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 Vintage Sneakers
"A clean pair of white sneakers with a suit or dress trousers is a perfect mix of casual and tailored," Club Monaco's Levine says. "It has an Ivy League appeal but looks just as sharp and relevant now." Buy vintage-inspired, minimal sneakers, because you can wear them with anything (even a suit). Pair white with light-colored chinos for a clean look and a colorful pair with otherwise neutral tones for pop. [Brooks Heritage Sneakers, Price TBD; brooksrunning.com]
Credit: Photograph by Greg Broom