A wardrobe of everyday clothing that can be adaptable and multi-purpose is not the easiest thing to buy. Men tend to buy clothes for specific purposes without thinking of how they can maximise their purchase and get the most value out of what they own. As a result cupboards tends to fill up with clothes that are worn once or twice a year and which, let’s be honest, could never be described as value for money purchases. But with a bit of thought and planning it is very easy to buy clothes that can work on many different levels – here’s our guide to what you should be buying to truly get the most out of your shopping experience.
Shirts are the cornerstone
A good shirt dictates an outfit, so finding one that you can wear to work, on a date, to the beach or around the house when doing woodwork is a challenge. But it’s not an impossible one. Try looking for checked shirts online and you will be pleasantly surprised. The range is extensive and the beauty of such a shirt is that it has the ability to work in a formal atmosphere or it can look perfectly casual atop a pair of shorts as you make your way out for a day of surfing. There is a collar but there is no hint of a tie required which means it gets away with a lot. Buy a few because, because trust me, you will be wearing them for years to come.
The good old classic
Denim jeans are an essential as they can be worn almost anywhere. Unless you are a banker or appearing in court, there are very few situations in which you cannot get away with a pair of jeans. But buy nice ones. Jeans can definitely be of the cheap and nasty variety and that is not a place that you want to go. They won’t last long and for as long as you are wearing them they won’t fit well. Spend a little bit of extra money and you won’t regret it. Fashions may come and go, but Jeans endure, we’ll still be wearing them long after the icecaps have melted.
This is not shoes that we are talking about, this is socks. The much under-rated sock is the foundation of any man’s outfit and attention should always be paid in this area. As much as you think your socks will never be seen they always are. And when they do come out in public it’s subtle, there are just hints as to what they are about. And those hints say a lot about the wearer. So make sure that you socks don’t have holes in them and make sure that they are a little bit more interesting than just plain back – that’s really uncool. The key to a versatile wardrobe is one that is interesting and which can hold its own in formal or casual outings.