Along with looking their fashionable best, women also enjoy a sharp dressed man in their lives. I asked Mark Fonseca of Fonseca Clothiers, a male wardrobe consultant and colleague of mine, his suggestions for basics every man should own. Regardless of the stage of life, career, dress code or lack of dress code at work, these items will make sure your man is ready to look his best when the occasion arises. Many women are responsible for choosing what the men in their lives wear, so here are my top 10 items every man should have in his closet.
Consider using this list when choosing a Father’s Day gift or adding to your college-bound young man’s wardrobe this year.
Navy or gray two-button suit
Fit and quality is important. Make sure the jacket can be buttoned comfortably, but not too loose. Today’s suits are trim fitting. The pants should not be too long. Ask for a single break when having your pants hemmed. A skillful tailor can create a handsome silhouette for all body types.
Single breasted or double-breasted is your choice. Don’t try to skimp and use the navy jacket from the suit. Everyone can tell when you do that. Choose a fabric that can be used year round. The navy blazer can be worn casually with khakis or linen pants in the summer. Pair it with wool dark grey pants in the winter.
Cashmere or tweed sport coat
This item allows your man to have a little fun with texture and pattern. Plaid is in and a subtle windowpane plaid is a great way to update his wardrobe. Pair it with solid trousers. It can be worn with a dress shirt, trim fit polo or mock turtleneck. Encourage him to forego his fleece jacket and use this when traveling to cooler climates. A man in a jacket commands more authority and respect than a man in a fleece workout jacket.
Crew neck sweater
Choose a color that will enhance his eye color. If your man’s hair has silver highlights, consider a brighter color to draw the attention to his face. Some men start to look washed out as they age. Colors like cobalt blue or raspberry, will complement his complexion. Choose cotton sweaters in the summer and splurge on cashmere or wool in the winter. Use cedar in his closet to protect the natural fibers from bugs.
The perfect white button-down shirt
Fit is important. If he needs a custom shirt to fit his massive biceps, it will be the best money you ever spent. If he wears a white shirt often, consider replacing it every six months. Encourage him to wear white undershirts under all of his dress shirts. He will be cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Quality dark denim jeans
Your man probably already has jeans to wear while cleaning out the garage. Make sure he has some updated “date night” jeans as well. These can be closer fitting on the leg than the other denim he owns. Brands like AG have a lot of stretch in their denim to ensure comfort.
Flat front khakis
Even if your man wears jeans to work every day, he needs a pair of khakis. They can be dressed up or down for business meetings, a beach wedding or dinner at the clubhouse.
Black or brown lace-up dress shoes
Footwear makes the man. According to Mark Fonseca, the first thing a woman notices about a man is his shoes. My advice: keep them polished and in good condition.
Consider this inexpensive accessory for the fashion-forward man in your life. A pocket square adds color and class to a jacket and is more comfortable than a tie.
With all of the fundraising galas and events in the area, a well-connected and well-heeled man will need a tuxedo on more than one occasion. Tailoring is essential and will have him looking and feeling like Bond… James Bond.