These are the 15 must have items every man should own - from occasional to frequent-usage; nothing too unusual.
Consider the list below a guideline: a starter kit for a most stylish and practical life. We must admit we intended to do a list with 10 items but had to increase it - just a little bit. The reality is that we should be ready for some situations in life, good or bad.
Here are the things we love; The things we need; The things no man can live without.
1 - A Good Umbrella
Whether you’re making a long commute to work or just stepping out to flag a cab, owning a reliable umbrella is basically a necessity. Torrential downfall can come out of seemingly nowhere, so having a sturdy yet stylish umbrella will save your suits and shoes any dreaded rain damage.
2 - White/Black/Grey T-shirts
The great thing about T-shirts is that they are probably the most versatile and easily worn piece of clothing that any man can own. With a variety of colours and styles available to you, whatever the season or occasion, they’ll always make you look cool.
3 - Leather Belt
Leather belts always pull your look together - besides it keeps your pants up, which used to be the point, right?). Picking the right belt can also be a cool way to complete your outfit, or add a pop of color to a look that might not otherwise have it.
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4 - A Pair of Sneakers
Sneakers look good with any casual outfit (no suits, PLEASE!) and your color choice and how you care for them will have a big impact on whether you’ll look sharp, or just… blah
5 - Grey Hoddie
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No man’s wardrobe would be complete without a hoodie. Hoodies are some of the most versatile outerwear available for men. This means that they come in endless varieties of colours and styles, all of which working in their own particular way. However, if you’re trying to wear an truly classic hoodie style, then a grey hoodie is always going to be a winner.
6 - Tailored Suit
A suit that actually fits you! If you own only one suit, ensure 1) it fits, 2) its dark in color, and 3) its timeless in style. To ensure proper fit, first, learn what it is and then find a tailor who can alter your suit. Dark colors are important as they are the most formal and are more versatile than lighter shades. You need at least one suit, preferably in navy or gray.
7 - Black/Brown Dress Shoes
Shoes are usually the first part of an outfit to catch other people's eye, so it is very important to have a solid rotation. With a nice pair of dress shoes alone, you can elevate your style immensely. A pair of formal black shoes will carry you through the most formal of events – black tie, weddings, funerals and job interviews.
8 - Signature Scent
Fragrance is an invisible part of our personal style, and it has a powerful effect on how people see and remember you.
A good cologne offers numerous benefits, from making you more attractive, to helping you feel less stressed and more confident.
9 - Good Headphones
Headphones now come in a wide variety of species, and it’s not unusual to own different headphones for different purposes. Traditional headphones come in on-ear and over-ear versions, which is mainly a matter of taste. Open-backed versions let more sound in and out, which suits home use. Closed-back versions are better for commuting.
10 - Pair of Chinos
This item we can talk with a property. Chinos are the wardrobe’s reliable all-rounder. They are menswear’s multipurpose tool, definitely, a must have pant for any guy looking to up their style game. Chinos are the one style of trouser that is as good a fit with a T-shirt and sneakers as a shirt, blazer and brogues. Which means, if you happen on the perfectly fitting pair, you should snap up several pairs in different colours. ;)
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Do you have a favorite pair of sunglasses? You should! Sunglasses are more than just eye-protection. A well-selected pair can elevate your look and solidify your signature style. There are hundreds of styles you can choose from. This casual accessory can be worn with literally any kind of outfit. Make sure you keep them in a protective case!
12 - Travel Bag
A great looking weekender or sling over duffle bag is perfect for short weekend trips. These bags are the perfect size to hold all your kit while still being light enough to lug around with you. The bag has to be light weight and without wheels, something you can carry with you to the gym or a spontaneous cross-country trip. This multi-purpose duffle bag is your go-to choice for work, home, the gym, or spontaneous weekends trips.
13 - Serious Watch
First, consider the main use of your watch: is it for professional wear? Evening wear? Weekend wear? There are watches that may be worn on most occasions, but as a rule of thumb think of the dial and the strap.
14 - Grooming Kit
For a modern stylish man, grooming himself is a crucial aspect of his life. Just like the man with clean hands and feet will give out his sense of cleanliness, there are other parts of your body that say a lot about you. Here is what you must have in your grooming kit so as to be called a well-groomed man: Hair Styling Product, Shower gel, Trimmer, Shaving Products, Body Wash, Face Wash, Deodorant, Exfoliating Scrub, Hydrating Moisturizer, Lip balm, Mouthwash, Toothbrush, Nail clipper, etc…
15 - Leather Gloves
Last but not least: Leather Gloves. It’s true that the leather gloves costs several times more than the retail price of cheap gloves, it is not just that: Cheap gloves are stiff. You can’t really feel anything and they limit the range of movement. On the other hand, a quality glove is soft, stretchy and it looks very elegant when it’s on your hand.