The Complete Guide To Men’s T Shirts

Wardrobe Essentials

It has been said that a man always looks his best in jeans and a t-shirt, and that everything else is a game (one we all love to play). So on that note, shall we get serious about our tees?

A garment that started off as strictly underwear, developed into work wear and is now a definitive wardrobe essential, you would be hard pushed to find a man who has never owned a t-shirt.

This 100 plus year-old basic is also the only piece of clothing that can be worn for any occasion, from under a shirt with a suit, to the gym, to the beach and even to bed.

They are true commodities: we buy them in bulk, often from the same brand, and we don’t really think about them until they need replacing. But are we really making the most out of our basic t-shirts?

Read on and find out if there’s something you can do to upgrade your current collection…

The Perfect Fit

The way your t-shirts fit says a lot about you. If they’re baggy, with sleeves flopping sadly from the shoulder and excess fabric creating a tent around your torso, I hate to say it, but you’re telling the world you forgot about yourself.

On the other hand, exploding seams and a stuffed sausage-effect fit send the opposite message (narcissist).

The perfect fitting t-shirt highlights the part(s) of your body you’re most proud of without drawing attention to the areas you’re conscious of. Confused? Before trying one on, look at your naked torso in the mirror and ask yourself what your best attribute is:

  • Arms: You want the sleeves to be slightly shorter, or give them a couple of folds, to show off your biceps and triceps.
  • Pecs/Shoulders: You want a slim fitting style that skims through this part of the body.
  • Abs/Narrow Waist: Look for tapered cuts that don’t drape around your waistline.

If you’re not entirely confident of your body – a feeling that affects many of us – or nothing really stands out, opt for a classic fit in your normal size (don’t oversize in attempt to conceal) and focus on colour, neck style and fabric.

On the other hand, if you feel everything about your upper half is worth flaunting, well, make sure you control the urge to go shirtless.

Here is some advice that applies to all body types:

  • A classic t-shirt shouldn’t finish below the top of your hips.
  • Short sleeves shouldn’t cover more than half of your upper arm.
  • A good fitting t-shirt isn’t restrictive, allows you to move comfortably and should never be skin-tight (with the exception of performance attire).

Timeless Black, White & Grey

And sometimes navy. These timeless shades are what set the foundations of any successful wardrobe and we often classify t-shirts in these colours as ‘basic’.

White: the quintessential t-shirt. For underwear there is no better choice and it’s the best colour (bar none) to pair with your classic indigo jeans – see James Dean and Paul Newman for confirmation. White works on every skin tone, and there are no side effects to it. Highly recommended.

Grey: jersey or marl grey is a mixture of different shades, and the final textured effect is extremely flattering – especially if you want your t-shirt to visually enhance your body shape. The only precaution: if you are someone who naturally sweats a lot, grey will make it significantly more noticeable.

Black: although black remains a popular shade for the modern gent, it isn’t necessarily the best choice for a t-shirt. The colour fades quickly and much like black dress shirts, they can appear a little too stark during the daytime. Plus, when it’s hot outside, do you really want to dress in black? On a positive note, a black t-shirt is a layering essential, perfect for using under a jumper or jacket during the colder months.

Navy: not always available in standard three-for-two deals or multi-packs, navy is a refined choice that does almost the same job as black, but still remains day-friendly due to the colour having more depth. Great for creating tonal looks when combined with denim and blue tailoring.

Other Colours: No strict rules here. A t-shirt is an easy, affordable and effective way of experimenting with colour. Reds, pinks, greens – if there’s a shade you’ve been lusting over, try it on a t-shirt.

Basic T-Shirts: Lookbook Inspiration

Men's Basic Neutral T-Shirts Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

Coloured T-Shirts: Lookbook Inspiration

Men's Basic Colourful T-Shirts Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

The Neck Type

Crew or v-neck? Both of these classic necklines are worthy of consideration. It’s always recommended that you match your collars when layering, so if you’re wearing a crew neck jumper, for example, the t-shirt should feature the same shape.

V-necks naturally elongate the neck, which make them perfect for shorter gents looking to create the illusion of length/height, or larger men who desire a slimming effect. They also provide balance to rounder or wider face types.

On the other hand, if you have a small chest or sloped shoulders, a crew neck will probably suit you best. Crew necks draw the eye out and create the illusion of squarer shoulders, helping you appear broader and better proportioned. In addition, this more substantial neckline provides balance to those men with longer necks or narrow face shapes.

But this isn’t all. You’re likely to come across other styles suck as the deep-v, u-neck, boat neck and scoop neck, to name but a few. Want an honest opinion? Don’t mess with what has always worked, unless there’s a plan. And please, don’t tell me your plan is to show off your pecs – as far as I am aware, you are not a Geordie Shore cast member.

Fabric Choice

The majority of men tend to rely on thicker fabrics rather than lightweight ones, as if quality is directly related to the weight of the garment. Well, the opposite is actually true for t-shirt materials.

If you’re going for 100 per cent cotton and can afford a premium, look out for Pima or Egyptian cottons, which are made from long staple fibres that last longer, look thinner and feel lighter. These two cottons are considered to be the finest available on the current market and are utilised by specialist brands such as Sunspel, who were recently featured in our best of their type article.

Cotton blends are also good options. A moderate amount of elastane (stretch fibres) helps to maintain the shape of your tee, whereas cotton-polyester blends come in at a lower price point and offer easy maintenance (they crease less).

Designer x Premium x High Street

Whether your t-shirt comes in a three-pack from the high street or you splurged on a designer take, make sure you don’t expose the brand or fall for unnecessary detailing. With your basic t-shirts you’re allowed a single front patch pocket, a contrasting internal trim and that’s about it.

Remember, you’re after good quality, great fit and no obvious details – t-shirts that abide by this mantra will slot seamlessly into your existing wardrobe and will continue to get good use for years to come, transcending any fleeting trends.

But before you make your choice, bear in mind:

  • Affordable options are easily replaceable, and there are plenty of brands that offer value for money. Gap, UNIQLO, American Apparel and Next have all received glowing reviews on our forums.
  • Underwear and loungewear specialists make fantastic t-shirts from the best materials at varying price points. The likes of Hanro, Zimmerli, Sunspel, Derek Rose and James Perse are a big step up from the high street but they will do your money justice. It will seem lavish or excessive at first, but the long term benefits pay off and you will definitely get your cost per wears from them.
  • The majority of Scandinavian labels, who traditionally favour minimalism and high quality construction over trends, are well worth considering if you’re looking for clean, basic t-shirts. Norse Projects, Selected, Minimum, NN07, Knowledge Cotton Apparel, Our Legacy and the like produce high quality wardrobe basics on the whole, not just tees.
  • Run from apparent branding, as this is not what a basic tee is about. If you have to buy a designer t-shirt, do it purely for the psychological effect of having the brand name on your back – design features aren’t the point in this case.

Key Styles & Brands

Hanro Cotton-blend V-neck T-shirt

Hanro Cotton-Blend V-Neck T-Shirt

Next V-neck TeeNext V-Neck Tee

James Perse V-neck Cotton-jersey T-shirt

James Perse V-Neck Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt

Gap The New Crewneck T

Gap The New Crewneck T

Uniqlo Men Packaged Dry Colour V Neck Short Sleeve T-shirt

Uniqlo Men Packaged Dry Colour V Neck Short Sleeve T-Shirt

Sunspel Sea Island Cotton Crew Neck T-shirt

Sunspel Sea Island Cotton Crew Neck T-Shirt

Reiss Dayton Basic V-neck T-shirt Navy

Reiss Dayton Basic V-Neck T-Shirt Navy

Uniqlo Men Supima Cotton V Neck Short Sleeve T-shirt

Uniqlo Men Supima Cotton V Neck Short Sleeve T-Shirt

Derek Rose Basel Stretch-micromodal T-shirt

Derek Rose Basel Stretch-Micromodal T-Shirt

Reiss Bless Basic Crew Neck T-shirt Grey

Reiss Bless Basic Crew Neck T-Shirt Grey

American Apparel Tri-blend Short Sleeve Tall Tee

American Apparel Tri-Blend Short Sleeve Tall Tee

Zimmerli Fine-stripe Mercerised Cotton T-shirt

Zimmerli Fine-Stripe Mercerised Cotton T-Shirt

Uniqlo Men Dry Packaged Crew Neck Short Sleeve T-shirt

Uniqlo Men Dry Packaged Crew Neck Short Sleeve T-Shirt

American Apparel Fine Jersey Short Sleeve T-shirt

American Apparel Fine Jersey Short Sleeve T-Shirt

Gap Essential Crewneck T

Gap Essential Crewneck T

Hanro Superior - Basic T-shirt - RedHanro Superior – Basic T-Shirt – Red Next V-neck Tee

Next V-Neck Tee

Sunspel V-neck Cotton-jersey T-shirt

Sunspel V-Neck Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt

 

Final Word

So, did this little guide help? Are you now staring at yellow armpit stains and planning a trip to the high street? Or do your t-shirts already fit like a glove?

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The 5 Staples Of French Style

Going Gallic

Women cottoned on to it a while ago, and it’s high time we men did the same: the French have a certain je ne sais quoi when it comes to matters of style – a unique and instantly recognisable way of dressing that the entire world tries to emulate. It’s an aesthetic based on principles of pared-back sophistication, a fuss-free approach to style that is difficult to decode.

Interestingly, in all its effortless elegance, the archetypal French male’s wardrobe can be surprisingly small, limited to versatile items in a reduced palette of navy, black, white, grey and a couple of other colours at most – all indisputably classic pieces worn over and over again with confidence.

The other secret to French style is the appropriation of utilitarian garments, derived from military and workwear uniforms, which they put together nonchalantly, not even worrying if the occasion requires something dressier.

Let’s see how it’s done:

The 5 Staples Of French Style

1. The Breton Top

Born in 1858 as part of the Act of France, a navy and white striped knitted shirt was the uniform of the French Navy in Brittany. In 1889, Tricots Saint James (a brand you can still purchase today) began producing the shirt commercially in wool and cotton, and it was soon adopted by local workers due to its practicality.

From utility wear to fashion item; iconic male ambassadors of the Breton top have included Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, James Dean and Jean-Paul Gaultier, who has continued to masterfully reinvent the piece in his collections since the 1980s.

Now, it is considered a timeless essential that should be part of any style-conscious gent’s capsule wardrobe.

Men's Breton Stripe Tops - Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

2. The Pea Coat

Granted, this is a global classic, worn by the European and American Navy since the early 1700s. However, the navy (it is originally navy blue, although you can now find it in many different colours) wool coat has been a staple on the streets of Paris since it was elevated to high fashion by lauded French designer Yves Saint Laurent in the 1960s.

These days, you can find good pea coats on the high street (GAP does some worthwhile versions, for example) or splurge on high-end versions from the likes of Sandro, Balmain or Saint Laurent, which are beautifully fabricated.

If you want something truly authentic, heritage brands like Saint James and Armor-Lux should be your go-to – both produce some superb takes on the French Navy original.

Men's Pea Coats - Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

3. The Collarless Shirt

Widely known as a granddad or band collar shirt, this classic workwear piece is typically made from jersey, cotton or linen and comes in a slightly relaxed fit.

Wear it with slim, slightly cropped/turned up jeans or chinos during the day and slip it underneath a blazer at night to nail that sense of relaxed refinement which the French pull off so well.

Men's Collarless/Granddad Collar Shirts - Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

4. Scarves, Foulards, Cravats

These are key to a classic look that Frenchmen pull off just as well as Englishmen, albeit more casually. You’ll want to take your cues from Cary Grant in Alfred Hitchcock’s French Riviera romantic thriller To Catch a Thief (1955), in which hero/anti-hero John Robie dresses for the surroundings in resort wear smartly accessorised with scarves tied closely around the neck.

Alternatively, you could wear a long lightweight scarf draped across your shoulders, a large diamond-shaped foulard tied at the back or even a gavroche (45 x 45cm) twisted and knotted tightly.

To ensure you pull it off like the French, stick to patterns and colours that don’t match/clash with the rest of your look. Head to Hermès for the best investment in this department or find inexpensive alternatives on the high street and in vintage stores.

Men's Lightweight Scarves and Neckerchiefs Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

5. Simple, Slim-Fit Denim

Jeans may be an American invention, but in Paris – where it’s the simple, unfussy pieces that make it to high fashion – they’re even worn in the evening, often combined with a T-shirt and blazer.

Local brands like A.P.C., the epitome of low-key luxe, are built upon the principle of extreme simplicity applied to jeans. Like true devotees, Parisians rarely wash their denim, letting their jeans gradually mould to their shape and evolve into a truly personal wardrobe staple.

There are very few restrictions to where they can be worn, with some Frenchmen even known to switch out the trousers of a dinner suit in place of quality denim.

Men's Slim, Solid, Dark Denim Jeans - Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

The 6 French Style Commandments

1. Lose The Collar

Replacing a long-sleeved button-down shirt with a T-shirt, Breton top or fine knit jumper instantly gives your look a Parisian inflection.

Combining these casual pieces with a sharply cut blazer and pair of trousers will see you through a night out in on point style.

T-Shirt, Blazer and Trousers Outfit For Men

IMAGE: JIGSAW SS14

2. Swap Tailored Trousers For Jeans

This time, keep the shirt and suit jacket, but sub in a simple pair of raw, dark denim or solid indigo jeans – this will help you achieve the laid-back yet refined aesthetic you’ll find in the French capital’s most stylish restaurants and cocktail bars.

Shirt, Dark Jeans and Blazer Outfit For Men

IMAGE: SARAR SS14

3. Embrace Your Inner Enfant Terrible

An edgier alternative to your stuffily formal blazer, a black leather jacket gives your look an air of rock-inspired irreverence.

Keep the aesthetic consistent with a pair of Chelsea boots.

Jeans, Leather Jacket and Chelsea Boots Outfit For Men

IMAGE: TIGER OF SWEDEN AW14

4. Wear Black-On-Black

This classic look dates back to the 1930s and 1940s, when French stars like Yves Montand and Jean Gabin sported black shirts and roll necks.

Team these key pieces with black tailored trousers and shoes for a smart and sophisticated aesthetic.

Men's All-Black Outfit

IMAGE: SANDRO AW14

5. Try Navy And Black Too

Taking the traditional black-on-black look and subtly twisting it was another one of designer Yves Saint Laurent’s discoveries.

The key is to alter the texture of each piece to create a definitive contrast between these two dark hues.

Men's Navy and Black Outfit

IMAGE: LOUIS VUITTON AW13

6. Learn The New ‘Attention To Detail’

In matters of French style, paying attention to detail might well mean ditching a few of the finishing touches.

This is a difficult technique to master but start simple by wearing a jumper without a T-shirt underneath, going sockless, beltless or leaving out layers (an overcoat with just a T-shirt, for example) – all of which, when well executed, say you’re far too cool to care.

Men's Attention To Detail Lookbook

Final Word

Et voilà: a few timeless style tricks straight from France that anyone can benefit from. Whether you see yourself trying them or not, we want to hear your thoughts – très chic orterrible?

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In the meantime, neatly summarising this brief overview of French style, here’s a quote from tastemaker Jean Cocteau: “Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.”

40 Of The Best Quotes About Mens Fashion Style

Granted, reading FashionBeans probably equips you with more than enough sartorial knowledge to impress your squad. But if you’ve become the go-to man among your peers for style advice and set the agenda in terms of how to dress for a night out/work/a few days in Ibiza, then perhaps you’re running low on modish pearls of wisdom.

In which case, breathe a sweet sigh of relief, as we’re here to provide you with a rundown of our 40 favourite quotes about fashion and style – all of which you can pass off as your own musings after a few beers down your local:

1. “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” – Yves Saint Laurent

2. “If you can’t be better than your competition, just dress better.” – Anna Wintour

3. “The difference between style and fashion is quality.” – Giorgio Armani

4. “Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.” – Gianni Versace

5. “I don’t design clothes. I design dreams.” – Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

6. “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”– Oscar Wilde

7. “To me, clothing is a form of self-expression – there are hints about who you are in what you wear.” – Marc Jacobs

8. “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.” – Orson Welles

9. “Men tell me that I’ve saved their marriages. It costs them a fortune in shoes, but it’s cheaper than a divorce.” – Manolo Blahnik.

10. “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” – Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

11. “Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment.” – Alexander McQueen

12. “Some of the worst mistakes in my life were haircuts.” – Jim Morrison

13. “Even on the most solemn occasions I got away without wearing socks and hid that lack of civilisation in high boots.” – Albert Einstein

14. “There is one other reason for dressing well, namely that dogs respect it, and will not attack you in good clothes.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

15. “A man should look as if he has bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care and then forgotten all about them.” – Hardy Amies

Hardy Amies

16. “Fashion is what you adopt when you don’t know who you are.” – Quentin Crisp

17. “Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them.” – Marc Jacobs

18. “I think in black.” – Gareth Pugh

19. “A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.” – Oscar Wilde

20. “Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.” – Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe

21. “To achieve the nonchalance, which is absolutely necessary for a man, one article at least must not match.” – Hardy Amies

22. “Style is the perfection of a point of view.” – Richard Eberhart

23. “Being perfectly well-dressed gives one a tranquillity that no religion can bestow.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

24. “Putting on a beautifully designed suit elevates my spirit, extols my sense of self, and helps define me as a man to whom details matter.” – Gay Talese

25. “Dressing well is a form of good manners.” – Tom Ford

Tom Ford

26. “Looking good isn’t self-importance; it’s self-respect.” – Charles Hix

27. “I like nice clothes, whether they’re dodgy or not.” – David Beckham

28. “My Style – it’s black and it’s expensive.” – Mark Healey

29. “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” – Mark Twain

30. “All it takes are a few simple outfits. And there’s one secret – the simpler the better.”– Cary Grant

Cary Grant

31. “Remind yourself. Nobody built like you, you design yourself.” – Jay Z

32. “It is both delusional and stupid to think that clothes don’t really matter and we should all wear whatever we want. Most people don’t take clothing seriously enough, but whether we should or not, clothes do talk to us and we make decisions based on people’s appearances.” – G. Bruce Boyer

33. “You don’t find a style. A style finds you.” – Keith Richards

34. “Elegance is not standing out, but being remembered.” – Giorgio Armani

35. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

36. “Clothes don’t make a man, but clothes have got many a man a good job.” – Herbert Harold Vreeland, Academic

37. “Style is when they’re running you out of town and you make it look like you’re leading the parade.” – William Battie

38. “Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy – but mysterious. But above all black says this: ‘I don’t bother you – don’t bother me.’” – Yohji Yamamoto

39. “Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing.” – Alexander Wang

40. “Fashion is more about feel than science.” – Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams

 

10 Italian Menswear Brands You Need To Know

When we think of Italian fashion, ‘sophistication’, ‘elegance’ and ‘class’ are just a few of the terms that instantly spring to mind. Home to some of the world’s finest designers and top fabric manufacturers, it’s no wonder Italy has earned itself such a strong reputation in the world of menswear.

Region-specific industries and family-run businesses have helped the country keep its authentic flair for fashion alive, allowing many brands to operate using the same traditional production processes today as they always have. As a result, the country’s signature suave aesthetic and across the board dedication to superior quality continue to reign supreme.

But outside of the fashion industry’s household names – Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Armani, Gucci et al. – what other Italian brands should be on your radar? Expand your sartorial horizons with our rundown of 10 lesser-known labels that deserve their place in your wardrobe.

1. Tod’s

Tod’s is possibly one of Italy’s biggest success stories, expanding from a family-run business back in the 1990s to a world-renowned retailer of luxury leather footwear across Europe, Asia and the US.

To this day, the label produces all of its shoes on home turf, along with a stylish and sophisticated range of bags and accessories.

Available online at tods.com.

Italian Menswear Brands/Labels You Should Know - Tod's Shoes, Bags and Accessories

2. Corneliani

Starting out as a coat-making business back in the 1930s, Milan-based label Corneliani has come a very long way.

The brand now specialises in sophisticated separates and formalwear for the more refined gent, as well as offering a full made-to-measure service – it’s this high-end focus that has secured UK stockists such as Harrods and Selfridges.

Find out more at corneliani.com.

Italian Menswear Brands/Labels You Should Know - Corneliani

3. Incotex

One of the four brands owned by the Slowear group, Incotex is known for its impeccably-cut trousers, shorts and chinos, which are widely considered some of the best on the market.

Hailing itself as a “pioneer brand of smart-casual style”, the label uses the highest quality fabrics to turn out premium designs and fits at mid-range prices. Bottoms aside, they also produce a simple selection of easy to wear tops, too.

Available at Mr Porter.

Italian Menswear Brands/Labels You Should Know - Incotex Chinos and Clothing

4. Brioni

This less conventional Italian brand brings an adventurous edge to European style, producing pieces for the modern man who wants to look sharp and stand out from the crowd.

From floral printed tuxedo jackets to graphic cotton shorts, Brioni isn’t scared of prints and patterns, but keeps silhouettes sleek for a contemporary finish.

Available at brioni.com.

Italian Menswear Brands/Labels You Should Know - Brioni

5. Anderson’s

Despite hailing from Parma, Italy, this specialist belt brand comes with a UK twist – founder Carlo Valenti gave it a British sounding name to show his appreciation for classic English style.

However, each belt is still handmade in its Italian factories, combining luxurious details with practical elasticated fabrics for a cool and comfortable finish.

Available at Mr Porter.

Italian Menswear Brands/Labels You Should Know - Anderson's Belts and Accessories

6. Borsalino

Moving from belts to hats, Italian label Borsalino is universally praised for its collection of fine headwear – specifically its fedoras.

Sticking to a classic, slightly retro aesthetic, its range of high quality, gentlemanly millinery is ideal for the dapper man about town.

Try its signature felt fedora for a piece that’ll work with both casual and formal looks.

Available at borsalino.com.

Italian Menswear Brands/Labels You Should Know - Borsalino Hats

7. Canali

Craftsmanship is key to this family-run label, which has remained in the hands of the hands of the Canali clan since 1934.

Today, the brand continues to produce the impeccably-cut tailoring it has long been renowned for, alongside more casual pieces for daytime wear, enabling the discerning gent to build a high quality wardrobe that will seamlessly transition from weekday to weekend.

Available at Harrods and FarFetch.

Italian Menswear Brands/Labels You Should Know - Canali

8. Boglioli

Once a tailor for some of Italy’s biggest fashion houses, Boglioli returned to doing what it does best in the 1990s: producing high-end suits using traditional techniques.

As a result, the brand is now one of the country’s most celebrated when it comes to soft-shouldered tailoring, earning an unrivalled reputation for its high quality designs and laid-back approach.

Available at Selfridges.

Italian Menswear Brands/Labels You Should Know - Boglioli

9. L.B.M. 1911

As an offshoot of the classic Lubiam brand, L.B.M. 1911 continues to celebrate the rich Italian heritage of its founding fathers.

Traditional production methods and Italy’s best fabric mills remain part of the brand’s core today, treating men across the globe to timeless, premium designs in modern colourways and prints.

Available at Yoox.

Italian Menswear Brands/Labels You Should Know - L.B.M. 1911

10. Loro Piana

Fabrics were once this brand’s speciality, before it bridged the gap between its premium materials and fashion design some twenty years ago.

Loro Piana is now widely considered the market leader when it comes to ultra-fine cashmere and merino wool pieces, with its simple, timeless collections exuding everyday ease and elegance.

Available at loropiana.com.

Italian Menswear Brands/Labels You Should Know - Loro Piana

6 Go To Outfit Combinations For Men

We’ve all been there: missed the alarm, slept in, got a few minutes to leave the house… and no idea of what to wear. Or maybe you’ve finally got your hands on a killer biker jacket or that perfect pair of chinos, only to get home and realise they don’t go with anything in your wardrobe.

The solution to those last minute frustrations? Knowing some good, easy to wear outfit combinations that will never let you down.

With the below tips and the right wardrobe basics, you’ll be able to leave the house looking pristine in no time at all.

1. Black Leather Biker & White T-Shirt

A classic and masculine combination. But with such a simple recipe, the ingredients have to be top-notch.

It’s important to purchase a biker jacket that fits you perfectly – avoid vintage versions with their 1980s shoulder pads, and steer clear of anything too tight, you want to look more like a young Marlon Brando than Danny Zuko.

Zara, The Kooples, AllSaints, Sandro and Saint Laurent are just some of the brands that produce high quality, well-proportioned real leather bikers. As for the T-shirt, any style will do (crew neck, v-neck, even longline), just so long as it’s clean and fits well.

Men's Go-To Outfit Combinations - Black Biker Jacket With White T-Shirt

2. Sweatshirt, Slim Jeans & Bomber Jacket

A lightweight cotton sweatshirt is ideal for the spring to summer transition, with brands like Acne Studios, Sunspel and Levi’s Vintage offering exceptional styles in a wide array of fabrics, fits and colourways.

Arguably the perfect downtime piece, it’s important to not seem like you’ve just come from the gym; team yours with skinny- or slim-cut jeans and top off with a neutral bomber jacket to keep things looking crisp.

It’s easy to customise this look – from a khaki bomber with a grey marl sweat and black jeans, to a black cotton bomber with pale denim and a bold coloured sweat – and the combination works just as well with sneakers as it does a pair of smart boots or Derbies.

Men's Go-To Outfit Combinations - Sweatshirt With Slim Jeans & A Bomber Jacket

3. Short-Sleeved Shirt & Shorts

While it could be stating the obvious, a short-sleeved shirt and well-cut shorts are a match made in heaven.

When it comes to style, choose a shirt that flatters your form but doesn’t tightly hug your biceps, chest or neck – this is a piece that should be able to be worn buttoned-up to the office or worn open over a T-shirt on holiday.

Chino shorts are a good compromise between smart and casual (Uniqlo and H&M are champions of this style), and a simple neutral pair in black, beige or navy will work with almost any short-sleeved shirt, whether printed or plain.

Try navy shorts with a classic white shirt, or stone shorts with an on-trend floral design.

Men's Go-To Outfit Combinations - Short-Sleeved Shirt With Shorts

4. White Shirt & Lightweight Knit

Or, in other words, what to wear if you want to appear smart but stay comfortable.

Provided the jumper is a lightweight version and not too tight or thin (there’s nothing sloppier than seeing your buttons poking through the fabric), almost any style of white shirt will work, from formal to Oxford cloth.

You can’t go wrong with this look – it’s an all-time classic combination and an essential addition to any style-conscious gent’s repertoire.

Men's Go-To Outfit Combinations - White Shirt & Crew Neck Knit

5. Denim Jacket & Beige Chinos

Denim jackets have developed into a modern wardrobe essential, but it can be tricky to know what trousers to wear with them. Jeans instantly spring to mind, but double denim is difficult to pull off, even for the most fashion-forward man, so instead we recommend turning to another trusty staple: the chino.

Beige chinos complement dark indigo denim jackets wonderfully, with the combination able to be pulled together with a plain tee or smarter Oxford button-down for a go-to weekend look.

Men's Go-To Outfit Combinations - Denim Jacket & Beige Chinos

6. Navy Blazer & Grey Trousers

One of our Top 5 Separates Combinations, a navy blazer and pair of grey trousers are wardrobe staples that all men should already own.

Less stuffy than a full suit, this timeless pairing can work for both formal and smart-casual occasions – dress it up with a white dress shirt, solid tie and polished black Oxfords, or relax the aesthetic with a plain T-shirt and brown loafers (socks optional).

Men's Go-To Outfit Combinations - Navy Blazer With Grey Trousers