The 15 THINGS every man
should have in his wardrobe
Because life – and your wardrobe – should be simple
Each season may usher in a few 1 THE OXFORD
key pieces, some must-have SHIRT
looks, but the best-dressed What one thing looks effortlessly stylish on
men are those whose wardrobe
is stocked with the classics – the failsafe, pretty much everyone? A crisp, white, slim-fit
never-out-of-style garments and accessories Oxford. Get one. Get multiples if you can.
that are as desirable as they are timeless.
So, whether you’re a young BLUE
whippersnapper seeking to steal a sartorial HARBOUR
march on your mates, or a father-of-two LUXURY
wanting to up his style game, the following OXFORD
15 items are ones that you should beg, SHIRT, €54,
borrow or, preferably, buy.
FADES; STYLE DOLCE & FITTED
IS ETERNAL.” GABBANA BLAZER,
YVES SAINT LAURENT BREASTED €190,
WOOL BLAZER, M&S
8687 IRISH TATLER MAN
2 NAVY BLAZER
Worn with grey woollen trousers, cream chinos or
your favourite denims, the navy blazer is the great
go-anywhere, do-anything jacket; always smart and
body-defining with either a collar and tie, roll-neck sweater
or V-neck tee.
LIVERGY MEN’S JEANS, 3 D A R K D E N I M SFew things are more timeless than a great pair of jeans.
€9.99, LIDL We’re not talking distressed, (necessarily) designer or acid
washed, though. Instead, make sure it’s a no-nonsense
pair with a slim fit, a sturdy construction and in dark blue SID DARK
– there’s literally nothing they won’t go well with. WASH
As for price and labels, a €40 pair of jeans (River Island’s are the business) STRETCH
can fit you just as well and look just as good as a €200 designer pair. JEANS,
They’ll probably just take a whole lot longer for you to find.
JBRAND TYLER SLIM SLIM-FIT DENIM JEANS, KENSON JEANS,
FIT JEANS, €295, JEANS, €13, €145, €74.95,
BROWN THOMAS PENNEYS JOULES
“BEING PERFECTLY WELL-DRESSED GIVES ONE A TRANQUILLITY DARK DENIM JEANS,
THAT NO RELIGION CAN BESTOW.” €85, REMUS UOMO
RALPH WALDO EMERSON
MARLON WHITE 5 LACE-UP
BRANDO T-SHIRT, FORMAL
€9, NEXT SHOES
Whether it’s for business meetings,
weddings or court appearances, the
formal shoe is the footwear that adds a smart
finishing touch to any ensemble.
SAN CIRANO T-SHIRT, Wingtips are a time-honoured classic
€29.99, XVKINGS.COM but suffer (perhaps unfairly) from
rather stuffy connotations. If all
4 PLAIN MARL T-SHIRT, those swirling perforations make you
CREWNECK €6, PENNEYS dizzy, show some visual restraint and
T-SHIRT opt, instead, for some black cap-toe
SHOE-IN: PUT YOUR BEST FOOT Oxfords. No fuss, no showboating
Sure, there’s an emotional tie to your old, FORWARD WITH SOME SMART SHOES – just an understated classic.
faded tees, but unless you’re still in third-level
education, they’re holding back your style. TWICKENHAM SHOE, €89.99,
Retire the logoed design and, instead, make TOMMY BOWE COLLECTION,
wardrobe space for a handful of well-made,
solid T-shirts in classic neutrals such as black, LLOYDANDPRYCE.COM
grey and white.
JOGGERS, 6 SWEATPANTS
€40, NEXT No longer a sign of giving up, a slim
pair of sweatpants is an acceptable
dress-down look for laid-back lounging. BLACK PANEL DAVID
There’s a fine line between looking like an BODYWEAR
off-duty David Gandy and an oik, so tread €65, RIVER ISLAND COLLECTION
carefully with this one. Logos, loose-fits and FOR H&M
DayGlo colours are out. What you’re looking INCLUDES
for is something plain, form-fitting and GREY MARL
simple (and stain-free, obviously). SWEATPANTS
€129, TOMMY HILFIGER
TRUE BLUE: NAVY SUIT JACKET,
TOM HARDY €235, WAISTCOAT, €80,
KNOWS THE AND TROUSERS, €110,
POWER OF A
NAVY SUIT REMUS UOMO
XXXXXXXXXXXXXX 8 SHARP SUIT
CHARCOAL SWEATER, If you only have one suit in your wardrobe,
make it a single-breasted, well-cut
€7O, TIMBERLAND navy one.
IDRIS ELBA Solid navy implies professionalism (yeah, that’s
you) and respectfulness. Plus, have you ever
noticed how navy looks good with just about
TWO-PIECE NAVY Don’t worry about labels so much as quality of
SUIT, €429, TOMMY material. And buy the best you can afford. After all,
you’re not cheap, so why should your suit be?
9 T R E N C H C O ATWhether single- or double-breasted, the
CREAM SWEATER, iconic trench ticks all the boxes: classic,
€37, NEXT stylish and functional. It will keep you
dry and warm, as well as looking sharp.
S W E AT E R RAINIER MINK COAT,
A fine gauge sweater is the perfect €189.95, JOULES
in-between layer for when it’s not cold enough
for a jacket but not warm enough for one layer.
It might come in 50 shades, but a mid-range or
dark grey will complement just about every
other item in your wardrobe.
10 LACE-UP DOUBLE-BREASTED TRENCH DOUBLE-BREASTED NAVY
BOOTS COAT, €139, NEXT TRENCH COAT, €100,
Whether you’re north of RIVER ISLAND
40 or a fashion-conscious
30-something, you’ll be WHETHER DRESSED UP WITH A SUIT, OR DOWN WITH
JEANS, THE CLASSIC TRENCH IS A BRILLIANT BIT OF
well served with a pair of classic brown leather
brogue boots. This style is particularly popular WARDROBE KIT
this season and, thanks to the distinctive punch
hole design on the upper, allows for a dressier take JON KORTAJAREN COL-
on rugged. LEZIONE
Just take care to select the right silhouette, though
– too high and they can dominate an outfit, too low LINEN
and they can appear feminine. The boot, like its BLAZER,
wearer, should ooze testosterone. €199, M&S
SOLE MATES: STOWE REVIVAL BOOT, €455, TRICKER’S
8889 IRISH TATLER MAN BLEND
MOSS GREEN BLAZER,
€299, TOMMY HILFIGER
1 1 WEEKEND BLAZER
For those in-between occasions when you should
wear a jacket but don’t need to wear a suit, a smart
blazer is the nailed-on option.
12 ADIDAS STAN SMITH TRAINERS “CLOTHES DON’T MAKE A MAN, BUT
TEAL BLUE CLOTHES HAVE GOT MANY A MAN A
WHITE COTTON POLO GOOD JOB.”
L E AT HE R SHIRT, €75,
TRAINERS REMUS UOMO HERBERT HAROLD VREELAND
White trainers come in two 1 3 TAILORED
varieties: the logo-heavy OVERCOAT
designs commonly found Keep it classic and you’ll not go
fleeing from crime scenes, farwrong. Camel will give you the
and the less-is-more, ultimate luxe look, navy is a failsafe
utilitarian styles that work
just as well with a sharp option, while grey, which is arguably more accessible, will
suit as they do with jeans never be out of fashion.
and a tee.
Not surprisingly, it’s the REDMAYNE
latter that you should make
a beeline for. These spiffy BUTTON-UP OVERCOAT, €95,
kicks are brilliantly versatile RIVER ISLAND
and, unless you’re a label
whore, moderately priced.
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH 14 POLO GIEVES & HAWKES COTTON
LEATHER AND CANVAS TRAINERS, SHIRT OVERCOAT, €925, BROWN THOMAS
€99, TOMMY HILFIGER A summer staple, the
GUCCI NEW ACE WEB TRAINERS, 1 5 CHINOS
€450, BROWN THOMAS polo shirt allows you to keep it formal Whether navy, red,
(collar) yet casual (short sleeves), and classic khaki or olive,
slightly sporty. chinos are the perfect alternative
Steer clear or overtly logoed designs in
favour of something more understated
for maximum kudos.
WHITE LEATHER TRAINERS, FINE KNIT NAVY POLO,
€99.95, REMUS UOMO €15, PENNEYS
MAYFAIR POLO, €195, HACKETT
WHITE LEATHER TRAINERS, STRETTON CHINOS, GANT SLIM CHINOS,
€47, NEXT €89.95, JOULES €140,