10 Absolute Essentials for a Man’s Wardrobe
Fashion trends are constantly changing but despite this there remain some key pieces that form the essential building blocks for a wardrobe. Even though every man has different tastes and styles, these ten pieces are the guidelines to building the foundation for any man’s closet.
1. Dark tailored suit
The first color that probably comes to your mind is black. Black is a safe bet; it’s classy and it goes well with anything. But other great choices include dark grey, navy and brown which have all seen tremendous growth in popularity. A good quality and well fitted suit shouldn’t hang off your body; rather it should hug at the shoulders, waist and legs. The best way to ensure a great fit is to have it custom tailored. A tailored suit is worth investing into because, aside from looking great, a proper fitting suit will not wear out as quickly and will last you many seasons.
2. Fitted, white, button-down dress shirt
Having this in your wardrobe will never fail you. A clean-cut white dress shirt is extremely versatile and will never go out of style. It can be dressed up with a suit or made more casual with a pair of denim. Investing in a quality dress shirt is important as it will last you longer. To check the quality, look at the ply count on the shirt label; two-ply is stronger and softer than one-ply. A good quality shirt will also have one line of stitching running down the side of the shirt where the seam is located; most shirts have 2 lines of stitching. When looking for a white dress shirt, avoid collars that button up in order to look more casual. Finding a shirt made from wrinkle-free cotton will also save you time and effort.
3. Neck ties
Ties are a very powerful piece in a man’s wardrobe. You can never go wrong with dark, solid color because they are versatile year round. For the more fashion forward man, investing into power ties with bold colors, patterns and textures can give your wardrobe a flashy yet subtle edge.
4. A leather jacket
A leather jacket is a statement piece. Adding a leather jacket is smart choice because the leather can be styled in so many different ways. Whether you opt for a cyclist, bomber or classic straight jacket, leather is an iconic staple of cool for any man’s wardrobe.
5. Well fitted jeans
The fit is probably the most crucial factor when buying jeans. Many men make the mistake of choosing the wrong cut for their body type, so choose cautiously. Jeans comes in many varieties, cuts, colors and styles but not all denim is acceptable for all seasons and occasions. However, having a pair of well fitted, dark, solid color denim jeans will prove more versatile than lighter denim because it can often be made dressy or casual. Choose your denim according to your budget and lifestyle.
Tees come in a variety of colors, fabrics, prints and styles. Like everything else, the more simple a t-shirt is in its color, construction and style, the more versatile it is. Having a plain white and a plain black tee is a must. Different neckline styles suit different men differently; so you will need to find which is best for you. Crew necklines are the most common type of neck on a tee but V-necks show confidence. The boat-neck is another, less popular option.
7. A great sweater
Whether it’s a Crew, V-neck, Polo, Cardigan or Turtleneck, having one really great sweater that you really like is handy. It also leaves you with a reliable option for those cooler days, or for rush situations where you just need something quick. These can be worn with your denim alone for a more casual look or with a blazer for a formal occasion. The most important thing to consider when purchasing a sweater is comfort; if it doesn’t feel comfortable don’t get it.
8. Top notch dress shoes
They say the first thing a woman notices on a man is his shoes. Regardless of whether that is true or not, investing into a solid pair of black or brown wig-tip dress shoes will keep you looking sharp, whatever the occasion. Many men make the tragic mistake of investing into a great pair of dress shoes without the investment into the products that make them last. Ensure that your shoes are taken care off; this means cleaning, buffing, polishing and protecting them. Do this and they will last you years.
A man needs a great timepiece. Although its function as your primary timekeeper is slowly being overtaken in our modern era of mobile technology, a great watch is a classic fashion piece that will last season after season. The right watch can complement your overall look and say a lot about your personality. Choose something that is simple and avoid any large detailing as this will make the piece less versatile.
Whether they are for casual wear, the gym, relaxing or traveling, having a versatile pair of sneakers will serve you more than any other item. Choose a pair that is both durable and stylish. Designer sneakers have been in for several seasons but that doesn’t mean they have to be expensive. Some designer sneakers start as low as $40.
These essential items are the first steps in building a stylish but classic wardrobe. Don’t let the overflow of trends distract you from these fundamentals.
How to Find the Perfect Pair of Jeans
Article By: Rameez Karim
Shave Magazine Staff
Jeans, since they’re origin over a century ago, have become a staple in every man’s wardrobe. Because of their versatility and vast selection, investing in the perfect pair of jeans can be quite a challenge. Finding the perfect pair to match your needs and body requires time and patience.
The difference between jeans and denim
Jean and denim are each different materials used in making the everyday pair of “jeans”. The difference comes about in the production of both fabrics: denim is woven with two different colored yarns whereas jean is woven with two yarns that are both the same color. Denim tends to be more expensive and durable whereas jean is used for lighter clothing such as shirts. There are many companies out there such as Evisu and G-STAR RAW who use denim in its raw form to make their product, while other companies will use a blend of materials.
Factors to examine when considering which pair is right for you:
Wearing jeans that are occasion appropriate is extremely important. Jeans that have a darker wash are more suitable at posh restaurants or trendy nightclubs. They tend to be more formal in general, even at the workplace. Lighter fades are worn more during the day and early evening. Many men decide to keep fewer than five pairs as a part of their wardrobe however the more fashion forward male can experiment with different washes, fades and designs. There are endless possibilities in the market today.
The fit is probably the most crucial factor when buying a new pair of jeans. Many men make the mistake of choosing the wrong cut for their body type. Some of the standard fits include straight leg, bootcut, relaxed and slim fit/skinny. Each cut is made to fit a different body build. For example, slim fitting jeans are made for the more slender male and tend to be more snug starting from the hips all the way down to the ankle. For men who have a bigger build, a relaxed fit would be more suitable because there is more room in the legs. Choose out 4-5 pairs of jeans that spark your interest and try them all on to compare. Walk around the store for a few minutes, sit down, move around and get a feel for the pair you have on. The “Squat Test” is a good indication on how tight the pair is. The rule of thumb generally says that if you can squat all the way down to the floor (this means the top half of your legs are parallel to the floor), the pair is a good fit. Your new jeans shouldn’t hug your body to the point that they become a second layer of skin. Usually, a finger or two in between the waist and waistband is a good fit. Ultimately, comfort is the determining factor for most men. If a man is going to invest in a pair of jeans, he is going to want to be extremely comfortable. If the jeans don’t feel right, they’re not the right pair for you.
The jean and denim market has vastly expanded with the introduction of manmade fibers. Today, there are many hybrids available that mix jean and denim with materials such as spandex and polyester. Materials such as spandex give jeans extra stretch to make the jeans adapt to your body frame whereas jeans made from pure denim will be more rugged and will take time to break in.
The price of jeans can be quite diverse depending on various factors. Pairs can run anywhere from $50 up to $500, depending on the brand! The price is often an indication of quality however many companies who produce offshore in countries such as China and Bangladesh have improved the quality of their product but mark it up astronomically to make a large profit. When looking at a pair of jeans it’s important not only to look at where it is made but how it is made. Many companies that produce locally will often be more expensive because of high labor costs. However, each pair receives more attention as domestic companies produce in smaller amounts and prefer their product demonstrate a great attention to detail. Earnest Sewn and Sharkah Chakra are just two examples of companies who value quality and individual style above all else. If you’re willing to considerably invest in a pair of jeans, do the research to find out how those jeans are produced and what makes them superior to competing brands. An emerging trend in the denim and jean market is also “custom made” or “custom fitted” jeans. These will cost more than buying a pair in store because each pair will differ according to a person’s measurements. Brands such as APO Jeans will customize the rivets on their product in materials such as gold or diamonds. For those who have a creative edge, the “Do-It-Yourself” technique has also become widely popular to distress, dye and manipulate the look of your jeans to fit your personal style and expression. There will always be inexpensive and expensive jeans, it’s all about what fits your lifestyle and budget.
The denim and jean market has become very vast over the past decade. With the emergence of new materials, designs and methods of production, the possibilities are endless. Look at the occasion, fit, material and pricing of each pair to find one that matches what you’re looking for. Don’t be afraid to try on new styles, cuts and washes; you will learn more about your personal style and how to dress according to your body.