The Timeless Men’s Formal Wear Essentials

The Timeless Men’s Formal Wear Essentials

Planning on upgrading your style, but not sure where to start? Here's a list of the timeless men's formal wear essentials that all men should have in their wardrobes.
By Ben Jackson   June 3, 2016 8:45 am GMT-0700

Men’s fashion has genuinely come such a long way in recent years. These days, men have a variety of trends on the shelves, while this wasn’t really the case not too long ago.

But as with any fashion, there are some timeless trends that are worth holding onto.

We’ve listed the timeless men’s formal wear essentials that all men should have in their wardrobes.

A Crisp Button-Down Shirt

Dress shirts come in a wide variety, although classic plain button-down shirts are a classic and timeless trend. Every man should have at least three dress shirts in his closet; a wrinkle-resistant maroon men’s dress shirt, a crisp white slim fit men’s shirt, and a casual pattern button-down shirt.

These three dress shirts will ensure your wardrobe is versatile enough to let you put your best formal foot forward no matter the occasion, whether formal, black tie, or business casual.

Leather Loafers

Leather loafers are the perfect in-between shoe. This style is ideal for business casual as it can be dressed down with a pair of black well-fitting jeans and a dress shirt. At the same time, leather loafers are also perfect for formal outfits.

That said, brown, beige, and black leather loafers are timeless color choices. You can also opt for casual tan loafers for weekend wear.

Turtleneck Jumper

Things can get a bit chilly, even during formal outings. With this, choosing the right winter garments is essential because the wrong jumper or jacket can unravel your look pretty quickly.

Turtleneck jumpers are an excellent staple for your formal wear wardrobe. Choose dark tons and avoid patterns.

A Tailored Suit

Every man needs at least one tailored suit. You don’t need anything fit for a ball, although there’s no harm investing in a black-tie tuxedo either.

But when it comes to a simple suit, choose high-quality fabric and be sure to have the suit tailored to fit perfectly. In addition, black or navy are excellent fail-safe options for suit color.

Black Jeans

Black jeans might seem like a garment suitable only for casual wear outfits, although a good pair of black jeans is a semi-formal staple.

Choose a quality pair of jeans in a standard black. It’s important to make use of fit guides to get the right fit as well; when it comes to formalwear, the fit is everything.

A Smart Overcoat

A quality trench coat will last years, and this timeless winter staple is also perfect for formal wear. There’s no better way to stay warm at a formal event than with a sleek overcoat in black, navy, or tan.

Colored Chinos

Colored chinos are another timeless staple that all men should have. It’s also best to get a few pairs of chinos in different colors. These pants are perfect for semi-casual outfits, and they’re also excellent for smart-casual looks.

The best colors to choose this year are maroon, navy, tan, and brown. Although, you can never truly have too many pairs of chinos, so let your imagination run wild when selecting new colors.

When it comes to men’s formalwear, it’s typically best to keep your wardrobe timeless. Opting for timeless garments is the best way to ensure a clean, crisp look when dressing well.

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