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."
Tie-Ready Dress Shirts
Shirts are the key to having a truly interchangeable wardrobe. Go with solid white, blue, and a few stripe combinations, and avoid spread collars that are too generous in width (today's ties and lapels are cut narrow). Look for semi-spread collars, which look great with or without a tie. [Burberry slim fit striped cotton shirt, $225; us.burberry.com]
Credit: Photograph by Greg Broom