Whatever your age and wherever you live there are certain items that should be in every well-dressed man’s closet. Here is a list of some of them to keep at the back of your mind when you are next out shopping the clothing shops of Portland (or anywhere else for that matter)
A Good Suit – Even if you prefer to wear jeans and work in a more casual environment you still need at least one great suit in your closet. Buy a suit that is high quality and well-tailored and it will see you through any event in style from a job interview to a hot dinner date.
A Great Dress Shirt – A no brainer, to go with good suit, white is preferable if you only want to buy one or two. And have it professionally dry cleaned and pressed after every use because even the most expensive dress shirt looks a little like a rag if its wrinkled and dingy.
A Plain, Dark Tie – A black tie with a simple pattern that isn’t too flashy is an any-occasion tie. Be sure to buy silk, you may not think it, but people can tell whether a tie is silk or not, and things like polyester can cheapen your whole look.
Classic Dress Pants – Pinstripe, classic cargo, plain black or a subtle gray whatever style you pick is upto you, just make sure they fit and are pressed when you come to wear them. A good dress pant should be versatile enough to be worn with a t shirt on causal occasions and a shirt and tie when the occasion calls for “less than a suit” formality.
Classic Jeans – The clothing shops of Portland are filled with jeans of all kinds but a good pair of classic straight legged jeans that fit correctly (ie do not hang off your hips to display your underwear ) can be dressed up or down easily and stylishly. Pick a darker wash without all of the holes or faded sections to keep it clean and suitably grown-up.
Cashmere Sweater – Every man should have at least one great quality cashmere sweater in his closet. Patterns that resemble those that were on the sweaters your Grandma used to knit you for Christmas should however be avoided at all costs, a simple solid or argyle is far more versatile (and easier on the eyes)
A Sports Coat – Whatever the material a sports coat should fit as well as the jacket of your suit does. Whether you should go two button or three depends very much on your body type. A two button is flattering on a shorter man as it creates a longer “V” shape on the chest, making the torso appear longer and leaner but a taller guy can usually get away with either option.