Wardrobe Essentials for Men
Most of us have grown up hearing the age-old maxim ‘Clothes maketh the man.’, but how many of us know what this really means? This old saying is said to have its roots in ancient Greece and can be traced back to medieval England – as early as the 15th century! Its literal translation is simple – what a man wears, matters. A well-dressed and neatly groomed man is assumed to be successful, capable and rich! Either way, it never hurts a man to look his best and have these essentials in his closet.
The perfect polo
Let’s start with a man’s casual wardrobe. Whether it’s ‘Casual Friday’ at work or a first date, anyone over the age of 18 must own at least one great polo t-shirt in a neutral color. Now a lot of metrosexuals believe that a stylish polo must boast a large designer logo on the front pocket but this really isn’t the case. A well-fitting polo t-shirt in a neutral hue – white or navy – can be worn anywhere and with any pair of trousers or shorts.
Another wardrobe essential for a man of any age is a well-fitting pair of dark blue denims. Now fashion trends play havoc with jeans so expect anything from distressed, ripped, bleached to tie-and-dye jeans at stores. The cut of the perfect pair of jeans can also be confusing with so many styles available – boot-cut, wide leg, low-rise, skinny and baggy to name a few. Despite one’s personal style choices, all men must own a well-fitted (not tight) pair of straight-cut or regular-fit jeans in dark blue.
Every man (not to mention every woman!) must own a great white shirt. Now available in a plethora of cuts and fabrics we recommend a well-fitting (gentlemen check that the shoulders fit you well) white shirt in cotton or a cotton-viscose mix. A slim-cut white oxford shirt with a front pocket and long sleeves is the best sartorial investment a man can make.
No matter what you do for a living, it is once again imperative for a man to own at least one custom-made suit. If you require just a single suit for the infrequent board meeting, and maybe a wedding or two, then choose black. In India, we’re lucky to be blessed with wonderful tailors all around so even if you choose to buy off-the-rack from a department store, take the time to have the pants altered to your length as well as the sleeves. Choose a black, single-breasted, two-button suit which is a classic and can be worn for many years to come. Take care that the lapels are not too thick; this will make your suit look old-fashioned and dated. You could also opt for a black with a faint pin-stripe to alleviate the boredom of traditional black or pick a nice fabric which does not crush easily. Remember that you can always wear the suit trousers without the jacket – just take care that it doesn’t fade.