Men’s fashion is built around the staples. Every guy needs these staples if he is to build a complete wardrobe and there are plenty to choose from. With this in mind we thought we’d walk you through our favourite staples, how to wear them and why you need them – with some choice examples of each piece.

Plain crew neck T Shirts are the perfect addition to your wardrobe for layering. Wear as a bottom layer through the winter months for extra insulation and under an undone oxford shirt for the summer months. Clearly, in summer they’re ideal for cooling off – keep to monochrome pieces to avoid visible sweat patches and to ensure an easy match with the rest of your wardrobe.

If you keep your sweatshirt plain you avoid colour clashes on other pieces, like your winter coat. These are perfect for lazing about the house or with a crisp pair of jeans in the cooler summer days. For a classic look, search for one with a patch to the neck.

We suggest darker jeans purely because the lighter shades or washed looks are far more casual, meaning they’re less versatile. Dress darker denim up with a smart oxford shirt and brogues or down with your favourite trainers, crew neck Tee and plain sweatshirt.

Knitwear jumpers are another piece that can be utilised in both smart and casual outfits. Layer with your oxford shirt and a harrington jacket for a classic look – perfect pub-wear. Alternatively, wear with skinny jeans, a crew neck T Shirt and some plimsolls for a far more casual finish.

The oxford shirt brings further versatility to your wardrobe, something that is essential for a wardrobe staple. Worn done up with a blazer and some chinos and you’ve got a preppy look, ideal for a first date. Wear with the buttons undone and your plain crew neck T Shirt underneath and you’re looking effortlessly cool on those breezy summer days.


post courtesy of  The Idle Man


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