Guy Files: 7 Wardrobe Essentials Every Man Should Have In His Closet

By Josh Nichols
In Style

The selection and opportunities in men’s fashion is currently at an all-time high thanks to bigger and better brands, an increased retail selection and even the inclusion of Men’s Fashion Week that fell just before its more experienced women’s counterpart in New York.

For the first time ever, men are searching for hairstyles on Google more than women. In our never-ending search for style, men are finally in the driver’s seat with more access than ever before, and with so many options available, it’s important for every man to have a good core of essentials in their wardrobe.

You can find any number of statement pieces to spice up your collection of couture, but without core pieces to wear them with, stylish finds could end up in your closet indefinitely. These 7 items will help to make any wardrobe complete, and will certainly allow you to pull together a winning look every time you incorporate them into your look.

1/ Plain White Tee– A plain white t-shirt is the most versatile item in any man’s closet.  It is a perfect match for any of the items on this list, and a classic choice on its own. You can layer it under any shirt for an added boost of warmth. Pair it with a classic blazer to dress it up, or under a denim jacket for a casual look. V-neck or crew neck comes down to personal preference–choose a t-shirt that you like based on comfort and fit. I’m partial to this one from Kit and Ace. The blend of cashmere feels awesome on your skin, and would be a perfect choice to fill this void in your wardrobe. Layer Mayne Tee, $84, Kit and Ace

Photo Courtesy of Kit And Ace

Photo Courtesy of Kit And Ace

 

2/ Dark Denim– A nice pair of indigo denim can be dressed up or down depending on what it’s paired with. A classic straight-leg fit will work for any body type. Choose a pair that is not distressed or embellished and you can wear them with any outfit. I am partial to this pair from AG. The fit is perfect for most guys, and don’t be afraid to experiment with the cuff. Denim can be tailored to a perfect length, or you can cuff them if they are too long.  AG Matchbox Slim in Heat, $164, Sole & Blues

Photo Courtesy of Sole & Blues

Photo Courtesy of Sole & Blues

 

3/ White Button-Up Dress Shirt– A white button-up is a staple in any wardrobe.  Besides working with any suit or color of tie, a white button-up can be layered under a sweater in the colder months, or work with an open collar for a dressed-down option. My favorite is this one from Hugo Boss. BOSS Slim Fit Dress Shirt, $105, Nordstrom

Photo Courtesy of Nordstrom

Photo Courtesy of Nordstrom

 

4/ Navy Knit Sweater– The beauty of this wardrobe essential is that it can be paired with literally anything. It can be dressed up or down easily, layered over a button-up dress shirt or worn alone. V-neck, scoop neck, or crew: the possibilities with a navy sweater are endless. Check out this stylish option from Lindbergh. O-Neck Knit Navy, $64, Lindbergh

Photo Courtesy of Coolshop UK

Photo Courtesy of Coolshop UK

 

5/ Denim Jacket– The denim jacket has been a men’s wardrobe staple for a long time. It can take any dressy outfit and dress it down with ease. Imagine any ensemble with a blazer, and then replace that blazer with a denim jacket. This jacket from H&M, or any other, is a perfect fit.  Denim Jacket, $49.99, H&M

Photo Courtesy of H&M

Photo Courtesy of H&M

 

6./ Black Dress Shoes– I probably don’t need to tell you why a black dress shoe is important. They can be worn with any suit, but can dress up a casual look, too. They pair well with denim or any other pant. Always choose a pair that is comfortable, because these puppies are going to get quite a bit of mileage.  Roversella, $100, ALDO

 

Photo Courtesy of ALDO

Photo Courtesy of ALDO


7/ Casual Brown Shoe
– A casual brown shoe pairs well with most any outfit (with the exception of a black suit) and look great with any color of denim and equally as good with navy or brown slacks. I personally own this great pair from Bed/Stu. I wear them with everything.  Bed/Stu Draco Chukka Boot in Toast Zone, $155, Sole & Blues

Photo Courtesy of Sole & Blues

Photo Courtesy of Sole & Blues

 

Josh Nichols is a 15-year industry veteran who is a nationally recognized expert in hair styling. A St. Louis native, Josh attended Current Trends Academy and went on to become a top revenue stylist at the award-winning American Image Salon in Chesterfield. Josh opened his first salon—Josh Nichols Studio—in 2010. He has since expanded his services, added employees and relocated to Clayton, renaming his salon KINK Salon in 2012. His latest project, Notch, a men’s barbershop concept, opened August of 2014 in The Grove.

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