12 men’s wardrobe essentials
Do you have the right clothing and accessories to put together a comfortable and stylish outfit for any occasion? Whether you’re hanging out with friends, going on a date, attending a business meeting, enjoying a relaxing weekend at the cottage or dressing up for a formal event, you need the right attire. Here are 12 men’s wardrobe essentials you need to ensure you always look your best.
1. A black or white T-shirt
A nice black or white T-shirt is versatile. It can be worn alone or under a jacket or cardigan. You can also pair it with jeans or chinos for a more casual look. Look for a slim fit to flatter your figure and make layering easier. A plain black or white V-neck or round neck is a great option.
2. A white dress shirt
A solid white dress shirt is a men’s wardrobe must-have. It can be worn with dress pants, jeans and chinos, or under a sweater, jacket or vest. Choose a style that suits your body type. The sales consultants at Ernest can take your measurements and suggest shirts that’ll make you look and feel your best.
3. A classic pair of jeans
Every man needs a pair of well-cut, dark blue jeans. In fact, a pair of well-fitting jeans is the ultimate symbol of youth. Furthermore, jeans go with everything from T-shirts and polos to blazers and dress shirts. However, it’s best to stay away from ripped and distressed jeans.
4. A pair of dress pants
A nice pair of dress pants will instantly elevate any outfit. Depending on your preferences, you can choose a classic or fitted cut in a timeless colour like black or navy blue. At Ernest, we have something for every taste, including pants in materials like twill, stretch, knit and more.
5. A fitted blazer
Change your style in the blink of an eye with a grey, navy blue or black blazer. Depending on the occasion, you can pair it with a colourful sports shirt, turtleneck sweater or a boldly patterned tie.
6. A winter coat
To survive Canada’s harsh winters, you need a warm and comfortable coat. Whether you prefer a quilted jacket or down coat, don't skimp on the quality. Choose a comfortable, neutral-coloured jacket that’ll go with any outfit. If you get cold easily or spend a lot of time outdoors, opt for a long coat.
7. A tailored suit
Every stylish man should have a nice, tailored suit. You can ask our stylists to take your measurements and have the suit altered by a seamstress. Doing so will ensure your suit fits you like a glove. If you take good care of it, it will last you for years. Whether you need a suit for business or a special occasion, the staff at Ernest can help you find the perfect fit.
8. A pair of dress shoes
If you want to make a good impression at a business meeting or turn heads at a formal event like a wedding, you need a pair of elegant dress shoes. Browse Ernest’s impressive selection of shoes to find the perfect pair in brown or black leather.
9. A sweater
A turtleneck, round neck or V-neck sweater is a must-have in any men’s wardrobe. Depending on the sweater you choose, you can wear it on its own or with a shirt to create a stylish look. Choose a timeless colour like grey, brown, black or beige.
10. A warm cardigan
When the weather cools down in the spring and fall, a nice warm button-down or zip-up cardigan is ideal. Browse Ernest’s online and in-store selection to find the perfect fit.
11. A pair of comfortable sneakers
A nice pair of sneakers, or tennis shoes, are a true wardrobe essential. They can bring together just about any outfit. That said, make sure you choose a comfortable pair with a classic look. In addition, make sure you keep them clean.
12. A nice watch and belt
A nice watch and belt add the perfect finishing touch to a stylish man’s outfit. Once again, it's important to look for a simple, yet classic style that can be worn with just about anything in your closet. You can find watches and belts for any occasion at Ernest.
Find everything you need to complete your wardrobe at Ernest
If you have every wardrobe essential mentioned in the article, you don’t have to worry about putting together a stylish outfit. You have everything you need to create a variety of head-turning looks. Although we didn’t include underwear or socks on our list, we’re sure the 12 timeless pieces we suggested will last you for years to come. If you prefer investment pieces over fast fashion, you'll want to check out these smart recommendations.
Visit Ernest to browse our impressive selection of clothing and accessories from trusted brands like Puma, Au Noir, Anthony of London, Orvieto, Robert Barakett, Stacy Adams, Geox, Florsheim, Jack Victor and more. Our team would be happy to help you choose the wardrobe essentials you need.