A White Button Down Shirt
There’s very little that won’t go with a button down shirt. Worn with a suit for a more casual look, under a crew neck jumper at the weekend or teamed with a pair of slim chinos and a statement belt, this is the most versatile item in your wardrobe. Opt for a shirt cut from thick, soft cotton.
A Pale Blue Shirt
An essential workaday item, this. Wear with a beige, grey or navy suit, a tie in a darker shade of blue and wait patiently for your promotion.
A White Grandad Collared Shirt
A good, modern option if you don’t feel like wearing a tie, a white granddad shirt looks the business teamed with a deconstructed blazer and jeans or worn smart with your suit.
A Navy Blue Crew Neck Jumper
Ok, I know I said that the white button down shirt is the most versatile item in your wardrobe, but a cotton mix crew neck in an adaptable shade of navy can be worn with pretty much everything, and will act as a layer in winter and a feature piece in summer
Slim Navy Chinos
A good alternative to jeans and great if you don’t want to wear suit trousers, a slim pair of navy chinos is ideal for summer. Wear with a shirt, shirt and jacket, t-shirt, t-shirt and bomber, gold lame moomoo – the options are endless.
Slim Cream Chinos
These classic trousers are perfect for summer. Wear with a darker shade on top and avoid sitting on grass. Or mud.
Petrol Blue Suit
If you wear a suit to work (and even if you don’t) you should always own more than one. This petrol blue single-breasted option from Paul Smith is the perfect place to start.
The denim jacket, it’s easier to wear than you think, worn under an unlined navy blazer, worn over a loopback sweatshirt or simple tee, or even worn with a pair of jeans in a different hue, the look you should go for is casual, but in control.
Brown Suede Chelsea boots
Understated, chic and as easy to wear with smarter looks as they are with jeans, a good pair of Chelsea boots is a year round essential. And, even better, no more laces!
These speak for themselves. Opt for white and wear yours in a few times. The more bashed up they are, the better they’ll look.
Brilliant with navy and just as good with grey, a pair of tan derbies works as well with denim as it will with more traditional tailoring.
Oxblood Penny Loafers
Perfect for summer, the key with these classic loafers is to wear them without socks. Team with some cropped, slim chinos (like the blue ones in this list) and invest in some invisible socks from Falke, to prevent unpleasant smells.
A Pair Of Black Lace-Ups
Every man needs a pair of chic black lace-ups. These, from Prada, are simple enough to be worn with a suit, while the elegant shape means that they can just as easily be worn with a tux. Wear with jeans at your peril.
Slim Indigo Jeans
A good pair of jeans should be slim, but not too tight, stiff but not so stiff that you can’t bend your legs and they should also be blue, naturally. These 511s from Levi’s tick all those boxes and then some.
A Good Quality White T-Shirt
Because this will go with everything you own. Just be sure to invest in something cut from high quality cotton. Not only will an expensive fabric feel better against your skin, anything sub-par will suffer at the hands of your washing machine.
A Good Quality Navy T-Shirt
Because it’s nice to wear something other than white, and this will look chic worn under a simple blazer in a neutral shade.
A Beige Trench
Perfect for spring, a proper double breasted trench coat – like this one from Burberry London – will keep out the rain and look as chic worn over your suit as it will worn with a T-shirt and jeans.
A Light Bomber
The bomber might be big right now, but this is one style that’s unlikely to go out of fashion so invest in a simple, slim cut in a dark shade of cotton or light technical fabric.
Statement Summer Jacket
By statement I don’t mean something floral patterned and scary, rather a summer friendly blazer which you can throw over a polo shirt when the sun goes down. Opt for a pale cotton, a hop-sack wool or a silk wool mix with a check, and whether you choose single or double breasted, always opt for unlined as this will be more breathable in warm weather.
A Woven Silk Burgundy Tie
Modern and chic, a woven silk tie will lift even the most boring suit and shirt combinations. Forgo navy in favor of a fetching shade of burgundy, loden green or gold (yes, gold).