
A Great Quality Grey Tee
Because, well, it goes with absolutely everything you own. Be sure to invest in high quality cotton that is made to last. A basic quality tee in any colour for that matter, is a great ‘throw on’ item. Layer it up in winter with blazers, bombers, knits and cardigans and wear on its own with shorts in summer.
A Classic Harrington
Made famous by the mighty Steve McQueen and worn by superbly stylish gents throughout the decades, the Harrington is relevant all year round. Wear as your main jacket during the warmer months, but slip on under a top coat during winter. For maximum versatility, opt for a simple, slimmer fit in a darker colour.
Because you can never have enough layering options. The whole point to this list is versatility, and the over shirt is perhaps the most muti-faceted. Great beneath a jacket during the cooler months, or undone over the top of a graphic tee – the overshirt will go with almost everything on the list so far.
A Proper Mac
Rain, hail or sunshine, the parka coat is a durable, lightweight, transeasonal wardrobe staple. It’ll keep you warm, but it’s not completely unwearable during summer storms either. Opt for a colour like dark navy or a neutral tan to to ensure it’s a match with the rest of your wardrobe.
A Good Holdall Bag
Work or play – a gentleman is always prepared. Great for the office, an overnight stay or weekend away – you’ll be able to fit almost all of your wardrobe from this list in it!
Originally inspired by military wear, chinos are more formal than jeans but aren’t as formal as a dress pant. They are a must-have for every man’s wardrobe as they can be dressed-up or down to suit the occasion.
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