What Are Your 10 Menswear Essentials?

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  1. billsayers

    billsayers Senior member

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    Since the question is regarding essentials, my list may be boring but here goes:

    1. Charcoal suit - BB Fitz
    2. Navy suit - BB Fitz
    3. White and Light Blue shirts - BB ESF
    4. 3-inch navy tie - RLBL
    5. Reversible belt - Ferragamo
    6. Pocket squares - White linen or cotton from BB, blue and black gingham from Paul Smith
    7. Patterned wool socks - Panthrella
    8. Black three eyelet derby - Ferragamo
    9. Dark oak captoe oxford - Edward Green
    10. Black trench coat - Burberry
     
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  2. Gorpomon

    Gorpomon Well-Known Member

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    It's the end of the year, can't resist a good list.

    My style journey is just a few years old, so I don't even have 10.

    1. Navy blazer
    2. Neat dark denim, slim
    3. Navy socks
    4. Brown wingtips
    5, brown belt
    6. White button downs, spread and OCBD


    AND MOST IMPORTANT
    7. Gold Bond Foot Powder, so I can kick back and take my shoes off worry free. Grooming >> Style
     


  3. davesmith

    davesmith Affiliate Vendor

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    this thread has potential.

    Will post more later, gotta go out now!

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  4. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Thanks man.


    Maybe it will? :)


    The buttons are a brown/neutral horn


    Your mom would be proud of you! :)


    Hang in there baby, you will get it.



    When I first put this list together i also put it on Tumblr and immediately got 400+ reposts and positive comments. I debated about listing the brands since the idea was more about the individual pieces and their timeless style. (Not their price) I have actually been wearing variations of all of these almost daily for a couple of decades, but like most, I started with more modest brands and fabrics. So, for many of you starting out, please don't be put off by items because some of the brands/fabrics are expensive. You can get quality versions of almost everything here at affordable prices (well, maybe not the silver buckle croc belt, but there are many in attractive brown calf that will do the trick).
     
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  5. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Always great ideas for threads, pocketsquare guy. Not to mention great boobage pics. :slayer:

    I think I might add a picture tonight.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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  7. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Thanks! I appreciate it. :):)
     


  8. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    Not ten, but these new acquistions will become some of my essentials:

    Brooks Brothers suede bomber. (Been wanting a jacket like this for a long time)
    Kent Wang polo's
    Polo cashmere v-neck
    Talbott Carmel tie

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  9. Stylego

    Stylego Senior member

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    I don't have ten things I like enough...


    1. AE Walunt Strand
    2. Mr. Guy sport coat (local clothier)
    3. Glen Plaid Fritz BB Suit
    4. Navy Herringbone BB Fritz Suit
    5. Church Black Captoe
    6. Milano Chinos (pick your color)
    7. AE Sanford ( I know, not a lot of love here, but I get more complements on this shoe than an other).
    8. Boulevard beer. It's not fashion, but it makes clicking the "BUY" button that much easier.
    9. BB no-iron. (Sure you all hate it, but not nearly as much as I hate ironing or going to/paying for the cleaners).
    10. Alden Cordovan...
    11. VooDoo leather ( Chester Mox) wallet.
    12. Seiko JDM watch. (not fancy, but it's a kick ass automatic).
     
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  10. earthdragon

    earthdragon Senior member

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    1. Lindberg Eye Glasses ( x 2)
    2. Chocolate Suede Asquith on the 888 ( closely followed by Oundle in Dark Oak)
    3. Falke Socks
    4. Uniqulo Boxers
    5. Navy Cashmere Isaia patch pocket SC
    6. Attolini Pocket Squares from Ian
    7. Selection of Button Downs from Ascot Chang, in TM Silverline
    8. Bespoke Gator Card Wallet ( for 3 Cards & Cash)
    9. Choc Suede Belt ( LP).
    10. LP 'Voyager' Jacket in Olive Cashmere

    IWC - 3714 Port Chrono
     
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  11. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Senior member

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  12. Slippybee

    Slippybee Senior member

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    Hmmmm ten essentials, a real Sophie's choice.

    Having to accommodate business and casual in 50 items is tough enough let alone 10.

    Here goes.


    1. Plain Navy, 2 button, single breasted (T&A)
    2. Plain Charcoal, 2 button single breasted (T&A)
    3. Formal white shirt, plain cuff (Emma Willis)
    4. Formal light blue shirt, plain cuff (Emma Willis)
    5. Knee-length cashmere and wool mix overcoat (Paul Smith)
    6. Stone trench (Aquascutum)
    7. Dark indigo Levi 501s
    8. Dark blue shawl cardigan (J Smedley)
    9.Black cap-toe Oxford (C&J)
    10. Tan scotch grain Coniston boot (C&J)

    Maybe swap 5 for a midnight blue cashmere and silk tie from Hober and move to a warm climate so I can forsake (underwear and) the 2 coats.

    The problem with lists like this, fun as they are, is that they drive you towards the basics.

    Might be worth sucking a thoughtful tooth over ten menswear fripperies as well?
     


  13. TheBlackBruceWayne

    TheBlackBruceWayne Senior member

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    1. Navy Blazer (Phineas)
    2. Charcoal SB Suit (phineas)
    3.Light/Med/Dark blue wash jeans (Uniqlo)
    4.Navy Silk Knit
    5.White cutaway collar FC shirt
    6.Blue BC cutaway collar shirt
    7.Brown Suede Boots (C & J Tetbury)
    8.Cap toe semi brogues in walnut ( C&J and AE)
    9.Navy overcoat
    10. Khaki Trench



    ...a nice fedora for honorable mention..
     


  14. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    aweswome thread psg!!

    here are some of mine in theory. sadly i do not have all of them. yet. :devil:

    1. solid blue suit
    2. solid gray suit
    3. solid white shirt
    4. black cap toes
    5. brown brogues
    6. herringbone socks
    7. 1 black and 1 brown belt
    8. solid ties
    9. navy overcoat
    10. yarmulke
     


  15. Holdfast

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    Fun thread; I'm game. Kind of pointless, of course, but fun anyway.

    In no particular order:

    • Grey tweed herringbone suit, moderate weight
    • Navy suit, as a solid or very sedate/simple pattern, in a lighter/year-round weight.
    • Relatively sober, earth-coloured, checked, tweed jacket, not too heavy a weight.
    • Mid-grey odd trousers (flannel or worsted), mid-weight
    • Ecru button-cuff shirt, normal spread collar
    • Pale blue french-cuff shirt, normal spread collar (with a simple set of cufflinks; I'm assuming that doesn't require a separate entry on the list)
    • Navy socks
    • Black semi-brogue oxfords
    • Navy silk tie, preferably with a small-scale pattern
    • Informally-patterned (i.e an elaborate picture rather than a simple geometric repeat) silk pocket square containing a complementary set of colours in the pattern(e.g. any mix of creams, navy, tan, olive, etc)

    Controversially perhaps, no room for brown shoes, and only one pair of black ones means they're going to suffer somewhat over time.. No room for jumpers, scarves, gloves or overcoats makes it more of spring/(English-)summer/early-autumn wardrobe than a winter one, too.
     
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