Button Down Dress Shirts and Other Basics for Men

In this economy, just about everyone is on a budget, but regardless of your spending limits, there are certain fashion items that every man should own. With a few basic outfits, you can be ready for a day at the office, a night out on the town, or a casual get-together with friends. Items like button down dress shirts and a good pair of jeans can go a long way with fashion. From these basic items you can build other outfits and accessorize to create a new look.

The first thing every man needs is a suit, preferably in navy, gray, or black. You never know when you’ll get invited to a fancy party or perhaps you’ll need it for an interview. If you’re lucky enough to work somewhere that allows you to dress business casual, you can get away with owning as few suits as possible. Navy and gray suits never go out of style and they look fantastic on every guy, no matter your skin color. Best of all, you can wear the blazer with a pair of khakis or jeans when you don’t need to look so dressed up.

White button down dress shirts need to be in every man’s closet. White is another classic color that will look good on anyone. I can’t imagine a man who doesn’t look sharp in a white dress shirt. Don’t worry if you can’t afford designer dress shirts. As long as it’s a nice button down dress shirt, it will do. A button down dress shirt can look good in both casual and formal settings, during the day or at night, with a pair of jeans, or worn with a pair of dress slacks. Throw a sweater over it during the winter and you’ve got a great new layered look.

One mishap many men make is not matching their belt with their shoes. A brown belt and black shoes is a big no-no. Therefore, always have a pair of black shoes and a black belt to go with it. Just like white, black goes with everything (except brown of course!). You’ll get a lot more use out of the black belt than a brown one. Next comes a solid tie. You can own as many styles and patterns of ties as you wish, but have a few solid ones thrown into the mix. A solid tie can go with any outfit (color permitting) and you don’t have to worry about mismatching patterns with your jacket and pants.

Naturally, a pair of khakis and jeans are a must-have. Both are fashion staples for casual attire. However, when speaking of jeans, I mean a nice clean cut style. Feel free to own as many pairs of baggy or acid wash jeans as you wish, but one pair should be dark blue and standard length. Another casual item to own is a shirt such as a polo or a simple button down that can easily be layered.