There are many men’s wardrobe essentials and very good closet I’ve ever seen or read about is one with very few items, but they all go together well. The idea here is to have items that you can mix and match with one another, and be able to pull off innumerable amounts of different looks. I’m going to show you my essentials below, with different items at 3 different price points.
On a budget, Good Value, & Splurge
If you think about the white oxford like I mentioned in my post here it can go just as easily from office, to after hour drinks, to the beach. I’ll give you three examples.
1. Put it on for work with a tie under a blazer and you’re A-OK for the office
2. Roll up the sleeves of the oxford, pair it with dark denim and sneakers and you’re ready for after hours or a cookout at a friends house.
3. Throw it on with your swim trunks and go from beach or pool to dinner in a breeze.
The point here is that if you get pieces that can go well with a bunch of things, you can cover a lot of ground.
I tend to first and foremost invest in solid, basic items… As they tend to go well with each other and not everyone will remember you wearing that white Oxford twice in one week. But they definitely will remember the loud plaid check shirt. Not saying I don’t have plaid shirts.. But you get the point here.
When it comes to shirts and ties and combinations, you can buy 5 shirts and 5 ties and have 25 COMBINATIONS. But again the key here is getting neutrals and thing that go with each other. For the sake of this list, I included 3 ties and not 5 because I wanted the two bonus spots for other essentials. But here we are, building a wardrobe with men’s wardrobe essentials from the base up.
1. White oxford shirt (cut like a casual shirt, not dress shirt)
2. Blue point or spread collar dress shirt
3. Small check spread collar dress shirt
4. Light purple spread collar dress shirt
5. Bold stripe dress shirt
6. Navy knit tie
7. Microprint dark tie
8. Small patterned burgundy tie
9. Navy suit that fits you PERFECTLY
10. Charcoal grey suit that fits perfectly
11. Navy blazer or statement sportcoat
12. Brown dress belt
13. Brown wingtips or plain toe’s
14. Black cap or plain toe (NOT SQUARE TOE PLEASE LORD MY EYES)
15. Nice dress sneakers, leather or suede
16. Lace up or chukka boots
17. Polo cut for your body type
18. Denim shirt
19. Checked casual shirt
20. Navy or grey crew neck layering sweater
21. Khaki or light tan chinos
22. Dark pair of nice denim
23. Pair of chino shorts
24. White pocket tee
25. A bad*** jacket (leather, suede, this is all about your personality)
Bonus: so it seems socks didn’t make the cut but you’re definitely going to want some of those
So there you have it, I’ll break some of these down on the blog next week putting together looks you can wear. I’m going to give you ideas for outfits so you can see what I mean when you can have a swanky interchangeable wardrobe.
You can mix and match and layer and try things all within the confines of those 25 items because they go well with each other. Want to wear your wingtips with shorts and your white pocket tee and a checked rolled up casual shirt? Go for it. In fact, I’ve done it and it looks terrrrrrrific.
Now by no means is this a hard and fast list. If you’re redefining your closet and have a love of athletic sneakers like the Ultra Boost or Nike Air Presto, then swap em’ for something on here. Fit it to your style. Hope you all enjoyed, but these are my absolute favorite men’s wardrobe essentials. Do you like this style of post? Or my editorial photo style ones better? Let me know in the comments or by email!
Come back next week and see my follow up post to this one!
Until Next Time