1. A tailored black suit
A plain black suit is an essential part of any man’s wardrobe. Tailoring is also important, because an ill-fitting suit makes you look like you’re playing dress-up.
2. Black dress shoes
OK, maybe not a pair of Tom Ford dress shoes, but something similar. Just remember that you get what you pay for, so invest wisely.
3. Brown dress shoes
You need something to wear with khakis, or that blue (tailored) suit, right?
5. A tool kit
It doesn’t need to be the most expensive, it just has to have the necessities: hammer, screwdriver (both Phillips and flathead), wrench, pliers, and a tape measure.
6. A nice wallet
If your wallet has any Velcro on it whatsoever, burn it.
9. A proper bed with proper bedding
If you’re still sleeping on a futon, this list may not be for you.
12. A weekend bag
Throwing your crap in a plastic bag or backpack when heading to Las Vegas won’t cut it anymore.
13. Proper glassware
The essentials being rocks and wine glasses. The rest are for when you finally get that wet bar together.
15. Double-hinged wine key
Oh, stop whining and get one already.
16. Multiple towels
If your one towel is cracking, then it’s time to man up and invest in super soft and luxurious spa towels.
17. A chef’s knife
If you own one knife, it better be a chef’s knife. Like shoes, investing in quality is a smarter move. So make sure the blade’s steel runs through the handle.
18. A passport
It’s better to be prepared than disappointed when you win that trip overseas in that radio call-in contest.
20. Sewing kit
Your mom isn’t going to be around forever to fix the holes in your sweater. Also, if that sweater keeps getting holes, it might be time to get a new sweater.
22. Buy an ironing board, and an iron.
Oh, you don’t have the room? Explain that during your job interview while you squirm in your wrinkled pants and shirt.
23. Jumper cables
I don’t even care if you own a car or not; just own them.
And when they start to get yellow in the armpits, toss ‘em.
26. A lint roller
Just because you have cats doesn’t mean you have to showcase it to the world. Same goes for dandruff.
Keep it classic with Wayfarers or aviators. No shutter shades, though; your face is not a bay window.
29. A record player
It doesn’t need to be fancy, it just needs to be able to play The Clash’s London Calling without it skipping.
30. Football/soccer ball/basketball, etc.
Just have something that says, “I leave my house occasionally and have a somewhat active lifestyle.” Even darts work.
31. A French press
Nothing says “I love you” more than making your significant other coffee in a French press. If you don’t have a S.O., screw it, more coffee for you, then.
33. Good underwear
As with socks, if they have holes then they goes. In the trash, that is.
34. A cast-iron skillet
And at least one good recipe to go with it.
36. A bar set
If you’re asking, “Why?” then just move on, because I’m done with you.
38. A decent car
If you live in a city that necessitates you driving, of course.
39. A solid book collection
Nobody is saying you have to read them all, but just having them speaks volumes.
40. A decent bottle of booze
For when the president comes over, right?