Inside a Man’s Closet: The Essentials – Part 2

We continue waging through our list of 30 timeless essentials for every man’s wardrobe.

If you missed part one, you can catch up here!

11. A Neutral Seasonal Suit

The style you pick will depend on where you live and the weather you typically experience. As I live in the UK, I’d go with a cold-weather fabric like tweed or flannel. Those of you who reside in warm or tropical climates may opt for linen or cotton.

Either way, keep things classic with a two-button, notch lapel design and look to split this into separates as much as you wear it as a whole.

Suggestions: T.M.Lewin, Marks & Spencer, Next, Suitsupply, J. Crew, Reiss, Charles Tyrwhitt, Gieves & Hawkes.J. Crew Ludlow Suit Jacket In Japanese SeersuckerLazio Brown PlainReiss Miami B Patterned Two Button Blazer StoneAsos Slim Fit Suit Jacket In HerringboneTopman Premium Blue Tweed Suit JacketTopman Brown Flannel Heritage Suit

12. Light Oxford Button-Down Shirt

A preppy classic, this piece works just as well paired with jeans and trainers as it does your navy/grey suit and black shoes. Opt for pastel hues such as sky blue, pink, mint green or yellow to really inject some life into both your smart and casual looks.

Key Brand Suggestions: Uniqlo, ASOS, Gant, Ralph Lauren, J. Crew.

 J.crew Button-down Collar Cotton Oxford ShirtUniqlo Men Easy Care Oxford Long Sleeve ShirtPolo Ralph Lauren Oxford Slim Fit Long Sleeve Shirt Forest Green

13. A Neutral Polo Shirt

Arguably the ultimate smart-casual piece, a neutral, well-fitting polo shirt can be dressed up or down with ease. Opt for timeless shades such as white, black, grey or navy to cement its versatility and then nail the fit.

Suggestions: Reiss, Uniqlo, HE By Mango, Ralph Lauren, Fred Perry, Sunspel, Orlebar Brown, Lacoste.He By Mango Button-down Collar Polo ShirtUniqlo Men Dry Ex Short Sleeve Polo ShirtSunspel Cotton-jersey Polo Shirt

14. Brown Brogues

Because a man cannot live on a single pair of shoes alone. Look to get them in a hue as close to chocolate brown as possible and wear them just as much as your black Derbies/Oxfords, especially with navy.

Suggestions: Church’s, Grenson, Cheaney, Loake, Barker, Crockett & Jones, John Lobb, Trickers.Churchs Enmore Leather BroguesCheaney Romney Suede BroguesChurchs Brown New York Punched Wing Oxford Shoes

15. A Solid Neutral Tie

Smart choices for a novice would be solid styles in navy, grey, black or burgundy (often classed as a new ‘neutral’). Pick one up in a textured fabric such as grenadine or knitted silk and it can be worn formally with a suit or dressed down with an Oxford shirt and some jeans.

Suggestions: T.M.Lewin, Reiss, Drakes, Marwood London, Hackett, Charvet.

 Reiss Darcy Slim Silk Knitted Tie BlackDrakes Silk-grenadine TieT.m.lewin Grey Textured Slim Silk Tie

16. A Handful Of Pocket Squares

Think whites, blues, reds, browns and pinks.

Never match your tie and pocket square exactly – it comes across as slightly too contrived. Instead, since you have opted for a solid tie, you can look to inject a bit of pattern into your looks here. Of course, if you’re in doubt, a classic white version can be matched with any tie colour and always lends a timeless, gentlemanly touch to any ensemble.

Suggestions: T.M.Lewin, Reiss, Drakes, Marwood London, Hackett, Charvet.

T.m.lewin Pink Silk Wedding Pocket SquareCharvet Silk Pocket SquareDrakes Silk-twill Pocket Square

17. Tailored Shorts

An obvious summer essential, a pair of tailored shorts in classic block-colours such as navy, grey, beige, olive or white will never fall out of style and can be dressed up or down effortlessly.They should be cut slim through the leg and ideally finish an inch or two above the knee. Any longer and we’re starting to approach three-quarter length territory. Any shorter and we’re moving into the zone that only your swimming trunks should be in.

Brands: Uniqlo, ASOS, Reiss, Oliver Spencer, Ted Baker, Paul Smith, Ben Sherman, HE By Mango, J. Crew.He By Mango Contrast Interior Bermuda ShortsReiss Wicker Tailored Chino Shorts StoneAsos Skinny Fit Shorts In Cotton Sateen

18. Neutral Boots

These could be chukkas, desert or even brogue boots. No matter what style you go for, pick up a pair in a neutral colour like brown, grey or black and wear the hell out of them, especially with casual ensembles.

Suggestions: Grenson, Clarks Originals, Trickers, ALDO, Hudson, Loake, ASOS, AllSaints.

 River Island Brown Clarks Originals Suede Desert BootsAsos Chukka Boots In LeatherGrenson Fred Triple-welt Pebble-grain Leather Brogue Boots

19. A Classic Watch

Every guy should have a timepiece they can rely and fall back on when the situation arises. Whether you prefer a timeless and refined black/brown leather strap or a durable and masculine stainless steel bracelet, stick to a classic round face design and you won’t go far wrong.

Suggestions: Rolex, Daniel Wellington, Uniform Wares, Tag Heuer, Tissot, Hamilton, Seiko, Baume & Mercier.

 Daniel Wellington St Andrews Rose Gold Brown Leather Strap WatchTissot Le Locle Mens Leather Strap Automatic WatchUniform Wares 203 Series Brushed-steel Wristwatch

20. A Classic Pair Of Sunglasses

Some sunglasses never go out of style. Wayfarers, clubmasters and aviators are as popular today as they’ve always been and there is good reason for this – they’re timeless shapes.

It’s important to buy the right silhouette for your specific face shape and invest as much as you can – they will be worn for many years to come and the higher quality lens, the more protection you will receive from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Suggestions: Ray-Ban, Cutler & Gross, Oliver Peoples, Garrett Leight, Persol, Han Kjobenhavn.Oliver Peoples Banks Acetate And Metal SunglassesRay-ban Wayfarer Sunglasses With Polarized LensesCutler And Gross Aviator-style Sunglasses

 

Originally posted on FashionBeans

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