If you want to get dressed up a little bit, but you don't want to do that whole suit thing, start with a pair of jeans and work from there. Chances are, you're more comfortable in denim than in a full suit. Plus, nothing has proven to be more American or more versatile (fans have included everyone from Andy Warhol to 19th-century miners). To get started, pick up a pair of classic-fit jeans, which haven't changed in decades and will never go out of style. We recommend these Levi's 501s, one of the most iconic products in history because of their timelessness and versatility. Next, add the everyday staples – brown wingtips, a white oxford, and a slim-fitting navy blazer with thin notched lapels. Then – and here's the fun part – introduce a splash of complementary colors with your socks, belt, and bracelet. The result is a refined yet relaxed look that'll have you closing deals at noon and leading the happy hour charge come sundown. Launch Gallery >>
Levi’s Vintage Clothing 1954 501Z Shrink-to-Fit Straight Selvedge Jeans
In the early 1950s, Levi's was looking to "go east, young man" – basically, the San Francisco-based clothier wanted to expand its customer base beyond the rugged Westerners who'd been their core audience since 1873. So it streamlined the fit of its workhorse jeans, the 501s, and replaced the button-fly with a more user-friendly zipper. By our estimation, Levi's was way ahead of its time.
We've been wearing these 1954 reissues for a while now, and the vintage fit is refreshing: The legs are slim and tapered, without the annoying constricted movement associated with current-day, high-end cuts. In fact, they fit so well that we've been gobbling up pairs instead of taking off-the-rack 501s to our tailors. Plus, they're woven from the exclusive white oak collection at Cone Denim, the infamous mill in Greensboro, North Carolina that's been in business since 1891. And in case you're not a denim nerd who knows exactly what this means, three things: 1) the denim is so soft it actually feels supple in your hand, 2) the rich blue coloring will be have buddies at the bar asking where they can score a pair, and 3) these age gracefully – no frayed knees here – so you'll be wearing them three years from now, and they'll look better than new. [$270; mrporter.com]