5 Wardrobe Essentials for Men

By fashion contributor Ali from WITH AN I.E.

Have you ever wanted to give your guy a style makeover? I know I’ve slowly started adding a few new pieces to my guy’s wardrobe to get him out of the cargo and t-shirt rut. With gift season approaching, now is a good time to be on the lookout for stylish finds to update your guy’s wardrobe. Here are 5 closet staples for the modern man.


5 Wardrobe Essentials for Men

wardrobe essentials for men

messenger bag / plaid shirt / utility jacket / colored chinos / chukka boots

1. Messenger bag

Otherwise known as the “man bag.” Guys need stylish options for carrying their things too, right? This messenger bag has a simple, casual design, making it great for everyday use, and the neutral colors go with anything.

2. Plaid shirt

Every guy should have a plaid shirt in their wardrobe. They are a classic item and great for the weekend. Guys can wear it with a pair of colored chinos to mix it up or even with a pair of jeans. Wear it with the sleeves rolled up for a casual look or dress it up by wearing it with a skinny wool tie and cardigan sweater.

3. Utility Jacket

A well-fitting jacket is a must for guys. The neutral gray color is versatile, and the military style gives it a modern update. This jacket would look great layered with a button down shirt and a sweater for fall.

4. Colored chinos

Add some color to the classic chino pants. If you do pick a bolder color be sure to keep the rest of your look simple or neutral. Let the pants make the statement. These pants are great because they can be dressed up with a button-down shirt and dress shoes or dressed down with a t-shirt and sneakers.

5. Chukka boots

Chukka boots are great because they are the in-between option of a boot and an oxford. I like how casual these are for everyday wear but dressier than a sneaker. For a modern take, try wearing them with a slimmer pant or with a pair of pants rolled up a few times.

See how the Target Fall Collection is designed to take you through a season of stylish looks at Target.com/Merona.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

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  1. says

    Ooh I think my hubby would look good in that coat. Just picked him up a few things yesterday at Old Navy…..I swear if I didn’t shop for the man he would wear the same raggedly college t-shirt over and over.

  2. says

    Cute picks! I always use gift giving season (we have a Christmas/birthday/Valentine’s Day trifecta over here) as an excuse to shop for my hubs. He has no style. We’re talking Crocs with socks and t-shirts so threadbare I’m afraid they’ll fall off him while he’s out. This year I’m going to focus on some basics: new tees, a pair of pants that actually fit him and a nice jacket.

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