“Guys don’t need a lot of choices, they need the right choice”
Fashion by nature is obsolete after one season. It gets difficult to keep up with the changing trends
especially if you lead a busy life. You may not be the most fashion conscious male out there, you
may even think dressing commendably doesn’t matter. Well, you’re wrong.
“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.”
The good news is you just need to get a few items right in your wardrobe, and you can
get through an entire year in style.
1. A WHITE SHIRT
A crisp white shirt is a classic staple and every man should own one that suits his body type. It is an invaluable piece of clothing for both formal and casual occasions. You can experiment with a variety of light colored shirts useful in the summer . Checked and striped patterns are necessary in your wardrobe too. Plaid shirts are a classic item too. They are great for the weekend. Guys can wear it with a pair of colored chinos to mix it up or with a pair of jeans, with the sleeves rolled up for a casual look.
2. BLANK T-SHIRTS
Make sure you have a couple of white and black or slate ones. After that its up to how colors look with your skin tone. They need to fit right (not too baggy or skin tight unless you are muscular). Crew or V neck up to personal preference. Polo shirts are another classic garment. They are meant to fit well.
A blazer that fits well can come handy all around the year. A black, classic grey or navy blue blazer is a must in every male wardrobe. You can team it with a pair of jeans or khaki pants apart from the standard trousers. Tweed blazers and formal blazers can be used for every formal event. Whereas, sport's coats and sport's blazers can be worn for more casual events like to a club or a party.
4. A SUIT
"A well tailored suit is to women what lingerie is to men." Whether you are a part of the corporate world or not it is essential to own a well-tailored suit. A suit is traditionally an element of the formal dress-code. Stick to the classic colors like black, grey or navy blue to begin with.
"A well tied tie is the first serious step in life." Rightly quoted by Oscar Wilde. A classy tie is another piece of clothing every man should own. Ties can be used to experiment and create a look of your choice depending on the occasion. Undoubtedly a tie can uplift and add grace to your look. Whereas, a shabby, sloppy tie will only bring down the charm of the entire couture. Hence, it's essential to master the art of wearing a tie.
A classic black leather belt is a must have in every men's wardrobe. When you are buying a belt make sure it's not too big and gaudy. A formal belt shouldn't have any additional embellishments. It shouldn't be too long as it shouldn't over extend in the loops of your jeans or trousers.
7. A PAIR OF BLUE JEANS
I'm sure that all you men out there have more than one pair of blue jeans, but the key is to possess a pair of jeans that fits well and accentuates your body type. It is vital to own a pair of jeans for all those casual and semi formal outings. Pair them with shirts or t-shirts and casual blazers combined with a pair of sneakers or loafers. Stay away from jeans that are too skinny, tight or long. Leave the skinny jeans for the girls. Men sporting extremely tight skinny jeans is one of the biggest fashion faux pas.
8. SLIM FIT CHINOS
Yes, I'm talking about style, but comfort cannot be compensated on. Especially if you live in a place where the weather does not favour your wish to experiment with different fashion trends comfort is critical. They can be teamed with shirts or t shirts. It gives you a more relaxed style and you can wear it to work as well. Popularly known as Khakis, but that's just a color. Make sure they're straight leg. None of the pleated shit. These will take a work to find, but Levi's 511 trousers are a good starting point.
FORMAL SHOES Black and brown coloured formal shoes should be a part of your wardrobe. If you're wearing black shoes wear a black belt and if you're wearing brown shoes wear brown belt. Avoid wearing shoes that are too pointed in the front. It is a trend that has been doing the rounds. However, an extremely pointed shoe is a big NO. It's neither stylish nor comfortable. Take a pick on the basic styles.
LOAFERS OR SNEAKERS Loafers are comfortable and every man should own at least one pair of loafers. They can be paired with trousers, a suit for a formal occasion as well as jeans or chinos. With loafers its always a win-win situation. Sneakers can be a little tricky. However, sporting the classic ones, the kind of shoes that can be worn with anything would be your safest bet.This pair should be a very basic, low cut lace up style without any additional embellishments. Choose a color that can be teamed with everything from jeans to trousers.
Socks constitute an important part of your overall attire. Just because they're hidden underneath your trousers and inside your shoes you cannot NOT pay attention to the socks you're wearing. A very important rule is that the colour of your socks should match with the colour of your trousers and not your shoes.
- For some inspiration, GQ has these four different suggestions for you :
- 1. Checked socks
- 2. Broad striped socks
- 3. Mono colored pair of socks in self stripes
- 4. Printed socks
Most of you might already have a lot of or even all the above mentioned items in your wardrobe.
Now you just have to use your creativity to mix and match well and create a style that resonates with your persona.
LAST MINUTE RULES
1. Match socks to your pants to create a steady flow.
2. Make sure everything fits your shoulders. If the seam is before or past your shoulders, get it tailored or don’t wear it.
3. Don’t be afraid to shop everywhere, some stores have better reputation but chances are you can find at least one jewel amongst the heaps of trash in any store.
Example: thrift and overstock stores.
4. Try to avoid obvious branding as much as possible. (see: Abercrombie and Fitch, Louis Vuitton, Coco Chanel)
5. Find a good tailor.
While not all graphic tees are bad, most of them are.
7. If you’re doubting whether or not something looks good it probably doesn’t.
8. Always match your shoes and belt.
9. Your pants are too short if you can see your socks as you walk.