Fashion trends come and go faster than the seasons change, but classics are always in style. For menswear, a handful of closet staples to mix-and-match will keep you looking fashionable and in-season all year long. Here are five key wardrobe essentials to keep you looking fresh for any occasion.


A Knitted Polo Shirt

The polo shirt has been around since the 1920s, so it's safe to say that it will remain in fashion for at least a few more decades. It can be tucked into trousers for an effortlessly smart look, perfect for the office or a downtown date night. Just as easily, it can be dressed down with a pair of jeans and loafers for the weekend.


A Black Belt

Belts aren't just for holding up your waistband. They are an indispensable accessory to make your outfit look complete. Your fail-safe should be a black leather belt. Black goes with everything, and a leather in the right finish adds that extra touch of sophistication. Resist the urge to cheap-out on this accessory and invest in a good leather belt that will serve you for years to come.


A Few Plain Black Tees

A plain black tee can be layered with a blazer and jeans for a smart-casual look. It can also be paired with joggers for athleisure Sundays. Or wear it to the sports bar on fifty-cent wing night when a white tee shirt just won't do. Clearly, the black tee shirt is the workhorse of your wardrobe. For a shirt that will keep its color and shape through multiple washes, opt for something high-quality and handcrafted from a reputable brand collection, rather than fast-fashion.


A Gray Suit

A gray suit is just as elegant as a black suit but can be more interesting to look at sometimes. Like black, gray is a true neutral that can be combined with any other color. As an added bonus, a gray suit can be broken down into a gray jacket and gray trousers, which you can mix-and-match with other pieces to create even more looks.


A White Button-Down

Ideally, you should have one button-down shirt you'd normally wear with a tie and a second you'd wear without. This closet staple is appropriate for work, weddings, meetings, and more, because it looks good on everyone. However, an ill-fitting or wrinkled button-down can have the opposite effect and make you look sloppy. To keep things clean and elegant, keep your shirts ironed and tailored to fit.

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber; <a href=""></a>

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