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Guide: 10 Essential Items for the Minimalist Man’s Wardrobe

With the chokehold fast fashion has on us, it’s easy to get caught up in believing your wardrobe has to be expanding constantly. Even if you lean more towards a classic look, many publications will tell you that you have to make a long list of purchases to be able to dress well. In reality, though, you really only need a few quality items to put together a functional, but stylish wardrobe. Below, you’ll find ten essential items that’ll allow you to look good for any occasion.

A Crisp, White T-Shirt

First off, an underrated basic. Once you’ve found a fit that compliments your proportions in a high-quality fabric, it’ll serve as the base of an infinite number of outfits. Pair it with jeans for a casual, James Dean-esque look or with more adventurous pieces to allow them to stand out.

Quality Jeans

A great pair of jeans offer the comfort and casual air of joggers without seeming sloppy – and can also be dressed up for more formal occasions with a sleek roll-neck, a dress shirt or a suit jacket. Invest in a comfortable pair made of quality denim, and you’ll treasure them for many years to come.

Well-Fitting Slacks

For slightly more formal events, it’s nice to be able to elevate your look without going full-on black tie. Enter slacks: With a loose, but tailored fit, they’re the perfect middle ground and can be worn all day at the office and into the night without ever seeming out of place.

A Dress Shirt

A dress shirt is another must-have for those regularly tip-toeing the line between casual and formal. Paired with jeans or light slacks and loafers, you have yourself the perfect breezy summer outfit – but pair it with a suit, and you’re all set for a glamorous evening.

A Versatile Sweater

A classic knitted piece will serve you well throughout the entire year. Whether it’s a chunky sweater for the winter and chilly summer evenings, a stylish roll-neck for everyday and formal wear, a cardigan or a sweater vest – you’ll never regret investing in versatile knitwear.

A Warm, Stylish Coat

For the colder months, it’s all about timeless coats in thick, quality fabrics that’ll keep you warm and go with any outfit. Look for classic materials like wool and custom tailoring, e.g. as seen in this brown overcoat – which also comes in a versatile, neutral color that won’t clash with the rest of your look.

A Classic Suit

No matter how casual fashion gets, black tie events will never go out of style – and whether they’re a part of your professional life or reserved for big celebrations, you’ll need at least one solid option in your wardrobe. Think quality over quantity and go for one versatile, quality suit that fits you like a glove.

White Sneakers

Once you find the right pair of sneakers, you’ll never want to wear anything else. To get the most wear out of them, go for a classic white sneaker that’s flexible, but offers just the right amount of support without feeling clunky.

Sleek, Sturdy Boots

Yes, we did just say you’d never want to wear anything besides your sneakers. But when you either want a stronger look or need more coverage around the ankle, you’ll also need a great pair of boots. While Chelsea boots are a hugely popular choice, others prefer chunkier designs like Dr. Martens. The choice is yours.

Timeless Sunglasses

Lastly, if you’re only going to invest in one accessory, let it be a quality pair of sunglasses. Of course, if you’re prone to losing or breaking them, we don’t recommend buying expensive designer ones. Just stick to classic styles like aviators, wayfarers or clubmasters, and you’re good to go.

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