So we’ve covered Part 1 and Part 2 of a man’s wardrobe and highlighting the timeless pieces every guy should own. And now we’re down to the last 10! All courtesy of FashionBeans
21. A Check/Plaid Shirt
A classic piece that transcends the wardrobes of men across the globe – from sharply dressed city boys to rugged, blue-collar workers.
Again, think seasonal. Flannel for cold weather, madras or cotton for warm.
22. A Chunky Shawl Neck Cardigan
This is a versatile layering piece for the in-between seasons.
Cable or waffle knits, when combined with the unconventional collar, will help inject character and depth into any ensemble. Layer it over the top of a shirt and tie combination (in place of your blazer) for smart-casual occasions and wear it as a makeshift jacket for those off-duty days when it’s cold but not wet.
Suggestions: Farah, Topman, Austin Reed, French Connection, J.Lindeberg, Lyle & Scott, Ralph Lauren, Ted Baker, Selected Homme.
23. A Neutral Mac/Trench Coat
Again, another transitional season classic that will keep the drizzle and wind at bay. Try pairing it with chinos, a button-down shirt and v-neck jumper for the perfect relaxed Saturday afternoon outfit.
Suggestions: Burberry, Rains, Reiss, ASOS, Paul Smith, Stutterheim, Aquascutum.
24. Grown-Up Trainers
Sure, keep those New Balance or Vans for when you are smashing out a hard core leg day, but make sure you have a fresh, clean pair in your collection too.
Stick to white, black, navy or grey, opt for premium leather/suede construction and keep all branding and embellishments to an absolute minimum. If you follow this advice, you will have a pair of trainers that look just as good juxtaposed against a suit as they do with chinos and a tee at the weekend.
Key Models: Adidas Stan Smith/Gazelle/Samba, Converse Jack Purcell, Puma Suede, Lacoste Marcel, Nike Tennis Classic
25. A Reversible Leather Belt
If your trousers fit you perfectly, you shouldn’t even require a belt. That said, they offer the perfect finishing touch to any formal or smart-casual look.
Opt for a reversible black/brown leather version and you have something that will match both your brown and black shoes.
26. A Neutral Scarf
Others may find a scarf made from a heavy duty wool or cashmere better serving for when November rolls around, complete with bitter winds and snow. Either way, try to avoid any bold patterns or textures for the moment and choose a neutral hue that complements the jackets and knits you currently own.
27. A Mid-Sized Holdall
Perfect for the gym or a weekend away. It can be leather or canvas but needs to be big enough to carry your essentials – 24- or 48-hour sizes should be right. Remember, there’s nothing more depressing than seeing a well-dressed man with a tattered rucksack slung over his shoulder, one strapping it.
Invest in quality and this bag will last you for many years to come.
Suggestions: Herschel, Eastpak, ASOS, Sandqvist, Filson, Mismo, Mulberry, Bill Amberg
28. Heavy Duty Boots
With increasingly erratic weather across the globe, I think it’s safe to say that you don’t want to be caught short when the weather takes a turn for the worse. Yet no matter what style you go for, be prepared and you won’t have to clean stains off those precious dress shoes that you invested in.
Suggestions: Hunter, Fracap, Grenson, ASOS, Red Wing.
29. A Slimline Card Holder
Because that bulging wallet in your front pocket isn’t doing your look or trouser linings any favours.
Firstly, you definitely don’t need to carry all those receipts and loyalty cards. Take what’s essential for the day and leave the rest at home.
Look to get one in leather that can hold a few cards and a couple of notes.
Suggestions: Mulberry, Smythson, Comme Des Garçons, Dunhill, Paul Smith, Burberry
30. THIS CHOICE IS YOURS!
What’s your final piece to complete the list? Comment below!