Wardrobe building can be a very daunting task. Where do we turn for help? Fashion magazines mostly focus on new trends. Specific items that are a must for the season. This is great advice on how to ENHANCE your style but you have to start somewhere if you intend to build onto it. The basic foundation for your closet will of course vary depending on your lifestyle but these 8 pieces will put you in the best position regardless of where life takes you.
Look 75 years in the past and 75 years in the future and I guarantee navy suits are in style. Cut simply, with two buttons and a notch lapel and flat front trousers,this two (or three piece) garment can carry you from the office, to a date, a funeral (hopefully not all in one day or that order). The jacket can even be paired with contrasting pants for a more casual look and, when traveling, a lighter suitcase.
Grey worsted wool trousers with a flat front or single pleat are the perfect pant to transform your navy suit jacket to a more nautical and casual navy blazer. They can be worn with any color of dress shoe and easily compliment any lifestyle.
Dark wash jeans
We all have jeans. ‘Do you have the right jeans?’ is the real question. While light wash jeans are most guy’s go to choice they only work for some occasions and different washes come and go with fashion. Whereas their unwashed, unfaded, raw denim counterpart can do all the work of the light while looking better and more timeless. Not to mention the only choice when wearing a sport coat. So twice the work with only one pair. When you’re just starting out, versatility should always be the goal.
White dress shirt
Why textured? Versatility. While your silk paisley tie looks rad at the office it’s not the best choice for a dinner when you’re wearing jeans and a blazer. If you’re going to only have one tie (for whatever awful reason that may be) it should be something that is simple but with a bit of grit. Knit ties, linen, cotton, or wool blend ties in a dark subtle color like navy, charcoal, or burgundy can fit into any environment. You can wear it with a navy suit to the office and undo your collar and loosen your tie with a pair of jeans and sneakers for when you head out after.
Few items are more American than the t-shirt. Paired with jeans or a blazer it’s a guys most comfortable and reliable item of clothing. A muted color will allow you to wear it with multiple different combinations. If going with white, choosing a shirt with a pocket can save you from looking like your wearing an undershirt.
Black shoes are great and all but the Italians have the right idea by going with the more rakish brown. It’s not as conservative as black but can still be serious. Styled in a classic wingtip or cap toe with broguing is my personal favorite but something in a plain toe is a great option as well.
Sneakers are one thing that change far too often to keep up with. But they are a necessity for every guy. So in looking at history the plimsoll (i.e. Vans authentics, Keds) is the tried and true victor. Due to its versatility for temperature due to the breathability of the canvas material and simple style there’s not really a wrong way to wear it.