We have around seven seconds to make the right impression, so it’s a sad fact that if you care what people think, you should care about what you wear. But before you rush to your nearest high street or department store to buy into the latest seasonal trends, it’s important to make sure your wardrobe has the right foundations to build upon.
First of all, no mans wardrobe can be without a selection of basic cotton t-shirts in neutral colours and various styles such as crew or V-neck T-shirts. They are perfect to layer as a base to many outfits – underneath shirts, a blazer or jumpers.
One of the biggest trends with staying power is Chinos. From black, navy, stone to camel and khaki these nifty trousers can easily be dressed up or down, and can even be rolled up a little for summer to take the heat off. If you’re feeling adventurous, branching out to more autumnal hues such as aubergine is a great way to add a touch of colour to your wardrobe.
Ever since Marlon Brando donned a pair in the 50’s, we can’t forget the style staple: Jeans. Available everywhere and loved by many, you’ll be surprised how many get it so wrong. Stick to straight and relaxed styles in plain indigo, black or grey dyes. Stay away from too many details or fading as these can age quickly. No matter how much some stores push it, never go for the vintage acid washes. Ever. They have their place and that was in the 80’s.
Key items such as shirts are best slim fit. For a casual look, plaid, thin stripes and Chambray and Oxford styles and fabrics are in this season. A good quality V-neck or crew neck jumper can take you from the coldest winter days to hazy summer evenings with ease. This is a great opportunity to add a splash of colour to your outfit – bright and bold or wonderfully neutral – a grey v-neck jumper can go with almost everything.
To top things off, you can’t go wrong with owning a leather jacket and a navy blazer, to pull looks together effortlessly. For footwear, stick to a selection of plimsolls (Converse are ideal), loafers, brogues and boat shoes – these are timeless styles for a reason.