10 basics for him that belong in any man’s wardrobe
The amount of clothes we have to choose from is crazy. It’s no wonder you wake up every morning and stand cluelessly in front of your wardrobe. Or maybe you’re at the other end of the spectrum, with hardly clothes to your name. Whichever type you are, you’ll be set and ready to go with the right basics.
But wait, what do I even mean by basics? A basic is a timeless piece of clothing in a neutral colour that you can easily combine with any outfit. You can either go for a monochrome look – in other words, tone on tone – or add your basic to a statement piece. Either way, each basic I recommend comes with tips on what to wear it with.
#1 Blazer: what might look stuffy on first inspection has true trend potential. Combine a jacket with trainers and a pair of jeans and in a flash you’ve transformed office wear into a trendy outfit.
#2 White T-shirt: a plain cotton top is a must. I’d also recommend investing in a grey and black version. When you’re picking out your T-shirt, have a look at the cut. It shouldn’t be too tight fitting, but neither should it be too baggy. Loose fit is the magic phrase here.
#3 Cashmere jumper: Quality comes at a price. Once you get a taste for high-quality wool, there’s no going back. The material is also ideal for the kind of fluctuating weather conditions standard in summer. That’s because the natural fibres help to offset the difference in temperature throughout the day.
#4 Well-fitting jeans: Denim trousers are one of the nation’s favourite items of clothing – for men and women alike. But of all the pairs in your wardrobe how many can you honestly say are a perfect fit? Thought so. Have a look through the whole range till you strike gold. Then you’ll know what I mean.
#5 White trainers: At some point, high-end trainers managed to jump up a dress code.I’ve even spotted them at weddings. That’s not to say I think it’s OK. I just mean trainers have become more acceptable when they’re combined with a suit – as long as they’re clean, of course.
#6 Leather jacket: Even if you’re not a biker or hardcore rock fan, a leather jacket is a fashion evergreen in any wardrobe. And it doesn’t even matter what style you opt for. It can be a classic cut or a more casual blouson style – just as long as you have one!
#7 White shirt: The classic of all essential classics is the white cotton shirt. Add a light blue to that and you’re ready for anything.
#9 Shorts: These days, shorts are a lot better than they’re made out to be. Make sure you snag a pair that’s as versatile as possible by opting for something in black or dark blue. Still not sold? Find out about all the varieties on offer and get tips on how to style shorts here.
#10 Lace-ups: A basic wardrobe only really needs one pair of high-end shoes, unless you work for a bank. With a smart pair of lace-ups, you’re well-equipped for family holidays, important business lunches as well as weddings. My tip: invest in real leather ones.
What’s your favourite outfit? Let me know in the comments. And if this article got you thinking about updating your wardrobe, here’s the whole clothing range to browse.