Ideally, you want to have at least a black pair if you own a charcoal suit and a dark brown pair if you own a navy suit or blazer. They can also be paired with jeans or wool trousers for a more elevated, casual look.
The Essential Suit
White dress shirt
We’ve talked about dress shirts until we’re blue in the face. Just grab some already!
Oxford Button Down Dress Shirts
Grab some in white and blue.
Dark wash jeans
If you’ve been a reader of the site for more than a few months, chances are you’ve already grabbed these, but just have to re-iterate once again!
Whether it’s wool, cashmere, or cotton, a crewneck sweater in a solid color, like black or charcoal, will always make every outfit look better. Bonus points if you wear a tighter white t-shirt underneath that pops out of the collar and possibly the bottom, for a little extra polish.
Casual brown & black belts
You’ll wear these more than any other belts so get some high-quality ones.
A Casual jacket
That can obviously be a few types of jackets. Namely a: sport coat, bomber, Harrington (zipper front), or trucker (button-front). If you carry a bit of weight in your stomach, then go with bomber or sport coat/blazer. The other jackets will accentuate your midsection too much.
Low top sneakers
White is best and looks sharpest, but if you don’t think you can pull off the color (yet), then feel free to grab a black or gray pair.
I prefer to start with leather because its more durable and easier to keep clean than suede, canavs or other fabrics. Once you’ve got a white leather pair, then definitely get other colors and materials as you build out from there.