6 Wardrobe Essentials Every Guy Needs

Chances are your wardrobe is broken down into two categories: the clothes you have and the clothes you’d like to have. But there’s also a third category. Let’s call it your wardrobe essentials. These are the clothes that every man should own to live a comfortable and well-dressed life.


#1. White Button-Up

The solid white button-up dress shirt is definitely a fashion necessity for all men. In fact, a lot of men keep an extra shirt in their office and cars. The white button-up is very versatile; it can be worn with a pair of khakis and a navy blazer for a more country club type of look, or styled with dark denims for edgier style. Putting on a crisp, clean white shirt in the morning can make you feel invincible, ready to take on the challenges of the day. But, as with a blazer, tailoring is very important. From the collar to the cuffs to the cut of the torso, you want to get the fit of the white button-up just right. Ensure that your white button-up fits perfectly by visiting our custom “Made to Measure” department at your local DXL store, which offers custom tailoring services.


 #2. Dark Denim

It’s said the average man owns seven pairs of jeans. The question is: Are you wearing the right color, style, and fit for you? Dark denim jeans are casual, yet still manage to look sharp and cool. They’re comfortable enough for hanging around and, when matched with the right dress shirt are ideal for a casual date night. Dark denim pairs well with the darker colors worn during the fall and winter.



#3. Navy Blazer

The navy blazer is the classic, go-to sport jacket. It can be worn with everything from dress pants and jeans to tees and button-down shirts. A classic, navy blue blazer can be worn to everything from a job interview to a wedding, even a night on the town. Navy blue is a traditional color that inspires confidence and complements virtually every skin and hair color.. The navy blazer, like the classically tailored Gold Series™ Navy Blazer, is a must-have item in your closet.


#4. Dress Shoes (Black and Brown)

Designer Hardy Amies once said, “It is totally impossible to be well-dressed in cheap shoes.” That’s a fashion truism. No well-dressed man is going to be wearing an old, tired pair of shoes. Shoes command a lot of respect for any outfit and a nice pair of brown or black dress shoes are timeless closet essentials. Invest in a quality pair of shoes that can be re-soled, and look for traditional styles, like the classic Cole Haan ® Lennox Hill Wingtip Oxfords.


#5. V-Neck Sweater

A V-neck sweater looks great, whether on its own or layered over a shirt. (Style Tip: Avoid layering it with a white crewneck tee, since this can shorten the proportions of your torso.) The V-neck sweater is the most strategic style of sweater for layering, adding warmth and comfort for fall-into-winter months without the extra bulk. V-neck sweaters, like the cotton Oak ® Hill V-neck Sweater, provide an extra layer of warmth on a cold winter day, while still giving any layers underneath room to stand out.

 #6. Khaki PantsWardrobe-Essentials-Every-Guy-Needs_6

The beauty of khakis is that they’re not quite dress pants and not quite jeans. You can wear them to work just as easily as you can wear them while hanging out with your buddies. Whether you’re at work, on the golf course, or out on a Friday night, a pair of khakis like Dockers Never Iron Pleated are effortlessly versatile.

These 6 closet essentials evoke timeless looks that can be worn even into spring. The sooner you have these items in your closet, the sooner you’ll have all your wardrobe bases covered.


  1. Butch Reply

    Good info, but I’m a bit confused. I was once told that Pleated pants should be avoided by bigger guys. Is there a certain type of Pleat we should avoid or was the advice I received wrong?

  2. Brian G Reply

    I have all 6 of the above mentioned items and think I am a fashion forward guy even though I am a big guy. I believe that even though you may be “chunky” doesn’t mean you can’t look good….all the time. My only concern/question is the v-neck sweater. Why are they so clingy? Is there a product that will look good as a v-neck but not cling so tight? In addition these essentials are a must for all fashion concern men. Thank you.

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