1. White dress shirt
The fabric should be either made of plain poplin weave or a fine herringbone twill. Ideally, you want a medium spread collar because it can be worn with many things and it works with every face shape. You also want no chest pocket because it’s a formal shirt and formal shirts don’t have chest pockets.
2. Light blue dress shirt
You want it to be made from a rugged fabric such as Oxford. You can also go with poplin, maybe a twill weave or anything else that stands the test of time. If you live in warmer regions, you can also get an open weave fabric, but overall, I suggest you stay clear of the chest pocket even though you could wear it because it’s a less formal shirt.
3. Navy suit
To start, I’d invest in a single breasted suit with notched lapels, not too skinny, not too wide, about 10cm or 4 inches for the lapel width. I would choose side vents and flap pockets. If you don’t like the single-breasted style, you can also go for double-breasted with six buttons and two closing buttons. For pants, I would choose cuffed, and since I have bigger thighs, I would go pleated. Of course, that’s up to you.
4. Classic navy blazer
No, not the one from your suit. While you can wear that jacket as a separate with khakis, if you get a navy blazer, you should get something distinctly different. That being said, get a lighter shade of navy than your suit because it has to look different and a lighter color is usually more casual which is the origin if the blazer hence, you should go with that.
5. Gray flannel suit
It’s a classic wardrobe staple and men like Cary Grant wore it in North by Northwest; Gianni Agnelli made it world-famous with a specific shade from Vitale Barberis Canonico. It’s not just so popular because some famous people wore it, it’s very functional, versatile, and for example, you can take the pants and wear it with a navy blazer which is another very classic combination.
6. Tweed sportcoat
I’m wearing one right now; it’s a twill weave with a nice windowpane overcheck. There are lots of other options, for example, with a houndstooth, or a regular twill, or a shepherd’s check or simply a Donegal tweed, no matter how old you are or what your style is, there’s a tweed sports coat out there that suits you perfectly.
7. Gabardine trench coat
It’s a timeless classic that has a military history; it’s a perfect raincoat. It can have a liner for colder months of the year, and in a double-breasted silhouette, it’s simply elegant, and you can pair it with formal suits as well as casual combinations.
Chinos are cotton pants that come in a tone of khaki, sand, or stone, and they’re more casual and very versatile. You can wear them with all kinds of jackets or just a shirt or a sweater and they’re often office appropriate.
9. Vest or waistcoat
Personally, I love vests; I have lots of them. If I’d have to pick just one vest, I’d go with a burgundy collar, maybe a flannel, or doe skin, because it’s contrasting and you can pair it with anything else I discussed today and a lot more.
More specifically a bottle green wool sweater with a V-neck because I like to wear them all the time. If you don’t, go with a crew neck that is round and it just looks better than a V-neck. It’s perfect to layer over shirts, you can have it under jackets, you can wear it on its own, or with an overcoat, and just keeps you warm in the winter.
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