Fashion trends come and go, but there are some things that never go out of style. So if you are looking to revamp your wardrobe or just want to ensure that you have some core essentials, here are 15 items that every closet should have.
The one shirt for almost all occasions. The classic cotton shirt with the button down collar can be worn with a suit, jeans, shorts and even under a knit sweater. It’s never been out of style and for good reason.
2. Navy suit
There are a lot of great options for suiting. Different styles, materials, patterns and cuts. But the first suit you should have in your wardrobe is a two-button, navy suit. Pair it with a white dress shirt, brown shoes and a tie of choice and you have an absolute timeless look.
The original versions of the bomber jacket, worn predominately by American Pilots, were made of leather. Today, bomber jackets come in a variety of materials, including nylon, leather, suede and even cotton. Worn with a t-shirt and jeans, it’s the ultimate uniform for the weekend warrior.
Perfect for the cooler seasons of the year, the cardigan can look great with a number of different outfits. You can wear one with jeans, a suit, khakis, a t-shirt – you name it. The cardigan is versatile, flexible and keeps you warm to boot.
With its name driven from an Irish and Scottish heritage, a brogue style of shoe is one that includes any perforations on the surface of the shoe. One of the more popular version is a wingtip, specifically in brown. Wear it casually or formally, or better yet, wear it with your new blue suit above and you’ll look like a million bucks.
A watch is the often the one item that you wear with every single outfit and nearly every day. Thus, it’s worth investing in a piece that’s timeless, durable and make a subtle statement. A silver chrome watch like the Rolex Submariner or the Omega Seamaster is a great option for a watch that can last a lifetime and even passed down to other generations.
7. Henley shirt
A henley shirt can be either short-sleeve or long-sleeve, and although the short sleeve has made a comeback the last couple of years, we’d recommend a long-sleeve version, which is more timeless. Getting its name as the uniform of English rowers from the town of Henly-on-Thames, it’s a great option for weekend casual or for under a sport coat on a night on the town.
Although almost every eye-wear brand produces a form of aviator sunglasses, the Ray Ban aviators are the staple. Originally created in 1936 as a replacement for pilot’s goggles, they’ve never really been out of style since they first became popular commercially near the end of the second World War. One could argue that Ray Ban’s Wayfarers are just as good of a choice, but aviators have a masculinity and history that make them a must-have.
9. Black polo
This is the item for all occassions. Whether it’s on the golf course, casual Friday, a night on the town or just lounging on a Sunday watching football, the black polo can seamlessly move between formal and casual settings.
10. Simple sneakers
The adventerous can wear sneakers with a suit and with formal outfits, but the rest of us mortals, we need sneakers that can be worn with multiple casual wear. Plain white sneakers are a great option for your wardrobe. We like something classic like Stan Smith’s (below) or Chuck Taylor’s. With sneakers, minimalism is a good approach.
If you want to take the lead from some of Hollywood’s more stylish icons, such as George Clooney, Tom Ford, Daniel Craig and others, you will typically see them in a crisp and pressed white dress shirt. Focus on fit that suits your body type. Fitted or slim is a great option and a non-iron option will keep it looking great throughout the day.
12. Black tie
Once you pick up that white shirt, walk over to the tie rack and pick yourself up a black tie. Trends in tie widths come and go, but if you’re looking for a thin tie, a good width is 2″. If you’re not into a thin tie but want to maintain a modern look, 3″ is a good way to go.
13. Navy peacoat
If you catch the running theme with these essentials, versatility applies to most these items. A pea coat is another option for both the more formal and casual look. Originating with navy members in Europe, the wool coat is short in length, includes broad lapels, vertical or slash pockets and is double breasted. Most commonly found in black or navy – we like navy.
With so many of the items listed above, many of them can be worn with a good quality white t-shirt. We’re not talking about a tight fitting Fruit of the Loom package of shirts, but a good quality plain white tee that is fitted but not tight.
15. Black lace-ups
An investment in a sleek oxford made of Italian leather is worth the investment. It can also last for years if you choose to re-soul your shoes when needed. They say you can gauge a man by the shoes he wears and good quality black lace-up shoes can make a great impression on anyone.