The Style Girlfriend Guide to: Clothing Every Man Should Own

By Megan Collins | Last Updated: Oct 12 2016

 When you think of the word “classic,” what comes to mind? A movie you’d be happy to watch over and over again, like Godfather, or Tommy Boy? Or maybe a song you sing along to every time you hear it, like the Beatles’ “Yesterday”, or Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight”?
A few years ago at Christmas, the deciding hand in a particularly competitive game of Apples to Apples came down to who gave the best match for “Classic,” with my sister as judge. My boyfriend at the time confidently laid down “Red Roses,” sure he’d won with the universal romantic gesture. Til I trumped him. My card? “The Midwest.” He tried to argue, but everyone agreed that while both answers were true classics, the Midwest was in a class by itself.

When it comes to style, there are plenty of classics that draw no arguments – items that are timeless and always appropriate, despite the trends that may come and go each season. Below, a few such pieces you should have in your closet (and if you don’t, go get them!):

A well-made suit

– And for the man who wears a suit every day, the five colors you should have them in:

  • black
  • navy
  • navy pinstripe
  • gray
  • charcoal


Desert Boot

…worn with a slim jean, light-colored trousers or khakis

Leather jacket

…two great styles: motorcycle with a tab collar or a bomber. For the former, I’d go with black; for the latter, brown.

A really crisp, clean pair of white sneakers

(L to R) K-Swiss, Converse, Nike

Properly worn-in apparel from one’s alma mater

…or the alma mater you’ve adopted for sporting purposes. Includes, but is not limited to: fitted cap, sweatpants, t-shirts and hoodies

Something passed down to you by your father

…and, if you’re lucky, it’s something passed down to you by his father
A field jacket and a sturdy pair of boots

…If you live somewhere cold

A pair of solid-colored swim trunks and flip-flops that will last more than one season

…if you live somewhere warm