When it comes to your wardrobe, less can truly be more – if you're smart about how you put it all together. We've curated a closet's worth of the essentials, which can be mixed, matched, and worn pretty much year-round. "Good clothes are available everywhere now," says Nick Wooster, the veteran fashion retailer and consultant. "But balance lower-end purchases with higher ones – if you're wearing a shirt you picked up for 25 dollars, pair it with a bench-made dress shoe or your nicest pair of tailored trousers. As men, we have the luxury of being able to wear pretty much only five colors: navy, gray, khaki, black, and olive. Invest well in those colors and you'll get so much more out of your wardrobe."
Dark Dress Shoes
Dress shoes aren't only for work anymore. That expensive pair of black Italian oxfords you just bought? Go ahead and wear them with selvage denim and a leather jacket on Sunday, and then again on Monday with a suit and tie. And keep your socks as dark as your shoes to create a better, more slimming line. [Ermenegildo Zegna Wingtip Oxford, $675; nordstrom.com]
Credit: Photograph by Greg Broom