Five Things Every Man Needs in His Wardrobe

The key to a good wardrobe is versatility, and that means building a collection of staple pieces. When you have a capsule wardrobe, you can pull off any...


The key to a good wardrobe is versatility, and that means building a collection of staple pieces. When you have a capsule wardrobe, you can pull off any outfit; you’ll have something for every occasion. No more last-minute shopping and paying extortionate fees for next-day delivery – you’ll be prepared no matter what.

The problem is, knowing what goes into a capsule wardrobe isn’t always clear, especially for men. If you’re a man and are looking for a way to bolster your repertoire of clothing, here are five things every guy should have in his wardrobe.

1. Penny Loafers

You probably have a pair of brown brogues, black lace up shoes, and white trainers, but another pair of shoes every man needs are penny loafers. These are the perfect shoes for smart casual events, and they look great with jeans and chinos alike.

They get their name from the fact they have a slit in the top where a penny can be placed. They’re classified as a casual shoe and are typically made from leather, but the decorative strip on the top of the shoe and the option to buy faux leather options make them more appealing to a wider audience. If you don’t have a pair already, we’d recommend adding some to your collection.

2. Neutral Chinos

In a similar way to penny loafers being the perfect smart casual shoe, chinos are a trouser every man needs for those not-formal but not-casual events. Neutral chinos will go with everything – shirts, t-shirts, hoodies, blazers, and more. They’ll also go with the penny loafers newly added to your wardrobe.

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Chinos had a moment in the mid 2010’s, but they’re still a very versatile alternative to smart trousers in situations where jeans aren’t a good fit. We’d recommend adding a cream and stone pair of natural chinos to your wardrobe.

3. Statement Watch

Jewelry can have a big impact on an outfit – it can make or break it. Whilst most staple pieces for a man’s wardrobe are cheap and affordable, it’s well worth getting a piece of designer jewelry for men, such as a bold watch or a focal bracelet to elevate your simple outfit to the next level.

An eye-catching watch face will spruce up even the most basic outfit such as a white t-shirt and blue jeans. For this reason, splurging on a piece of nice jewelry is key to building a capsule wardrobe. If you’re concerned about the cost, one piece will last you for years, so you’ll most definitely get your money’s worth.

4. Knitted Jumper

It can be difficult to know what to wear in winter, especially as a man wanting to keep warm but still look stylish. A cable knit jumper in every color is the solution to this problem. We’d recommend layering a knitted jumper on top of a collared top for a more formal look. On the other hand, if you want something slightly more laid back, a simple white round-neck t-shirt underneath is a good option.

5. Wool Overcoat

Leather and bomber jackets certainly have their uses, but a good quality wool overcoat is a must for every man’s wardrobe. When it’s cold but not wet and you want to maintain a formal look, a wool overcoat will be your go-to coat. A navy or gray shade will go with everything, but dark green can also look good with a number of different outfits.


These are just five things every man’s wardrobe needs. Of course, items like t-shirts, sweatshirts, jeans, and a full suit are also necessary. Will you be adding any of these items to your collection?

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