Sadly, men have fewer options than women when it comes to clothing. But that doesn’t give you the leeway to be shabbily dressed for any occasion. You’ll be judged by your appearance which is why how you dress does matter. We say whatever you do in life, always dress as if you’ve dressed for success with these 15 important wardrobe staples.
1) A white button-up dress shirt
There’s very little that won’t go with a crisp white button-up shirt. It’s the most versatile item in your wardrobe. Pair it with a suit, with chinos and a statement belt, with shorts or denims, and you’ll be good to go.
2) Slim navy chinos
The perfect way to dress up when the code is smart-casual is with these pair of navy chinos. Moreover, it’s ideal if you don’t want to opt for denims or trousers. Wear it with shirt, t-shirt, shirt and jacket, blazers—the list is endless.
3) A well-tailored dark-blue suit
There is nothing more attractive than a man in a well-cut, well-fitted dark colored suit. Take it from a woman. So, get a tailor who’ll help you achieve the best fit and look for you. Also, if you don’t find anything in the stores, have it custom made.
4) Simple sneakers
Some things never go out of style. There has never been a time when this basic pair of white sneakers has been passé. Look at them, they speak for themselves. The more worn out they look, the better.
5) Denim jacket
Don’t be surprised for this is the jazziest wardrobe staple a guy can have. More importantly, it’s actually easier to wear than you think. Wear it with a simple tee, or pair it with the jeans in a different hue, it’s the simplest way to up your appearance in one go.
6) Brown brogues
Every man needs an all-purpose dress shoes that can go with any piece of clothing in the world—enter brown brogues. Look for a wingtip that will be best for the weeks spent at work as well as weekends spent in jeans.
7) Black lace-ups
Need we explain this one? They are for when the invitation says ‘formal.’ It’s something that’ll make you look smart, come what may.
8) A good quality black/white T-shirt
Because a white (or black) t-shirt is like bacon, it goes well with everything. Just make sure to invest in something that’s cut out of high quality cotton.
9) Slim denims
A good pair of denim is slim and well-fitted. Neither snug, nor too tight or rigid. They should also be blue, naturally.
10) Statement summer blazer
A blazer is the backbone of a man’s closet. Whether you’re going for a preppy, modern or traditional look, the blazer can lend itself to any style.
11) Pale blue shirt
If you ever get sick of your white shirts, don’t get the blues, instead get the blue! It’s the colour that most Indian men can pull off; it’s also casual and formal at the same time.
12) Slim cream chinos
Your perfect summer ensemble is pairing slim cut cream chinos with a darker shade on top. This one is for a sartorially spot-on weekday look.
13) Nehru jacket
Throw in a Nehru jacket on practically anything and make it your trademark for semi-formal affairs. Have nothing to wear on your friend’s wedding? Diwali party in your office? Date with a girl? Nehru jacket is your answer.
14) Khaki shorts
What does a man got to do to be more comfortable? Well, the answer is rather simple—invest in a pair of khaki shorts. It’s a more traditional colour, something that most men are on board with. Team it with your basic white shirt for that carefree after-office look.
15) A solid coloured muffler
An absolute wardrobe essential that also completes your winter wear check list is a solid coloured muffler. It’s modern, non-flashy and fundamentally useful.