Men's Style

3 Items Every Man Should Have In His Wardrobe

The world of fashion can be a frankly bewildering place for any man looking to give his style an upgrade. With the rules for dressing well so seemingly complicated, it’s no wonder that a lot of men avoid it completely, as they become confused at all of the contradictory advice out there.

What a lot of men want is some simple guidelines that they can stick to and know they aren’t committing any crimes against fashion. With this in mind, here’s our pick of three items that every man should have in his wardrobe. Invest in good-quality versions of these timeless essentials, and they’ll serve as wardrobe staples for years to come.

The Oxford shirt

If you only have a room for a single button-up shirt in your wardrobe, make sure it’s an Oxford. Named after the distinctive Oxford weave that defines the style, these timeless shirts look just as good dressed up or down. They frequently come with a button down collar, and an Oxford shirt in white, blue, or navy makes the perfect starting point to any man’s wardrobe.

The most important thing to keep in mind when you’re buying any shirt is the fit. To make sure you get the perfect fit for your body shape, take a look at this excellent guide from The Idle Man.

The polo shirt

Less formal than a button-up and not as casual as a T, the polo shirt is many men’s secret weapon when it comes to spring and summer. Invest in a good-quality polo in a neutral colour such as white, grey, or black, and you’ll be able to pair it with suit trousers around the office and a pair of chinos or shorts on the weekend.

The polo shirt is also a great way of adding a bit of colour to your wardrobe, as you really can’t go wrong with this classic style as long as you get the fit right. Jules B stocks a range of polo shirts in a variety of styles and colours on their online store, so it’s a great place to start your search for this wardrobe essential.

The Jeans

Originally strictly seen as workwear for manual labourers, jeans were popularised by James Dean in the 50s, and now you’re unlikely to find a man in the Western world who doesn’t own a pair. However, many men fall into the trap that because they’re such a low-maintenance and casual item of clothing, anything goes with jeans. In reality, they’re one of men’s biggest stumbling blocks when it comes to getting the basics right.

There aren’t many men who wear a perfectly fitting pair of jeans in the style that suits them best, so an easy way to set yourself apart from the crowd is to simply get this right. This guide from Esquire is a great place to start, while a bit of trial and error in the dressing room of your high street clothes shop of choice and the honest opinion of someone you can trust will get you a long way as well.

There’s no need to reinvent the wheel if you’re looking to set yourself apart from the crowd — simply investing in these wardrobe staples will have you looking better than most guys with the minimum of fuss.

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