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10 Things Every Guy Should Have in His Closet

Gentlemen, we’ll get right to the point: A solid wardrobe doesn’t need to consist of racks and racks of designer suits – a few key pieces are all you need to look put-together. Not sure where to start? Consider these ten must-haves the building blocks of style.

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1. Navy Sportcoat

Hands down, this is the most versatile item in your closet. Dress it up with trousers and a crisp shirt, or go casual with jeans and a tee. (There’s a reason it’s a classic.)

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2. Dark Denim

A timeless pair of jeans (especially in a slightly more formal dark wash) will take you almost anywhere. Hint: This is where that sportcoat comes in handy.

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3. Suit

Black and navy are all well and good, but why not give grey a try? The lighter hue feels fresh and modern, especially in a more slim-fit cut.

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4. T-Shirt

A clean, simple tee (not the grubby one you’ve had since college) is your wardrobe’s MVP – that is, if it fits properly. Aim for the hem to hit just at your belt line.

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5. Polo Shirt

The preppy staple is a must, regardless of whether or not you summer in Nantucket. Wear it in place of a tee to smarten up any weekend look.

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6. Power Tie

A bold accessory can make or break a suit. A good rule of thumb? The busier the pattern, the fewer colors it should incorporate.

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7. Reversible Belt

Busy guys can’t go wrong with a two-in-one belt. Just choose one with neutral sides (think: black and tan) to ensure it goes with everything.

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8. Fun Socks

The Brits have been adding personality with novelty socks for decades; now it’s your turn. A pop of color or a peek of an out-there print makes much more of an impact than basic black.

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9. Driving Shoes

There are certain situations when athletic sneakers just don’t cut it. Which is why timeless loafers in a durable suede will take you far in life.

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10. Leather Duffle

Yes, you could use that nylon drawstring… or you could stash gym gear in a sophisticated overnight bag. You’ll look like a true adult, and no one will know it actually contains sweaty workout clothes. Win-win.

By Sophie Dodd, Staff Writer

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