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15 Wardrobe Essentials that Never Go Out of Style

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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.

  1. White oxford button down

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.

Slim American Pima cotton oxford shirt - J Crew
Slim American Pima cotton oxford shirt – J Crew

 

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.

Ludlow suit jacket with double vent in Italian wool - J Crew
Ludlow suit jacket with double vent in Italian wool – J Crew

 

3. Bomber jacket

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.

FREDDY Wool bomber jacket
FREDDY
Wool bomber jacket – Ted Baker

 

4. Cardigan sweater

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.

Todd & Duncan Cashmere Cardigan - Banana Republic
Todd & Duncan Cashmere Cardigan
– Banana Republic

 

5. Brown leather wingtip brogues

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.

'McAllister' Wingtip ALLEN EDMONDS
‘McAllister’ Wingtip
ALLEN EDMONDS

 

6. Silver Chrome watch

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.

Rolex Oyster Perpetrual Submariner
Rolex Oyster Perpetrual Submariner

 

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.

John Varvatos Vintage Ribbed Henley
John Varvatos Vintage Ribbed Henley

 

8. Aviators

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.

Ray Ban Aviator Classic
Ray Ban Aviator Classic

 

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.

Hugo Boss slim-fit cotton polo shirt: 'Penrose 09-WS'
Hugo Boss slim-fit cotton polo shirt: ‘Penrose 09-WS’

 

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.

Adidas Originals Stan Smith Boost Shoes
Adidas Originals Stan Smith Boost Shoes

 

11. White dress shirt

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.

Tom Ford Slim Fit Dress Shirt
Tom Ford Slim Fit Dress Shirt

 

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.

Tommy Hilfiger Men's Skinny Solid Tie
Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Skinny Solid Tie

 

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.

Ralph Lauren Warrington Wool Peacoat
Ralph Lauren Warrington Wool Peacoat

 

14. Quality white t-shirt

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.

'Tessler' | Cotton Mesh Texture T-Shirt by BOSS
‘Tessler’ | Cotton Mesh Texture T-Shirt by BOSS

 

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.

Brandon Cap Toe Oxford by To Boot New York
Brandon Cap Toe Oxford by To Boot New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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