Whether you have a solid oak wardrobe or a clothes rail in your spare room, it’s the clothes that go into that storage space that really count. Do you know the essential items you should have in your wardrobe? Whether you’re a shirts and suits kind of guy or prefer a jumper with jeans, there’s some items of clothing you should have to hand so you’re prepared for any occasion.
We’re going to guide you through what they are in our essential guide to the key items you should keep in your wardrobe.
- White button-down shirt
A plain white shirt is one of those essentials that will go with anything. Perfect for formal occasions with a suit and slipping under a crew neck jumper with jeans for the smart casual approach, every man should own at least one white shirt in his wardrobe.
- Plain shirt
Shirts are essential workwear for many and while checks and pinstripes can add visual interest, when starting a shirt collection from scratch we think sticking with plain colours is the way to go. You certainly want a plain blue shirt that’ll work with any suit, but we think adding a pink shirt is a great way to add some fun and personality to the mix.
- Crew neck jumper
While the white shirt is one of the most versatile items in your wardrobe, the second most certainly has to be the crew neck jumper. We think Navy should be your colour of choice because it works well with just about anything as an anchor piece, perfect for layering up during these colder months.
When you don’t want to wear your suit trousers and jeans aren’t an option, chinos are the way to go, so make sure you have at least one pair in your wardrobe. Good colour choices are navy and camel to ensure versatility within your wardrobe collection.
- Denim jacket
The denim jacket is a classic and perfect for wearing with smart casual looks and jeans. We think you can’t go too far wrong with the denim jacket, but you can check out our guide on what to wear with it and how to wear it well.
- Indigo jeans
A good pair of jeans is essential for any wardrobe and we think the darker indigo colour is the better option when wanting to wear it for a variety of occasions. A pair of classic jeans that fit just right are perfect for ticking those ‘what to wear’ boxes.
- White t-shirt
A quality white t-shirt can be worn with anything. Yes, even your suit when worn under a shirt. It’s the absolute essential for any wardrobe and perfect for lazy Sundays when chilling at home in comfort is the order of the day.
- Single-breasted suit
Even if you don’t have to dress smart for work, you really should have a single-breasted suit in your wardrobe. Those formal events can quickly sneak up unannounced and having a suit that fits at the ready is key to being prepared and good to go.
Not everybody is under 40.
Aimed at the young (under 35) again, I see. Denim jacket? Jeans? Really! Surely a more Gieves&Hawkes slant or Crombie is timeless and premier league and much more suited to your shirts. I think so.
Not to worry. It’s all good fun, this fashion thing!!