10 Mens Wardrobe Essentials for a Sharp Image in 2018Last Updated: March 1, 2018
To look stylish, men don’t need a huge wardrobe full of throwaway trends. A capsule wardrobe is the way to go; a curation of basic essentials that will make endless, and timeless, combinations of sharp business and casual outfits. Get going with these 10 must-haves to turn yourself into a sharp-dressed man at all times.
The sheer range of fashion choices, even for the modern business man, can be quite bewildering for some. The most sensible choice is to go for a seasonal capsule wardrobe that has sufficient variety to keep you looking entrepreneurial sharp at all times. These 10 mens wardrobe essentials are a useful starting point.
1. White Dress Shirt
Although it’s easy to get distracted by more colourful designs, nothing is as sharp as a clean white shirt. It’s extremely versatile and can be worn with a suit and tie or open-collared with chinos. This slim-fit shirt from Thomas Pink features a keep-cool fabric with anti-wrinkle technology, so you won’t have to look crumpled on long business trips.Check Price >
2. Simple Trainers
The trainers you wear when hanging out with friends shouldn’t be the ones you use for your workout. Casual trainers should be understated and white, and the more scruffy and bashed up the better, for an authentic feel. These retro-style trainers from Italian brand Superga are perfect.Check Price >
3. Brown Lace-Ups
Dress shoes should have a rounded or pointed toe, as clunky square-toe shoes can let down an otherwise stylish outfit. Take a break from monotonous black for a brown shoe, but remember to always wear a matching brown belt.Check Price >
4. Slim Dark-Wash Jeans
No list of mens wardrobe essentials would be complete without slim jeans—the perfect compromise between super-skinnies and dated boot-cuts. A dark indigo wash is universally flattering and can be dressed up or down with ease. Armani Jeans create luxe denim with fashion-forward cuts, seamlessly taking you from day into night.Check Price >
5. White T-Shirt
A plain white T-shirt is the most versatile item in any man’s wardrobe, making it a true essential. Although they can be picked up anywhere, it’s a good idea to invest in a good quality item that will endure plenty of washes.Check Price >
6. Cashmere Jumper
There’s nothing cozier than a 100% cashmere jumper for layering in the winter time, and simple V-necks and neutral colours also score major style points. This Dunedin jumper is made from good quality material, and should last for years if you look after it properly. It has a contemporary fit and is reasonably priced, considering its 100 percent cashmere quality.
7. Navy Suit
A navy suit can be more inspired than traditional black, while modern cut tailoring and Italian slim fit ensures you look contemporary. A good quality suit in pure wool in a sharp, dark navy shade, will make you look as sharp in the boardroom as on social occasions.Check Price >
8. Tan Chinos
Chinos are a great alternative to jeans and, depending on your office dress code, may be perfect for workwear on occasions when you don’t want or need to wear a suit. A slim cut in tan is flattering for all and exudes understated style.Check Price >
9. Navy Silk Tie
When choosing a tie for your range of mens wardrobe essentials, it’s important not to get carried away with bright colours and loud patterns—a plain silk can be the most effective. Navy silk ties, especially those with a matte finish, create a sleek, stylish look when worn against a crisp white shirt.Check Price >
10. Navy Peacoat
Although the puffa jacket has been making a comeback recently, a wool peacoat is more classic and versatile. It’s a garment that can be worn with a suit or jeans and trainers, while a dark neutral shade such as navy means it will go with anything. Coats inspired by the original US Navy Pea Coat are warm, stylish and, for the most part, reasonably priced, making them one of the real standouts among your mens wardrobe essentials.Check Price >