Must-Have Wardrobe Essentials for Men

Whether you have chosen your new freestanding wardrobe or are still looking for the perfect design, you have to know what to put in it! There are certain items that every man should have in his wardrobe. Not sure what those items are? No need to worry! We’ve got you covered! This is your guide to the must-know wardrobe essentials for men.

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Essential Clothing

The primary purpose of the wardrobe is to store clothing. So, it comes as no secret that the space should include your essentials. What types of clothing should every man have in his wardrobe? Use this checklist to make sure you have every style you need for each occasion.


  • Button Downs – You should always have a few nice button-down shirts. The colours you choose are up to you, but the one colour you should always have is white. This classic colour goes with a suit, chinos, and even jeans.
  • White T-Shirt – As with the white button-down, a white t-shirt is a classic. It goes with everything you own and provides a simple yet timeless look. Your wardrobe should have at least one high-quality white t-shirt.
  • Polo Shirts – When you need to look nice but do not need to go all out, polos are the answer. They have a casual look and feel with the versatility to dress up a pair of jeans.
  • Jumpers – Chilly days call for a bit more protection, and a few nice and comfortable jumpers will give you just that.


  • Jeans – Classic jeans are a must in any man’s closet and go with everything. Having at least one pair of light and dark washes is recommended.
  • Chinos – This pant style is excellent when you need to dress up your style a little and is great for everyday wear, the office, an interview, etc. Chinos are incredibly versatile, making them essential in your wardrobe.

Stunning Suits

You should always have a couple of nice suits in your wardrobe. Whether it’s a wedding, a job interview, or an important presentation, there will come a time when you need a nice two-button suit. Incorporating a classic blue and black suit is necessary to a complete wardrobe.


Jackets are perfect for cooler weather. However, the wrong coat can make even the best outfit look terrible. Including various jackets in your wardrobe will ensure you the ideal piece of outerwear for every look.

  • Classic Denim Jacket – This style pairs great with jeans and any type of shirt of every colour.
  • Bomber Jacket – Give your look an edge with a timeless bomber jacket in a versatile shade of colour such as navy blue.
  • Sports Jacket – A sports jacket outerwear will elevate even the most casual look.
  • Trench – A trench coat looks great with chinos or jeans and any style shirt. It’s perfect for cool or rainy days. Not to mention a trench provides a stylish look.

Footwear is More Than an Afterthought

Top off your outfit with a stellar pair of shoes. Different outfits call for different footwear styles. Every great wardrobe should include the following types of shoes:

  • Boots – A nice pair of boots go well with jeans and chinos. Not to mention they can take your style to the next level.
  • White Sneakers – This is a classic footwear style that pairs great with a timeless pair of jeans.
  • Derby Shoes – This is a staple in every man’s wardrobe. Men’s Derby shoes make great dress shoes for any occasion.
  • Slip on Loafers – Slip on ‘Penny’ loafers are a classic for a reason. They look great with chinos and jeans and can be worn with casual and formal styles.

Make a Statement with Accessories

No outfit is complete without the right accessories. You need to be ready at a moment’s notice for a night out on the town or that big presentation. Whatever the occasion, make sure you have what it takes to complete your outfit. Every man should have the following accessories in his wardrobe:

  • Elegant ties – Include various coloured ties that will go with anything. It’s ok to have your wild and fun ties but make sure you have neutral colours that will go with anything. Of course, do not forget the tie clip!
  • Belts – A belt can make or break an outfit. At the very least, make sure you have an elegant black and brown belt. These two colours are sure to go with anything.
  • Timepiece – There is nothing more fashionable on a man than a classic timepiece. Whether you prefer a wristband watch or an elegant pocket watch, make sure your wardrobe contains at least one timepiece.
  • Scarves – This wintertime accessory can smartly accent an outfit.
  • Hats – If you’re a guy who likes to wear hats, this is an accessory that should definitely have a spot in your wardrobe.
  • Eyewear – Let’s not forget about sunglasses. They add the finishing touches to any look. Make sure you include your favourite in your wardrobe.

Do You Have the Essentials?

Wardrobes are as much about style as they are function. Every man’s wardrobe should not only look great but have the latest and greatest styles no matter what your next adventure calls for!

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