Your closet is stuffed with the basics: jeans, t-shirts and sneakers. But there are 15 more essentials you need to clear some space for. These timeless pieces have been proven to stand up against fast fashion and seasonal trends — in fact, they looked just as good on James Dean as they do on James Franco.
Black Slim Fit Suit - Topman, $250: What are you even doing without this classic black suit? Wear it to weddings, parties, graduations, and funerals. Hell, you can even wear it on laundry day. A simple black suit can be worn just about anywhere at any time. This black, two-button slim-fit jacket with suit trousers has an optional matching vest.
Slim Fit Bib-Front Tuxedo Shirt - Brooks Brothers, $135: Forget renting a tuxedo for your friend’s wedding—you can fake it with your classic black suit. Just add this simple tuxedo shirt along with a bowtie and some studs. You’ll be black-tie in no time.
Fisherman Sweater - Blarney Woollen Mills, $189: Hook yourself one of these substantial sweaters from the shores of Ireland. Knit from 100% Merino wool, this crewneck sweater is rugged enough for cold, wet days, yet handsome enough to Thanksgiving dinner with your girlfriend's parents.
Dress-Pant Sweatpants - Betabrand, $189: Not too skinny, not too baggy, these dress pants find the right balance between form and function. Surprise: they’re actually made of durable sweatpant-like material. Now you can go to work in your pajamas and nobody will ever know.
JT Invisible Undershirt - Collected Threads, $29-39: Undershirts are under for a reason: they’re not supposed to be visible. If you’re going to put time into your wardrobe, make sure you have this 100% cotton option that forms to your body and stays hidden from sight.
Adventure Pants - Clothing Arts, $110: For the gentleman who’s smart enough to know that he wants to play it safe when he travels, but refuses to wear the fanny pack his mom got him prior to studying abroad, there are pickpocket-proof—breathable lightweight trousersdurable enough to brave a trip through Rome or a hike up the Alps.
Blank Baseball Hat - New Era, $35: No man’s closet is complete without a baseball cap. You don’t need to be a diehard fan to cover up a dicey hair day. Nothing else — including SPF and a pair of shades — will do a better job protecting your face from wear and tear.
Slick Jacket - Icebreaker, $349: Outer layers don't need to add heft. This sleek, form-fitting jacket looks stylish, rain or shine. With a removable hood and weather-resistant outer layer, it looks just as good on the trails as it does on a night out.
Striped Tank Top - Bonobos, $28-38:Nothing feels better on a hot summer day then letting your arms fly free. (Just make sure you’ve got a good deodorant and a casual day ahead of you.)
Wrinkle-Free Pants - Bluffworks, $93: Every guy needs a great pair of dress slacks that look just as good in a board meeting as they do on a bicycle — and these never need to be ironed. These wrinkle-free pants stand up to rolling, folding, stuffing and wearing time and time again. (Well, at least five times at a time; eventually you should probably wash them.) Bonus: when need to throw them in the wash, they dry quickly.
Linen Guayabera - Cubavera, $58: Thanks to the 100%-linen construction, this buttoned-up shirt may be the coolest you’ll ever own. The famous Guayabera shirt is classically Cuban — but pair it with a pair of jeans and it’s quintessentially modern man.
Informal Suit - Black Lapel, $499:Sometimes, a black suit is just too formal. Add a blue, gray, or tan suit to your closet so you’re ready for your next job interview or hipster wedding.
Zip Hoodie - American Apparel, $40: This iconic hoodie is comfortable and well-cut enough to get you through all types of weather. Layer it on in the winter, leave it in your office in the summer to stand up to industrial-strength air conditioning, or let your lady friend wear it home the next day.
White Jeans - Bonobos, $98: Who said jeans need to be blue? You need at least one pair of gray-scale jeans that look good with everything — just think of these as the preppy white-washed version of your Levi's. The material in this pair is just stretchy enough to let you move.
Crew Socks - Hanes, $13: Questioning this one? Don’t underestimate a staple. These crew socks aren’t the ones you can find in bargain bins: The pillowly pleasures are the most comfortable, padded, breathable socks you will ever own.
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