20 clothing essentials every man needs in his wardrobe
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As the old adage goes, “New year, new you!” and what better way to herald in the best version of yourself than by upgrading your wardrobe? Every man needs a versatile wardrobe that can literally take him from work to play, and then some. To help you achieve this, we’ve put together a definitive list of wardrobe essentials every man should invest in, including lightweight items for Malaysia’s always-sunny weather.
Our list includes staples like a well-fitted dress shirt, navy blazer, a good pair of dark wash jeans, and fresh white sneakers.
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1. Oxford Shirt
With a pale blue Oxford shirt, it’s extremely easy to go from smart and preppy to casual. This versatile number can be worn under a blazer for a more preppy look or worn open over a casual tee for something more relaxed.
2. White sneakers
No matter the season, a fresh pair of white sneakers will always be in. If you’re concerned about keeping your shoes clean, go for a nice clean leather pair that’s easy to wipe off and invest in a waterproofing spray from Crep or Jason Markk.
3. White T-shirt
Just like white sneakers, white t-shirts are a staple item that deserves a place in any man’s wardrobe. Need to dress it up? Wear it under a navy blazer.
4. Dark indigo or black jeans
Everyone needs a pair of trusty jeans and there’s nothing like a pair of dark indigo or black jeans. Again, these jeans are versatile and can channel different vibes depending on how you style them.
5. Fun short-sleeve shirt
We’re not saying you have to go full Hawaiian on this one, but some sort of fun short-sleeved shirt ought to find its way into your wardrobe at some point. While it’s definitely more for casual looks, a floral or paisley-printed shirt with bermudas will definitely be dressier than a simple t-shirt.
6. Knitted cotton polo T-shirt
Like a short sleeve shirt, a polo is classier and gives just a hint of sophistication. Whatever you do, do not pop those collars.
7. Black, dark blue, or brown leather belt
Bid those nylon belts goodbye in 2023. This year, it’s time to level up and properly invest in a dark brown, blue, or belt leather belt that’ll take you through a whole new season of weddings, formal events, and more.
8. Dark-coloured chinos
While light-coloured chinos are an excellent first step, they’re just not as sophisticated or flexible as a pair of dark-blue chinos. With the right tailoring, a pair of pleated chinos could make even a white t-shirt look so damn good.
9. Black T-shirt
Another essential wardrobe item, a black T-shirt is perfect for lazy days when you can’t think of an outfit to put together.
10. Dark brown or blue Derby shoes
They’re a little more dressed up than white sneakers, but less formal than a pair of black shoes.
11. A navy blazer
A navy blazer always deserves a place in your wardrobe. This versatile and classic number will always be in style and can be dressed up or down.
12. Denim jacket
Denim jackets are generally made to last, so adding one to your wardrobe could actually be worth the money.
13. Slouchy hoodie
Perfect for days when it gets cold and you want to lounge about comfortably.
14. Comfy loafers
Like a fresh pair of white sneakers, loafers can take you from casual to formal occasions, depending on how they’re dressed up. Plus, loafers come in a variety of different styles—from tasselled to horse bits—and in multiple colourways and materials.
15. A black suit
No arguments here, every man needs a respectable suit in black or navy.
16. Dress down shirt
A dress-down shirt could really go a long way in your wardrobe. Pair it with a blazer and jeans for an understated date outfit.
17. Airy shorts
We know you love your bermuda shorts but airy and sometimes bright-coloured shorts could also earn a spot in your fashion Rolodex. These relaxed pair of shorts are perfect for brunch dates.
18. The right tie
Whether it’s knitted or silk, we’ll let you choose. Just know that a tie could make or break a look.
19. The right pair of sunglasses
It’s 2023, it’s about time you got this right. No more ill-fitting sunglasses that don’t rest properly on your nose bridge.
20. A constant supply of clean underwear and socks
Honestly, there’s nothing more appealing than a man with a constant supply of fresh and clean underwear and socks.