e amount of websites, shops and magazines out there attempting to flog us thousands of different items of clothing can make it exceptionally difficult to know what the right outfit to wear is and, almost more importantly, where to buy said outfit. “Wear this, look awesome” is the marketing message splashed everywhere you look, but what, exactly, is the perfect outfit that you can comfortably wear, knowing that you’re going to get noticed in the best possible way? It’s worth noting that this outfit isn’t going to change the world and it’s by no means groundbreaking, but it’s been tried and tested time and time again and, let me tell you, it works.
The perfect basic shirt
Again, this isn’t groundbreaking, but it’s still incredibly important. You need to have the perfect selection of casual shirts in your wardrobe; pieces that you can return to time and time again and that you can pull out to wear in all situations. The trick is to keep things simple, so that you can pair it with absolutely everything, no matter the colour of the rest of your outfit or the occasion that you’re attending. J.Crew are a great place to start, both in terms of affordability and in terms of style, fit and comfort.
The right overcoat
Finding the right overcoat is like finding the perfect watch or car, and while I appreciate that this might be an irrational comment, it’s true. Buying the perfect overcoat is an investment that requires time and effort, because if you buy correctly, you’ll only buy once. It’s essential that you go for something that’s tailored, timeless and classic – something that’s guaranteed to provide you many happy years of companionship and that will never, ever go out of fashion.
A tailored jacket
It goes without saying that every gentleman needs to own the perfect jacket – something that can transform an outfit in an instant and that will look great in any occasion. The issue with a lot of jackets on the market is that they don’t actually fit properly and that the majority of people wearing them don’t bother to do anything about it by getting them tailored or made-to-measure. Don’t be that guy, because it costs a lot less than you think, and having something that fits is going to get heads turning in the best possible way.
Trousers are almost the most important part of your outfit to get right, mainly because they are unbelievably easy to get wrong. There are many, many gentlemen out there who can’t seem to grasp the basics of trousers – length, fit or details – and who insist on wearing something way too tight or way too baggy. It’s simple: only buy trousers that feel comfortable to wear, that don’t drag along the ground and that you can imagine yourself wearing in a couple of years. Mark our words: trends do not last.
Shoes worth the investment
Shoes seem to be another grey area for a lot of gentlemen. If you want to be noticed for all the right reasons, follow these very basic rules and avoid anything pointy, shiny, bright, or with a thin sole. Shoes are the first thing a girl is going to notice about you, so it pays to get it right. Invest in something that will actually last you a long time, rather than something you’re likely to break through the sole of after a couple of wears.
- Source: The Gentleman's Journal US Photo: Thegentlemansjournal.com