What pieces of clothing/accessories should a (stylish?) man have in his wardrobe (possibly for the winter) that I don't have?
October 20, 2011 1:29 PM   Subscribe

What pieces of clothing/accessories should a stylish man have in his wardrobe (possibly for the winter) that I don't have?

I'm taking an afternoon trip to SoHo this weekend, so I'll probably be able to find anything you suggest.

My closet contains:
business slacks (black, gray, khaki)
dress shirts
casual button down shirts
socks in all sorts of colors
undershirts, mostly gray and black
1-2 graphic tees
2-3 business polos
2-3 casual polos
shoes in black, brown, and sneaker
a gray peacoat (business) and a black jacket (casual)
2-3 pairs of well-fitting jeans (some might call them skinny jeans)
watches in black, brown and plastic red

If it helps, my body is probably shaped a bit like this guy's if he had bigger arms.

Pictures are super helpful.

I think I'm all set on business wear, but could use some help in the casual and "going out at night" realm. I usually like clothes that are more classy than flashy, but I'm willing to budge on that.
posted by jander03 to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (13 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
a blazer. one cool enough to be worn with t-shirt and jeans but also nice enough to wear with a tie. Black may be too formal. I have a gray one with a faint pattern that is pretty versatile.

Diversify your shoes. Get some hip boots or whatever else appeals.

Also, look at Details magazine for suave clothing ideas.
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 1:42 PM on October 20, 2011

Sweaters! There are a variety of different styles in stores for men this year- different collar styles, cardigan style with buttons, etc.
posted by MadamM at 1:45 PM on October 20, 2011

Tweed... A man needs tweed. Brown or grey.




Shawl collar jumpers

Cashmere jumpers.


I have a menswear blog you can get some ideas from..
Sua Suavesrepublique.tumblr.com
posted by the_epicurean at 1:49 PM on October 20, 2011 [1 favorite]

Do you have nice, high-quality winter accessories? A good hat (not just something you got at the dollar store), leather gloves that fit properly, attractive scarves.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:51 PM on October 20, 2011

Replace your casual polo shirts with nice (read: not undershirt-looking, like the ones at AA) henleys.
posted by griphus at 2:37 PM on October 20, 2011

@the_epicurean nice blog, bookmarked!
posted by SNACKeR at 2:40 PM on October 20, 2011

Waterproof boots, perhaps lightly lined for winter? Or just a pair for fun -- I thought most of the ones in this thread were great.

Do you not need a suit? I don't see one listed, and a classic dark suit is a good fallback piece to have.

It is entirely possible that I'm terrifically boring, but I think a solid-colored tee with well-fitting jeans and attractive shoes is a pretty versatile look, and one that I like to see on a man when it's done with some attention to fit and quality. (Also a good place to start layering with a sweater, jacket, and/or scarf.)

Belts? Do you wear them? They can really make an outfit, as can a good hat. And don't forget sunglasses.
posted by EvaDestruction at 2:57 PM on October 20, 2011

Blow your whole budget on a fantastic pair of boots - Alden Indy/405s, Wolverine 1000 Miles, or something similar. The boot guide and Fall wardrobe guide on Reddit's Male Fashion Advice subforum are really well done.
posted by brozek at 3:08 PM on October 20, 2011

If you don't feel like buying boots, get something like Swims to protect your non-sneaker shoes.
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 5:00 PM on October 20, 2011

A tweed blazer and a suede jacket. Sturdy all-weather foodwear that you can change out of for the office and also wear on weekends. Branch out into brighter colors to get additional items you listed above.
posted by jgirl at 5:39 PM on October 20, 2011

A pair of vintage cufflinks.
posted by theBigRedKittyPurrs at 6:16 PM on October 20, 2011

White undershirts. For under those dress shirts. Helps prevent pit stains and keeps you warmer when not wearing your suit jacket or blazer.
posted by Gungho at 9:25 AM on October 21, 2011

paisley silk/wool scarf
bonus points for vintage
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 10:04 PM on October 22, 2011

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