The rules of men’s fashion change so quickly that it can be difficult to stay current. Although men want to look stylish and modern, you want to invest in wardrobe staples that endure over time.

Fortunately, there is an easy way to stay stylish without burning a hole in your wallet. Invest in the following wardrobe essentials, and you can easily modernize your closet with an upgrade in style department.

Wardrobe Essentials 1

Neutral Suits in Contemporary Colors

Contemporary color suitEven if you only wear a suit twice a year, every man should have at least one well-tailored suit in their closet. If you don’t have much money to spend and want to play it smart, then a neutral suit in a contemporary color, like tan, navy, white, or gray, is an excellent choice. These colors are not only trendy and modern but also ideal for most occasions that call for a suit.

WHY YOU NEED IT

Unlike traditional black suits, a neutral suit is more casual and lends itself well to less formal occasions. Whether you are attending a wedding or a business meeting, a suit is appropriate for just about any occasion that requires formal wear. If you don’t want to purchase multiple suits, invest in a neutral suit for its versatility.

STYLE TIPS

The suit should be altered properly for your frame so that it cuts a sleek silhouette. Feel free to accessorize the suit to showcase your personal style. After all, it’s the minor details that complete the look. If choosing accessories sounds daunting, then you can always opt for a men’s subscription box that delivers a monthly array of accouterments based on your personal style. Add cufflinks, ties, tie bars, and lapel pins to complete the look.

STYLE INSPIRATION

There’s no question that Tom Hiddleston looks dashing in a suit. Feel free to draw inspiration from his red carpet looks and casual appearances.

Wardrobe Essentials 2

Embracing Color, Patterns, and Textures

There is nothing wrong with supplying your wardrobe with versatile clothing. However, you don’t want a closet completely filled with neutrals. To spruce up a lackluster wardrobe, the modern man should embrace interesting colors, patterns, and textures.

If you’re worried that bold hues and patterns are too busy for your personal taste, rest assured that there are many ways to incorporate them into your outfit without overwhelming your style.  

WHY YOU NEED IT

Pattern suit and tie outfitWearing bold hues and vibrant patterns might seem intimidating, but the warmer seasons definitely call for colorful clothing.

This year, don’t be afraid to incorporate this year’s must-have color into your wardrobe or try out a new pattern. There are plenty of ways to wear them without going over the top!

STYLE TIPS

There is an endless array of style options this year like eye-catching patterns, colors, and textures. Stripes have always been a popular during the summer, but vertical stripes were spotted on the runways recently. An easy way to sport the look is by pairing some vertical striped shorts with a classic white button-up shirt and casual boat shoes.

Another simple way to upgrade your style is by throwing a stylish printed bomber jacket or printed cardigan over a monochromatic outfit. For warmer months, you can don a gingham shirt or try your hand at patterned pants.

Want to add some interesting textures into the mix? Luxury fabrics like suede never go out of style. Pair a classic suede jacket with a white shirt and dark denim for a dramatic look that will turn heads.

STYLE INSPIRATION

Pharrell Williams has been slaying the fashion game for a while, now, enjoying a reputation as the master of funky prints and colors. The “Happy” singer is an expert in the art of mixing and matching of patterns, adding pops of color with statement pieces.  

Wardrobe Essentials 3

Shoes and Boots for Work and Play

Did you know that the average man owns 12 pairs of shoes? It’s not surprising; every fashionable outfit ends with stylish footwear. From fancy dress shoes to summer sandals and casual sneakers, there are some shoes that every man should have in his closet.

WHY YOU NEED IT

Dress shoesYour choice of shoes can make or break your outfit. Investing in a high-quality pair of dress shoes is a must for every man to complete your ensemble at formal events.

Don’t forget to make room in your budget for some trendy sneakers and sandals as well. That way, you have the right footwear for an upscale event or a casual date.

STYLE TIPS

If the occasion calls for a suit, you can’t go wrong with a classic pair of oxfords, but you can also wear some sleek brogues to sharpen your look.

For casual street style, sneakers are a must-have staple for your wardrobe. Breathable, lightweight canvas lace-up shoes in white are super versatile and can be paired with nearly any casual outfit for the summer.

Don’t forget to add some stylish sandals as well. This year, we’re seeing plenty of Birkenstocks as a continuation of last year’s trends. With festival season upon us, woven leather sandals are also a great option for men who want an airy option during warmer weather.

When the weather gets colder, sub in some dependable sneakers like sporty, basketball-style kicks or high-top Converse. The choices are unlimited these days.

STYLE INSPIRATION

We love how celebrities like Donald Glover are opting for complexion-complementing loafers for a smart casual look. Brown or beige loafers are extremely versatile and work well whether you dress them up or down.

If you’re looking to upgrade your sneaker-style, look no further than Drake. The rapper is frequently spotted wearing Jordans, Nike, and Timberland. Although you may never own as many shoes as Drake, you can easily emulate his street style.

Shoes and Boots style tips

Wardrobe Essentials 4

Modern Denim in Different Washes

If you think that one pair of blue jeans is enough for your wardrobe, it’s time to go shopping again. There are many different styles and washes these days, and every man needs a few pairs to make his wardrobe complete.

WHY YOU NEED IT

Denim can be worn year-round, and it’s always exciting to find a pair of jeans that look good and are comfortable to wear. Whether you want a casual pair for strolling through the Saturday market or a stylish, distressed jeans for the club, denim is an essential staple in every man’s closet.

STYLE TIPS

Modern denimMost guys have a favorite pair in dark wash denim, but having a few different styles will enhance your wardrobe. Lighter washes are a spring and summer essential, but they can be much trickier to get right.

Because lighter washes are more casual, a great way to wear them is with a smart relaxed style of shirt. For example, pairing light wash, distressed jeans with a gingham print shirt and clean, white sneakers or desert boots strikes a nice balance.

Another fashionable choice is a pair of black denim. If you need any style inspiration for this look, Justin Theroux is your man. Black jeans can be dressed up with a dress shirt, trendy pea coat, and Chelsea boots, or dressed down with a printed tee-shirt and casual sneakers.

STYLE INSPIRATION

For black denim, we’ve mentioned Justin Theroux. However, actor David Boneta rocks blue jeans like a pro. Light wash, dark wash, distressed, or skinny, this Scream Queens actor manages to look effortlessly cool in all of them. From a classic white shirt and dark blue jeans to lighter denim and leather jacket, we recommend taking a tip from Boneta’s style book.

Wardrobe Essentials 5

Classic Overcoat with Layers

Classic overcoatA classic overcoat is a simple way to elevate your look, and adding fashionable layers gives you some extra warmth for a mild winter or early spring. This timeless outerwear staple can be worn in a multitude of different ways, lending ultimate versatility to your closet.

WHY WE LOVE IT

Men who want to look polish their look without breaking the bank should invest in a classic overcoat. This must-have wardrobe staple is timeless and can be layered for extra style points while keeping you warm.

STYLE TIPS

Although overcoats have remained trendy for years, there are plenty of design options to choose from that can change your entire look. For instance, you could choose the traditional double-breasted overcoat or you can modernized by choosing a single-breasted overcoat that falls at or above the knee.

You will also need to decide whether you want your overcoat to be oversized or tailored.  Although some men can pull off the oversized overcoat, a tailored one is a safer bet for most, as it is far more flattering. However, you may also want to consider a more relaxed fit if you want to wear it with layers.

As for the color, you can always choose the classic camel overcoat for ultimate versatility.  Another option is to go for a bold color in bright red or blue to make a statement. For a contemporary look that is both trendy and classic, consider a navy overcoat like the one Adam Driver wore recently in a GQ photoshoot.

STYLE INSPIRATION

Once you have found the perfect classic overcoat, it’s time to style it in a fashion-forward way.  Layering with an overcoat can be a bit tricky, which is why we look to those who have mastered the art of layering for inspiration.

David Beckham is known for being fashion savvy, and it seems like he is spotted wearing enviable overcoats that are layered to perfection year after year. We dig how he modernizes his classic navy overcoat by adding a pop of color underneath it.

Wardrobe Essentials 6

The Always Stylish Blazer

Stylish blazerA blazer is another timeless piece of menswear that is a central staple in every well-dressed man’s wardrobe. Whether you opt for a wool, worsted, or flannel blazer, there are unlimited style options when it comes to this extremely versatile garment.

WHY YOU NEED IT

You would be hard pressed to find an easier way to sharpen your look than by throwing on a stylish blazer. Whether you pair it with trousers for a business casual situation or wear it with denim to elevate your casual look, the blazer is a trusty wardrobe essential for any modern man.

STYLE TIPS

No matter how you choose to style your blazer, it’s vital that you get the fit right. Blazers should be fitted in the shoulders and body, but not to the point where the fabric strains on your frame.

Man in blue blazerIf you only own one blazer, stick to  navy-blue. This contemporary color works with many different style combinations and will help you get the most out of your blazer.

Remember when we talked about embracing color, patterns, and textures? Choose a fun patterned shirt under your navy blazer, like a striped tee-shirt or checkered button-up, or go for a smart casual look by pairing it with navy jeans and leather dress shoes.

STYLE INSPIRATION

If you emulate Ryan Reynold’s fashion style, we guarantee that he won’t steer you wrong. The star is particularly good at pairing different patterns and colors with blazers.

Now that you’ve mastered all of these tricks and tricks, you’ll all set to be the dapper man about town. Project your confidence and try some of these looks today!