Inside a Man’s Closet: The Essentials – Part 3

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.

Suggestions: Uniqlo, Levi’s, Gant Rugger, ASOS, Lee, River Island, J. Crew, Barbour, Fred Perry, A.P.C.Uniqlo Men Flannel Check Long Sleeve ShirtAsos Oversized Shirt In Long Sleeve With CheckGant Rugger Slim-fit Madras Plaid Brushed-cotton Shirt

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.

Ted Baker Emple Shawl Collar Cardigan navyFrench Connection Prague Knitted CardiganSelected Homme Danten Shawl Neck Cardigan Grey

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.

Paul Smith London Single Breasted MacAsos MacBurberry London Cotton-gabardine Trench Coat

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

Common Projects Original Achilles Leather Low Top SneakersAdidas Originals Stan Smith Leather SneakersReiss Jack Purcell Jack Purcell Trainers Navy

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.

Suggestions: Paul Smith, Austin Reed, Mulberry, Reiss, Ted Baker, Marks & Spencer, Hugo Boss.Ted Baker Bream Casual Reversible BeltReiss Dart Classic Reversible Belt BlackM&s Collection Gunmetal Rectangular Buckle Prong Reversible Belt

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.

Suggestions: Drakes, H&M, Paul Smith, Topman, Loro Piana, Alexander McQueen, River Island.He By Mango Fringe Linen Cotton-blend ScarfPaul Smith Accessories Plain Logo ScarfLoro Piana Cable-knit Baby Cashmere Scarf

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

.Asos Smart Leather Look HoldallMismo Dark Blue Ms Adventurer Weekend BagMulberry Clipper Leather Holdall Bag

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.

Men's Heavy Duty Boots Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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

Comme Des Garcons Wallet Blue Super Fluro Card HolderPaul Smith Shoes & Accessories Burnished-leather CardholderMulberry Cross-grain Leather Cardholder

Original post by FashionBeans


What’s your final piece to complete the list? Comment below!


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