The 6 Men’s Clothing Essentials



March 27th, 2013

The Six Men’s Clothing Essentials, No. 6: Jeans

This post wraps up our series on the six men’s clothing essentials. So far we’ve emphasized the importance of versatility when investing in shoes, belts, blazers, sweaters, and shirts. It’s only fitting, then, that we finish up with jeans, one of the most versatile items you’ll ever own.Mens Essential Clothing DenimWhile summarizing the six essentials for a magazine, our CEO offered this advice about jeans: “Invest in a great pair of high-end denim. Cleaner washes and rinses look better with blazers and dress shirts.”

March 20th, 2013

The Six Men’s Clothing Essentials, No. 5: The Navy Blazer

Jason Smith, our V.P. of Product, prefers oxford shirts and loafers without socks. Michael Barkin, our Director of Sales (who also doubles as the mastermind behind our new custom-suiting service), favors well-appointed neckties, and has never needed a special occasion to break out the monogrammed tuxedo slippers.Despite their differing styles, Jason and Michael both keep one particular item on heavy rotation: the navy blazer. Below you’ll see examples of how Michael dresses the blazer up, while Jason uses the same classic garment to anchor a more casual look.How to Wear a Navy Blazer

“Most guys’ wardrobes are long in blue and white,” Michael says. “Those basic colors then branch out into lavender and pink, and navy looks the best with all of those. So you can easily dress the navy blazer up or down. It’s easy to wear.”

March 13th, 2013

The Six Men’s Clothing Essentials, Nos. 3 and 4 : Brown Shoes with Belt

Cole Haan LoafersUnless you’re wearing a tuxedo or working as a referee, we suggest avoiding black shoes. Brown provides a much more versatile footwear option because it pairs nicely with every color of clothing except black (navy suits in particular look good with brown or burgundy shoes). And versatility, of course, is the key to each of the six men’s clothing essentials.

March 6th, 2013

The Six Men’s Clothing Essentials, No. 2: The V-Neck Sweater

Jeremy Argyle SweaterLike all the items on our essentials list, we love the v-neck sweater for its versatility. The distinctive shape of the neckline does an excellent job of framing your shirt collar and face, making the garment ideal for layering over button-ups.V Neck Sweater Layered

V Neck Sweater Layered

For a more sophisticated presentation, the v-neck can be worn simultaneously over a dress shirt and under a blazer.

February 27th, 2013

The Six Men’s Clothing Essentials, No. 1: The Crisp White Shirt

During the next several weeks, we’ll feature each of the six clothing items that every guy should have in his wardrobe. As we’ll see, all of the pieces are incredibly versatile, able to be dressed up or down across a range of styles. This is particularly true of the crisp white shirt, which leads off our six-part series on the men’s clothing essentials.White Shirt Don DraperBecause it fits every situation from business casual to board meetings, we previously included the white shirt in our post on the office stash. The garment works just as hard off the clock, as the ideal complement to a casual blazer, or even on its own.

LBM Blazer

White Eton Shirt


2 thoughts on “The 6 Men’s Clothing Essentials”

  1. I would like to see a post like this on men’s accessories! I have all of these essentials but I do not know where to start when picking out professional, functional accessories.

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