As the seasons change, so do fashion trends, but there are a few timeless garments that remain. It’s never too late to vow to improve your style, and whether for professional purposes, self-confidence or as a means to attract the ladies, a little bit of style goes a long way these days. Contrary to the popular belief entwined with our day and age of over-consumption, you don’t need a closet full of clothing just to compile a sleek, stylish look. When it comes to building the perfect wardrobe, versatility is definitely key. Play your cards right and you could have access to dozens of looks utilizing only a few tried and true pieces.
Tokyo Smoke Cotton Button Up (photo: Stephen Harris)
A solid, white button-down shirt might seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many closets are lacking this classic staple. Whether you rock yours with jeans, dress pants or khakis, a white button-down will provide endless options for work, play and beyond. If you’re not too keen on white, opt for a basic black option as a good alternative. It’s impossible not to look sleek when you’re rocking any variation of the two. Invest in a couple of bold ties for added “oomph” when the occasion calls for it.
You may be tempted to stock your closet with light wash jeans boasting all kinds of cool rips and fading, but if you’re looking for timelessness, you can’t go wrong with a dark wash. Sure, you can keep a pair of distressed denim on deck, but be sure to keep a couple of solid, dark wash jeans to ensure you’ve always got something to throw on in a flash. Whether you pair them with a laid-back T-shirt or a button-up for a business casual look, a dark wash means polish. And don’t forget fit! A sleek pair of jeans can take a turn for the worse if the fit isn’t just right. Consider yourself warned.
Tokyo Smoke Leather Jacket (photo: Jesse Milns)
A leather jacket is a necessity for more reasons than one. There’s the warmth factor, sure, but it’s the cool connotation that’s driven the demand for this garment for decades now, beginning with Marlon Brando and James Dean in the ‘50s. Opt for a neutral shade for versatility – camel, brown, oxblood, black and olive are all timeless shades that complement leather superbly.
Anyone can look like a million bucks when they’ve got a fancy occasion to go to, but it’s your off-day style that matters most. A couple of comfortable, well-fitting T-shirts in neutral shades can do wonders for your look. Be on the lookout for vintage-inspired styles like classic rock tees for an added dose of “cool”. Pair these with dark wash jeans and sneakers for laid-back days or throw on a cool bomber jacket and boots to hit the bar.
Chuck Taylor Classics (photo: Converse)
If you thought shoes were a girl thing, you’d be wrong. Times, they are a’changin’, and now stylish men are building up their shoe closets like nobody’s business. A pair of timeless Chuck Taylors and some dark brown boots are two basics definitely deserving of a spot in your closet. Mix and match these with the aforementioned items to create an ensemble that’s stylish today, tomorrow and forever.