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."
High-End Lounge Wear
Designers have taken lounge gear and slimmed it down for a polished style you can wear without looking like a Sopranos extra. Pick up an outfit like this: an insulated puffer vest ("The ultimate affordable layering piece," says Wooster) and a retro-inspired baseball sweatshirt that's cut so well, it even fits under a sport jacket. [A.P.C. Baseball Sweatshirt, $170; saksfifthavenue.com]
Credit: Photograph by Greg Broom