You’re probably familiar with the phrase ‘a chain is only as strong as its weakest link’. Well, as in many things in life, this phrase is quite applicable to fashion and personal sense of style. Yes, your complete outfit is larger than the sum of its parts, but for it to be truly great, there can’t be any weak parts or in this case links. Each and every item a genuinely fashionable man chooses to put on himself day in and day out needs to be as ‘strong’ as the next one, otherwise, the whole thing is essentially ruined – if it’s not perfect, it’s a disaster. Therefore, in order to prevent you from incorporating any ‘weak links’ into your wardrobe, we have compiled a list of items you simply must own. These are the items that will always come through for you and save the day when you feel like you’re in a style rut, so make sure you have them all.
Starting with the obvious choice
This item is so obvious that men tend to forget its power and significance. You can have as many shirts that come in many different patterns, cuts, and collar types – all reflecting your personal sense of style, but what you can’t do, is be without a classic crisp white dress shirt. This baby will be there for you through everything, from business meetings, interviews, and formal occasions to casually polished looks for first dates. When in doubt, go for your organic cotton white shirt as it will never disappoint or clash with other items. While you’re at it, add an Oxford cloth button down as well, as a quality one just gets better with age.
The Perfect Pair
A truly classy man won’t bother with trendy ripped or those god-awful acid washed jeans. No, a classy man knows that these trends are fleeting and don’t say much about a man as everyone with no defined sense of style will jump on any trendy bandwagon. A fashionable man will choose a classic pair of dark jeans for the stroll around London, and he will make sure they fit perfectly. They should be fitted, but not skinny, and always make sure you pick the rise that’s most suitable for your body type.
To any occasion
Every man, regardless of his sense of style, simply needs to own at least one perfect suit. There are weddings to attend, job interviews to go on, and even anniversaries to be celebrated. Heck, you can wear a suit any day of the week when you want to look super-handsome – you don’t need an excuse. You can find high-quality trendy men’s suits in Sydney and every other fashion capital of the world, so hop to it. Both navy and black should be in your wardrobe, but even if you get just one for now, it’s a good start.
I’ll be in my suit and tie
Well, you know where we’re going with this – where there are suits, there are ties, so when shopping for a suit, make sure you snag a great tie as well. The color and pattern should reflect your personality but also your general color palette and, most importantly, suit color, so make sure the tie is perfectly color-coordinated.
Keeping up with a theme
There are numerous types of shoes a man can and should own – loafers, brogues, a pair of Birkenstocks, but the pair you simply can’t be caught without are the black cap-toe oxfords. Reason: they go perfectly with every suit, and you can even wear those dark jeans with them and instantly create a semi-formal outfit.
If you don’t have a grey crew sweater, preferably cashmere, you’re doing something wrong. This type of sweater can be dressed up or down, depending on the weather and the occasion. It can be worn with a white dress shirt or alone, with sneakers or shoes, and you will always look polished. Why grey? Because it’s the most neutral as well as expensive-looking color there is, and in grey, you’ll always look like a million bucks.
In the name of athleisure
Whether you’re sporty or not is irrelevant here, because the athleisure trend is here to cater to everyone’s needs and preferences. Therefore, you can always find that perfect pair of sneakers. Tennis shoes are always a great choice as they can be paired with both upscale and casual items, and if you’re looking for something more ‘sporty’, sportswear brands have really gone out of their way with different designs and colors, so take your pick.
Like a movie star
Aside from a guy in a suit, there is a strong possibility that there is nothing more handsome and alluring than a man in a camel coat. This item is an absolute chameleon – it’s there to elevate every outfit without being too loud, and if there is any item that can make a possible ‘weak link’ invisible, it’s this one.
Not one, but tons
Investing in quality basic tees is probably the smartest thing you can do for your style. Many people go for graphic tees, but as someone who knows better, you will stick with plain white, grey and black shirts that mesh well with everything else you own from sweatpants to chinos, sneakers to oxfords. You will also make sure they’re made from high-quality fabric so you don’t experience the crooked stitching after one wash.
Then there were two
As men don’t generally wear jewelry (but if you do, good for you, just don’t overdo it), they are left with a very small finite number of accessories and the two that are a definite must-have are great sunglasses that flatter your face shape and a quality watch. These two are an investment, but you will wear them forever, which makes them totally worth the price.
This article is a featured guest post written by Peter Minkoff, a lifestyle writer at Men-Ual magazine UK. It was written for www.thesebastiancintron.com and has been edited and approved by Mr. Sebastian Cintron. Feel free to explore his Twitter for more tips.