Forget thinking about which clothes are most on-trend this season and start thinking about which clothes you NEED this season. Today we are taking the emphasis off style and, instead, putting it on the things which should be hanging in your wardrobe all year-round. Get these items right and it will make your style much more timeless, saving endless hours in your hectic lifestyle.
Here we present the items you can throw on day-after-day and still look good. Have you got a specific style when it comes to clothing? This is the easiest way to create new looks and get a much more rounded collection to work with.
Have a look at the 8 garments we’ve listed, which together make up a list of the ultimate men’s wardrobe essentials, without a doubt the most versatile pieces money can buy.
Buttoned down or buttoned up, smart or wearing casual- there will always be a time and a place for a white shirt and if you don’t own one you’ve missed a trick. Hardly anything doesn’t go with a white shirt; we’re talking suits, almost any type of jacket, or a crew or V-neck jumper. When it comes to buying your white shirts, we recommend picking a high-quality cotton number to avoid discolouring and guarantee comfort.
For an all-round winner, straight legged and darkly washed is the ideal way to go when choosing a pair of jeans, avoiding fuss and ensuring each base is covered. To be a pair that fits any occasion they should be free of detailing such as complex colouring, extravagant pockets and fit just right. Blue is the classic jean colour and if you have a model you are comfortable with, such as a Levi’s 501 then the best option is to stick to what you know and are comfortable with.
There will always be a good use for a quality blazer and to have a wardrobe without one is to leave a gaping weakness, vulnerable to exploitation. It doesn’t always have to be for a formal occasion- they are just as popular in everyday wear at the moment.
Probably the biggest investment on the list, but don’t be afraid of paying a price for quality when buying a coat, because it needs to go with everything and last the rigours of unpredictable and changing weather.
A simple, classic, polished pair should never be undervalued and always look great in black or brown. Perfect to have for special occasions and office work alike, you’ll always need these no matter how old you are- and if you don’t then avoid them at your peril.
Everybody knows that a classic pair of Converse are ready to be thrown in with any outfit, often looking better with extra age and wear unlike many other makes. The beauty of them is that they can look great in a large range of colours too. Particularly apt in the summer months for their thin canvas material, you can safely combine these with jeans, chinos, joggers or shorts. How many other types of footwear could claim to do that?
Another men’s wardrobe essential, this simple tee will go with absolutely anything you own and in some respects is the most important item on this list. You’ll find a use for it all year round – on its own, under a jumper, under a shirt – the only thing you can get wrong when investing in a white tee is buying one which isn’t of sufficient quality- if it’s too cheap it will lose colour and shape after the first wash. If you are scared of this happening then a black or blue t-shirt should be just as useful for throwing on with multiple outfits.
It is quite precise to state that a leather belt is an item every man needs but they offer a consistency which just can’t be achieved by canvas or woven types. A black or brown leather will look as stylish with a suit or with your everyday jeans and t-shirt/hoodie combination, if you also keep it simple- i.e. no statement buckle or designer writing sprawled across it- you will find it lasts for many years without looking any older than when you first bought it.