5 Key Looks For Every Man’s Wardrobe
November 23rd, 2016
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Are you the kind of guy who struggles to find the correct outfit when it comes to dressing appropriately for the occasion? Do you find it easy to choose clothes for the corporate office, but struggle to find casual clothes that are on trend but not too scruffy? Have you nailed your weekend look but haven’t got a clue how to dress for a formal occasion? If you’re needing a little inspiration when it comes to creating a wardrobe that works for you, here’s the only 5 looks that you’ll ever need to ensure that you’re perfectly dressed for every occasion.
When it comes to workwear, your choice of attire will depend on the type of work that you do and whether you have a work dress code. If you work in an office environment, this might mean wearing a suit and tie, or you may have a less formal dress code that simply requires a shirt and trousers or even jeans. Take your lead from what other members of staff wear, but always make sure that your clothes are of good quality and, above all, clean and well maintained. You want to be noticed for your work skills, not just for the clothes you wear.
Most of us attend some kind of formal events throughout the year. You may want to have one formal suit that you keep for such occasions, or if the event requires black tie, you may prefer to hire an outfit. However, a dark coloured suit together with a white or light coloured shirt and silk tie will see you through most formal events, especially when worn with a simple pair of well-polished leather lace up shoes.
Invest in a great jacket. Choose a jacket in a natural fibre if possible and a neutral colour, so that you can wear it with anything from a white button-down shirt and well-tailored trousers for formal events or work, or with a t-shirt and jeans for a more relaxed and casual look. Buy the best quality that you can afford, and your jacket will see you through all kinds of occasions.
We all love button-down collared shirts. They work well for a casual office environment or for weekend wear as they’re both secure and simple, and will neatly accommodate a tie if you need to attend a more formal event. They also prevent the perennial problem of curling collars, which is not a good look for anyone.
When it comes to weekend wear, most of us prefer to wear something that’s comfortable, and this is when a great pair of jeans can add versatility to your wardrobe. Choose a pair in a darker wash that can be worn with a t-shirt or jumper and sneakers, or dressed up for casual dates and evenings out with a button-down shirt and jacket. A pair of chinos are also a great option as these too can be dressed up or down according to the occasion and, for summer months, a pair of denim or chino shorts can make weekend dressing so much easier.
You may also want to add a casual jacket to your wardrobe that can be worn with your jeans or chinos. This could be anything from a classic leather jacket to a more casual loose-fitting jacket which can be worn over shirts or sweaters. Add a simple v-neck or crew neck sweater in a fine knit, and you’ll be ready for anything.
To keep your overall look as low-key as possible, choose suede lace ups, loafers, lace-up boots or even a pair of classic sneakers such as Converse. Leave the highly polished leather shoes for more formal wear.
When you live in Australia, it’s highly likely that you’re going to want to put together a ‘beach wardrobe’. Of course, you’ll need something for swimming in, but you’ll need some cover-ups too for those times when you want to hit the bar straight from the sand. Rather than simply pulling on some scruffy old board shorts and a vest that you’ve had for years, if you’ve put together a selection of casual shorts and soft cotton t-shirts, you’ll not only be comfortable but you’ll look the part too. Add a pair of thongs and sunglasses, and you’ll hit that beach bar in style.
And there you have it, a look for every occasion from work to the beach. If this set of five looks doesn’t suit your lifestyle, it can be easily adapted. Maybe you have to wear a uniform for work, or perhaps you need more casual clothes as you perform a manual job? Simply swap out the business wear for your own style of work clothing. If you’re a gym goer, you may want to build a collection of sport-leisure wear that can be worn outside of the gym too. However, if you have all the above elements in your wardrobe, you’ll always have something to see your through any occasion.