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5 Items Of Casual Clothing Every Man Needs

Mens Fashion, Mens Fashion Basics

February 20, 2017

By: Paul McGregor

Looking to add some casual clothing to your wardrobe? These 5 items every man needs...

5 Items Of Casual Clothing Every Man Needs

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In this article today I’m going to show you the five casual items that every man should own, but casual clothing is often misinterpreted…

Casual wear does not mean gym stuff.

There’s already a vast amount of articles and videos out there on how to look good in the gym where as this article is all about finding the balance between feeling comfortable, looking casual but still looking good.

Casual wear doesn’t mean that you can get lazy. Casual wear is simply a way to dress down, to feel more comfortable, and to look better in certain situations where you don’t have to dress so formally.

So what 5 casual items of clothing does every man need in their wardrobe? What items of clothing will make dressing casually but stylishly easy?

Let’s dive in…

1. Denim

Denim is a casual essential that every man needs and at first you’ll typically think of jeans. Every man needs a good pair of jeans, if not a few pairs of jeans in their wardrobe.

I recently shared a post showing you the three pairs of jeans that every man needs and it highlighted how versatile the right pair of jeans really are. A dark denim wash, a light denim wash and black denim can be worn with numerous outfits and are suitable for multiple occasions.

Let me give you an example: If I’m wearing a grey sports jacket, a white button down shirt and I’m wearing a pair of wool trousers I’m going to be wearing quite a formal outfit.

formal outfit

But all I need to do is simply replace the wool trousers with a pair of dark denim jeans and that dresses it down completely. The outfit is still smart but it bridges that gap perfectly between smart/casual just by switching out one item of clothing.

casual outfit

With jeans you want to focus on investing in good denim, making sure the jean is understated alongside of course focusing on the overall fit. Baggy jeans that get caught under your shoe aren’t stylish.

Another casual alternative that falls under the denim category is a denim shirt. A denim shirt can be dressed up, it can be dressed down and can even be the focal point to an outfit.

You also have the denim jacket, again something that’s extremely versatile and bridges that gap between smart and casual.

So make sure you invest in good denim, starting with a good pair of jeans (dark denim) and then look towards the denim shirt and jacket too.

2. White Leather Sneakers

The second casual item that every man needs is a good pair of white leather sneakers. A white pair of leather sneakers are really going to bridge that gap between a dress shoe and a very casual shoe.

I’m personally a big advocate of good shoes, I believe that if you wear good shoes it’s going to improve your outfit dramatically. But with this being said I’m not going to walk around every single day wearing a pair of leather brogues, it’s not going to be comfortable and most importantly it really isn’t needed.

Dress shoes aside we’re often very guilty of simply wearing the same sneakers we run in or we’ll grab some sneakers we bought a while back which look like they’re ready for the garbage.

white sneakers

You want to invest in a good pair of white, leather sneakers. Again these are very versatile, you can dress them up and you can also dress them down. For me personally, I like the Adidas Stan Smiths and also the Jack Purcell Converse leather sneakers. Those are great places to start but there are a lot of other options out there. A tennis shoe is a very, very good alternative.

white stan smiths

3. A Grey Sweatshirt

The third thing is a grey sweatshirt or a grey jumper. Now with all of the clothing items I recommend in this post the way the item fits is of course very important. A grey sweatshirt can look terrible if it’s ill fitting and most importantly if it’s bad quality.

A grey sweatshirt is one of the most versatile pieces in my wardrobe, I’ve put together outfits where I’ve worn it with a sports jacket over the top, a bomber jacket over the top, I can wear it on it’s own as the top layer, I can dress it down with a pair of jeans or dress it up with some chinos or wool trousers… the options are endless.

Again it bridges the gap between dressing up with a shirt but at the same time it adds that warmth and comfort in comparison to a t-shirt.

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