Menswear essentials: A killer closet
A killer closet in 12 easy menswear essentials
Words— Frank And Oak staff
Tired of your closet? Too many bad shirts and ill-fitting pants? Get rid of it all! Start over. The key to the perfect closet, one where you know that everything matches and works together, starts with just a hand-full of classic pieces. From here, a white shirt mixes with black jeans pairs with a grey sweater topped off with simple kicks and a sharp but not-too-trendy piece of outerwear. It's really that easy.
A white Oxford shirt
A crisp, white Oxford Shirt is a thing of beauty what with its breezy weave and soft cotton. Our Jasper Oxford is built slim so you don’t have to worry about any pesky billowing when you tuck it in. Like all great Oxford shirts, it’ll look great with pretty much every other item of clothing in your closet at basically any time of year.
Black jeans that rock
You want to talk about pieces that go with absolutely everything? Look no further than a pair of jet black jeans. You can wear them with a simple t-shirt or team them with a casual blazer and dress shirt for that uptown/downtown look. They're so cool and seamless you could wear the same pair for a week and we bet you a thousand bucks nobody would notice.
Our Tyler Skinny-Stretch Jeans are made from premium denim but with an added touch of spandex for denim that goes with you wherever you need. The extra give also prevents those pesky blown out crotches. Anyway, black jeans. They make getting dressed in the morning that much easier.
A go-to suit
In 2018, unless you work in something like finance, it is unlikely that you need to wear a suit everyday. But when you do need one it best look sharp. There's none sharper, nor more versatile than a navy blue suit.
A navy suit on its own won't do it all. Make sure it fits at the shoulders. Anchor the whole thing with a crisp white shirt (that Oxford above is a relaxed shirting option), a tie, and brown or black shoes. You can't go wrong.
The no-sweat sweatshirt
No closet is complete without a throw-on-at-any-moment sweatshirt. It keeps you warm and it has a sort of cool simplicity that's hard to beat. Wear it over a white Oxford with jeans or stay cozy and look professional by layering it under that navy suit jacket. Yes, really.
This particular sweatshirt here is made from a soft cotton-poly blend that's cozy and keeps its shape.
The other statement move is to wear no socks at all (as far as anyone can tell). These no-show socks provide a cooling, cushioning layer between you and your kicks while allowing your ankles to get some air. A quick roll of your jeans and you’re set.
Always in style Chelsea boots
As summer ends you’ll find that you can start easing into your fall footwear. But the thing that’s really trending right now, and has never really gone away, is the suede Chelsea boot. They’re crazy versatile in that they can pair with rolled up jeans, a pair of cotton khakis–everything on this list essentially, even a nice suit.
With a super sleek profile, a classic crepe sole and soft leather upper–our George Chelsea's might just make you forget about all your other fall boots. The best part? The come in under two bills.
Half a Canadian tuxedo
Adaptable and rugged, a denim jacket is perhaps the essential you'll reach to most as the weather cools. Oh, and while you may have heard different, the occasional Canadian tuxedo is definitely onside. Just make sure your jeans are a couple shades darker or lighter than the jacket. An ever cooler move is to rock it with those black jeans listed above, eh?
As you grow older tastes change. You may even find that your sneaker and shoe collection has shrunk. But low-top leather sneakers? Those are forever.
Wear our timeless Park Leather Low Tops with rolled-up selvedge denim jeans and a lightweight knit for effortlessly understated flair.
It's tempting to wear jeans every day but sometimes you have to give them a break and reach for some lighter cotton pants. No, not your dad’s pair of dockers. A more modern pair sans pleats, sans saggy butt.
Our chinos? Oh well since you asked. We've got a few different fits but we're really into our cotton-stretch Becket chinos–a smart pair of pants that will take you from smart occasions to casual flaneuring without a problem. Are you noticing a theme here? That's right, they go with everything.
A cozy base layer
You're not still messing around with bulky boxers are you? They ride up and make everything a little too...loose down below. A slim pair of boxer-briefs will keep everything where it should be. Ours are made with a stretch-cotton-blend that moves with you and won't bunch up.
A slim, yet sturdy belt
Bring it all together, and keep your pants up while you’re at it with a classic belt. Not too thick, though. A belt is especially helpful if you managed to keep the pounds off this summer but not looking to buy all new pants. And yes, matching it with your shoes is a rule that still applies.
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