Contemporary Classics: The 6 pieces every guy needs

Looking to de-clutter your wardrobe and not sure where to start? Or, maybe you want to start the season with a brand new look? We’ve taken it back to basics by selecting 6 core must-haves for the modern man. These key fashion essentials can form the basis of every outfit, and be paired with existing wardrobe favourites, for infinite hassle-free looks. 

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Top: PS Paul Smith Navy Backpack, £250; available at Fenwick of Bond Street, KingstonDiesel T-shirt, £50; available at Fenwick Kingston, NewcastlePS Paul Smith Green Bomber, £250; available at Fenwick of Bond Street.
Bottom: Hartford Grey Crew Sweater, £90; available at Fenwick of Bond Street7 For All Mankind Straight Jeans, £140; available at Fenwick of Bond Street, KingstonHugo Boss Trainers, £140; available at Fenwick of Bond Street, Kingston


1. A Casual Jacket

Even as we slip into Summer, we can't escape the English weather so a thin jacket is always a must. Casual jackets like this Green Bomber from Paul Smith are an easy way to finish off every outfit. They look great thrown on over jeans and a t-shirt on the weekend, and can even add a modern edge to a smart outfit, worn with chinos and brogues. Step up your style game by choosing a slick sports luxe material or go for a lighter, more casual colour for spring, like khaki or burgundy.

2. Denim

A great pair of jeans are essential to almost every outfit, and with a lot of designers improving their denim offering, the range to choose from is vast. These dark straight leg jeans from 7 For All Mankind can be easily dressed up or down, and are perfect for sneaking into your work wardrobe with a smart blazer and loafers. 

3. T-Shirts

Obvious we know - but you can't knock investing in some good quality cotton tees in a variety of colours to see you through a number of fail-safe outfits. We love this classic white t-shirt from Diesel that comes with a zip-pocket detail for a modern twist - it works well as a base under open shirts and jackets. 

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4. Slogan Sweater

With slogans popping up all over the place, sometimes it's hard to know how to wear it right. We love this easy grey Hartford sweater that oozes serious weekend vibes, and looks just as good paired with dark jeans and a blazer as it does with washed out jeans and trainers (on Sundays, of course!)

5. Trainers

We can't fault a pair of semi-smart trainers, like these slick suede grey ones from Hugo Boss. With both style and comfort appeal, 'fashion trainers' like these are a must-have that look great with jeans on the weekend, or work as a contemporary alternative to a smart shoe.

6. Everyday Bag

Practical and stylish, a modern rucksack is the perfect choice for an everyday bag. Coming in a large variety of textures and colours, there's endless to choose from, but we'd opt for a wearable colour like this Navy Paul Smith bag, that will slot effortlessly into the rest of your wardrobe.

Discover our women's Contemporary Classics edit here where we run down the 7 pieces every wardrobe needs. 

By Ellie Hamilton