Timeless. Classic. These words get thrown around a lot in fashion – particularly when it comes to menswear. And while some may yawn at these adjectives – it pays to mention that investing in high-quality menswear staples literally does, pay.
Having a streamlined, high-quality selection of essentials that never date allows you to build your wardrobe with a solid foundation and ensure you can always throw on an ensemble that will impress. Not to mention, the ladies love when guys can pull off the magnetic masculine appeal of the likes of legendary men’s style icons such as Sir Michael Caine and Cary Grant.
These days, we’re loving the classic looks of Ryan Gosling, men’s street style fodder Nick Wooster (bottom right, ex men’s fashion director of Bergdorf Goodman) as well as models German Johannes Huebl, Spaniard Jon Kortajarena and our favourite Brit, David Gandy.
Here are key essentials to invest in for timeless dressing:
THE PERFECT SUIT
“A tuxedo is a way of life” said Frank Sinatra and he was right. Many of your key life moments will be lived in a suit, so do get the best one you can afford and find a tailor to make sure it fits perfectly.
The blazer is for men what the little black dress is to women: dependable and foolproof. Navy blue should be your first investment piece, followed by black and tweed.
A STOCK OF WHITE SHIRT
Investing in your formal shirts, ensuring you always have them crisp and clean, pays dividends when a really special event – a baptism, formal dinner, special date, or job interview comes up.
SHARP BLACK SHOES
If a man must limit himself to only one pair of really good shoes for city wear, they need to be black lace-ups.
A CLASSIC WATCH
A watch is definitive – its aesthetic says a lot about who you are. It should be the best quality that one can afford, and suit your lifestyle.
DETAILS: UNDERWEAR & SOCKS
What’s underneath – hypothetically and literally – always matters. Socks should match the colour of your suit or trousers, not your shoes – and should be a knit that’s comfortable to the touch for long days. Boxer-briefs ensure a seamless fit and a stock of white, clean undershirts (not t-shirts) is a must for wearing under white shirts.
Shop this edit: Navy blazer jacket – Jeff Banks, Cream cable-knit cardigan – Hammond & Co. by Patrick Grant (coming soon), White fine twill tailored shirt – Hammond & Co. by Patrick Grant, Polka dot border pocket square – Hammond & Co. by Patrick Grant, Savro watch with black strap – Kennett Timepieces, Brown grain leather holdall – J by Jasper Conran, Pack of three low-rise trunks – Calvin Klein Underwear, Black leather toe cap shoes – Loake