9 ON-TREND MENSWEAR PIECES TO INVEST IN
IMPROVE YOUR WARDROBE AND ADD A TOUCH OF STYLE TO YOUR LOOK
Regardless of your style preference, there’s more to men’s fashion than a simple pair of trousers and button-down shirt. Whether you prefer to work in your leather boots and a trench coat or wear a suit to your office everyday, there are ways to add style to your wardrobe and wow anyone that glances your way. Transitioning from your everyday work clothes and getting ready for a hot night out on the town can be as easy as donning a formal shirt, paired with a dinner jacket, and a stylish pair of trousers. If you’re like many men, you probably feel lost already. However, this article will show you the key menswear pieces you need to invest in right now to improve your wardrobe and to add a touch of style to your look.
1. Quality Suit
You may have a few suits that you wear to the office on a regular basis, but investing in a higher-end quality suit that you wear for special occasions will do wonders for your wardrobe. Opt for a suit in a charcoal or navy colour for the ultimate timeless look, especially if you have a slim body shape. When it comes to materials, wool is highly recommended due to its warmth and durability. Besides, every man should always invest in a tailor-made suit. Suits that are straight out the store wont compliment your body or fit you as nicely as one which is perfectly fitted to your frame.
2. Bomber Jacket
Once a piece of military life, then a fashion statement during the 60s and 70s, the bomber jacket is back in style. Nowadays they are available in a variety of fabrics and colours, ranging from traditional leather and wool, to lighter materials such as polyester. Men’s fashion brands such as ALLSAINTS design men’s bomber jackets that can be worn all year round because their fabrics are so versatile. You can make them look good on any occasion, adding layers for extra warmth during the colder months or by draping them over a simple shirt. Pair them with trousers for a more formal occasion or use them with cuffed jeans for a throwback to their origins. Keep the rest of your outfit neutral or monochrome and you’re guaranteed to be the centre of attention. Bomber jackets should fit slightly loose to allow torso movement and to allow easier access to the inside pockets.
Chinos are another menswear piece that is extremely versatile and can be used for almost any occasion; from a casual day-to-day style to a more formal evening outing in a fancy restaurant. You can pair them with dress shoes and a solid colour shirt to achieve an elegant look or wear them with a pair of white tennis shoes and a simple polo shirt. For best results, grab two pairs in neutral colours such as charcoal and beige - so you can mix and match with the rest of your existing wardrobe. Chinos are a step up from the working casual khakis. Much like khakis, they are a universal trouser and go with virtually anything and everything else. Every man should have a favourite pair, much like his jeans.
4. White Shirt
Like the suit, a high-quality shirt made from cotton, with a high fibre count, is an essential item in any man’s wardrobe. It never goes out of style and can be combined with both jeans and trousers. With or without a tie, depending on the occasion, the white shirt will get you through work, weddings, a night out, as well as a Christmas office party. Every man should have a couple on hand in their wardrobe. Due to their versatility, it is essential that you always have a spare, freshly pressed one, ready to pull out for any occasion.
5. Woven Belt
In line with the latest trends, consider investing in a woven belt. This will give you a slightly preppy look and works well with jeans, chinos, and formal trousers - no matter the occasion. A good quality woven belt will ensure everything stays in place. Consider having tones that work well with the rest of your wardrobe. This means that should one ever break or rip, you have a spare to fall back on. If you don’t want multiple colours, you should at least invest in a second one for that emergency moment.
6. Leather Loafers
You may love your tennis shoes or leather boots as much as the next guy, but let’s face it - they’re not suitable for every occasion. It’s easier to go to some places with a pair of slip on loafers that look great than it is to try and fudge it with anything else. Just think of all the lines you could get through quicker while travelling. If you’re not keen on buying proper dress shoes, then leather loafers will be a godsend for you. Stylish enough to be worn with suit trousers or chinos, yet comfortable enough to allow you to get through any meeting or party without hurting your feet.
7. Durable Lace-up Boots
Lace-up boots are an extremely important asset to your wardrobe, and if you are one of the few people who don’t currently own a pair then you need to change that immediately. Not only do they offer comfort and durability, but they look stylish and will ensure you stand out in the crowd. For the trendiest, most popular look, wear them with some regular jeans. If you’re feeling daring then you could always buy some ripped jeans and go for the 'bad boy' appearance. Be warned, however, because a good pair of lace-ups need a lot of attention. The laces often need to be restrung, and they will also need to be treated if you go out during wet weather, like a lot of people, lace-ups don’t enjoy the rain.
8. Dinner Jacket
A dinner jacket may not be a piece that you’ll wear on a regular basis, but for those super special occasions, you would do better with one that suits you perfectly, rather than renting one. After all, you’re no longer in high-school and you're not going to a prom night. So, investing in a dinner jacket will pay off overall. You can go the traditional route and choose the standard black one with lapels that works well with a bow-tie and formal trousers, or draw your inspiration from the 1920s and opt for a velvet blazer. No matter which route you go, it is essential that every man has a proper dinner jacket in their wardrobe. You never know when it might come in handy and it will add classiness to any intimate affair.
Watches are another timeless piece. While it’s true that you can pull up your phone at any moment to see the time, don’t underestimate the power of accessorising your outfit with a watch. This is especially true when you need to uphold a professional appearance within your career. There are plenty of styles to choose from: round or square face, leather or metallic band, digital or analog etc. The final choice ultimately depends on your personal style and preference, but there is something special about the hint of a watch band underneath your shirt.