Amazon Style Essentials
10 Timeless Wardrobe Staples from Amazon
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When it comes to looking stylish, a lot of guys think they need to drop some major coin to make it happen. That’s just not the case, and the truth is, it never has been. Much like womenswear, menswear evolves and changes season to season, but that doesn’t mean that most men need or even should make purchase decisions based on fleeting trends. The fact of the matter is, if you have a wardrobe built by stylish pieces that fit you well, you’ll be able to fit in just about anywhere and feel confident.
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Style staples for men include items that can be mixed and matched, worn from day into night and can play a role from workday to weekend. This might sound intimidating to some guys out there, but rest assured, we here at AskMen are ready and willing to help. Sure, you can add some high-priced, fashion-forward items to your closet if you want, but these 10 items here are the foundation that will help any one of those pieces work.
The North Face Thermoball Eco Insulated Jacket
Every man needs that grab-and-go jacket that works anywhere and looks good with everything. Well, here you have it. Available in a seemingly endless array of colors, we’re partial to the versatility of the rich navy, since it matches just about everything you have ever had or will ever have in your wardrobe. Bonus? It’s made using 100 percent recycled nylon with a durable water repellent finish and zips up in itself so it can go anywhere you go.
From $138.97 at Amazon.com
Amazon Essentials Camel Sweater
You can look through photo albums from decades gone by and see men wearing the camel sweater. It’s crisp, classic and manages to go with just about everything. Pair it with any jeans and upgrade your casual night outfit to something a little more special. Or, lose the tie and layer this on under your navy jacket and dial back the stuffiness of your suit. Basically, wear it with anything, anytime and look great.
From $9.30 at Amazon.com
Goodthreads Button Down Shirt
You can’t list out wardrobe essentials without including the classic white Oxford shirt. You may think this needs to be pressed and starched in order to be an effective player in your wardrobe game, but quite the contrary. Untucked with sleeves rolled up has become the preferred modern method to wearing this once strictly sartorial staple. The key to rocking this is, don’t overthink it. Throw it on with literally whatever, and it will look good.
From $20.79 at Amazon.com
Levi’s 513 Slim Straight Jeans
If you only have one pair of jeans, they should be Levi’s. The brand that started it all knows exactly what it is doing and offers myriad styles, shapes and shades of denim that can cover your ass — literally — in just about any occasion. Jeans are becoming a mainstay at more and more offices and so it makes sense that more and more men are taking the often overlooked style staple more seriously. We love this fit since it’s a little slim, but not too slim and a little loose, but not too loose. Think of this style as your Goldilocks of denim.
From $24.97 at Amazon.com
Adidas Stan Smith Sneakers
The OG wear-it-with-anything white sneaker. A classic since the day it was born. It looks good with joggers, jeans and suits. Enough said.
From $42.71 at Amazon.com
Hanes Ecosmart Fleece Sweatshirt
With the advent of athleisure, the simple sweatshirt has all but replaced the sweater for casual events, work days and even nights out. That doesn’t mean you have to spend some crazy amount of one made by a designer just because the knitwear style is the trend du juor. Save your money and stock up on a well made, dependable brand like Hanes. This poly cotton blend is pill resistant and comes in more colors than you could wear in a month.
From $7.99 at Amazon.com
Amazon Essentials Cotton Piqué Polo Shirt
The popularity of the piqué polo may ebb and flow, but the fact of the matter is, it always looks good. We prefer it on an easy day instead of a T-shirt since it’s just about as comfortable, but it has a more flattering appearance should something more important than running errands present itself along the way. It looks just as good with jeans and sneakers and it does with a pair of chinos and a boot, so it effortlessly plays double duty once you take it out of your drawer. We suggest a solid or a striped (such as any of the options available from Amazon Essentials) if you want the ability to go from dressed up to dressed down with ease.
From $7.25 at Amazon.com
J.Crew Mercantile Slim Fit Stretch Chino
Sure, jeans may taking over the world of work, but chinos (or khakis) will always have their time and place in and out of the office. Get a pair from J.Crew to ensure you have a modern fit, handsome wash and just a little bit of stretch.
From $13.74 at Amazon.com
Clarks Original Desert Boot
Clarks literally invented the desert boot. In fact, it was created by Nathan Clark in 1950 when he was inspired by the rough suede boots worn by off-duty army officers. We have to imagine that if Clark himself were around today, he might be surprised at all the colorful iterations currently available. Yes, we appreciate the richly hued navy, olive and rust, but we always find ourselves going back to the versatile brown leather you see here. If you didn’t know where to start, now you do.
From $43.48 at Amazon.com
Seiko Stainless Steel Watch
If we have learned anything from our Watch Snob, it’s that Seiko is one of the best watches for the man on a meger budget. You don’t need all the bells and whistles, just the form and and function in a stylish design that Seiko offers in this stainless steel gem. Featuring a blue face and a date window beside the three, this watch signals to those around you that you know what you’re doing — horologically anyway.
From $215 at Amazon.com
Every man requires different clothes for work, but be most measures, if you have these 10 staples on standby in your wardrobe, you’ll look great for just about any occasion the world will throw your way. No get out there and start looking good, you handsome devil.
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