If you are planning to create your essential male wardrobe then there are a number of steps to take to make sure you get all of the elements which you will need to create a fully balanced selection of outfits which will suit every occasion.
The first thing to do is start with the clothes you already have in the wardrobe so go through and remove anything which you haven’t worn for two years or more and put that into the pile for the charity shop. You need to be ruthless.
Once you have completed this first important step you can move on to the rest of our tips and tricks for building up the elements you will need to create the perfect wardrobe for you, meaning you never run out of things to wear again.
1. Decide what image you want to portray
It’s important to understand the image that you want to portray and what kind of style you are aiming for. For example, are you going for trendy, formal, business wear, sporty wear or a combination of them? Do you want to have a very formal wardrobe for work and a very casual one for your days off? Do you need to have special suits for nights out with strict dress codes? Make a note of all the looks you know you will need to achieve as part of your everyday life.
2. Make sure you have the staple items
As a professional working man there are some clear basics which should feature in your wardrobe. For this we asked the help of our friends from Dobell – an online site for men’s dress shirts and suits; and they gave us their list to complete your new wardrobe:
- Six business suits
- Two pairs of casual shoes
- Matching belts to go with your shoes
- Two white dress shirts
- Ten regular shirts in assorted colours and patterns
- Ten ties in assorted colours and patterns
- Four pairs of smart jeans
- Four pairs of smart trousers in different colours
- Four smart t-shirts
- Two polo shirts
- Five thin jumpers in assorted colours
- A sports jacket
- A navy blue blazer
- Six pocket squares in different colours
3. Elements needed for very formal occasions
Every man should have a formal occasion outfit to wear for those special invitations which may come your way so make sure to invest in these elements so you know you can always step up to any suitable occasion that may arise.
- A pair of dress shoes (black lace-ups)
- A dress watch
- A quality tuxedo suit
- A suit brush
- A dress shirt
- Bow tie or black tie
4. Other casual items
Not every occasion requires formal wear so here are several other more casual items which every man’s wardrobe needs to be complete:
- A simple every day watch
- A smart overcoat
- Several pairs of gloves
- A hat and scarf
- Warmer jumpers
- Socks and boxers
5. Plan your budget
It’s important to plan your budget carefully as if you went to buy all of the above items in one go it would run into thousands, so plan your money and the best approach is to build up your purchases one at a time, so select a business suit which can be worn regularly as a starting stock item and then add to the wardrobe with a number of suit options.
6. Always choose quality over cost
When buying a whole new wardrobe it might be tempting to cut costs by going for cheaper, low quality items, however quality clothing is an investment and will last much longer and will wash well as well, so it’s always better to invest in several high quality items than to cut corners.
Quality items will also be more likely to fit you better and create a much better look and feel overall than cheap items which, no matter how much you jazz them up, will always stand out for all the wrong reasons when you wear them.
Building the essential wardrobe should be done gradually over years, rather than all in one go but if you are looking to revamp your style and update your clothing collection then start by deciding what kind of style you want to have and take it from there.
You can use men’s magazines or films for inspiration for different looks and styles and then make a list of the items which you are missing using the checklist in our guide, featured above. Once you know the style you want and the items you need then you can start to work on building up your wardrobe piece by piece.
From casual jeans and t-shirts through to formal business suits and a tuxedo, if you follow this guide you will have everything you need to ensure you are appropriately dressed for every and any occasion that might come up on your calendar.
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