Opening a man’s wardrobe and seeing an abundance of clothing some might say is a good thing. But what if this crowd of clothing is hindering your chance to optimise your outfits on a daily basis. So often men when offered a wide choice, lack the eye to see the quality in their options. They choose to over accessorise or add garish prints.
The foundation of a great men’s wardrobe is simplicity. Trends come and go but style lasts forever. Covering the style essentials will give any man the optimum base to build from. Follow these steps to simplify your wardrobe today.
Remove the Clutter
This is where you have to be brutal If need be, get a friend or partner to help you. They will probably revel in the chance to give their real opinion on your wardrobe choices. Twice a year as the (weather not trend) seasons change is the best time to keep on top of this de-cluttering.
Get rid of anything that you have been holding on to “just in case”, and have in mind neutral colours and fabrics that can easily interchange together. That brown corduroy suit that was “in” last season is top of the list to go.
Anything in a fit state goes to the charity shop not on the rubbish heap. Remember one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Tips for Key Wardrobe Pieces
By these we mean those that can last throughout the year and aren’t a flash in the pan impulse buy bought for a friend’s birthday party.
Those listed are by no means exclusive, but take this as a guide to work from:
- Selvedge Jeans – perfect smartened with a blazer or dressed down with a tee and trainers
- Brown Brogues – a versatile shoe that can be added to a variety of different outfits.
- Plain Short Sleeve T-shirts – this means no slogans or brand names that change in popularity like the wind. Be inspired by the icons of the 50’s and 60’s who knew that a well fitted t-shirt worn well, was the epitome of cool.
- Oxford Shirt – again in neutral colours these can take you from the office to the bar.
- Navy Blue Suit – invest in a good suit and it will pay you back ten-fold in the style stakes. Navy blue is an inoffensive colour that goes well with so many others.
- Grey Suit – can be mixed with the navy suit for a sartorial update or equally goes well with any white and black pieces you have.
- Long Sleeved Polo Shirt – Want a more relaxed office look? Then the polo shirt will add texture while removing the somewhat restrictive shirt beneath your suit. Wear with chinos for a spring or autumnal choice.
Take note from the list above that a man’s wardrobe is about paired back interchangeable style. If you invest in quality products that have a slightly higher price point then you don’t want to be chucking them out 6 months later.
Let the fit of your clothes grab the attention rather than the patterns and colours.
Sam Brady is a menswear expert, having worked in or around the field for the past 14 years. He has built up a keen eye for detail when it comes to the production of clothing, and is happy showcasing the craftsmanship of Savile Row and Jermyn St. But he understands the need for an interchangeable modern man’s wardrobe that mixes high street and luxury clothing.