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When it comes to building a functional wardrobe,  the first thing a guy must do is assess his lifestyle. If he’s in a more casual setting at work, then perhaps he needs more khakis or jeans than trousers or suits. Does he need to wear a suit every day? If so, then he will need several suits. No matter what his particular situation though, there are things every man should have in his wardrobe.

Build on Basics
  1. Dark suit (navy or gray) - Even if you only need a suit a couple of times a year, you’ll be glad to have it on hand when those occasions arise. Navy or gray suits are classic and neutral and can be dressed up or down. You can even wear the blazer with khakis or jeans. This is an item worth spending some money on.

  2. Black shoes and belt - These can be worn with khakis, jeans and your suit. This is an essential combo. Before buying brown, get black. I think you will find you get more mileage out of them, especially when attending more formal or evening functions.

  3. White dress shirt (good for day and night occasions) - White dress shirts look good on just about everybody. They look sharp and are versatile but should not to be worn as a casual shirt (blue is better).

  4. Solid tie - Solid ties are easy and versatile. If solid isn't your thing, try a classic diagonal stripe. Having several tie patterns on hand will ensure you are prepared for interviews, weddings and evening events.

  5. Blue blazer - A blue blazer is good for all year round and easily coordinates with khakis and other items. If that bores you, try a tweed sport coat but also keep in mind that tweed is really only useful in fall and winter. Either way a blazer or tweed sport coat holds a look together.

  6. Briefcase - A briefcase does not necessarily mean a hard case. It can be soft, or messenger bag style. If a man is has to carry files and other documents, this is an essential. (Tumi brand best)

  7. Khakis and jeans - No explanation necessary here. Jeans are a staple of the American wardrobe. Khakis are the same.

  8. Great sweater - A pullover, cardigan or v-neck sweater (cashmere or   merino wool/or cotton blend) is perfect to wear under a sport coat, with   jeans and other dress or casual pants.

  9. Casual shirt - A casual shirt such as a polo or button down is a must have to wear with jeans or other casual pants.

  10. Athletic wear - Even for non-athletic types, athletic wear is great for workouts & walkabouts. For those lazy Sundays and dashes to the convenience store at wee hours of the morning.

Note: Start simple and expand according to your lifestyle. Classics don't mean boring.

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