While we're all about embracing individuality when it comes to style, there are a few wardrobe essentials that no modern man should be without. Appropriate for all ages and tastes, not too flashy or trendy and timeless by nature; the following items won't let you down on the sartorial stakes.Read more Men's Style Guide features and check out our Store.
You'd be amazed at the number of men who don't own a decent selection of plain tees- they should be in every 'men's essential wardrobe'. Unfussy and unproblematic, the plain tee is a timeless classic that'll lay the foundations for even the most elaborate of outfits. That being said, there's nothing quite as shoddy looking as an overworn, washed out t-shirt - so they're worth throwing a few extra quid at. To avoid shrinkage and warping, spend a little extra and avoid cheap brands and invest in something cut from high-quality cotton. While, obviously, plain t-shirts can come in any colour, we'd say buy in black, white and grey and you're good.
Oxford Cloth Button-Down Shirt
A solid addition to any man's wardrobe and a men's clothing essential. a couple of shirts in white and blue will serve you well. There's very little that wouldn't work with a button-down shirt. Pair with slim chinos underneath a crew neck jumper at the weekend, or with a suit for smart-casual office apparel – this is a versatile item which will easily navigate the troublesome dress code guidelines. As always, we'd recommend you stick to natural fibres to give maximum breathability during the summer months, although, the addition of a small percentage of synthetic materials can give you a little more durability - the choice really all depends on what you're looking for in a shirt!
Over the last couple of years, there's been a real resurgence in the sweater's popularity with many high-end designers offering their own take on the humble athletic inspired essential. With a plethora of styles, colours, compositions and fits, there's never been a better time to pick one up. Whether you're looking to layer yours over an oxford button-down shirt, or use it as a simple layer of your outfit under a chunky cardigan, we'd recommend steering away from bold colours and prints. Instead, opt for a muted understated options like black, grey, navy or even a subdued maroon.
Basic knitwear is a great alternative to a sweater on freezing winter days. A quality knitwear jumper will serve you well for years if you care for it. they're an easy way to add a more depth to an outfit and they'll easily elevate even the simplest of ensembles. Pull jeans and an overcoat together for a nice combination. As with most pieces on this list, while there's a wide range of options available in terms of colours. Being a wardrobe essential, it's best to stick to the relaxed end of the colour spectrum.
A complete classic. They're timeless. Slim-fitting indigo denim jeans are arguably the most versatile item you will ever own. Easy to dress up or down, black or indigo slim jeans work with almost any look you can muster up. With denim, as they'll never fall out of fashion and will likely last you years, it's worth throwing down a few extra quid for a quality pair that'll stand the test of time!
Slim Fit Chinos
If denim isn't for you, a good alternative to jeans are slim chinos. Pick the right colour and cut and they'll easily transcend the realms of smart and casual wear, being equally suited to both. Keep things casual with a tee and wider fit chinos, or smarten the look with a shirt, smart overcoat and slimmer cuts of chino. Just avoid sitting on grass if you're going with a lighter shade... there's no avoiding a stain on chino.
Suited to pretty much any setting or season, a camel overcoat is possibly the most hard working piece of outerwear a man can own. While easily worn over a suit, an overcoat can lend itself to a casual ensemble just as effortlessly. Try a simple white t-shirt and blue jeans for a classic, stylish and easy to replicate outfit. When looking for the best camel overcoat, you really can't go wrong in terms of choice. With its undying popularity, there's an option for everyone at every different price point, with various different styles, and shades of camel available.
Swapping your trainers to transition into something smarter is effortless with a pair of Chelsea boots. Without being too restrictive, the Chelsea boot works with pretty much everything, from jeans to suits, formal to casual. It's all about how you dress it up. Keep things simple with a pair of black skinny jeans and a sweater, or pop em' on with your finest suit, either way, a Chelsea boot is one of the most adaptable pieces of footwear a man can own - more than earning its place in your wardrobe.
8 Men's Timeless Wardrobe Essentials
So, just to recap, the simple wardrobe essentials every man should have are; simple t-shirts, oxford shirts, sweaters, knitwear, slim jeans, slim chinos, a camel overcoat and Chelsea boots. With the above selection, you can rest assured that you'll be able to build a suitable outfit to suit almost any dress code or event.
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