Every man is obligated to own at least one set of formal clothing in his lifetime. If bought smartly, it can serve as a good base for building your formal wardrobe. It is said that “Clothes make the man.” This has never been truer than for a formal occasion where the way you dress can impact the way the world looks at you.
Men’s formal wear has always been in talks.Now, there is no formula to dressing well, but following a few simple guidelines can help you stay at the top of your game.
In this blog, we list down a few basic formal wardrobe essentials that every man should own.
1. White Dress Shirt
Let’s begin from the top. A classic white dress shirt is a definite formal must have. This shirt can match almost anything you wear be it for office or a formal event. Boost your look with bold looking cuff-links that exude your tastes.
2. A suit
Nothing looks better on a man than a well-tailored suit. It’s the one thing every man should possess. If this will be your main suit, we suggest you keep it basic with a classic black or a fine grey. Remember, always get your suit tailored according to your body frame, as a ready-made may not fit you perfectly. There are many choices in suit cuts and styles. For a starter suit we suggest you stick to a single-breasted suit. Choose between a three-piece and a two-piece suit depending on your comfort levels as a three-piece suit includes a vest
3. A Blazer
Besides a suit, men should own at least one blazer. For the uninitiated, a blazer is similar to a suit jacket. We suggest you opt for a dark, solid-coloured blazer. This can match most of your shirt and trouser combinations and give that extra edge when required. You don’t need to spend a lot, just see to it that you match it with your clothing. This could be perfect for a fancy party or for a special date.
4. Tie or Bow Tie
Nothing compliments a formal suit as a beautiful tie or bow tie. Use these accessories to add a pop of colour to a formal suit. You can change your complete look by simply altering the material or colour of your tie or bow tie along with the style of tying the knot. A good tie is not necessarily an expensive proposition. Just buy a magnificent tie once in 6 months and you’ll be ready for almost any occasion.
5. Flat front Trousers
Flat front Trousers are the norm for men’s formal wear. Most young men will rarely sport pleats in their formal wear (not even Don Draper). Flat front trousers give the wearer a sharp and young look. Though some would say pleats are more formal looking, we suggest you stick with flat front trousers for your staples.
6. Pocket Square
Just like the tie, the pocket square too lends character to a man’s suit. It is not only highly fashionable, but also adds a sense of sophistication and dignity to your attire. When it comes to pocket squares, there’s just one rule to remember – it should NEVER match your tie. Don’t be afraid to experiment with various patterns and designs.
7. Black shoes
To round of this list of formal wear must-haves, we come to the shoes that every man should own. Get yourself a pair of simple, but elegant looking black dress shoes, which can perfectly match most of your formal wear. When it comes to shoes, go for quality, since they can be used for both office wear and formal occasions. It’s always advisable to own two pairs (perhaps a brown one) as it’ll reduce the chances of your shoes wearing out.
With this, we end our list of Wardrobe essentials for men. We hope you like our list and as always, we are open to comments and suggestions.