The New Year is all about starting fresh again. If you have resolved to have better style, you’re probably thinking you need to buy lots of trendy clothing. However, one of the major keys to having a stylish wardrobe is to make sure the things you wear every day fit right, look good, and are made of quality materials. Here are several things most men need to add to their wardrobes in 2016.
1. Better basics
Do not underestimate the importance of basics like T-shirts and undershirts. You can never have too many. If you are lacking in this department, check out J.Crew’s Broken-In T-Shirts. Available in a large range of regular and tall sizes, thirteen different colors, and V-neck and crewneck styles, they are soft and comfortable. Every man should have multiples of this shirt.
Most men do not evaluate their undie situation frequently enough. Anything that is stretched out, doesn’t fit right, or has stains (sorry, had to mention it), needs to get tossed. You should not have a universal pair. Instead, choose your underwear based on what you are wearing. Think like a woman here. You shouldn’t be wearing the same underwear to the gym as you do to the office with a suit. Buy yourself a few fresh pairs. Check out MeUndies to find a great fit.
3. Quality outerwear
Outwear is incredibly important because it needs to be functional. Do you live in a cold climate? Stop freezing, and invest in a warm coat. Canada Goose coats are pretty much as warm as it gets. While they are pricey, it is worth the investment.
All men need a leather jacket, and if you do not have a good one, it’s time to go shopping. One of the best leather jacket designers is Skin Graft. You can’t go wrong with the brand’s classic looks from bomber to motorcycle styles.
If you live in a warm climate, you probably wear your sport coats and blazers as outwear. Don’t be afraid to add more to your wardrobe. Choose different styles, cuts, and fabrics. Be bold, and pick a pattern instead of a solid. Mr Porter has a well-edited collection of sport coats and blazers for any occasion in a wide range of prices.
4. Athleisure clothing
Athleisure is one of the biggest clothing categories right now because it is comfortable and integrates well into a healthy lifestyle. After all, if you really like your athleisure wardrobe, it will probably push you a little harder to go to the gym. Athleisure can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. The Gap has good quality, affordable clothing in this category, as does its sister store, Old Navy. You might have lots of suits and casual clothing, but most men need to add more athleisure to their closets.
5. Layering pieces
No matter where you live or what time of year it is, at one point or another, you are going to need to layer. It is a good idea to have quality layering pieces you can wear all year round. Kit & Ace makes some of the best available in a fabric they exclusively developed called Technical Cashmere, which is a washable blend of cashmere and cotton. Incredibly soft, it’s comfortable and durable.
6. New jeans
Most men wear jeans several times a week, if not every day. Men always need more jeans. The right fit is key and can mean the difference between stylish and sloppy. It’s also important to actually try jeans on and get them altered or hemmed if need be. An afternoon trying on jeans can get you a whole year of looking stylish.