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Non-staple Staples

Claghorn

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The recent Friday challenged explored outfits without most of the accepted staple items. The results were...interesting. It turns out there is a reason why staples are considered staples. They aren't just the easiest to use, they border on necessary.

There are a couple of lists along the lines of Building a Proper Wardrobe or You're Not Well Dress Unless You Own the Following Items, but I did a hasty search and found nothing really responding to the question "OK, what next?"

So, assume that the following are already owned:

- charcoal and navy suits
- burgundy and navy ties
- brown and black captoes
- mid gray trousers
- white linen pocket square
- white and blue solid shirts

What would be the next set of items you would recommend a person to buy?

My list:
Double breasted navy jacket (if wanting to be an iGent)


A blue blazer (if wanting to be a normal person)


Brown wool trousers


A dark paisley pocket square


A solid brown tie, a solid black tie, and a muted neat




Blue OCBD and a white striped shirt




Brown chelsea boots
 

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I don't own all of your essentials but even if that list were the contents of my closet I would still be jonesing for a great grey SC. As a contractor I don't need suits for work and aside from the trusty solid navy in my closet I'm happier building outfits around Sport Coats for nights out as opposed to collecting suits that I would almost never have occasion to wear. So, yeah, my vote would be for a Grey Sports Coat. Oh, and if we're including accessories, then a respectable dress watch.
 
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Oh man the double breasted navy jacket is tempting but.... I'd have to say the single breasted blue blazer is the one to go with... much more versatile.

my 2 cents
 

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It depends upon your personal style, professional and social life.

For me:

-Navy jacket, patch pockets, brown horn buttons
-Pink shirt
-SIlk knit ties in black and then a nice color to compliment a navy jacket with dots.
-Suede cap toes or brown double monks (Lobb WIlliam)
-nice trim denim, no washes or distressing
-off white cotton fine twill pant
-Polo neck or 1/4 zip neck cashmere sweater in grey or perhaps plum(the grey wont work with grey pants but plum will work with grey, navy, any of the shirts and give you a bit of color under your jacket or alone).
 

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-Navy patch pocket sportcoat - dunno how this isn't considered an essential staple



-Assuming you meant blue and white formal collar shirts, so add in some "non-staple" button down collar shirts


-Brown shell loafers


-Khakis
 

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