Easy Does It: Seven Pieces for Every Man’s Wardrobe

Back in 1985, Donna Karan singlehandedly challenged the American sartorial landscape with her concept of Seven Easy Pieces, highlighting the defining, easily wearable wardrobe mainstays for ladies. But why should girls have all the fun? Here are seven easy men’s pieces to take you from desk to dinner.

Wash it out

Dark wash denim is having a moment right now. We spoke to denim retailers across the country, and they all agreed on the best-selling pair for men: Dark wash, slim cut jeans with little stretch and no whiskering were favored by men of all ages, and it isn’t difficult to see why. These pants can be dressed up or down as you please.

Invest in a well-fitting shirt

Finding a shirt that fits correctly may seem like a no brainer, but many men overlook the importance of being fitted by a stylist or tailor. Slim, close-cut styles are an essential of every man’s wardrobe, and many brands offer a complimentary fitting.

Dark chocolate

Could brown be the new black? While most men have a classic pair of black dress shoes in their closets, brown winged tip and brown dress shoes were all the rage last year. The colorway exudes a more contemporary feel and can also be dressed down for an effortless weekend look.

Tied out

Ties are back with a vengeance, and we’re not talking about the slinky, shiny ones that were ubiquitous in ’80s music videos. Weighty, thick-knotted ties in colorful tones featuring monochrome paisley, (tasteful) polka dots, as well as other geometric prints will be heavy-hitters this year. These bold styles are sure to elevate your tie game and get you several compliments. Promise.

Give ’em the boot    

The Milan and Paris men’s shows featured runway models in Chelsea-style, high ankle boots. While we love a polished leather dress shoe, we can’t ignore this highly sought trend from across the pond. Pair these styles with a dark wash jean and a simple shirt or crew neck sweater.

Trench tailoring

Out of all military-inspired garments, the trench coat is arguably the classiest choice. The holy trifecta of modishness, practicality and timelessness draws men across generations to repeatedly invest in trench coats. Throw on an earth-toned number for a day out on the town, or a structured, black version for evening events.

All that glitters

While the single-earring trend is best left to alternative boy-band members, it’s possible for men to wear jewelry without looking like decked-out pirates. Understated, high-tech men’s jewelry pieces—like bracelets by Tiffany and Co. and rings by David Yurman—are the perfect touch to complete any outfit.

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