A Wardrobe Update

Your first suit is a defining moment, one that marks the first step towards a new sartorial approach. Some of your old pieces will not match your new aspirational identity, and as you find yourself throwing away garments that defined the old you, the challenge lies in finding a great replacement.

To ease you into the transitional period that comes for most of those who have just bought their first tailored suit, I've compiled a list of essentials: items that a sharp and smartly dressed gentleman can't live without:

  • Start with your formal dark blue suit (and read why in this article)
  • Invest in a few immaculate high-quality white shirts. I will write an article about this very soon.
  • Add a light blue one.
  • Choose your ties wisely. The collar and tie width should compliment each other.
  • Buy yourself a pair of rather slim dark jeans.
  • …and some chinos. You will find several unforeseen moments where you will these.
  • Don’t forget to look for a nice leather belt.
  • Add a perfect go-to blazer.
  • Opt for classic sunglasses, like Ray Bans.
  • Choose a subtle yet very personal perfume. Notes such as sandalwood, patchouli, and tobacco will suit the calmer, more subtle gent, while citrus and even floral notes will work well for younger, faster-paced lads.
  • Go for that second suit, preferably grey.
  • Reward yourself with a nice timepiece. Toby Bateman from MRPORTER.COM, says first-time buyers should "keep it simple and timeless with classic design, something that would look good with a suit or your weekend clothes."
  • Find reasons in your life to own a fine tuxedo.
  • Whatever you wear, never combine it with cheap shoes.

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