Fashion moves fast. Seasonal trends come and go; colours, patterns and fabrics are at the height of desirability, then they’re yesterdays news. Here are our top tips for building a stylish staple wardrobe that will last season after season, trend after trend.
/ SOLID FOUNDATIONS
Mastering the art of wardrobe staples will give you a solid foundation from which you can build your seasonal looks. Each season you can keep up with the latest trends by adding a few statement pieces, colours or patterns to your wardrobe and pairing these pieces perfectly with the staple selection in your wardrobe.
/ MIND YOUR TONE
Sticking to key colours; navy, black, grey, white, neutrals and earthy tones, will make injecting some colour an absolute cinch. Start with the obvious; navy and black jeans, plain white t-shirts, a classic grey sweatshirt, then add your statement warm orange jacket for autumn or your pastel open-collared shirt for spring. It’s a shortcut to seasonal styling. / Spend more, save more Not only does this make menswear shopping a piece of cake to master, it’s also a sure-fire way to save on your style. By investing well in a selection of key pieces, you will automatically need to buy less. You will also find that you wear what you have a whole lot more. By increasing the versatility of your basic wardrobe, you need fewer items to keep your looks fresh and on trend.
/ FIND YOUR LOOK
Adding statement seasonal pieces gives you a chance to breathe a freshness and life into your wardrobe while your investment pieces anchor down your look. Find your favourite fit of Nudie Jeans, pick out a Barbour jacket thats fits your look and invest in your favourite Red Wing boots then wear these items regularly adding t-shirts, shirts, polos and accessories that tie in to your look and you will begin to build your personal, signature style.
/ THINK LONG TERM
When you’re adding to your core wardrobe, try to keep in ming the longevity of each piece. Think of the quality of construction, the weight of the fabric and the craftsmanship that goes in to each piece. We love the Filson t-shirts because they’re made from a nice heavy weight cotton which means they wash well, they hold their shape and they will stand up to a lot of wear. The same goes for Trickers footwear; hand crafted in Northampton, England since 1829, you know that a pair of their shoes or boots will age perfectly and if you look after them, they may well out-live you!
/THE KEY PIECES
Keep the colours simple for versatility and opt for crew necks and a classic regular fit to help with layering. Our favourite examples come from Filson, BOSS and Ralph Lauren. The iconic Bretton stripe t-shirt has been a been a classically cool wardrobe staple for years, and works both alone, or paired with an open chambray shirt. Armor Lux are our go to brand for a striped tee – Bretton means the t-shirt must have 21 white stripes that are double the width of the navy stripes.
You cannot go wrong with a wax jacket from Barbour. The classic Barbour wax jackets are still made by hand in the UK, which might also explain why the brand has three Royal Warrants by HRH Prince of Wales. Having a slightly more formal outerwear option in your staple wardrobe is a perfect way to smarten up any look, we really love the Armor Lux Peacoat for a slightly cooler climate, or the NN07 Blake Jacket, that is the perfect minimal silhouette. All of these jacket options look great dressed up with a shirt, or cosy and casual layered with a sweatshirt.
Polo Ralph Lauren offer superb sweats. Minimal in design and classic in colour, their hoodies, joggers and crew neck sweats will be perfect for layering. The Scandinavians also so sweats with a level of sophistication and minimalism; NN07 hoodies are an office favourite and the Vagn crew necks from Norse Projects are hard to beat.
Shirting & Polos
When you think polos, it’s hard to deviate far from Fred Perry and Lacoste. Both brands have become so iconic that they can be instantly recognised by the symbol adorned to the chest – The Laurel Wreath and the green crocodile. The Fred Perry M3600 polo shirt is a slimmer fit and features the iconic contrasting twin tipping, while the Lacoste L.12.12 sports a cleaner design, with a slightly wider fit. Both brands have a history of making exceptional styles that have stood the test of time. Ralph Lauren is the king of casual shirting, with the classic white oxford and chambray shirts a must for any staple wardrobe. For a preppy edge, try pairing the classic pin stripe shirt with some light chinos.
Trousers & Jeans
A good pair of well-fitted jeans can be a stylish man’s best friend – Once you find that holy grail fit, everything else in your wardrobe will instantly feel more put together. Levi’s are the world leader in denim, and they are constantly moving the industry forward with new technology and modern ways to decrease the damage irresponsible denim can do to the planet. Woodhouse also love the Gothenburg based brand, Nudie Jeans Co, who produce amazing jeans that are designed to become a second skin. Denim shopping tips from Team Woodhouse are – Use our denim guide to select the brand and fit you feel best suits your personal style, avoid washing your jeans too often as over washing can do far more damage than under washing and try to get the fit bang on buy measuring as accurately as possible. Chinos are a slightly smarter option for a staple wardrobe and will be essential for certain occasions. We can not beat the BOSS Schino’s for practicality, and the NN07 Theo and Marco Chino’s for durability.
For trainers, keep it clean and classic with a pair of white leather Grenson Sneakers or opt for a luxury retro runner vibe with Android Homme or Mallet. For true timelessness, Barbour and Red Wing boots have a classic appeal and will certainly get their wear when the weather cools off. Stick to tans, dark browns and blacks to give you more options for matching.
Classic Ray Ban Clubmaster sunglasses, Filson luggage and BOSS leather wallets are key style that you will use day in day out for year after year.
/ SHOP THE EDIT
To help get you started on your wardrobe staples, we have put together a selection of the essential, timeless styles from our favourite designers. Shop all of our picks here.