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Men’s Wardrobe Essentials

18 Apr Posted by in Fashion Tips | Comments Off on Men’s Wardrobe Essentials

You want to look appropriate for life’s occasions, professional and social, but what do you REALLY need in your closet to ensure this happens?

The following is a basic list from topcoats to bathing suits and the accessories that most men of average income and a rich and diverse life style should own.  You don’t have to have a full wardrobe in every catagory – focus on the level of professional formality that your job requires, and build out around the edges of that for social and casual.  Consider all items you check off the list to be of good quality, in good condition, well tailored to you and of a modern cut and style.  Overwhelmed?  You know who to call!

Coat Closet

Topcoat(s), scarf and glove(s)

Trench coat, scarf and glove(s)

Casual wool or leather jacket(s)

Casual/rain lightweight outerwear jacket(s)

Casual/ski waterproof outwear jacket(s)

Formal Professional

Good dark suit(s), navy or grey, a third would be pin stripe

Best white and light blue solid collared (not button-down) shirts

Traditional ties, white linen pocket squares

Best quality black belt, shoes and socks

Classic Professional

Secondary suits, both in color, weight and seasonal; light grey, windowpane, brown, khaki, tan and navy.

Complementary dress shirts

Silk ties with more visual energy, color, pattern, linen or silk pocket squares

Best quality shoes and socks, belts in the brown to beige family

Casual Professional 

Sport Coats, from linen, cords to tweed jackets

Complementary dress or sport shirts

Complementary ties, pocket squares

Lightweight layering sweaters and vests

Wool gabardine trousers in multiple shades, winter weight and tropical

Flannel, cotton chino, linen, poplin trousers

Ties of wool or cotton madras, or silk ties with small objects on them

Complementary belts, shoes and socks

Formal to Casual Evening Wear 

Tux and accessories optional

Formal navy blazer

Jackets that are velvet

Jackets that are linen and silk in lighter colors as well

Mock silk turtles, crewneck cashmere

Boldly patterned sport shirts, long and short sleeve, some with sheen

Dark wash or black jeans

Dark boots/shoes, belt

Casual Daywear

Cotton, flannel, chambray shirts, polo shirts long and short sleeve

Pull over sweaters, cotton or wool

Jeans, cords, cargo pants, shorts

Casual shoes

Athletic items


Swimwear coordinates with sandals and shirts



Eyewear and sunglasses










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