#Essentials #Staples #Getitrightgetittight

All of these items are things that every guy should have at their disposal. I’m tired of seeing guys who run out and buy anything they see on the sartoralist, or things they saw men wearing at the Pitti Uomo last month. I’ll admit, I am a victim of this, horrible trend-following… Yes, I saw guys wearing washed denim A.K.A “Dad Jeans” paired with a nice navy blazer so naturally I went out and bought a pair of dad jeans for myself. It’s a mistake that I learned from…. a very expensive mistake. I see now, more than ever, the importance of having a strong foundation to every outfit. It’s also never too late to build a relationship with a tailor, have your clothes fitted. It’s not enough that you’re a size Medium, or a Small. Get yourself measured not just for your suits but for your dress shirts too. A Medium might fit your chest, but might not fit the neck, and vice versa. Learn your size, and get YOUR size! Please guys, learn from my mistake and start building a wardrobe that will last for decades. Most of you guys have graduated from college and it’s time to drop those sweat pants, the college-branded hoodies, Adidas slippers and G-Shock watches.

I will attempt to create a garb for each category found in the image to the left. I will give you guys 3 options for each, and work from there. Some items will be pricey, but remember, these aren’t AA quality clothes and will last many years, and will never go out of style. The investment you make now will yield great returns in the years to come.

Spectacles, Watch & Wallet

Ray-Ban ‘Classic Wayfarer XL’ Sunglasses $145

Ferragamo Bi-Fold Wallet $280

Hamilton Khaki Officer Auto ~$745

Classic Dress Shirt

Charles Tyrwhitt White Pinpoint Shirt ~$40

Charles Tyrwhitt Navy Grid Check Shirt ~$25

Sid Mashburn Spread Collar Dress Shirt $145

Go-To Pair of Jeans

Levi’s 511 Skinny Jeans (Raw Selvedged) $178

Levi’s 511 Skinny Jeans (Black) $44

Levi’s 501 Originals (Rigid Selvedged) $98

Good-Looking Off-Duty Shirt

Saturdays Esquina oxford shirt $98

Club Monaco Oxford Cloth Button Down (OCBD) ~$24 – $68

J.Crew Distressed oxford shirt (White) $68

All-Weather Jacket

AE Military Jacket $128

Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket $128

Topman Knitted Bomber Jacket ~$79

Great Bag

Missionworkshop The Sanction $179

Maxpedition Sitka Gearslinger $130

Herschel Supply co. Novel $80

Classic Sneakers

Nike Sweet Classic (White) $60

New Balance Classics (Gray) $65

Tretorn Nylites (White) $55

Necessary Details

David Donahue Sterling Silver Tie Clip $60

BOSS Black Woven Silk Tie $63

County Comm Embassy Pen $45

Perfect Tee

Banana Republic Stretch-Pima Cotton Tee (Dark Heather Charcoal, Black, White) $25

Great-Fitting Suit

This is a difficult one to help out with because a great-fitting suit only comes from the tailor, but some places to check out;

J. Crew

Brooks Brothers

Unmentionables

Calvin Klein Cotton Stretch Boxer Briefs $24

Mocc Socks Trio $20

Kenneth Cole Solid Checked Dress Socks $12

Go-With-Everything Chukka Boots

This section only needs one shoe; the original, plain, simple, versatile;

Clarks Originals Desert Boot $69-$115

Levi’s Commuter Series Is Here!

These jeans’ price/value ratio is off the charts lol. You generally don’t see jeans that are selvedged in a nice dark wash like this for below $100, but these are going for $78! The best part about these pants are that they are 511! I think 511 is probably one of the best fitting, and most appropriate skinny jeans a man can wear. The 514 straight legs are okay for people like me (thunder thighs) for a casual look, but for a more fitting, properly trimmed look, the 511 is ideal. For most guys, the next skinny jeans after 511, the 516, should be too tight, and if they aren’t, HIT THE GYM. I hate seeing men with stick legs that make 516 super skinnys look like 501 originals.

511™ Skinny Commuter

These jeans offer the great quality Levi’s has always been known for, 3M reflective tape on the interior cuff (it is for a commuter after all), reinforced belt loops, hidden cell phone pocket, double-layer back pocket and it’s water-repellent and antimicrobial; which means you can be as active as you want, without worrying about dirtying up your nice new pair of jeans 🙂

Normally, I would recommend just copping a pair of these online, but I think for these jeans, it’s best to go into a store and try them on before making your purchase. To be honest with you, I’m not sure if the interior cuffs are like most selvedged cuffs because of the reflective tape. You really want to take a look at the cuffs to see just how much you’re willing to roll them up while wearing them daily. I normally don’t like to roll up my pants above my ankles, and I only like to roll my jeans up ONCE, so I would get maybe an inch or two at most above my normal length. However, I have seen some guys that roll them up two to three times, which is fine I guess, so if that’s your thing and you want to see the 3M tape rolled up like that, then you wanna make sure you get your pants a few inches longer… So basically; go try them on before ordering them. If you don’t really care about the interior cuffs at all, then Levi’s jeans are almost all true to size, so order your size and you won’t be disappointed.

Commuter Trucker Jacket

Next on the agenda is the Commuter TruckerJacket. Okay, so I honestly think that a nice, dark, well-fitting denim jacket is a MUST for all guys. Denim jackets are just so versatile and can be worn in so many different ways that it’s a must-have. The Commuter Trucker Jacket is also designed for the commuting cyclist and offers similar performance features as the 511 Skinny Commuter jeans.

Not only does this thing fit like a glove, but it has a ventilation system and gussets near the yoke. The jacket also offers the same 3M reflective tape on the side, the same water-resistant, antimicrobial protection and hidden pockets in the back of the jacket.

Unlike most denim jackets, this jacket has stretch fabric for improved mobility and comfort, which is essential if you’re on your bike or even traveling on foot. According to the list of features and from looking at the pictures, this jacket has an extended cuff- stated that it’s for extra coverage, but I think it’s nice to have a longer cuff because I mostly like to wear denim jackets with the sleeves rolled up anyway and some times, when you wear a jacket that fits perfectly on the shoulders, the sleeves tend to be a little long (maybe that’s just me and my misshaped body).

This piece, similar to the Jeans, should be tried on in stores. I think because of the gussets, and the stretch fabric, that you can maybe even go down a size for a slim fit. And you might as well try them on before buying them if you’re going in to try the jeans anyway right? 🙂