The past few weeks I’ve discussed fashion disasters and trends to avoid. I’ve also focused primarily on women’s fashion that, as I learned last week, was not typically ready-to-wear. In an effort to save face with my female readers I’ll be focusing on the males this week. I’ll also be focusing on what you should wear instead of what shouldn’t be worn. Inspired by Men Style.com’s 10 fashion essentials, here is my self proclaimed Men’s 6 wardrobe essentials.
Dark Wash Jeans
You can dress them up or you can dress them down. They’re versatile and can be coordinated with most any kind or color of shoe. They’re perfect with a t-shirt or with a blazer.
Another versatile piece for the wardrobe. You can wear it with a t-shirt underneath, a dress shirt with the collar tucked, a dress shirt with the collar out (or ala GQ), and wear it plain or with a blazer. The V-neck is a must because it allows you to layer properly unlike the crew neck which is designed to be worn all by itself.
Black, Grey, and Navy Suit
Black, Navy, and Gray are the standards you should have in your collection. Go with a two-button or three-button either one looks great. Pairing it up with a coordinated vest adds some nice flair.
Black & Brown Dress Shoes
Shoes can make or break a man’s outfit. Tie everything together with the classic black or brown dress shoe. I’m partial to the square toe mainly because I have clodhoppers for feet and need the extra width.
Not only is khaki any extremely versatile color the pants can be wore casual or dressy. Jeans can’t always been worn, but khakis can.
Black & Brown Belt
As part of being the total package, you need to complete your outfit with a belt. Personally, and I know this isn’t the norm, I’m a huge fan of the black and brown reversible belts. Maybe the quality is different and maybe they don’t last as long, because the buckle eventually breaks, but I love having that all-in-one feature.