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Top 10 Men's Wardrobe Essentials

Top 10 Wardrobe Essentials Every Guy Needs

Top 10 Wardrobe Essentials Every Guy Needs

Contrary to the iconic ZZ Top hit, everybody is crazy for a sharp dressed man. With the help of an essential wardrobe cheat sheet, getting to your style game to GQ level is a lot easier than you think. Using our data-driven algorithm to shop the Web, we've rounded up the key staples every guy needs in his closet to look good for every occasion. Click and see the 10 top style essentials for the fashion-forward man! Opening image: j.crew.com

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January 29, 2018

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The Rankings


Theory Marlo New Tailor Slim Fit Pants

Our Score

DRESS PANT: Make these the cornerstone of your professional and/or dressy wardrobe, and you'll always be recognized as "the guy with the good pants."

LOVED FOR: The cut may be slim, but the wrinkle-resistant wool has a nice amount of stretch to it to ensure your comfort.


Everlane The Cashmere Crew

Our Score

THE CASHMERE SWEATER: This super soft sweater is a professional (and casual) wardrobe staple that won't ever let you down. 

USERS SAID: "Really checks all the boxes. Fit is perfect and a medium is perfect alone or nice for layering too. Quality of the cashmere is really great for the price." 


Cole Haan GrandPro Tennis Sneaker

Our Score

THE CASUAL SNEAKER: Walk the line between street and sharp with the help of a good pair of cool kicks. 

USERS SAID: “Very comfortable sneaker. Lightweight and sturdy with good arch support. This is my second pair of these, they can be worn with just about anything!”


Robert Barakett Georgia Crewneck T-Shirt

Our Score

CREWNECK T-SHIRT: A quality crewneck is always a stylish go-to selection whenever you're in an outfit bind. 

USERS SAID: "This shirt is very well made. The cotton is so soft and has a wonderful weight and soft surface to it."


The Rail Akron Plain Toe Derby

Our Score

THE CLASSIC BLACK DRESS SHOE: Keeping a sleek pair of classic black dress shoes on rotation is crucial for fancy functions and big days at the office. 

USERS SAID: "I searched until I found these incredible elegant high-quality shoes. Price is a bargain for the quality and comfort. Shoes look like you paid $500."  


J.Crew Ludlow Topcoat In Italian Wool-Cashmere

Our Score

THE TOP COAT: Wear this style of coat over your suit for a perfectly formal look.

HELPFUL TIP: Order your regular suit size for the ideal fit.


David Donahue Trim Fit Dress Shirt

Our Score

THE WHITE DRESS SHIRT: A dress shirt that can pull double duty, ranging from easy, everyday wear to standing up to the requirements of special occasions is a must in any wardrobe.

USERS SAID: "I'm very particular when it comes to clothes and prefer form fitting, sleek, and stylish. The David Donahue dress shirt delivers on all of those fronts and better yet—is made from quality material."


Bonobos Trim Fit Stretch Wool Blazer

Our Score

THE NAVY BLAZER: Mix and match with dress pants, chinos, or jeans to easily transition from work to date night.

LOVED FOR: The modern fit and stretch-infused wool fabric


Trask Brady Chukka Boot

Our Score

THE GO-WITH-EVERYTHING BOOT: Whether you're headed out for drinks or into work, these ankle boots add a cool yet polished touch. 

USERS SAID: "Very comfortable. Can dress up or dress down! Awesome shoe for every occasion!"


AG Jeans Matchbox Slim Fit Jeans

Our Score

DARK JEANS: Every guy needs a good pair of fancy jeans. The best dress denim, these have a deep saturated wash and look pretty damn nice paired with a collared shirt and blazer.

USERS SAID: "I got these for my husband to replace his baggy leg jeans.These fit well but are not as slim as you would think by the name. A nice wash too."

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