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."
The Everyday Leather Jacket
Not since the Seventies have leather jackets been so prevalent in men's style. And you don't have to be Joey Ramone to pull one off. Look for one that is already distressed, so it seems like you've had it for years, and then pair it with something to soften the edges, like a dotted scarf or a sweater. It will still look badass – but relaxed. "A leather jacket isn't something you can just buy online," Wooster says. "You have to go out and try them on until you find the one that works for you. The jacket should be snug but not tight. You'll just know it when you've found the right one." [Hugo Boss Josol Jacket, $418; us.hugoboss.com]
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