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10 Essential Items Every Guy Needs To Have

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If you’re not into spending a lot of time shopping, but you still want to get more into fashion, a good place to start is by having essentials in your wardrobe. These are pieces that you can mix and match and wear for any occasion. That's why we recently spoke with Trunk Club veteran stylist Anna Wisinewski, and got her recommendations on some things that every guy should have in his closet.

A great-fitting, neutral blazer:

Whether it's for a job interview, wedding, or even a date night, you never know when you'll have to dress up. So, you should always have a blazer in your wardrobe. "Navy is an ideal color because it just goes with everything," Wisinewski says. But if you're feeling bold or have the budget, black, gray, and khaki are also good colors to have too.

You can grab a navy blazer here:

Budget: ASOS Skinny Blazer ($41.50)

Moderate: Topman Suit Jacket ($135)

Luxury: Vince Camuto Slim Fit Stretch Blazer ($149.90, on sale)

A light jacket:

There are so many options for this piece. "It can be a military-style jacket, a bomber, knit zip-up, or even a moto jacket. Whichever style you choose make sure it's one you love and want to wear all the time," Wisinewski suggests.

Budget: ASOS Jersey Bomber Jacket ($32)

Moderate: Gap Hidden-Hood Fatigue Jacket ($59.00, on sale)

Luxury: Barbour Pod Quilted Jacket ($132.90, on sale)

A perfect-fitting white button-up or button-down:

Wisinewski says, "a white button-down is a must-have for any guy." You can dress it up or dress it down, and it's just one of those staples that is completely necessary.

Budget: Uniqlo Men Easy Care Long-Sleeve Shirt ($29.90)

Moderate: Esprit Slim Fit Button Down Shirt in White ($36.50, on sale)

Luxury: Nordstrom Trim Fit Washed Oxford Shirt ($49.50)


Another perfect-fitting button-down (in a fun color or pattern, like plaid or gingham):

There will be situations where you'll need a versatile shirt that's casual, but not a T-shirt. That's where this one comes into play. You can wear it with jeans, khakis, or any other type of pant. Just try to make sure that the color you choose is more classic than trendy.

Budget: H&M Cotton Shirt ($24.99)

Moderate: Zara Striped Shirt ($39.90)

Luxury: Bonobos Slim Fit Gingham Sport Shirt ($64.90)

A slim-straight pair of dark denim:

You can literally wear dark denim almost anywhere. From the office to dinner, a pair of these will last you forever. They're the perfect complement to wear with any sort of outfit.

Budget: Uniqlo Stretch Selvedge Slim-Fit Jeans ($49.90)

Moderate: Levi's 511 Slim Fit Stretch Jeans ($69.50)

Luxury: Paige Jeans Federal Slim Straight ($132.90, on sale)

A slim-straight twill pant:

"Twill is a different fabric of pant that will come in a khaki, olive, or tan. Don't be afraid to play around with colors," Wisinewski explains. "For example, a burgundy or navy pair of pants like this could work."

Budget: H&M Twill Pants ($29.99)

Moderate: Adam Scott x Uniqlo Dry Stretch Pants ($39.90)

Luxury: Gap Lightweight Performance Khakis ($49)

A knit that you love:

Don't get caught up on the word "knit." "This essential could be a polo shirt, long-sleeve crew neck, or a henley," Wisinewski says. Any of them work; just make sure you love it and it's comfy.

Budget: Gap Marled Henley ($24–$28)

Moderate: Uniqlo Cotton Cashmere Cable Crew Neck ($29.90)

Luxury: Vince Slim Fit Slub Polo ($54.90)


A brown dress shoe:

This one's pretty self-explanatory. But Wisinewski suggests brown because "it goes with everything." Don't limit yourself to Oxford shoes either — you can try a wing tip or monk strap if Oxfords aren't your thing.

Budget: ASOS Derby Shoes ($72)

Moderate: Kenneth Cole Cap Toe Monk Shoe ($109.90)

Luxury: Cole Haan Pinch Gotham Bit Loafer ($200)

A nonathletic sneaker:

"These are shoes you wouldn't wear to the gym," Wisinewski says. "Think Stan Smith Adidas, a Vince slip-on, or Vans."

Budget: Vans Old Skool ($60)

Moderate: Nike SB Blazer ($85)

Luxury: Comme des Garçons Play Converse Chuck Taylor ($125)

And of course some accessories:

Accessories are important because they add flair to any outfit and can be worn over and over. For example, "a classic brown belt, wayfarer sunglasses, or some other piece that adds to your outfit," Wisinewski says.

Urban Outfitters, ASOS, Uniqlo, and Nordstrom all have extensive accessories sections that you can browse and find what's perfect for you, no matter what your budget is.