When it comes to wardrobe essentials, there are some key items every man should own. Fashions come and go, so what you really need is a selection of classic pieces that will never go out of date.
Here’s our guide to six fashion staples that will stay in vogue year after year.
Create instant class
A true classic, the navy blazer can dress up an outfit in seconds. Worried that your chinos and shirt combo looks too casual? Simply slip on a blazer and you’re good to go.
Antonio Centeno of Real men Real Style writes that:
“a well cut blazer is the perfect solution for any situation in which a suit is too formal and a sports jacket too casual.”
He suggests teaming your blazer with trousers of a lighter colour; light beige or grey both work well.
Make your blazer stand out from the crowd by combining it with a patterned shirt and a contrasting tie. Complement your colour scheme with a pocket square to add a touch of personality.
Look classic in cotton
A crisp white shirt is one of the most versatile items you can have in your wardrobe, but do make sure you know your collar and sleeve measurements before you go shopping!
The Samuel Windsor sizing guide suggests taking the measurements from one of your favourite shirts. From the top-centre of the back, measure horizontally to the top of the shoulder and then from the top of the shoulder to the bottom of the cuff. Adding the the numbers together to get your ideal sleeve length.
A well-fitting shirt should also be snug around the collar, and, says Adam Titchener of Men’s Fashion magazine:
“there is nothing worse than a shirt billowing out of the top of your trousers. If it billows, don’t buy it.”
Tie your look together
No man’s wardrobe should be without a luxurious silk tie or three. As Dadbloguk’s John Adams writes:
“It’s very hard not to take notice of a high quality silk tie, and it’s a wardrobe staple that can go from the boardroom to a hot date with ease”
A colourful tie will add a stylish pop of colour to an otherwise plain shirt. Your choice of colour and pattern should compliment your shirt. For the classic look, make sure your collection boasts a mix of plain, striped and spotted ties, as these designs are unlikely to date.
Colour in with cashmere
This versatile classic is essential for layering in the winter months. Billy Webb of the Ape to Gentleman blog writes:
“While some trends come and go, basics remain the same, and not many are more necessary than the v-neck jumper.”
Your v-neck can be dressed up or down with ease. Simply add a crisp formal shirt and smart tie for work or combine with a casual shirt at the weekend. And why stop at just one colour? Black, grey, navy are good for more formal combos, but try a bright colour on those days when you fancy a dash of flamboyance. Wear cashmere or a cotton-cashmere blend to combine comfort and quality.
Keep cool in chinos
Originally worn as uniform by soldiers in World War One, chinos are smarter than jeans but have a more relaxed feel than formal trousers. Ideal for summer when paired with a classic t-shirt, these flat fronted trousers also do smart casual well if you wear them with a shirt and jumper.
Made Man editor M Tsol writes:
“Cashmere sweaters are great with chinos in colder weather. A classic white collared shirt underneath turns this into a nice outfit for work or family events.”
Love your loafers
Make sure your shoes are as good quality as you can afford. Traditionalists go for Oxfords or Derbys, but loafers are a versatile option too.
The timeless penny loafer is always in fashion. Leather loafers in black or brown combine a bit of formality with style and comfort. Wear whichever complements your suit colour best. For a dark grey suit, black shoes will work better. Chosen to go with a dark blue threads? Try some brown shoes to set that colour off. FashionBeans editor Cillian O’Connor writes:
“With their sleek and gleaming finish, leather loafers make for the perfect punctuation mark for smarter looks“
Wear it well
The best way to to give an outfit timeless style is to make sure you wear it confidently. As Gianni Versace said:
“Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.”
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