Men’s fashion can change almost as quickly as styles for women, and it can be hard to keep up. Depending on the industry in which you work, there may be pressures to fit into a certain mode of dressing. How can you stay within the guidelines without falling behind or looking silly?
Timeless is often the way to go. There are certain classic pieces of clothing which never go out of style. You can keep them modern with a trendy belt or pair of socks, but by investing in some well-made basics you can stretch the season for many years.
Here are ten pieces of timeless men’s fashion which will keep you on trend every year without breaking the bank or making a fashion faux pas.
1. Blue Blazer
A well-cut blazer goes with everything. You can be any age or size and still look dashing in a blue blazer.
Dressed up with a tie and grey pants it can go to the office. Over a pair of jeans with a scarf, it is perfect for a weekend stroll in the park. If your girlfriend is cold, it even looks good tossed over her shoulders!
2. Cashmere Sweater
Cashmere can be pricey, but you get what you pay for. A timeless V neck cashmere sweater will last for years and is versatile enough for many occasions.
Depending on your personal style, you may opt for a traditional black or blue, which can show off the tie knotted under it. If your style veers more towards the daring, you can go for a bold pattern like argyle or stripes.
Just make sure you store it properly so moths don’t get to it during the summer.
3. Khaki Pants
Khakis are the most versatile pants for both men and women. They go well on vacation for walks on the beach or at tropical seaside restaurants. They also can be worn with the aforementioned blue blazer for a yacht party or a casual brunch with friends.
Choose a quality brand and do not skimp on proper tailoring. Once you find the perfect fit, this is a style you can replicate again and again without worrying about how you look.
4. A Great Watch
If you choose one piece of jewelry, make it a truly classic wristwatch.
Many men are connoisseurs and prefer only the finest-made swiss watches. If you have the budget for it, these timepieces can be an investment that lasts a lifetime while giving you the patina of real class.
Of course, a Rolex or a Patek Philipe may cost thousands of dollars, so it is important to take care of it well and insure it in case of an emergency.
You may prefer a watch with sentimental value. Perhaps it was something handed down from your grandfather, or a gift after a professional success. Choose a watch of which you are proud as a timeless memento of personal or material success.
5. Classic Trench Coat
The trench coat was originally inspired by military wear from World War I. Now it has become a staple of every well-dressed man’s wardrobe.
There are numerous styles and lengths available for the classic trench. Burberry has its distinctive plaid lining, which lets everyone know that you spent about $2000 for it. London Fog also offers variations on the classic, as does Aquascutum.
A true trench coat has a belt (commonly worn knotted in front or back) and epaulets. For a more dramatic look, you can go for a full-length duster look.
6. Simple Accessories
A timeless wardrobe is one thing, but you probably want to add a few items which are distinctly “you.” As with women, whom Coco Chanel advised to remove excess accessories, men should sparingly choose a few special accessories that stand on their own.
These add-ons do not have to be traditional. Many men rock a cool necklace or another remarkable piece of jewelry. Quality not quantity is what matters: one beautiful piece is better than a host of sparkly distractions.
7. A Nice Pair of Jeans
Like khakis, a classic pair of jeans can be worn anywhere so long as they are paired with the appropriate shoes, coat, and accessories. You do not even have to spend a fortune to look good, depending on your body shape. A great pair of Levis is often a man’s favorite piece of clothing.
Beware the “Dad Jean” with too high a waist or “high waters” which are too short. Give a pair of jeans time to fade and mold to your body.
Wear them with hiking boots, motorcycle boots or sneakers for a casual vibe, or oxfords for a more dressed up look.
8. Cool Boots
Classic boots are a way to show your personal style. You may be a cowboy, so invest in a well-made pair of Tony Lama’s which will last you for decades. If you like motorcycles better, how about a cool pair of Doc Martens?
You can go for snaky black Beatle boots for a rock’n’roll effect or steel-tipped boots for heavy duty working around the farm.
9. A Hat
Headgear is another way to establish your individuality, even in classic traditional fashion. Make sure you try on many hats before you find the style that really works for your hair and head shape.
Fedoras give a cool, 1940s impression, while many young men these days are going for the woolen slouch caps.
A straw hat comes in handy in the bright sunshine because it keeps you cool and protects from the harmful rays. Some more casual types prefer the classic baseball cap, which comes in handy when it’s time to get to the barber for a trim.
Loafers are comfortable and fit in with any occasion. Depending on their color and style, you can find styles that range from traditional penny loafers to trendy pointy-toed versions. Choose what appeals to you and your lifestyle.
Loafers can be kicked off at a moment’s notice, or propped up on a desk during a rare moment of relaxation.
Timeless Men’s Fashion: Far from Old-Fashioned
By sticking to a basic uniform of timeless men’s fashion, you can embellish as the season and whim move you while maintaining a classic look. You can wear the same outfit for years in a row, freshening it up with simple classic items that showcase your personal style.
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