These 5 items are the essential building blocks of your style. While they don’t make up a complete wardrobe, having these basic, versatile pieces give you a solid foundation for a successful wardrobe. Wear them with complementary items of clothing and accessories to show your intrinsic personal style.
A White Oxford Shirt
It’s timeless, classic and versatile. Whether you’re attending a business meeting or a wedding, going on a date or a barbeque, you’ll always find an occasion to wear a white button-down shirt. You can wear it with your suit, a pair of dark jeans or chinos and you’re ready to go. It’s a good idea to invest in a few of these shirts.
On the topic of white shirts, make sure you also have a white tee in your closet. This will go with everything you own. Invest in something cut from high quality cotton. It feels better on your skin and will last you longer, even with repeated wear!
A Sports Jacket
A blazer or a sports coat can be worn with dress pants, jeans or chinos, and can take you from semi-formal, smart casual to casual events. Wear it with a basic outfit such as a white tee and jeans to instantly transform your look from basic to dapper. Make sure that it fits you perfectly! And choose a sports jacket in a neutral colour so that it works well with the rest of your clothes in your closet.
A Dark Wash Jean
A dark pair of jeans is more versatile than other hues of denim. You can dress it up by wearing it with a blazer or sports coat or dress it down by wearing a jumper or a casual tee. It’s casual but still looks smart and sharp.
Brown Leather Shoes & Matching Belt
Amazing with navy and just as brilliant with grey, a pair of brown leather shoes works as well with denim as it will with more traditional tailoring. And a matching belt will ensure that you look well put together. A pair of oxford lace-ups is more appropriate for formal wear while brogues can be worn for less formal occasions.
A Modern Sneaker
Sneakers aren’t just for the gym anymore. Today, they can be worn to the work place and even formal events if the styling is right. But with so many options, how do you know which pair to choose? To start, opt for white sneakers as they are the most versatile. They work well with jeans, chinos, tailored shorts, and (if you’re feeling bold) even a suit. Once you get a feel of how you can wear sneakers, you can then experiment with more trendy pairs.
Having these key pieces in your closet helps you build a versatile wardrobe that is stylish and smart. Make sure you invest in high quality items too, as you are likely to wear these pieces again and again. High quality fabrics and materials can ensure that the item lasts you a long time.