The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to make a change. As 2021 kicks off, take the opportunity to clean out your closet — although you don’t necessarily have to be as drastic as Marie Kondo. Our team at Ernest knows this kind of undertaking requires motivation and discipline, but it’s well worth the effort. After all, adopting good habits allows you to move forward, gain confidence and restore your peace of mind. So, if you want to enjoy the upcoming year in style, consider following these 10 clothing resolutions.
- Get rid of anything you didn’t wear this year
Have you opted to mostly wear comfy clothes over the last year? Nonetheless, you should still create space for new pieces. To help you get a fresh start, gather up all the clothes you haven’t worn in at least a year, and donate them to family, friends or organizations in your area.
- Mend and clean
Inspect the seams of your coats, sport jackets, sweaters and other attire, and set aside the pieces that you need to bring to a tailor. If any clothes have holes, stains or are otherwise beyond repair, give them to an organization that has a textile recycling program.
Next, take a look at your shoes. Do you need to replace any of the laces or glue the soles back on? Are your boots covered in road salt stains? While you’re at it, check to see if your wool coat or parka needs to be taken to your favourite local dry cleaner.
Do you have any leather coats or accessories, such as bags, boots or belts? Be sure to clean and protect them with the right specialized products. Finally, don’t forget to wash your scarves, hats, gloves and other winter accessories. Although they get plenty dirty, they’re often forgotten.
- Sort through your jewelry and watches
Replace the batteries in your watches as needed, shine your jewelry (chains, bracelets, rings, etc.) and consider giving any cufflinks you no longer wear as a gift.
- Sort through your socks and underwear
What’s the point of hanging on to a lone sock? If a few pairs have tiny holes, you can easily mend them with a needle and some thread. To make it easy to find the right pair of socks or boxers when you’re getting dressed in the morning, organize them by fabric, use or colour. Place your day-to-day underwear on one side and pieces for special occasions on the other.
If you have socks or underwear that are faded, falling apart or have a busted elastic, there’s no reason to keep them around.
- Ensure you have the essential bottoms
Go through all the pants in your wardrobe and make sure you have these basics:
- Two or threes pairs of quality jeans (ideally a black, classic blue and light wash pair)
- One or two semi-formal pants, either made of cotton (such as chinos) or a warmer material for cold weather (corduroy, cotton velour or wool)
- Dress pants that can be paired with a white shirt and other classic tops
- Ensure you have the essential shirts
In terms of shirts, here’s what every man should have in his closet:
- Three dress shirts (white, oxford blue and black)
- Three casual shirts (with a denim look, a geometric pattern and a bold floral print)
- One shirt in a warm material such as flannel
- Ensure you have the essential sweaters
For a well-rounded casual wardrobe, make sure to have these versatile sweaters:
- A grey or beige buttoned cardigan (a very practical piece)
- A full zip cardigan in grey, black or navy
- A crew neck sweater (which can be worn alone, over a shirt or paired with a jacket)
- A V-neck sweater in a soft material like cotton or merino
- A half-zip sweater (which can be worn alone or with a button-down or T-shirt)
- A turtleneck in a neutral colour
- A light polo sweater
You’ll also want to make sure you have an assortment of quality cotton T-shirts in neutral colours like black, white and navy (with a crew neck or V-neck).
- Stock up on shoes, boots and accessories
You’ll never be without the right footwear so long as you have these essentials in your closet:
- Stylish sport shoes
- Dress shoes (suitable for a formal look or paired with jeans)
- Ankles boots
- Winter boots
In terms of accessories, a braided belt and two leather belts (a wider model for jeans and a narrower one for more formal looks) are a must.
- Upgrade your jackets and suits
Are the jackets or pants for your suits in good condition, but the fit isn’t quite right? Have them adjusted by an experienced tailor. Additionally, make sure to hang on to a few formal outfits for work and special occasions (social gatherings won’t be prohibited forever). Our stylists recommend that you have at least one blue, grey or black suit, as these colours are timeless classics. However, a beige or caramel suit could make an interesting addition to your wardrobe.
- Have outerwear for all weather
In order to be comfortable in any temperature, you’ll need a variety of coats, including:
- A puffer jacket (a great casual piece that’s easy to store and ideal for fall and spring)
- A three-quarter length wool topcoat (a versatile option that’s suitable for both fancy affairs and to polish off a casual look)
- A quality parka for frigid weather
- A light windbreaker (another fall and spring essential)
- A comfortable leather jacket (opt for a modern fit to create a rebellious, manly look)
The most important thing to remember if you want to start 2021 in style is to take care of yourself. Even if, like many people, you’re working from home these days, don’t neglect your appearance. To help you stay motivated and productive, save your pajamas for sleeping and dress as if you were going to the office every day. You’ll notice a change in attitude immediately, and knowing you look good is great for morale.
To ensure you have a wardrobe that’s both stylish and functional in 2021, ask someone you trust for advice or, better yet, consult a professional stylist. For personalized tips, don’t hesitate to contact us.