How to build your base wardrobe – the right way!


Upgrade your closet in such a way, so you’ll never end up coming short. Sounds like an impossible task? Actually, no. There are ways of having almost everything you need, for every occasion, in your closet. Getting a well-equipped wardrobe is actually easier than you may think. A basic wardrobe is capable of getting you through most days, in and out of work and through the weekend. This article tells you all about what your wardrobe should have in order to be well-balanced. With these items in your arsenal, you won’t be left wondering what to wear tomorrow ever again. Not to mention that it will give you a great place to start from to build your personal style. Let’s get started – so you can kickstart your wardrobe upgrade.

The Tops

Dress Shirts:

You’ll need just enough shirts to get through the work week at least once through. Solid dress shirts will work well when paired with basically any tie/jacket combination that you can throw at it, while the patterned shirts allow for some character.

Have these in your wardrobe:

• 2 White Dress Shirts
• 1 Pink Dress Shirt
• 1 Light Blue Dress Shirt
• 2 Checkered Dress Shirts

We doubt that, you’ll be wearing dress shirts 7 days a week. Unless you’re Barney Stinson, that is. If so, go for it. If you’re not, then oxfords make for a great go-to for any not-so-business occasions. And, for more casual days you could always do with some Henley’s or a T-shirt.

Equip your wardrobe with these:

• 3 Oxford Shirts
• 2 Henleys
• 4 T-Shirts

Sport Coat

The easiest way to make practically any outfit look that much better is a sport coat. They have the ability to bring your outfits together like no other. Throw one over your favourite outfit to instantly class it up.

Upgrade your wardrobe with at least these items:

• Navy Sport Coat
• Charcoal/Grey Sport Coat


When the weather starts cooling down, jackets and sweaters are a must-have for your closet. A light sweater or cardigan will complete any Fall/Winter outfit (and keep you warm, too). A jacket will do the same, but it will also give you the added benefits of protection from the elements.

These should be in your wardrobe:

• Peacoat
• Bomber Jacket
• A Cardigan
• 1 V-Neck and 1 Crewneck Pullover
• Hoodie

Your Bottoms


Pants are a must-have. Well, you could walk around without them, but that wouldn’t be very gentleman-like, would it? A good collection of trousers will lay a solid foundation for the rest of your wardrobe and for any occasion, be it casual, business, or in-between.

Have these trousers in your wardrobe:

• Blue Slacks
• Charcoal Slacks
• Chinos – khaki, olive green, and dark khaki
• Jeans – dark and light wash


Sometimes, the weather just becomes so unbearable that pants are actually a bad idea. Fine. We get it. For those very occasions, there’s ta daaaa, shorts. We believe the ideal length is about an inch above the knee, and a few different colours, and fabrics will give you a range of options to explore.

Here’s what you should have ready in your wardrobe:

• Chambray Shorts
• Linen Shorts
• Chino Shorts


Your shoes say a lot about you. They are among one of the first things people notice about you. Though you could probably get away with having one pair of dress shoes and one casual pair, it’s more efficient to have a few to cycle through. On top of having more outfit options, cycling through shoes will extend their life.

Invest in these:

• Oxfords
• Chukkas
• Lace-up Dress boots
• Trainers


Building a suit wardrobe is a whole other story. However, it is important to mention that having one suit that can work in any occasion will be very beneficial to you.
A charcoal or gray suit will manage to do just that. Consider investing in a custom-tailored one, rather than something off-the-rack. If you end up choosing off-the-rack, make sure to tailor it afterwards. Fit is king when it comes to suits.



You can never have enough ties in your wardrobe, but you have to start somewhere. We like to think that any occasion is a tie occasion.

Have these ties for a basic foundation that covers most events:

• Black Textured Tie
• Seersucker Tie
• Wool Plaid Tie
• Checkered Tie
• Polka Dot Tie


Socks are often underrated. They hide under your pant legs and are usually only really exposed when you sit down. This doesn’t mean you should forget about them though!
Socks are a subtle way to add understated flare to your outfit. Consider a shorter pant break or cuffs to show those puppies off!

Buy these:

• Solid Colored Socks
• Argyle Socks
• Polka Dot Socks
• No-Show Socks
• Stripe Socks
• Athletic Socks


Belts aren’t always necessary. The lack of one implies that you are sporting perfectly tailored pants. However, when you do need one, a belt can provide a nice break between your shirt and pants, not to mention that it can complement your shoes.

Here’s what you should invest in:

• Brown Leather Belt
• Black Leather Belt
• Casual Woven Belt

We know that building a proper wardrobe can be an expensive process. Because of that, we recommend slowly developing it over time. Start off with the items mentioned above and you’ll have made great progress on route for a basic wardrobe.
As you experiment with the different combinations of each (of which there are plenty!), you can start to develop a more extended wardrobe; one with a more personal style, that is.

Before you know it, you’ll become the example of sartorial excellence that you were striving for! Happy experiencing!