essential items in every man’s wardrobe
1. A decent trench coat
2. An overcoat.
If you can forget the musty, heavy wool and go for a fine cashmere (even though it may set you back a few grand plus), the light weight, the hand feel, and the look elevate anything, including your jeans.
3. Navy suit.
Everyone looks good in navy; everybody. Tropical weight wool (4-season) on the west coast. If you can avoid pleated pants, please do, but only if they lay flat.
4. Charcoal suit.
6. Casual jacket
Could be the classic navy blue blazer; if you’re “not that guy”, it can just be a great Belgian or Japanese designer. It can be a Belstaff motorcycle jacket (ooh!). Girls are begging, though; no fleece.
9. We’ll assume you have a few ties and socks.
They have to make you look great. They can be $40 from the Gap. They can be $300 selvage denim. But the fit is key, and rarely do they fit off the peg. Find a good tailor and make sure your rear looks divine.
Not only to look cool, but to protect your eyes from dangerous UV rays, even on shady days. More people have permanent “bumps” on their eyeballs (conjunctival papilloma) from a lifetime of not wearing sunglasses than ever before. The bumps are unattractive and potentially cancerous.