In our last article, we discussed why dressing well is important. So how do we do it? Not everyone has a personal stylist or “a man in London who sends a selection at the beginning of each season” (looking at you, Jay Gatsby.) Building a wardrobe can seem daunting, but with a little planning and some key pieces, you can create a versatile and stylish wardrobe that will last for years.
Start with the Basics
Begin by investing in classic, timeless pieces that always stay in style. These should include a navy or grey suit, multiple white dress shirts, a few dress pants, a blazer, and a couple of dress shoes (oxfords, brown and black, please). These items will form the foundation of your wardrobe and can be mixed and matched to create various looks.
Invest in Quality
Quality is key when starting a wardrobe. Invest in well-made, durable pieces that will last for years. It may cost more initially, but in the long run, you will save money by replacing them less often. Look for breathable and comfortable natural materials such as wool, cotton, and leather for accessories.
Focus on Fit
Fit is crucial when it comes to dressing as a gentleman. Make sure that all your clothes fit properly, neither too loose nor too tight. A good tailor or sewist can make a ten-dollar suit from Goodwill look like something you spent serious money on. Focus on investing in quality, timeless pieces, and ensure everything fits properly. A well-fitted suit, shirt, or pants can make all the difference in how you look and feel (see the previous post for more on that!)
Add Some Personality
Once you have the basics covered, it’s time to add some personality to your wardrobe. Accessories such as ties, pocket squares, cufflinks, or watches are a great way to showcase your personality. Look for items that reflect your style and add color and pattern to your outfits.
Dress for the Occasion
A gentleman should always look well-dressed and put together but also appropriate for the occasion. Consider the dress code and the context of the occasion. If you’re not sure, it’s always better to overdress.
Building a wardrobe as a gentleman takes time and effort, but it’s worth it in the end. If you can’t afford a bespoke suit, start with one off-the-rack or secondhand. Don’t forget to have your local tailor or sewist help you get the fit just right! Focus on investing in quality, timeless pieces, and ensure everything fits properly. Add some personality with accessories, and always dress appropriately for the occasion. With these tips, you can create a stylish and versatile wardrobe that will serve you well for years.
If you’d like to know more about how to dress well, we hear at Arthur Clay can help. We offer guides just like this on a variety of topics. Did you know you can get a consultation from the team here at Arthur Clay on your wardrobe to help you reach your style goals? Please email us to learn more!