10 Items Your Man Should Own
There’s a growing confluence in men's fashion: Prepster Punks, Indie Hipster, Skater Gangster Hipster, Nautical Nerd, The Boyish Bourgeois, The Intentional Trashy look, you name it, it goes. Though trends come and go, basics will. There’s
There’s a growing confluence in men’s fashion: Prepster Punks, Indie Hipster, Skater Gangster Hipster, Nautical Nerd, The Boyish Bourgeois, The Intentional Trashy look, you name it, it goes. Though trends come and go, basics will.
There’s a growing confluence in men’s fashion: Prepster Punks, Indie Hipster, Skater Gangster Hipster, Nautical Nerd, The Boyish Bourgeois, The Intentional Trashy look, you name it, it goes. Though trends come and go, basics will always remain forever in style.
These 10 pieces will cover him for nearly every important event in your life whether it’s a business meeting, a job interview, meeting the girlfriend’s parents, weddings, bar-mitzah’s, bachelor parties, etc. Whatever the occasion calls for, basics will be the trusted old friend that sees him through the day and make him look sharp.
The key to making the basics work in his favor is in how it fit his body. If he haven’t made friends with your local tailor, now’s a good time to do so. Tailoring his clothes especially his basic pieces, is worth the investment, and can really change his appearance instantaneously. We’ve all seen the poor schmuck who have worn the over-sized suit, or the high-water pants. Men who wear their clothes too loose or too tight should provoke some introspection into his own appearance. If there’s a lesson to be learned, it’s… “Don’t be that schuck”
Don’t get me wrong; we’re not talking about conformity here or homogenizing his wardrobe. It should be understood that all basic clothing in the world of men’s fashion are still very subjective and should suit his taste and style. Think of these as more of a guideline at most:
1. The Professional suit
Your money is best spent on a classic black suit. It’s perfect for interviews, business meetings, and formal occasions (weddings, funerals, dates, banquets, etc.). If he his a shorter man, the 2-button suit will create a longer “V” shape on the chest, making his torso appear longer. Taller men should opt for a 3-button suit.
2. White dress shirt
Pair the classic white dress shirt with his professional suit and a tie to complete his look for all of the occasions. Having two or three white dress shirts in his closet is a good investment. He always should have one that’s pressed and ready to be worn for those last minute events.
3. Dark ties
A black tie with a simple pattern that isn’t too flashy is great for any occasion, but do invest in a few good silk ties (various colors and patterns). Ties are small but great ways to leave an impressions of his personality, so choose wisely.
With so many styles, variations and colors of denim, picking the right pair may not be as simple as it seems. Straight legged jean or casual fitting jeans can be dressed up or worn casually. Pick a darker wash without all of the holes or excessive faded sections to keep it clean and grown-up.
5. Casual shirt
Almost anything goes when it comes to the casual shirt: vertical stripes, solid, plaid, solid with graphics…you name it. As long as it fits correctly and is versatile enough to be worn with dress pants or a jacket, he’s safe.
6. Dark Jeans
Dark jeans give him a modern look. They are not only versatile; they have an inherent sense of style and class. You want him to get a straight fit because this is the most contemporary cut. You can dress them up with a simple white t-shirt and a blazer. This look can take him out for drinks, or to the library. If you are looking for a more casual look, pull on a close-fitting t-shirt.
7. White Shirt
The classic button up white shirt is a must for every wardrobe. It can be both formal and casual. It can be used with a suit, jeans and a blazer or just jeans for the perfect look. Whether he his a slender man or a larger frame the type of white shirt should be considered. There is a slim cut and a regular fit shirt that serves well for whatever the physique. Just remember to keep it white and bright as well as ironed to look your best.
8. V-neck Sweater
A V-neck sweater made of wool and cashmere is an excellent addition to any wardrobe. If
you want a sweater that is durable, fits well, and does not irritate his skin, be warned that you may have to spend a bit more. He can either wear it by itself, or he can layer it with a shirt under it.
Guys look great in hoodies. Zipped or unzipped, a hoodie can add to your fashion sense. Avoid the ones with the logos and pictures as it tends to make a man’s style look a bit immature. Solid colors, or light and classic trims are a great choice.
10. Gray Suit
A gray suit is always in fashion, and presents him with the ability to dress it up or dress it down according to your personality. Such a suit will work well for an interview or a business meeting, but he can also wear it with a basic shirt for a fun and light look. He can wear a V-neck shirt with this suit, for a night out on the town.