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Men's Style- 10 Must have in Your Closet

Updated on August 19, 2012

If you want to avoid the inevitable "what do I wear" crisis, it's important to have ten key pieces in your closet.

You may need to spend a little extra on a few of these items, but you'll always be prepared for that surprise event. Here are the ten key pieces no man can do without.

1. Designed jeans- Every man should have at least one pair of designed jeans. They don't have to be trendy or strange, just nice pair of good looking jeans that make you look good.

2. Button down shirt- This is an essential wardrobe piece that can be dressed up or down. Pick a color that will give you the most options, such as white or light blue. Remember, a dressier fabric is easier to dress down than a rumpled cotton shirt is to dress up.

3. Leather belt- Even if you despise belts, they can really pull a whole outfit together. Look for one with simple hardware that's not too flashy. Pick a color that matches your dressiest shoes or that will go with most of your wardrobe. Black is always an excellent choice.

4. A nice suit- Even if you don't think you'll ever need to wear a suit, it doesn't hurt to have one on hand. Whether it's a surprise wedding reception or a fancy date, you'll be all ready to go. Expect to pay $1500 to $2000 for a nice suit, but it should last you at least ten years. Go for a classic cut in either navy or black to get more wear out of it.

5. Dress slacks- There are times when jeans are too little and a suit is too much. A classic pair of dress slacks always solves this problem. Whether you want to look nice for a date or you need to impress the boss, dress slacks are essential. Get a pair in a neutral color that will go with everything.

6. Dress shoes- There's no point in getting all these dressy items if you have a lousy pair of boots to go with them. Get at least one pair of nice dress shoes, preferably in black. Stay away from wingtips and stick with a classic shoe that will give you the most wear.

7. Leather bomber jacket- There is nothing like a bomber jacket. Dressed up or dressed down, they always work.

8. Nice overcoat- For the times when you just can't get by with a bomber jacket, you'll need a nice dress coat. For colder climates, get one is a nice wool. You can get away with a nice fabric trench coat if you live in warmer areas.

9. Designed t-shirt- You should have at least one solid color designer t-shirt in your wardrobe. This is the shirt that can go with jeans, slacks and everything in between. The fabric should be very high quality and it should be fitted in shape.

10. Sunglasses- The right pair of sunglasses will complete an outfit. Look for a classic aviator style that will go well with everything.


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      chenas 6 years ago

      Good fashion advice for men on the go. A lot of married men are not fashion conscious and neither is their spouse.

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      adel 6 years ago

      Are my worn-out, raggedy jeans still in style?

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      ladies man 7 years ago

      dont wear pink its for the ladies

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      tomerr 8 years ago from Far Far Away...

      Hi Mr. Red

      It’s a little hard to tell without seeing a recent photo of you (If you like you can send me one to: Trends9 @ in general, I would recommend you to avoid loose outfits and go with something that sits good on you body. Combed cotton and cotton/spandex are fabrics that should fit you. Try going with basic styles and colors (black, navy, white) and avoid too colorful items. For further help you can try browsing or posting a thread on Upload a recent photo of you and ask for advice on what you should wear. You should get good help there as well. Feel free to let me know if more. Thanks for reading! Tom

    • profile image 8 years ago

      look bro i need help i just lost weight and still losing but i have 2 problems im only 5 8 and i have big shoulders and i have no clue what would look good on me for my body type help

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      tomerr 8 years ago from Far Far Away...

      Thanks a lot Simon : ) glad I can help!

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      Simon 8 years ago

      Great advice, thank you. After prowling numerous so-called "fashion advice" web sites that are all fluff and no substance, finally your's give some concrete advice that can be followed. I'll be searching for more of your fashion advice now.

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      tomerr 9 years ago from Far Far Away...

      Im with your son here : ) I think that for someone that is not pale and has a dark, tanned skin tone pink can be great. I have more then a few pink polos and buttoned shirts and I really like wearing them, especially in the spring or summer.

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      Single Mama 9 years ago

      How do you feel about men wearing the color Pink? My son jokes a lot and says that, "Pink is a man's color."

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      MOmmagus 9 years ago

      I love a man with a fashion sense, because he's already one step ahead of me. I am a fashion nightmare!!!

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      tomerr 9 years ago from Far Far Away...

      Hi Jonathan,

      Glad you liked it.

      I think not spending hours on your look is an asset this days : - )  

      Still, the way we look says a lot and having the right stuff can really help here.

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      vreccc 9 years ago from Concord, NH


      Very helpful list. I have most of these, so I think I'm able to look good when I need to. However, I'm really not someone who is often terribly concerned about he looks. Yeah, I know it 's not good. But it's just the way I am.