Building a stylish, versatile wardrobe starts with a solid foundation, and with shirts, you want to find simple, versatile options that are timeless and go with everything. Don’t be afraid to buy multiple colors of the same shirt to take out over-thinking about wardrobe. These are the five essentials shirts that every man should own!
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1. White dress shirt
Simple, timeless and will go with everything. Every man should have a few crisp white dress shirts in his closet. Wear with everything from a suit to jeans.
Another classic, make sure to get these in blue or white. Oxfords are the ultimate casual staple for jeans or chinos and can be easily dressed up for business casual with a blazer.
3. Black T-shirt
I love the versatility of a black t-shirt. It can be casual with jeans and sneakers or even dressed up with a blazer or suit.
4. Chambray shirt
This shirt has a cool, denim-like vibe and is perfect with chinos or as a more casual substitute for a dress shirt with a blazer and a tie.
5. Solid colored polos
Make sure you have a good rotation of solid-colored polos in basic colors like black, grey, navy, and white.
A henley shirt is only recommended if you have a trim to medium build. If you’re a bigger or athletic guy it’s not the right shirt for you.
White Dress Shirts:
Brooks Brothers Milano Non-Iron
The Tie Bar
Norse Projects Oxford
Brooks Brothers Milano Fit Oxford
Club Monaco Oxford
Rag & Bone
Rag & Bone Classic Henley
Rag & Bone Giles Henley
came across this image that I thought would be a perfect Spring & Summer men’s suede jacket outfit because it’s a great, casual everyday outfit that you can wear when you’re going out with friends or if you work in a casual work environment. It has the added benefit of being able to be dressed slightly up or down as well as layered depending on the weather.
A suede jacket is perfect for Spring and Summer and will look great on every guy, regardless of age or body type. But if you’re not into suede, or like other styles, look no further than the Harrington jacket or a wool bomber jacket.
$1,455- A.P.C. Louis W Suede Bomber Jacket
$1,085 – Hackett Mayfair Suede Bomber Jacket
$160 – TopMan Faux Suede Formal Bomber Jacket
The plaid shirt underneath the grey sweater can be switched out for your classic white or blue oxfords or other fun colors or patterns like navy and/or green plaid or gingham.
$188 – J. Crew Albiate 1830 Ludlow shirt in red plaid
$139 – Steve Alan Masters Shirt
$92 – Brooks Brothers Non-Iron Milano Fit Mini-Madras Sport Shirt
$85 – TopMan SELECTED HOMME Navy And Grey Check Button Down Shirt
On warmer days, you can ditch the crewneck sweater and just wear a collared shirt.
$298 – Brooks Brothers Golden Fleece 3-D Knit Fine-Gauge Merino Wool Crewneck Sweater
$158 – J.Crew Lightweight Italian Cashmere Crewneck Sweater (in heather dove)
$40 – TopMan Grey Ripple Textured Raglan Slim Fit Sweater
As for chinos, Spring and Summer is when you pull these bad boys out or you can swap them for a pair of dark wash jeans as well.
Make sure, that you know how either your chino pants should fit or how your jeans should fit, based on your body type.
$75 – J.Crew Broken-In Chino in 484 Fit
$30 – Uniqlo Slim Fit Chinos
$30 – H&M Chinos Skinny Fit
Lastly, the brown suede chukka boots in the image are great, but you can also swap them out for brown monkstraps or even white sneakers.
$225 – Vince Camuto Branx Two-Eye Chukka
$175 – Johnston & Murphy Conard Cap Toe Chukka
$75 – Aldo Granges Chukka