15 Wardrobe Essentials You Need In Your Life

15 Wardrobe Essentials You Need In Your Life
There are a few pieces of clothing that everyone needs in their wardrobe. We've out together a list of the only 16 pieces you need in your arsenal to look good. Read more Men’s Style Guide features and check out our Store. You don’t need hundreds of different pieces in your wardrobe to have a complete collection. Sticking to the staple pieces will serve you well - saving you money and cupboard space. To show you don’t need a huge walk in wardrobe to have a fully-rounded style.

Outerwear

Bomber Jacket

This classic bit of outerwear will serve you well from winter to summer. It’s been a men's wardrobe essential for decades now and its style shows no sign of fading. Pretty much every brand out there is producing these bad boys, at a wide range of price points, so you can easily work to a tight budget on this.
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Denim Jacket

This is a hugely versatile piece and one that will reward heavier investment. Like any denim pieces, if you spend more you’ll get a better shape, quality of cotton and colour. Head for brands known for their durable denim and you’ll be wearing your denim jacket for years to come. Denim jackets are an absolute men's fashion wardrobe essential.
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Overcoat

This is for those smarter occasions or for those of you heading to the office in a bit of tailoring. Perfect for smartening up any outfit when the temperatures drop, this is ideal for offices, dinner dates or a night out with the lads. A favourite at Idle HQ.
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Mid-Layers

Sweatshirt

By no means the most exciting piece on this list but having a decent sweat is essential for days you want a touch more comfort. Ideal for going down the pub or recovering at home the day after, a grey, black or navy sweatshirt is a seriously versatile mid-layer we could all do with.
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Knitwear

This is basically just a smarter option to your sweatshirt. When you’re heading for lunch with the relatives or just wanna make a bit more of an effort, a classic knitted jumper is a key piece in any guy’s wardrobe. Head for cable or chevron knits for a thicker option.
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Shirts

Checked Shirt

For a more alternative bit of shirting, get yourself some checks. The checked shirt tends to go up and down in popularity but it will always be relevant. Perfect for layering up with a plain crew neck tee and, in the colder months, under your overcoat, denim or bomber jacket. Checked shirts are a tried and tested wardrobe basic.
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Denim Shirt

One for the summer and winter months, your denim shirt is one of those pieces you’ll find yourself growing very attached to. Like the jacket, if you invest properly in this, you’ll have it for years and years. Easily paired with a crew neck tee and any jeans or chinos, it’s a vital part of your wardrobe.
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Oxford Shirt

Your smartest and probably most versatile option in the shirting area has to be the oxford. Perfect for pairing with joggers, chino, shorts and jeans, it’s a great piece for layering and wearing as a single layer. It will even go well with your tailoring – what more could you really ask for?
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Crew Neck T-Shirts

We wouldn’t go out spending loads on your crew neck tees, you can get perfectly decent ones for under a tenner. For these, you want an array of colours for different outfits so make sure you get yourself some grey, white, navy and black ones.
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Legwear

Indigo Jeans

These are great for casual outfits but can also be paired with a decent tweed blazer if you’ve got one. Opt for a selvedge pair if you’ve got the money for it - they’ll last longer and look more premium when you turn up the cuffs.
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Black Jeans

These are spot on for a wide range of fittings. Whether you go for skinny, slim or straight, black jeans are by far the most versatile jeans for it. Jeans are an essential part of any man's Autumn wardrobe.
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