8 Classic Fashion Items That Will Never Go Out Of Style (Men’s Edition)
Written By Fiona Gilbert
It takes constant investment to keep up with the dynamic world of fashion, which can most times be a little tiresome. This makes it great to find a little bit of comfort in knowing that there are certain timeless pieces that no matter what will always be in style. Picking out timeless fashion items will not only save you some expenses in the long run but will guarantee, you always stay up to date with fashion trends even while maintaining your own personal style.
Although the big question is how does one know a timeless piece? The trick is to assess items that have been around for decades, maybe even centuries and stuck around, no matter what the current fashion trend may be. Here’s a shortlist of unique fashion items that seem to have stood the test of time and overcame the vast changes in men’s fashion world.
THE PLAIN WHITE T-SHIRT
Ranging from the crew neck to the V-neck, every gentleman should have a minimum of one plain white tee in their wardrobe that can be paired with everything from jeans to suits. You don't need much instruction on how to pull off a look with this timeless piece other than to stick to the tested and trusted method that is over three centuries old.
In the 19th century, the t-shirt was only used as an undergarment and one century later it evolved from undergarment to general-use casual clothing. Till date, the white crew-neck T-shirt and denim jeans have become most associated with the word "cool". Whatever you chose to style this item with, always stick with a minimalistic look.
Just like every fashion item with a unique history, the aviator sunglasses was originally designed in 1936 by Bausch & Lomb to help pilots protect their eyes and retain their vision while flying (hence the name aviator). A few decades’ later aviators became a go-to shade for men worldwide and are considered the most recognized and classics style in the history of sunglasses and it looks like it going to stay that way for a long time
DARK COLORED SUIT
If you’re going to invest in a quality and stylish fashion piece, i strongly recommend that you pick not just any suit but a dark-coloured suit. it usually doesn't come cheap but don't sweat it, the more pricey, the better as it will serve you till you no longer needs its service.
Having at least one dark-coloured suit is ideal whether you are styling with a pair of jeans for a night out with friends or a pair of breeches for work. You can’t go wrong by choosing a dark blue or charcoal grey blazer, but save the color black for the tie. As a matter of fact, this wardrobe essential, gentlemen, is a clear signal of power, competence and respect.
DESIGNER WRIST WATCHES
Wristwatches has been reformed from a fundamental object into a luxury fashion item. Owning a nice watch has gone way beyond the dressing. Many might think wrist watches are outdated accessories but just by adding a subtle, classic fashion accessory like a watch improves your physical appearance and represents a sign of quality, class and style within you.
As a refined, high-class lady will show her class and status with her jewelry, so does a man of similar social class. That is to say, women have their jewellery to show off their social class and men have their watches to do same, which is why the type and brand of your wrist watch matters. So if you need the right kind of attention as a gentleman at any kind of gathering, don’t be skeptical about blowing up your bonus for a Patek Philippe or saving up for a Rolex. It's a good investment in your future and an antique that could be passed down to your future generation.
When it comes to timeless shoes every man should own, a classic pair of Oxfords is at the top of the list. Oxfords were originally plain and formal shoes, made of leather, but they evolved into a range of styles regardless of the event. According to its function, the material was switched up from leather to a variety of materials, including calf leather, suede, faux leather, and canvas. Easily worn with office wear, suits and even denim. Stick to black or dark brown for colors that will serve your wardrobe needs for years.
THE TRENCH COAT
The trench coat has evolved from one of the most essential pieces of military uniform, to one of the most essential pieces in men’s wardrobe and fashion in general, as it was originally an item of clothing created for the British Army officers. More than a century later the classic piece, remains very much the same and highly sought after worldwide. When it comes to outerwear, nothing is as timeless and versatile as the trench coat.
Wear it over a suit and you are all set for any formal event, and to look smarter and more casual for the weekend, wear the trench coat over a denim, t-shirt and sneakers. Wear it in black, navy, grey or brown color and you are good to go.
A SIGNATURE PERFUME
Another fashion veteran in the men’s fashion world worth the investment is a nice deodorant. This subtle but timeless piece has a powerful effect on how you are assessed. It is great to have a collection of different fragrance to resonate your different moods or feelings, but it is even better to choose a timeless signature scent to create a memorable impression of you wherever you go. Get a signature scent that smells delightful and snug and speaks “you”.
If you are yet to find a signature perfume, take your time and try some different perfumes to see what scent speaks to you. This may take a while but when you finally smell that perfect signature scent you will know immediately
A nice deodorant could also be a good conversation starter; it has a way of incredibly building your confidence and as a result boost your mood.
Denim Jeans have been, and still is an important item of clothing for many decades. The origin of denim is rooted in the 18th century when the hardy fabric became official workwear for men in the U.S. A century later, it was made popular by Levi Strauss. But it wasn’t until the Fifties, among the likes of Brando and Dean that denim became socially accepted and till date it is still one of the crucial wardrobe must-haves for every modern man. Without a doubt, jeans are very versatile and their importance really can’t be de-emphasized.
Pair your jeans with a blazer and shirt and you are all set for the office. Confused about what to wear for a date? Pair your black jeans with a white blazer or polo for a simple yet phenomenal look. You can easily pair them with your favorite t-shirt and pair of sneakers for a casual outfit. Fact is the options are endless when it comes to styling your denim jeans. If ever in doubt of what color of jeans to get, you can always Go Dark. Every wardrobe needs a dark pair of jeans.