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 Go-To Pants
When you find pants you like, invest in a few pairs (ideally a slim cut). They'll become your go-tos for work and beyond. Get a versatile pair of dark denim, a lighter-colored chino (works at the office or on the golf course), and a five-pocket cotton pant in a neutral, military tone. [Raleigh Denim Original Raw Jones Thin Drill Raw, $285; raleighworkshop.com]
Credit: Photograph by Greg Broom