WARDROBE ESSENTIALS FOR MEN

It is always amazing, to have a full closet of clothes that all go together in coordination and completely cohesive. If you are a guy who likes to be comfortable and causal and still look put together. Read on!

Even though we encourage you to embrace your individuality when it comes to style, there are some wardrobe essentials that every man should have in his closet. These wardrobe staples are appropriate for all tastes and age, very timeless and will never be out of trend. Whatever your budget or style is, these essential pieces will serve you through all seasons.

The following items will never let you down:


(1) T-SHIRT (Plain Tees)

A plain T-Shirt is the simplest & easiest item to have in your wardrobe. It’s a timeless classic, very versatile and can be used in uncountable ways.

Tommy Hilfiger Crew-neck Men’s T-Shirts, BlackLevi Slim Fit Men’s T-Shirts, White and Navy

(2) BUTTON DOWN SHIRTS

This is a must have. It can be worn anywhere. Whether you are dressing up or down, this is a solid addition to any man’s wardrobe. Own a couple of this in white and blue and they will serve you pretty well.

There’s very little that wouldn’t work with a button-down shirt.

Calvin Klein Men’s Slim Fit Infinite Cool Solid Button Down Shirt

(3) SWEAT SHIRTS

With an overabundance of styles, colours, compositions and fits; this is a great time to add one to your wardrobe. This can be worn on it’s own, over a button-down shirt, or under a large cardigan or a coat depending on the weather. Opt for colors like black, navy and grey.

Russell Athletic Men’s Dri Power Fleece Crew-Neck Sweatshirt

(4) DENIM BUTTON UP SHIRT

The denim shirt is back and has now become a stylish menswear staple for every season. You can rock this with chinos, joggers, shorts, tailored trousers or jeans for the double denim look. It’s enormous versatility cannot be overemphasized.

Levi’s Men’s Heywood Denim Long Sleeve ShirtLevi’s Men’s Standard Barstow Denim Western Snap-Up Shirt

(5) HENLEY SHIRTS

The henley shirt for men is one of those classics that will never be out of fashion. It comes in long & short sleeves, custom sizes and styles. Since it’s a combination of shirt and tee, the Henley fills the fashion gap between casual and dressed up. It’s dressier than a plain tee and pairs perfectly with jeans, shorts and tailored pants. Its style is all purpose and is great for any man’s wardrobe.

Levi’s Men’s Marble Henley ShirtLucky Brand Men’s Highland Henley ShirtCalvin Klein Jeans Men’s Short-Sleeve Cotton Henley T-Shirt

(6) KNITWEAR JUMPERS

On freezing and winter days, this snuggly knit is your go-to guy. As the temperatures drop, you can stay warm and stylish in a knitted jumper. If properly cared for, this item will serve you well for years.

There’s a plethora of colorful options available but we think it’s best to stick with relaxed and subdued colors.

Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Cable Logo Knit, Green

(7) LEATHER JACKET

Masculine yet elegant. Leather jackets look great wether worn to pull off a smart casual or a dressed up look.

This is one of the key pieces to a great functional wardrobe. Choose between biker, rocker and aviator styles in leather treatments that range from classic black to brown, blue and tan.

Cole Haan Men’s Washed Lamb Leather Perforated Moto Jacket

(8) TRENCH COAT

This is an ultimate style staple and a must have in any man’s wardrobe. When the weather gets chilly, this will keep you warm and dry.

SHOP| Trench Coat for Men

(9) BLAZERS

This is for those in-between occasions you do not need to wear a suit or a tux but dressed up nevertheless. It is more versatile than a suit and works very well for the smart-casual look. The blazer can be worn with jeans, chinos, khaki, tailored pants etc.


Shop| Men’s Blazers

(10) THE SUIT

The holy grail of formal attire, the suit is the definitive piece in a man’s wardrobe. It is perhaps the biggest investment for a man’s essential wardrobe. It is important to choose a suit that is not too tight or too loose. Just snug will suffice. Experiment with single and double-breasted jacket designs in classic black or grey shades.

Perry Ellis Men’s Modern Fit Suit w/ Hemmed PantCalvin Klein Men’s X-Fit Two-Piece Suit

(11) DENIM JACKET

The denim jacket can be worn with everything and anything, be it a t-shirt, a pair of shorts, tailored trousers, formal shirt and shoes, even hoodies. It is a perfect transitional piece of clothing and a perfect companion for the rest of your wardrobe, no matter the climes.

SHOP| Denim Jackets

 

(12) JEANS

Denim Jean have proved to be the most versatile item a man will ever own. A complete classic, easy to dress up or down, this timeless piece will work with almost any look. Since denims never fall out of fashion, this item will last you years and will serve you well. With various cuts and style that’ll cater to whatever body shape you have.

Lee Men’s Modern Series Slim-Fit Straight-Leg JeanLevi’s Men’s 514 Straight Fit Jeans

(13) CHINOS

A good alternative to Jeans are Chinos, if denim is not for you. Pick the right colour and cut and they’ll easily transcend the realms of smart and casual wear, being equally suited to both. For casuals wear with a tee, for a smart look wear with a shirt.

SHOP| Men’s Chinos

(14) TAILORED PANTS

This is a fine wardrobe staple and a sleek pair in black, navy, gray or beige can take you from the office straight to everywhere else. A pair of trousers shows that a man means business and cares about his image. Shape is paramount. Buy your size (flapping around your ankles is a no-no). If it requires a belt to stay on your waist, it’s not your size.

Original Penguin Men’s Slim Fit Dress Pant

(15) SNEAKERS

Always in heavy rotation in a man’s casual wardrobe. Nothing says easy like this comfortable piece.
Adidas Performance Men’s Baseline Fashion Sneaker

(16) CHELSEA BOOTS

The Chelsea boot works with pretty much everything, from jeans to suits, formal to casual. It is one of the most adaptable fashion item a man can own. It’s all about how you dress it up.
SHOP| Men’s Chelsea boots

 

(17) DERBY SHOES

Let’s call this a footwear investment. Are you looking for a dress shoe that can fit into casual territory? This lace-up shoe can work under any pant out there (Not with sweatpants or harem pants please). Be sure to get a comfortable pair and go for sturdy and quality leather. Brown and black are the colors you need. Brown is versatile and black is more formal and for events like funerals and interviews.
SHOP| Men’s Derby Shoes

 

(18) LOAFERS

Another shoe that will go with just about anything. It is a building block to any modern man’s wardrobe. This shoes work great with Traditional African wear (and everything else).
SHOP| Men’s Loafers

 

(19) BELTS

We think your pants should fit without a belt but pants get loose and you need a belt to help keep them where they need be. Belts also help tie your outfits together. A brown and a black leather belt will do.

Here’s a list of your wardrobe essentials:
TOPS

  • T-shirt (white/black/Navy)
  • Button-down shirts
  • Sweatshirts(Black/Navy/Grey)
  • Denim Button up shirts
  • Henley Shirts
  • Jumpers(Knitwear)

 

OUTERWEAR

  • Leather Jacket
  • Trench Coat
  • Blazer
  • Suit
  • Denim Jacket

BOTTOMS

  • Jeans
  • Chinos
  • Tailored Pants

SHOES

  • Sneakers
  • Chelsea boots
  • Derby shoes
  • Loafers

ACCESSORIES

  • Belts

 

The general conception is that every guy loves to keep things simple when it comes to his wardrobe. These are wardrobe essentials and a guide to a perfect wardrobe, you can add as many as you like. Just be creative and use your imagination while getting each piece. With these wardrobe staples, you are now equipped and on your way to constructing a perfect wardrobe.

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Author: WardrobeFix

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4 thoughts on “WARDROBE ESSENTIALS FOR MEN

  1. Hi WardrobeFix,

    Great article! I love the detail and explanations on every piece of essential clothing. The images provide great inspiration and make it really easy to follow. This will help a lot of Men achieve a wardrobe full of great clothes.

    We have actually produced a similar article to yours about wardrobe essentials for men and I thought you might be interested in taking look: https://theidleman.com/manual/advice/5-mens-wardrobe-essentials/

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Hello The Idle Man,
    Thank you for reading our article.
    I must say your article on 5 mens wardrobe essentials is great. You did a great job in explaining every piece listed.
    Great Job !

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