As many fashion experts like to say, “Great style doesn’t have to break the bank.” There are several ways to achieve a more refined look without spending too much money, after all. Chief among them is having a keen sense of knowing which pieces you absolutely should invest a little more in and balancing the cost of them out with garments that you can get away with purchasing on the cheap. However, all this can understandably be a little overwhelming, especially to someone who hasn’t yet gotten his bearings around menswear.
If you’d like to update your own closet, read on for a list of timeless foundational pieces that are worth shelling out a few extra dollars for. These are items that you can get a lot of mileage out of and will probably end up reaching for more often than others.
A Good Selection of Socks and Underwear
Few people understand how much comfort can play a part in the way you look and present yourself. When you wear great underwear and the right kind of socks for the shoes that you’re wearing, you feel great almost instantly. This, in turn, makes you carry yourself with more confidence.
Since you’ll be wearing these garments every day, you shouldn’t be afraid to treat yourself when shopping for them. It’s always a good idea to put your hard-earned money towards ones made with better fabrics and materials.
For everyday use, invest in a few pairs of high-quality men’s casual socks, preferably in colors that are easy to mix and match with the rest of your clothes. For fancier events, say goodbye to the old and ratty athletic socks that you’ve been shoving into your formal work shoes. Instead, go for dress socks in a luxurious cotton-synthetic blend. When shopping for underwear, look for premium fabrics that can keep you cool and comfortable throughout the day such as premium nylon, spandex, Lycra, and micromodal fabric.
As for underwear, you’ll want to make sure that you invest in a brand that uses sturdy materials. The last thing you’d want is to find holes or tears in your brand new underwear after only a few days of use!
A Nice Watch
You don’t have to be a watch guy to recognize how a good timepiece can elevate the look of any ensemble. It’s a very personal accessory that signifies a man’s aspirations, status, and wealth. To this day, investment timepieces are items of real value that still get passed down from father to son.
When it comes to shopping for a wristwatch, especially one that you plan on wearing daily, it’s always a good idea to shell out a few extra dollars for a timeless design, quality materials, and expert craftsmanship. If you aren’t ready to spend on a timepiece from a big-name watch brand, there are plenty of mid-range options available that can still class up your daily outfits.
A Classic White T-shirt
The classic white t-shirt is endlessly versatile. You can wear one on its own during warm-weather days or as part of a layered ensemble when the temperature starts to drop. Focus on fit and go for luxurious fabrics that feel great against your skin for excellent weekend-wear staples that you can easily style up or down, depending on the setting or occasion.
A Merino Wool Sweater
Merino wool is a soft, lightweight type of wool that can keep you warm when it’s cold and cool when it’s hot. Pieces made with this fabric can therefore be worn throughout the year, regardless of the conditions outdoors. The more you spend, the finer the material will be, but even mid-range options from popular fast fashion retailers will still look chic and feel lush.
A Pair of Slim-fit Jeans
Trends may come and go, but denim jeans will always be relevant. You can never go wrong with slim-fitting pairs in timeless colors such as dark indigo or black. If you can’t find jeans that fit you perfectly off the rack, it’s worth spending a few extra on having them tailored to your specifications.
A Pair of Chinos
Chinos are a great way to break up the monotony of just wearing jeans day in and day out. You’ll get the most mileage out of them during the spring and summer months, but there’s no rule stating that you can’t continue to wear them in the fall or even winter. Like jeans, you can’t go wrong with getting them in a slim-fitting cut and in safe, neutral colors such as light grey, beige, or sand.
Putting your hard-earned money towards staple pieces that will always be in fashion is far more cost-effective than chasing trends. Next time you’re out shopping, you can refer back to this list to make more conscious choices. They may seem a bit pricey at first, but they’ll pay for themselves in spades down the line.