With so many options in brands and product, it can be challenging to figure out what are the must haves for your closet. And because there are so many options, you may find yourself defaulting to wearing the same things all the time- it’s easy, familiar and comfortable.
Not only do you become bored with those tops that are in constant rotation, but you want to know what else is out there and what would look great on your body type.
I work with clients to create a modern capsule wardrobe for their busy lifestyle and I’m going to share with you the three style of shirts that are a must have for any man’s closet. These tops look great on all body types, you can wear them year around and most importantly, they are suitable for a business casual office, travelling to a new city or date night.
How to Style Your T-Shirt
1. First, think of the context you will be in— casual or more business casual? For casual you can wear any of the three tops for business casual, stick to either a Henley or a Polo.
2. Second, what is the season? For winter any of these tops look great with a pair of dark denim or trousers, a sweater and boots. For summer, pair these tops with shorts and white sneakers.
3. Third, have fun! The beauty of having these three tops in your wardrobe means that you can create outfits for a casual brunch on the weekend to a business casual outfit. No matter where you are going- you’ll be showing up in style!
The Classic: Basic T Shirt
A great fitting T-Shirt is an essential for any man’s wardrobe- no matter your body type, where you live or profession. There are many options out in the market for T-Shirts, some of my favorite brands that fit most body types include James Perse (above), Bonobos and Alternative Apparel.
T-Shirt Outfit Inspiration
Stylish Simplicity: The Henley Shirt
A Henley is a shirt that has a row of 2-3 buttons in the front and it has no collar. Consider this type of top the big brother of a basic T-Shirt. The buttons give it a twist from a basic t-shirt and it combines fashion and function.
Henley’s are the perfect top pick for guys who have more of an athletic build since it should be a bit more figure fitting. You also don’t have to wear a white shirt underneath — less is more!
Henley Outfit Inspiration
The Step-up from Casual: Polo Shirt
I love a great fitting polo on a man. The collar gives it a more formal feel so you can wear this to events that are a step up from casual. You can also wear a Polo with a suit (instead of a long sleeve button up) and it gives it a modern, but approachable spin to a formal look. Some brands that I like for polos include Theory and Sandro.
Polo Outfit Inspiration
Depending on the season, you can choose more lightweight fabrics (like cotton) for warmer months and heavier fabrics (like wool blends and acrylic) for colder months.
By having these three types of t-shirts in your wardrobe, you’ll be sure to dress your best, be appropriately dressed for most situations and be on your way to creating a modern capsule wardrobe!