1) The Almighty Suit
Where would men’s style be without suits? Business, dinner, and semi-casual suits (especially tailored) are in many ways the pinnacle of formal men’s wear. While there are countless variations, the concept of the suit that originated long ago in Britain still holds strong all over the world. It’s almost magically really because no matter the man, at least in appearance, in a good suit he becomes somehow more.
For guys that are trying to mature a bit and add some classy appeal to the way they present themselves to the world, there could be no better investment than a sharp looking suit and a visit to a good tailor.
2) 5-Pocket Denim Jeans
Again, where would American men’s fashion be without 5-pocket denim jeans? What would the cowboys have worn? From Boston to Budapest countless men have their own favorite pair of these things. Like suits they come in countless variations, but it’s hard to go wrong with them. From the stressed-jean or preppy straight leg, to the tight emo-look or hippy days throw-back denim jeans are most definitely iconic.
For guys that work out, or other men that are just blessed with nice backsides, few things can be as flattering to the masses as a proper fitting pair of blue jeans. That fifth pocket is a bit of a mystery, but it’s so handy in so many ways!
3) The T-Shirt
Wow, the infamous; the legendary t-shirt. So far we’ve covered suits and jeans, now it’s time for one of the titans of men’s fashion. From political statement to corny there’s no end to t-shirt potential. Some men wear them far too lose to hide their belly. Others wear them too tight trying to show off their assets, whether they have them or not.
Wikipedia claims they came around in WWII, but to be honest it’s easy to picture cave men wearing these things. Regardless, every generation in recent memory has used the t-shirt to define themselves in one way or another.
Of all the accessories within the arsenal of men’s fashion, for example the tie or watch, nothing is as refined as cufflinks. They’re like the proverbial Illuminati of the men’s accessories world. First appearing in the early-16th century, cufflinks continue to be a sign of informed fashion. They’re not flashy by any means, but they’re power is immense. Yet, subtle at the same time.
It’s a cardinal sin the Milky Way galaxy to approach cufflinks with a cheap-skate attitude. Cufflinks become family heirlooms. They should be perceived as a serious stylish investment that continues to pay off for generations.
5) Button-down Collared Shirts
When the button-down collared shirt was introduced to the human species it evolved a step or two, right? What does the average man wear when he heads out the door to work? What does he put on when it comes time to look for another job? Men’s fashion would be a third of what it is without these, because they literally go with all four of the last iconic style inventions we’ve discussed:
- Denim Jeans
- T-shirts (under shirt)