I've rounded up 30 of the most important style essentials that every guy should have by the time he turns 30. A collection of wardrobe pieces that no man should be without.
Here's the list:
1. The perfect white shirt
Whether you’re wearing it under a three-piece suit or rolling the sleeves up and pairing with jeans, investing in a crisp, clasic white shirt is never a bad idea.
I’m stating the obvious here – every man needs at least one good pair of jeans, but you have to remember it’s all about fit. Say no to bootcut and flares and wave goodbye to spray-on skinny, these ones from Italian label Isaia are the perfect answer.
3. A ‘Good Shoe’
Your footwear choice can make or break an outfit, so it’s wise to spend some time and money sourcing the ideal option. These black A.P.C. brogues combine a classic style with modern design details.
4. A trench coat
Donning a trench is the easiest way to inject some serious old-school style into any outfit – it’s an ageless classic. Take inspo from this Burberry beauty!
5. A grey suit
Personally, I think a grey suit is the most versatile things a man can have in his wardrobe. It not only stands out in a sea of samey black suits, but it looks really good when worn as separates as well.
6. A double-breasted blazer
I am a big fan of the double-breasted blazer and it should take pride of place in any man’s wardrobe – it’s not only worth investing in one because of its flattering fit, but it’s also timelessly stylish. Win-win!
7. The desert boot
When it comes to the desert boot, no one does it better than the brand credited with skyrocketing its popularity – Clark’s. Their black suede offering is a wardrobe must-have that defies time and trends.
8. A raincoat
This is an unquestionable, definite must-have. But that doesn’t mean you have to break out a mac-in-a-pac when it’s bucketing down. This option from Swedish label Stutterheim ensures that even on stormy days, you’re style cred remains intact.
9. A weekend bag
There’s no point having a tightly edited wardrobe if you’re going to throw your carefully-selected garments into any old hold-all. This option from Want Les Essentiels is the perfect size for weekend getaways. Eye-catching and understatedly chic.
10. White runners
There’s nothing better than box-fresh white trainers and they’re the perfect way to deconstruct a more formal outfit. Think of wearing your suit as separates and pairing your slim-fit grey trousers with a pair of classic Stan Smiths.
11. The Pea coat
The power of the pea coat is not to be underestimated. Whether you’re seven or seventy, this is a style that doesn’t date. Opt for navy and wear with an all-black ensemble for a high-fashion, low maintenance look.
12. The white tee
This one goes without saying, but I’m saying it anyway - a white t-shirt can form the base for a whole plethora of sartorial choices. Think slim-fit, but not Geordie Shore-style tight!
A style statement that hides a multitude. If you’ve an early morning after a late night, a killer pair of shades are absolutely essential to cover those puffy eyes.
14. A chambray shirt
The chambray shirt has long been a wardrobe staple for both men and women and this updated version from J. Crew gives a modern twist with it’s double pocket detail and contrasting white stitching.
15. Swimming shorts
Like with everything you wear, fit is crucial, so think about getting a pair with waist adjustors or side fasteners.
16. A denim jacket
Without doubt an essential wardrobe item but doubling up your denim can be tricky. If in doubt, style your denim jacket with black jean or chinos.
17. A wash bag
Don’t let yourself down with a grubby old wash bag. This one from Hook Line & Sinker at John Lewis opens out to reveal a host of hidden pockets to separately store all of your grooming supplies.
18. Kiehl’s Facial Fuel
I swear by this stuff and the great thing about this moisturiser is that it is caffeine and vitamin-enriched in a non-oily formula, so it simultaneously invigorates the skin whilst preventing shine.
19. A bomber jacket
The perfect transitional wardrobe staple – light enough for the oncoming spring months and always great for layering. This version from AMI combines utilitarian practicality with eye-catching detail.
21. The watch
22. A good razor
23. A backpack
24. The Breton stripe
25. Chelsea boots
26. A slim black belt
27. A go-to sweater
28. A casual blazer
29. A grandfather collar shirt
30. The Overcoat
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