5 Wardrobe Essentials

Written by Eleanor | 06/07/2016

No matter how old you are, or what fashion you’re into, every man needs to have his wardrobe staples. Here at Mainline Menswear we’ve compiled a list of the top five wardrobe essentials that you need to get through life in a stylish yet comfortable manner.


Black Suit

First up is the signature black suit. Every man needs a black suit, whether you have to wear one to work every day or you just need one for formal occasions like a wedding or an important business meeting. The key to a perfect looking suit is to make sure the fit is right. There are very simple ways to tell if your suit is fitted properly. The shoulder pads end with your shoulders, there should be between a quarter and a half inch of your shirt cuff visible below the sleeve, and with your arms at your sides, your knuckles should be in line with the bottom of the jacket. If all these guides are met and you can pair the suit with a clean white shirt and formal black shoes then you’re sure to look professional and formal for whatever occasion you need to dress up for.

Button-up shirt

A casual button-up shirt is also vital for any wardrobe. The beauty of a shirt is that it doesn’t matter what time of year it is; you can still wear it. In the summer roll up the sleeves and wear it unbuttoned over a vest or t-shirt, then when it gets colder during the winter months you can wear it buttoned up, with the option of a cardigan or jumper over the top. Choose a casually patterned shirt, like blue or red checks, and you’ll fit in at almost any occasion. Another great thing about the casual shirt is that you can wear it in many situations. This means you can pair it with suit trousers and smart shoes for work, or jeans and trainers for a more casual look. The shirt goes with everything!Wardrobe suit Wardrobe shirt


Well fitted jeans could not be more important to have in your wardrobe. You need to know the right style and shape to work with your body, and what to pair them with. Check out our handy guide on how to find the perfect jeans and you’ll be sorted in no time.


A simple, statement pair of either black or white trainers will match up with almost all of your outfits, and are a timeless classic, never going out of fashion. There are so many different styles you can choose from, but a smart-looking pair of trainers will instantly improve on a standard jeans and t-shirt combination. Opting for one block colour allows the trainers to mix in well with whatever you’re wearing, and means the eyes aren’t drawn instantly to the feet with striking, bold colours.


Finally, a wool-knit jumper. They’re simple, yet stylish. You can wear a wool-knit jumper over a shirt to give it slightly smarter look, or just on its own. They’re comfortable, warm and practical. If you just want to relax on the sofa after a day at work, throw on your wool-knit jumper and you can be cosy and stylish without having to make too much of an effort.

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