You’ve accumulated plenty of clothes over the years. You may have some favourite pieces, as well as some you’d never let go.
But do you have the right pieces? The essentials? The pieces no wardrobe should be without?
It’s probably time to take stock of your wardrobe to make sure.
Don’t get caught in the rain without a raincoat (literally).
A navy and a charcoal suit will take you everywhere you need to go.
The two pictured here are from one of our favourite suit suppliers, SuitSupply, and go for around $500. For the savvy shopper that already knows his sizing, online suit makers like Indochino, Alton Lane, and others make it super easy.
Of course, two is not a limit -- just a good base to build a full suit wardrobe.
A white shirt is absolutely essential for when you need to look clean and pressed.
Get one in a neutral colour, like navy, that goes with your suits and shirts.
If cashmere isn't in your budget, cotton-cashmere is just as soft.
Pictured is J.Crew's version, but as long as the cashmere is high-quality, your favourite brand should work just as well.
Branch out to other colours and styles later, but for now get a brown shoe that will go with your suits.
Allen Edmonds makes a fantastic starter pair. Up the ladder, there's Alden, Grenson, Paul Evans and Crockett and Jones. For guys who dig customisation, Awl and Sundry can make a shoe to your exact specifications.
This one may be a bit controversial, as many men aren't wearing watches these days. But they should be! A well-chosen watch can complete an outfit, and a suit without a watch is like a pair of pants without a belt. It needs it.
There are hundreds of options to suit every taste. The watch pictured is the high-end Jaeger-LeCoultre Master, but a number of brands make a range of suitable models hitting all price points, including Orient, Tissot, Hamilton, Omega, Citizen, and Tag Heuer.
The options here are boundless. Both Oxford and broadcloth are highly versatile and can be worth either under blazers or on their own.
Brooks Brothers' Oxford cloth shirts stand in a class of their own.
For that grey area of formality, chinos are perfect. Wear them with a polo for a casual look, or a button-up and blazer to dress it up.
These slim-fit garment-dyed Brooks Brothers chinos are a good choice, but we recommend putting the effort into finding a pair that will fit your particular body and budget.
You don't have to be a denimhead to appreciate the clean aesthetic of a dark denim. Dressed up or down, they're always clean, and a well-made pair will have your back in all casual environments for years to come.
Originally you could only get a pair from reproduction companies in Japan, but in recent years American companies, like the pictured Rogue Territory, have sprouted up in response to increased demand stateside.
Then again, there's nothing wrong with the standard Levi's.
This one is non-negotiable. Even if you don't see yourself as a type of guy that wears a t-shirt casually, some situations just call for being comfortable.
White is the most versatile colour there is, but this is no undershirt.
Every man needs a pair of super-versatile shoes that look neither dressed up nor casual. They fill that nebulous space between dress shoes and sneakers.
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