While we can bombard you with the best printed sweatshirts or the top lumberjack shirts, it's important to nail the basics first. Ok, so, white T-shirts and grey marl sweats may not exactly light your sartorial fire, but they are essential in forming the basis of a well-rounded wardrobe. What's more, for something so ridiculously simple, it can be a massive ball ache to source the right ones. Half the time we've found that some white T-shirts twist in the wash or a new pair of black skinny jeans ends up with a hole in crotch after only a handful of wears. So to help you find the best of the basics we've trawled our store and presented what we consider as five of the most important.
The Navy Knit Jumper: Selected Tower Crew Neck
We're kicking off this wardrobe staple feature with the understated yet elegant navy crew neck jumper. Whether you opt for cashmere or merino wool, the navy jumper is a key piece that every guy should own due to the multiple outfit options it presents. Rock it on its own with a simple white tee underneath or alternatively throw it on top of a white or blue Oxford shirt. On this occasion we've chosen this reasonably priced Selected Tower Crew Neck in merino wool.
The Grey Marl Sweatshirt: Dickies Washington Sweat
While you might easily associate the grey marl sweatshirt with the uniform of your old P.E. teacher, this timeless piece is actually a menswear institution. Whether it's heather grey or charcoal, raglan or loopback and with or without the traditional V insert collar detailing, the trusty grey sweatshirt is there for those moments when you can't decide what to put on in the morning. Dickies have been known for hard-wearing clobber for several decades so you guarantee this one will last you for a while.
The Blue Oxford Shirt: Farah Vintage Oxford Shirt
We've said it before and we'll say it again: the blue Oxford shirt is extremely versatile, it's a classic piece that'll never go out of fashion and really you can never have enough of them. Most importantly, it'll go with pretty much anything; so it can be worn with a pair of sneakers if you're heading down your local, or equally with a pair of brown brogues if you're taking the missus out for a bite to eat. This slim fit version from Farah gets our vote and we guarantee it'll be a very welcome addition to your wardrobe.
The White Tee: Calvin Klein 2 Pack T-Shirt
Ah, the iconic white T-shirt. Famously worn by countless artists, musicians and actors over the years, from Marlon Brando to Kanye West, it's an item that isn't restricted by sartorial boundaries due to it's versatility and accessibility. Whether you opt for a tight-to-the-torso fit or you size up and embrace the oversized look, you can't go wrong with a plain white tee. Rock it on its own with the sleeves rolled up or underneath one of the other tops included in this feature for a super simple everyday outfit. We recommend this two pack from Calvin Klein which is sure to stand the test of time.
The Black Skinny Jeans: Nudie Black Ring Thin Finn
Last up on the list are the fail-safe black skinny jeans. Let's be honest, if you don't own a pair already then you should probably think about investing in some. We recommend you opt for a slim fit and roll them up twice so they sit just above your shoes. Knowing which ones to choose out of the thousands of pairs on the market is tough but we'd strongly advocate Nudie Jeans as these Black Ring Thin Finns tick all the necessary boxes.