Keeping up with the latest trends can feel like a struggle for the working man, especially if you take some time to keep up to date with them, which are constantly changing. The focus should be less and less on fashion, and more on style - a unique and cultivated way of dressing, that suits your physique and personality.
Timeless Outfit Combinations
Knowing your style helps when shopping for new clothing or piecing an outfit together. Here are timeless combinations that will never go out of style, allowing you to add your own personal take on each look.
White T-shirt & Blue Jeans
Pairing a white t-shirt and blue jeans is a striking classic. For a more modern edge, pair them with white, navy or brown shoes and finish off the look with a spot of colour- like a crazy pair of socks.
Opt for the jeans to be a washed out to create a more relaxed look, and choose a hue that best compliments your colouring. If you need to smarten up the look, throw on a white button-up shirt in place of a t-shirt and you're good to go. This look is perfect for summer.
The Breton Top & Blazer
Nautical is a timeless style and therefore can be embraced whenever and wherever. The pairing together of a Breton top and tailored blazer always looks good and can be dressed up or down depending on what it is worn with.
For less formal occasions, try jeans and sneakers. Alternatively, for formal events, try chinos or tailored trousers.
The Oxford Shirt & Tailored Pants
This is the perfect look for work and after work. The look can be dressed up formally, by adding a blazer or suit jacket and tie with smart shoes, but can also be easily dressed down by untucking the shirt and pairing it with sneakers.
It allows the wearer to make the look uniquely his, through choice accessories. The modern man can build on from this timeless look, by adding stylish accessories like a tie clip or hat depending on what the occasion calls for.
The Sweatshirt & Chinos
This look is a combination of juxtaposed formality. As explored before, men have a lot of colour options with chinos. This classic look can be upgraded by mixing different coloured chinos or patterned sweatshirts to suit the occasion.
The oxford shirt worn underneath the sweatshirt doesn’t have to be white, try changing up the colours to complement the outfit. For more casual events, pair with sneakers; or for more formal events, try dress shoes and a blazer.
Pieces Every Guy Should Own
Not only are there classical combinations that every guy should try, there are also a few pieces of clothing every guy should have in their wardrobe. These staples allow you to make stylish formal and casual outfits without thinking twice.
Hats aren't for everyone, but if you are wanting to try one out, here is a guide to all the classic shapes, and how to wear them.
An overcoat, in a neutral color such as tan or grey, is a brilliant winter essential. Neutral colored coats match with everything, and they are a much more stylish alternative to a jersey. Wear one to a meeting, appointment, work, or a romantic evening out.
Formal Button Down
One of the most important staples that should be in every guy's wardrobe from the day you start buying your own clothes, is a formal button up. These shirts should be worn to every event that requires you to look professional, or dressed-up.
Whether it be an interview, a business trip, or a funeral, this is the go-to shirt for those occasions. Never underestimate the power of this simple piece of clothing, it will take you from casual to smart in no time.
Much like a formal shirt, a blazer is another essential that you need at least one of. A blazer is the item of clothing that takes you to the next level and will make you look like a millionaire, even if you haven’t worked a day in your life.
The cousin of the formal button down, the casual button down, is another essential you need in your wardrobe. It’s the ideal “smart-casual” choice and is the perfect middle ground for showing off your style, without overdressing.
Crew Neck Sweater
A crew neck sweater is a classic shape and fit that suits almost every body type. It is perfect for formal occasions, as well as casual events. It is also a great way to add a warming layer if you don’t have a coat.
A White Tee
The simple white tee is a staple we assume you already own. It is highly versatile, can be worn at the beach, with a suit, for dinner or almost anywhere. A patterned t-shirt adds some extra flare.
Much like having at least one formal shirt and one blazer, every guy needs at least one pair of dress shoes. You really never know when you are going to dress up for an event, and being prepared is never a bad thing.
Use this guide to keep your dress shoes shining and looking as sharp as the day you got them.
A Full Suit
If you are not in possession of a pair of formal pants or a blazer, buying a full suit is almost a must. If you aren’t someone who needs it regularly, you will most likely be able to use one for many years, a very worthy investment.
A black belt is a small but necessary accessory. It finishes a formal outfit brilliantly, and it just makes your trousers look better. Your trousers will fit better, sit better on your body and adds a touch of neatness that won’t go unnoticed.
Now, sneakers may not be for everyone, but you should have a pair of informal, closed shoes that can be worn every day. If you are willing to spend a bit more money and get a fancier pair, they become incredibly versatile.
Brands like Jordan and Adidas have made many different sneakers that can be worn with a suit; it may not be traditional, but it is definitely different and will help you stand out from the crowd.
Style may be a very personal thing, but there are still some staple pieces of clothing and combinations that won’t go out of style anytime soon. All these pieces are worth the investment and you can easily mix and match them to have a brilliant outfit for every day of the week.