Fashion

The Modern Man’s Guide To Dressing Well

Listen up gents, I think it’s time we had the talk. Before you freak out and close this browser, no, I’m not about to ask you to meet my mum or question where you see us going in the future. I’m talking about fashion. 

As a wise man once said: “fashions fade, style is eternal.” You may have heard of him; he goes by the name Yves Saint Laurent. But if you’re squinting at your screen right now, wondering if I’ve made a typo or trying to figure out how the heck to pronounce his name, don’t worry you’re not alone.

The world of fashion is full of confusion with its tapered-legs, knife pleats and lettuce hems. Especially for men. So instead of confusing you with the latest trends, we’ve come up with a list of timeless pieces we think every man needs in his wardrobe to guarantee effortless style no matter the occasion.

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Denim Jacket

From under a coat or over a sweater, to paired with a simple white tee, the humble denim jacket has withstood the test of time and deserves to be in every single wardrobe. Pro tip: don’t be afraid of double denim, it’s in and we are totally down for it. Pair with jeans of a different hue and wear with confidence, go on we dare you!

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Basic White Tee

Not owning a good quality white t-shirt is a fashion crime, IMO. This simple wardrobe staple will go with pretty much anything you own and is the easiest way to elevate your everyday look from basic to classy.

HB recommends: Country Road Cotton Crew T-Shirt $39.95
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Oxford Shirt

One of the most versatile addition to any men’s wardrobe, a classic oxford shirt will see you through any number of occasions and events. Wear it with a suit for a formal look, or pair with chinos for a more laid-back style. You can’t go wrong with white or pale blue.

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Crew Neck Jumper

This trans-seasonal jumper is perfect for layering, or on its own as a statement piece. Practical and effortless chic!

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Knit Sweater

A cosy knit sweater will be your best friend this winter. Perfect on its own with a good pair of pants or under a denim jacket for a dapper weekend look. Hint: the chunkier, the better.

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Good Quality Jeans

No man’s wardrobe should lack a good quality pair of jeans. You can’t go wrong with a classic pair of Levi’s. Not only will they last you literally forever, a slim fitting pair in classic denim blue or black will never go out of style.

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Chinos

Need the perfect middle ground between formal and casual? Behold: chinos. Not quite jeans, not quite trousers, this versatile style is the perfect alternative to that smart casual event you’ve got coming up (we’re still trying to figure that one out!)

HB recommends: Scotch & Soda Warren Belted Chinos $189.95
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Joggers

Before you go rolling your eyes at me, hear me out. This ath-leisure trend had a huge moment and is here to stay. A well-fitting pair is not only going to be the comfiest addition to your wardrobe, but worn with the right pair of minimal white sneakers and a simple shirt or sweater, this look can be taken outside the lounge room. Don’t worry boys, you can thank me later.

HB recommends: Topman Cropped Taping Joggers $79.95
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Navy Suit

Whether you regularly wear suits or not, every guy should own at least one. With a classic navy suit, you’ll be looking dapper in no time!

HB recommends: Ted Baker Wool Suit Jacket $749 & Wool Suit Pants $299
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White Sneakers

A pair of white sneakers is a must-have for any modern man’s wardrobe. These minimal kicks will keep you looking sharp no matter how many days in a row you’ve okay’d that same pair of pants with the sniff test. But seriously guys, just wash them!

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Leather Boots

A timeless pair of sturdy leather boots is a simple way to make a statement. Good with jeans for a casual date night, or with something more formal for a sharper look.

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A Timeless Watch

The perfect accessory to go with any outfit in your wardrobe, and highly practical too. Go for a leather strap for a classic look, or for a more sleek style opt for a watch with a link strap.

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The Man Bag

You’ve stuck with me this far, bear with me for just a bit longer as I persuade you about the life-changing benefits of a man bag. Sick of bulging pockets and that pesky key that digs into your tush? Man bag! Tired of juggling your laptop and coffee whilst trying to talk on the phone on your way to work? Man bag! Whether it’s a trendy messenger bag or a practical hold-all (bring back the Country Road), bags are not only super convenient, they also make for a super stylish accessory!

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