Wednesday, November 14, 2012

All these should be in your closet - key pieces every guy should own

The backbone of a stylish male wardrobe requires certain essential, wellcrafted pieces. Because these items are enduringly chic, they should be of sufficiently good quality to last for multiple seasons. Some may require a significant initial investment, but their long lifespan will often warrant the investment.
These items are the wardrobe staples every man should own. The golden rule when shopping: stick to neutral colors such as black, brown, gray, navy, white, and tan as they can be easily matched with each other or brighter colors if need be. With that rule in mind, read on to discover which pieces will help you to achieve your smoothest style ever.

Leather belt
The key to a classic belt is to avoid large ostentatious buckles or
shiny, flashy leather.
What you can wear it with: Jeans, flat-front pants, and suits.

White T-shirt

Look for a blend of 98% cotton and 2% Lycra as the stretch from the Lycra means the shirt will fit you to a T, in addition to ensuring the garment retains its shape over time.

What you can wear it with: Provided you avoid overly large sizes, you can wear your trusty white T-shirt with jeans or shorts when it's warm, or as an undergarment under sweaters and shirts in the winter.

Black socks

Unless you're playing sports or hanging out in your pajamas, stay away from white socks.
What you can wear them with: Anything but your gym shoes.

A Suit

A classic staple suit.

What you can wear them with: Black dress shoes, black socks

Black dress shoes

A modern, sleek take on the classic cap-toe oxford is your best bet for a black dress shoe you can wear with anything.

What you can wear them with: Suits and formal attire.

Polo shirt

Typically a short-sleeved, collared shirt made from cotton, polo shirts are the definition of classy, coolly assured casual dress.

What you can wear it with: Khakis, jeans, or slacks.


You don't have to break the bank buying these, but you do need to be certain they fit properly, meaning they showcase what's great about your body. They should also be seriously comfortable since you'll be wearing them a lot. Look for a comfortably soft denim weave, but make sure the fabric is thick enough to withstand daily wear and tear.
What you can wear them with: Versatility is the name of the game here, and rightly so, as blue jeans look good with nearly anything, from a blazer and dress shoes to a T-shirt and sneakers.


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