Fortunately, men’s styles do not change as often as women’s. Lapels and trouser hems widen and narrow from time to time but a classic fit will last for years.
The staples of a man’s wardrobe, if he wears suits every day, should include at least five to six suits, one for each work day. Owning several suits will further their lifespan by spreading wear.
Some retailers offer additional trousers per suit which can be helpful as trousers often wear out before the jacket. Suits should be dry-cleaned infrequently. Spot cleaning and airing will also lengthen its life.
If you are fit, consider a slim-fit or tailored style if MTM or bespoke is beyond your means at present. If you need to hide kilos, a classic fit will flatter. A well-fitting suit is meant to give the impression of the body beneath.
White and blue shirts are the most conservative and versatile. However, the broad range of shirt colours and patterns make it possible to express your personality and style with contrasting ties.
The upside down triangle of lapel, shirt and tie frames the face. Choose colours that work for your complexion. Consider French cuffs. The shirt cuff should be visible beneath jacket cuff. Not too much, not too little.
Menswear is elevated by subtle detail. A classic watch with a simple clean face. A ring and/or wedding band. Beautiful cufflinks. A waistcoat for the winter. Sleeve buttons which overlap slightly are all a sign of elegant tailoring and will not break the budget.
For those not-meeting-client days, French cuff shirts in subtle patterns complement classic trousers. Again, if you are fit, consider slim-fit shirts while classic fit shirts will hide a few kilos. A great look can be achieved with flat front trousers and a belt.
Be careful of pleating in trousers. They can help and they can hurt. Keep the chinos, khakis and jeans for the weekend. Invest in shoe trees to keep leather shoes with laces immaculate and to prevent lines from emerging in the leather. They can be maintained with the help of a good cobbler like Coombs in Strand Arcade.
Most of all, find someone whose style opinion you trust. Not all of the photos on social media will flatter your frame, personality and complexion.