10 Closet Staples All Men Should Have

Laura Tolentino

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We all know that every girl’s crazy about a sharp-dressed man. But, if you don’t come from stylish roots, how do you know where to start building a wardrobe that’ll drive women wild? 

Fashion is a constantly evolving field. It can feel overwhelming to try to keep up with changing trends and styles! Luckily, there are a few classic closet staples to have in your closet. 

If you’re looking to build a basic wardrobe that’ll have you looking sharp no matter what fit you put together, keep reading. We’re laying down the basics of men’s fashion! 

1. A Nice T-Shirt 

The first thing that every man needs in his wardrobe is a nice, everyday t-shirt. A good t-shirt will go with anything you own. You can create a staple outfit with a pair of nice jeans or chinos and pair it with a pair of slick shoes and a jacket. 

A good t-shirt, along with most things on this list, can cost you anywhere from just a few bucks to upwards of a hundred, depending on where you shop. Shop around at places like Jasper Holland to find a few basic t-shirts to start creating your signature looks. 

2. A White Button-Down Shirt 

Another men’s style staple is a white button-down shirt. A button-down can be styled for a professional day at work or dressed down for a night on the town. You can even layer a white button-down over a sweater and pair it with some chinos and a pair of boots to impress a date. 

When it comes to a good button-down, spring for cotton. If you’re feeling adventurous, grab a few in different colors. 

3. A Navy Blue Crewneck Sweater 

If you can find a comfortable breathable, cotton-mix navy blue crewneck sweater, you can wear it with anything almost anything else you own. It’ll keep you warm in the winter and work as a statement piece during the warmer months. 

A good quality crewneck can run up upwards of $100 or more. But you don’t have to buy a ton to create a staple outfit or two. 

4. A Tailored Pair of Chinos 

If you’re in the mood for something comfortable but a little more dressed up than jeans, chinos are your best bet. Chinos are great for wearing in the summer with your classic t-shirt and jacket combo. 

Chinos are a little different from khakis because they’re lightweight and made with cotton blends. They’re woven in a twill weave. They’re the perfect business casual pants. 

Any clothing you buy will look better tailored. But if you’re short on cash, tailor your pants and jackets.

5. A Well Tailored Suit 

Every man, whether you work in a professional setting or you’re a junkyard worker, you need to own at least one suit that is tailored to fit your body. There is a special kind of magic that happens when you put on a tailored suit and it’s not something you can understand until you’ve tried it.

You never know when you could need a suit, even if you don’t think you would ever wear one. 

A great tip for finding a suit on a budget is to shop around at thrift stores. You can usually find high-quality suits there for a fraction of the price. Find one that’s big for you so you can take it to a tailor and they can make it fit you like a glove.

6. A Denim Jacket 

Demin jackets have made a huge comeback. Not only do they look super cool, they feel good too. You can pair your denim jacket with a plain white t-shirt and a pair of dark jeans to give off a cool vibe. 

7. Brown Suede Boots 

Brown suede boots are chic. They pair well with anything and they’re good for year-round wear. They’re a great casual shoe to wear when you want to dress up an outfit and be comfortable all at the same time. 

Plus, there are no laces! 

You’ll want to buy a high-quality pair of brown suede boots. The cheap ones don’t last long and they won’t look as good either.

8. Slim-Fit Jeans 

It may be tempting to buy a cheap pair of jeans that you can find at any big chain store and call it a day. But the thing about denim is that you can always tell when it’s good denim and when it’s cheap. 

Buy a pair that is slim fitting but not so tight that you can’t move around in them. 

9. Plain White Sneakers

If you’re not involved in the wild world of sneakers, boy, do we have news for you. Sneakers are a huge industry, some specialty pairs selling at private events for over $1 million

Now, you certainly don’t have to spend that kind of money on a good pair of sneakers. But if you’re willing to splurge a little on a pair of minimalist white sneakers, they’ll turn into the statement piece of any outfit. 

10. Bomber Jacket 

There was a time when bomber jackets were just a flash fashion trend waiting to go out of style. But these stylish jackets have decided that they’re here to stay. 

Grab a simple bomber jacket that fits you well. This is a style that looks good on everyone, no matter the body type they have. This is another jacket that looks good paired with a simple white t-shirt! 

Closet Staples Every Man Should Have! 

The world of fashion can be intimidating, especially if you’re not familiar with the trends or even how to keep up with them. But the good news is that true style is timeless. These essential closet staples will never go out of style and they can easily be mixed and matched to create an endless number of signature looks. 

For more men’s fashion news, keep reading!