Essential Wardrobe Checklist For Men 0
in Style

Essential Wardrobe Checklist For Men

essential wardrobe checklist for men
Essential wardrobe checklist for men.  I recently received a request from a reader to put together an essential checklist for men. This is the first part of a two part series on men’s wardrobe essentials, with a checklist coming soon. As many of you can attest to, going shopping with your boyfriend/husband/significant other can be a huge chore. If I pull anything slightly different off the rack, my husband looks at me like I’ve grown a second head and often refuses to even try it on. Or rather, this is how it used to be when he was working in a super casual environment. Then he got a job in the corporate world and suddenly we found ourselves shopping for slacks and ties. From one extreme, think jeans and t-shirts, to the other one of suits, it was quite the shock at first. Slowly but surely, however, we managed to find that perfect medium where he could be confident in his everyday appearance by looking stylish, but not like he’s trying too hard.

essential wardrobe checklist for men


T-shirts. These are a great basic and a must have in any closet. Of course white and black always work, but make sure you opt for fun colours and an even balance of graphic tees and plain ones. They key is fit. Do not treat t-shirts differently and make sure that they sit on the shoulders in the right spot, just like you would with a dress shirt.

Button down shirts. 5-7 is the perfect number (if you don’t have to wear them to work on a daily basis). Have at least 1 white shirt for more formal occasions. 1 or 2 blue ones for everyday and for the others, don’t be afraid of pattern and colour. Stripes and gingham are always a great option as they can be dressed up or down. 3 of these should also be French cuffs (more on that in part two). It is very important to have the shirts fit you, so make sure that you get measured by the staff (neck and sleeve length). Once you have your numbers, you can grab shirts in their packaging. Just keep in mind that each shirt line fits a bit differently, so before committing, find out how the brands you like fit your body type.

Sweaters. Depending on the climate that you live in, 2-3 slim fit sweaters in neutrals (gray, navy, black or brown) are a must. You can always layer them over a button down, or for a more casual look, over a t-shirt.

Jackets/blazers. These are going to be your most versatile item. A great blazer can be worn with slacks or jeans over a button down, a t-shirt or sweater. So consider texture, pattern and fabric. Have at least one tweed, one cotton and one light wool blazer on hand.

Coats. 2-3 coats should get you through most occasions. You’ll need a casual one that’s ideal for weekends or if you are just running errands. The second one, a clean classic cut, is for work so please don’t wear it to walk your dog. The third and possibly optional one, is a longer trench style coat that you can throw over a blazer and wear for dressier functions.

Pants. Jeans for everyday. Unless you are in your 20s and super fashion forward, look for darker washes and straight cuts. Keep it simple. As for slacks, look for flat front (they are the most flattering) and stick with neutrals (grays, blacks and browns will work with everything in your closet). If you are feeling adventurous, one pair of lighter colour pants can add a bit of flare to most outfits.

Suit. You’ll need at least 2 suits, one lighter gray for the summer months and the other should be dark. I’m a big fan of charcoal, but black or navy works just as well.
essential wardrobe checklist for men
It’s easy to walk into a store and become overwhelmed with all the choices, so don’t freak out.  Take a deep breath, pull out your list of what you are shopping for and ignore everything else. Looking for shirts? Not a problem, head to that section and take a look at the mannequins. There are sure to be several examples of outfits that are already done for you. Remember, the sales people are there to help. Look around for someone whose style you like and they’ll take it from there.

Be sure to come back for Part 2 where we talk shoes and accessories!

What do you like to see your significant other wearing?

Shop now:

*For more essential wardrobe checklist for men follow me on instagram and pinterest*

You Might Also Like

Blogging And Living Abroad

How To Style A T-Shirt

Best Shoes For Travel

Shoes Every Woman Should Own

Jewelry Every Woman Should Own

Shoe Shopping In Madrid

Cocktail Fashion: Drink, Dress and Ring

What To Wear When You Have Nothing To Wear

Polette Parisian Eyewear

Designer Spotlight Blackbird London

Must Have Spring Accessories

How To Succeed Online Part 2

How To Travel In Style

Best Jeans For Your Body Type

Be Stylish Not Fashionable Or Trendy

Designer Spotlight Standfor Shoes

Best Beauty Products For Spring 2015

Eyeglasses For Everyone: Warby Parker

Styling Tricks Every Woman Should Know

How To Update Your Wardrobe

What Clothes You Should Splurge On

Designer Spotlight SYCAMAW

How To Grow Your Blog With Pinterest

Style On The Road

Designer Spotlight Femi Pleasure

Travel Style And Life

Everyday Bag Essentials

How To Love Your Clothes When You Don’t

Is It Okay To Wear Nude Tights

How To Wear A Moto Jacket

On Our Radar March 2015

Interior Design: Style On The Side

Best Dresses For Summer At Fine Finds

Fashion Flashback Styles of 2013

Your Ultimate Wardrobe Color Guide

Designer Spotlight Talk To My Shoes

How To Wear And Care For Velvet

Sunday Musings In Style

Date Night Essentials

Glasses: Blink and you’ll See!

How To Style Sneakers

How I Lost My Style

Am I Too Old To Wear That

Monogram Jewelry In Style

How To Style Hats For Fall 2014

Stories From The Road in Style

Why You Have Nothing To Wear

How To Take Great Photographs For Bloggers

Designer Spotlight EverywhereUR

How To Effortlessly Reinvent Your Style

Designer Spotlight Best of 2014

British MODE: Haute Couture

Links I Love

Luxury in Style: September Celebrations

How To Wear Dresses For Fall

Must Have Accessories For Fall

How To Wear A Tshirt

Essential Accessories For Men

Clothing Tips Every Woman Should Know

8 Tips For Packing Light

How To Add 50s Style To Your Wardrobe

Why You Should Dress For Yourself

How To Look Chic At The Office

Must Have Hats For Fall 2014

Hair Accessories: Hair Raising Tale

Fly And Fierce Boutique

How To Wear Green For Spring 2015

Your Shoe Wearing Guide

How To Pull Off Hats

How Where You Live Influences Your Style

Best Sweater For Your Body Type

How To Wear Hats In Fall 2016

How To Mix Prints In Style

Dresses Every Woman Should Own

How To Wear Silver Jewelry In Style

Navy Heels With A Touch Of Gold

How To Dress For A Work Party

Your Go To Outfits At Any Age

Best Winter Accessories

How To Choose The Perfect Heels

Gift Guide For The Fashionista

How To Dress An Inverted Triangle

How To Succeed Online Part 3

How To Look Good In Tights

Fashion And Architecture

How To Add 40s Style To Your Wardrobe

Makeup Pouches In Style

Military Inspired Style For Spring 2015

Vintage Bags In Style

November Favourites

I Want To Be Her: Book Review

Shopping In Portland Accessory Style

How To Style Flats

How To Store Winter Clothing

How To Wear Pink

How To Style A Denim Jacket

How To Dress An Apple Shape

How To Add Colour To Your Fall Wardrobe

Fashion Rings For Style

Womens Essential Checklist

Best Way To Wear Sweaters This Fall

Stay Healthy And In Style In Las Vegas

What To Wear To An Interview

How To Buy Pearls

Make 2016 Your Most Stylish Year

How To Find The Perfect Party Dress

Top Summer Essentials 2014

Ultimate Guide To Layering

October Fashion Beauty And Fitness Picks

How To Choose The Bag For You

How To Look Effortlessly Chic

How To Style Jewelry

How To Dress For Canada Day

Packing For Two Weeks In Europe

How To Make Your Legs Look Longer

Ultimate Accessories Guide For Major Social Events

How to Walk in Heels In Style

How To Dress A Pear Shape

Shopping For Court Shoes

Consulting For Online Success

Best Sunglasses For Your Face Shape

Summer Road Trip In Style

What To Wear On A Boat

How To Make An Old Coat New Again

How To Wear Navy In Style

Must Have Coats For Fall

Are Sandals Bad For Your Feet

How To Take Your Wardrobe From Winter To Spring

How To Wear Scarves In Style

Style Stories Louboutin Heels

British Mode June Edition

Fashion Picks For November 2014

7 Bags Every Woman Should Own

How To Shop For investment Pieces

What Your Jewelry Says About You

Dance Inspired Wardrobe

How To Be Modern Boho

How To Wear An Oversized Tshirt

Best Bags For Summer Sightseeing

What Is The Deal With Loving Your Body

Best Coats For Spring 2015

Vintage Shopping In Berlin

Branding And Images

How To Wear Gray

Granville Island Artists

Fedora: Traveling In Style

How To Add The 60s To Your Style

Designer Spotlight Darylynn Eyewear

Patches of Denim

How To Dress A Ruler Shape

How To Wear Yellow

How To Wear Summer Whites

How To Wear Sequins For Day

Long Evening Dresses

Ankle Boots Were Made For Walking

How To Wear Black

How To Find Your Style

How To Make Clothes Look Expensive

Fashion Is Art In Portland

Designer Spotlight Perfect Black Leggings

Best 2016 Runway Shoe Trends

How To Be Modern Gothic and Rocker Chic

How To Travel With Your Jewelry

Sidewalk Sale Shopping in Style

Best Pants For Your Body Type

Style: Lazy Summer Days

How To Wear Sneakers With A Skirt

How To Dress For Winter

How To Wear Flowers In Your Hair

How To Wear Brown

Style: London Fashion Week

What To Pack For A Mini Getaway

How To Dress When You Work From Home

10 Creative Ways To Style Up Your Office Outfit

Look great this summer without being a hot mess

Jewelry: Salt Spring Island Style

Style Habits That Make You Look Older

Black… And the Colour is Gone…

Must Have Statement Pieces

Which Type Of Tourist Are You

Best Jewelry For Summer 2014

How To Keep Your Clothes Looking New

My Story In Brief

What To Pack For A Long Flight

What Your Bag Says About You

Must Have Statement Jewelry Fall 2014

How To Add Prints To Your Wardrobe

Best outfits for winter travel

How To Wear Green 2013

Fashion Must Haves For January 2015

Statement Earrings Guest Post

Beret: A Hat For All Seasons

What Your Sunglasses Say About You

Off Duty Style

Portland Shopping Garnish Apparel

How To Add Colour To Your Wardrobe

Pre-Loved: A Treasure Hunt At Holy Rags

One Dress Three Weddings

Fashion Of Anime Cosplay

The Eternity of Diamonds

How To Take Your Look From Day To Night

Easy Rules To Looking Your Best

Summer Dresses In Style

December Style Picks 2014

Coach Bag Is Art: Style

How To Make Heels Comfortable

How To Style Chunky Sweaters

Effortless Style And Beauty

How To Be Elegant Every Day

How To Dress In Your 30s

How To Buy Pants That Fit

Should You Have A Minimalist Wardrobe

Best Gifts For The Fashion Lover

How To Wear Pastels Spring 2015

Where to find Modern Artisan Jewelry

How To Choose The Right Accessories

The Color Guide

Summer Solstice In Style

Arm Candy Show Off Your Bracelets

European Style And Travel

Best Hat For Your Face Shape

Why Is Style So Important

How To Wear Red 2013

How To Wear Pink For Fall

How To Wear White After Labour Day

Wedding Sparkle in Style

How To Shop For Vintage Clothing And Bags

Summer Office Style

How To Dress Vintage Modern

How To Dress An Hourglass Shape

How To Wear Cufflinks

Fall Outfits That Will Always Work

The Truth About Heels

Unique Jewelry Fabulous Accessories

How To Wear A Summer Scarf

How To Wear Mixed Metal Jewelry

Style For Research: Fascinator

How To Succeed Online Part 1

How To Wear Plaid For Fall

New Year: A Wonderful 2014 To All

How To Dress For Summer

British MODE December Issue

How To Look Less Frumpy

How To Wear Athleisure

How To Feel Good About Your Style

Top 5 Style Posts Of 2015

How To Wear Fringe For Fall 2014

When It’s Too Hot To Pick An Outfit

Your 8 Rules To Shopping

How To Wear Orange Spring 2014

Shopping FAQ In Style

The Bespoke Tailor: A History Of Style

This Ain’t California: Skateboarding Fashion

What To Wear At The Pool

National Hat Day 2014

Best shoes for traveling in Europe

Best Accessories For Fall

Designer Spotlight Konplott Jewellery

How To Wear Purple 2013

How To Dress In Your 40s

Crystals For Winter In Style

What Your Hat Says About You

Contemporary Fashion Georgie And Elaine

Odd Pears Why Socks Matter

Style: British MODE

How To Determine Your Body Shape

Designer Spotlight Work Wonders

Style Shopping at Fine Finds

How To Be Comfortable And Stylish

How To Layer Clothes For Fall

Where To Shop For Vintage And Designer Apparel

Today We Wear Black

How To Wear White

Buying Jewellery: Must Read Tips

How To Dress Just For You

What Your Watch Says About You

Classic Pieces Every Woman Should Own

How To Wear Ankle Boots

9 Accessories Every Woman Should Own

Designer Spotlight Quinoa Paris

Style Picks For February 2015

How To Pack For A Weekend Getaway

Photography For Bloggers Composition

How To Dress Up A Boring Outfit

Summer Dressing Guide

How To Add The 70s To Your Style

Best Summer Bag For Everyday 2014

How To Style A Polka Dot Dress

How to Wear Mint

White For Fall In Style

British MODE: January Issue

British Fashion: How Do You Define It?

How To Wear Gold Jewelry


  1. great proposals, love the 2*
    a big kiss

    1. Thank you so much!

  2. what a great post! loving the items that you picked!


    1. Thanks so much!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.