When it comes to menswear, covering the classics is the key to looking stylish all year round. No matter your personal style, investing in style staples like denim jackets, oxford shirts and a classic pair of blue jeans makes styling through the seasons a complete breeze.
Here at Standout.co.uk we’ve compiled a Standout-approved, definitive list of menswear essentials that should always keep a place in your wardrobe. Whether you’re reworking your whole wardrobe or filling in the gaps, keep reading our guide as we narrow down our favourite picks, so you’ll know exactly what you’re missing in your closet.
Blue Denim Jeans
Arguably the most important item in every man’s wardrobe is a good pair of jeans, and blue denim jeans remain a faultless choice that can see you through every occasion – either formal or casual. If you read our latest ‘Men’s jeans that aren’t skinny jeans’ blog, you’ll know Levi’s range of classic 501 jeans gets the Standout.co.uk stamp of approval – as they’re a timeless style of jean that has remained popular for decades. Championed for their versatility, pair the jeans with our Religion White Shirt (£38.95), and a smart Gant Lambswool Crewneck jumper (£94.95) over the top for an ideal bridge between day and evening.
Plain White Tees
Plain white tees never go out of style and every man should have a solid collection of good quality t-shirts sitting in their wardrobe because they will go with just about everything you own. Be sure to invest in tees cut from good quality cotton, as paying a little bit extra will ensure you don’t compromise on style and will ensure you get a good amount of wear from your tees. Try the Emporio Armani 2 Pack of pure cotton plain white tees (£29.95), or if you’re the type of guy who likes subtle branding, the Vivienne Westwood classic white tee (£89.95) has a small embroidered logo for extra styling points. Treat your plain white t-shirt as a blank canvas to make a statement with bolder styling accessories, or keep things casual and team your tee with a pair of black Levi’s 501’s (£54.95) for the ultimate weekend look.
Whether it’s for smarter occasions or to complement a pair of trousers for work, a classic brown brogue is the ideal choice of shoe for every fashion-conscious man. Investing in a quality pair of brogues will see you through all seasons and looking after them well will mean your brogues will age with style. The Jeffery West collection of leather brogues at Standout.co.uk, are simple enough to be worn every day, whilst the attention to detail through the embossed patterns mean they can just as easily be dressed up for a more formal occasion or a night out. Try pairing the Jeffrey West Escobar brogues (£154.95) with some slim, twill chinos, such as the Gant Dark Khaki pants (£53.95) for a smart, off-duty look.
Classic Crew Neck Jumper
Investing in a number of classic crew neck jumpers brings endless styling possibilities for men, all year round. Perfect for layering up for a smart-casual look in colder months, or to pop in a weekend bag for when the evenings grow colder in the spring, crew neck jumpers can style up plenty of timeless looks. The rounded neckline allows a structured shirt collar to appear underneath, adding extra styling accents to a look that is effortlessly easy to pull together. Try pairing the Superdry Jacob Knit (£54.95) with a contrasting white shirt and denim jeans for a cool, yet casual look. Or if you’re a fan of less chunky jumpers, opt for the Religion Harley Knit (£89.95) that features two contrasting knitting methods to create a smart, textured jumper perfect for everyday wear.
The bomber jacket is a timeless piece of outerwear. Available in a variety of styles, the fashionable yet versatile bomber first started as a trend piece – but has since stuck around as a key statement jacket in many men’s wardrobes. The most timeless variation of all is the black bomber jacket. As well as appearing sleek with an edgy look, it’s also pretty versatile and would suit a whole assortment of outfits – perfect for a man who likes to pull an effort together with minimal effort required. Our Jack and Jones Explore bomber jacket (£69.95) is the ideal choice of bomber, as the detachable fur hood makes the jacket perfect for both warm and cold seasons. Or, if you’re looking for something a little extra, Standout.co.uk approved brand, Alpha Industries, have a number of bomber jacket variations. Our favourite being the NASA bomber jacket (£179.95) – teamed with varsity embroidered badges of the 100th Space Shuttle mission.
Neutral chinos are the secret to a spot-on weekend look. Easily paired up with a classic shirt and blazer combo as effortlessly as they are with a throw on t-shirt and loafers, chinos are the answer to laid back style. Try pairing Levi’s 502 chinos with a neutral striped tee like the Lacoste Striped Logo tee (£64.95) in green/white and navy for cool, weekend sophistication with zero effort required. Add a pair of killer suede shoes, such as the H by Hudson navy loafers (£19.95) to complete the look.
Whether worn open-collared with chinos or buttoned up and teamed with a tie, the classic white shirt, just like the plain white tee, is an absolute must in any man’s wardrobe. Perfectly complemented with a dark chino trouser like our Jack and Jones Liam pants (£17.95) for a sophisticated work look or formal weekend attire, the white shirt offers plenty of styling possibilities. Take a look at our Standout shirts, whether you opt for a shorter sleeved white shirt such as the Carhartt WIP Karev shirt (£59.95) for warmer months, or keep things classic with a long-sleeved shirt from Religion (£38.95) whatever your preference, we’ve got you covered at Standout.co.uk
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