The key to any man’s successful wardrobe is to invest in hero pieces that can be interchanged, whatever the occasion. Stuck on where to start? We have you covered with all the items that will form the foundations for successful outfits, from form-fitting trousers to zip-up jerseys.
SHIRTS AND T-SHIRTS
With or without a tie, there’s very little that won’t go with a crisp white shirt. Wear with formal trousers for a suave feel, place under a crew neck for chillier days and keep it buttoned down with jeans for those relaxed moments. A t-shirt may be an obvious choice in our essentials guide, but getting it right can make or break your wardrobe. Pick up a good quality tee made from breathable fabric to see you through season after season.
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Transeasonal layering is not so much a trend as an essential when the temperatures drop after summer. This year is all about the incorporation of jersey fabrics, so think tough-wearing denim paired with hoodies and sweats. Always keep your sporting separates longer than your outerwear, and if you’re looking for a smart/casual contrast, a zip-up top and blazer combination is a style win for the autumn.
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When it comes to your legwear, keep the balance between casual and formal with a suit trouser investment. Team with a plain white tee and trainers for a dressed down look, or pair with a blazer for evening occasions. Denim is key for those off-duty days, so try a slim fit or straight leg piece as a more versatile choice. Roll up and pair with plimsolls for the weekend, or finish with a pair of brogues and a crisp white shirt come party time.
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The bomber jacket may be the outerwear of the season, but because it’s unlikely to ever fall out of favour making it the perfect piece to invest in. Opt for unassuming khaki, navy or jet black shades to see you through autumn and spring. For something a little more hardwearing, try a classic biker jacket for a fast-track to cool. A piece worn by rockers and film stars alike, make it your wardrobe essential to sling on when the cold bites.
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The increase in popularity when it comes to sporting details has seen a rise in trainers with their simplicity and versatility shining through. Pair those crisp white hi-tops with anything from ripped trousers for a grunge feel, to tapered chinos for a smart touch. Keep it subtle with black trainers for a discreet nod to athleisure, reserving colour for the top half of your outfit.
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Understated and easy to wear, don’t be afraid to use your smart shoes on a day-to-day basis. Chelsea boots are the perfect accompaniment to chinos or jeans, they can be worn year-round and the best part- the don’t have laces. Brogues tell a simple story and although they are traditionally paired with a suit, they can also be worn sockless with a pair of chinos and a t-shirt for a smart/casual balance.
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