Much like the British weather, fashion is forever changing; it’s a fickle little thing.
However, there are a select number of menswear must-haves no gentleman can go without.
Timeless and effortlessly stylish, they’re the pieces that will ensure you look the part no matter the time or year.
Here, we’ve round-up five key staples – from shirts to shoes – that every man should have in his wardrobe.
1. Beige Trench Coat
First worn by English officers during the Boer War, the trench coat was originally developed as an alternative to the heavy serge greatcoats which proved ill-suited to the desperate conditions faced during battle. Today, it’s seen as an essential investment piece that is not only stylish but versatile, durable and waterproof. For those who don’t want to fork out for Burberry’s original design, you’ll be pleased to know pretty much any fashion retailer stocks their own version.
2. White Oxford Shirt
A firm favourite of style icons Steve McQueen and Paul Newman, the white Oxford shirt (otherwise known as the button-down shirt) has been sitting proudly in the menswear hall of fame for more than 100 years. Ideal for all occasions, it can be worn with a suit to the office, under a jumper at the weekend, or with some chino shorts whilst on your holidays. It’s that good, we suggest investing in several.
3. Pale Blue Shirt
Every man needs a trusty selection of formal shirts, and not many are as dependable as the pale blue variety. Smart and sophisticated, it’s as easy to wear as white, but can also add some needed pop of colour to muted ensembles. We think it looks particularly great with a crisp cutaway collar and worn with a patterned silk tie. For the summer, try yours with a beige or tan suit to emulate the dapper chaps at Pitti Uomo.
4. Navy Suit
Whether paired with a tailored made-to-measure shirt or a crew neck jumper, the navy suit will ensure you always look your best. An enduring, versatile classic, it can adapt to any scenario – be it a wedding, interview, date or dinner. We recommend opting for a slim two-piece design – although the addition of a waistcoat will certainly be suitable for the times you wish to look a little more refined. To prolong the life of your suit, do your research and invest in something that is well-made. It’s certainly worth paying that little bit extra to ensure you’re buying a garment that will stand the test of time.
5. Brown Chelsea Boots
Adored by monarchs and rock stars alike, Chelsea boots are perhaps (surprisingly) one of the most versatile and timeless footwear designs you can own. Smart without being too dressy, they can be worn casually with distressed jeans and a hoodie, or with your favourite suit and shirt for more formal events. Available in an array of fabrics and styles, the most popular (and adaptable) versions are made from brown suede or leather.