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Minimalist Man: 5 Essentials for Your Basic Wardrobe

There are so many different fashion trends and clothing items on the market these days. It's a lot to keep up with, and it's getting increasingly more difficult to tell what's worth investing your time and money. Lucky for you, though, we went ahead and scoured the web to put together what we believe to be the five most essential items every minimalist man needs in his closet. These versatile pieces are exactly what your wardrobe needs.

1. Starting From the Bottom

Now, we're here… and in need of jeans! That's right, the top spot on our list of essentials is men's jeans. Hopefully, this one didn't come as too much of a surprise. Jeans are incredibly mainstream, and thanks to the many different styles, they're making appearances in places you never would've been caught wearing them before. Examples? We thought you might ask. A really nice pair of dark wash denim winds up being so close to dress pants that men have started wearing them to more casual weddings. Yes, the key word there is casual—but hey, that's still pretty awesome! Of course, jeans are still the perfect option for day-to-day use and can be paired with any sort of shirt or sweater, depending on weather conditions (and what your plans might be). Shop from our regular or big and tall size options.

2. Back to the Basics

Casual shirts are an absolute must-have for every minimalist man. They're easy pieces of clothing to wear because they tend to go well with just about any pair of pants (so long as the colors complement one another, of course). Choose from long sleeves or short, collared or not, printed or solid, and much more. There are so many different options to fit your needs, but we do recommend keeping your lifestyle in mind. Where might you be wearing this basic shirt - first date? A collared long sleeve is probably best. Drinks with your friends? Short sleeve and collarless should suffice depending on the atmosphere.

3. For the Fancier Fellow

Men's dress shirts don't seem like they would really be considered "essential," but you'll get quite a lot of use out of a nicer shirt. The obvious places to wear one of these would be fancier soirees like weddings, professional office settings, and so on. It would also then make sense to pair with a tie, dress pants, and dress shoes to keep the formal look alive. One thing you may not have thought of, though, is to put on a white dress shirt with no tie, leave the top few buttons undone, and style it with jeans and a nice-looking sneaker for something a little more laid back that still keeps it classy.

4. Sports Not Included

A blazer or sport coat instantly helps elevate a man's look in such an easy, effortless way. This is the kind of wardrobe item you're going to get use out of year after year. It's important to make sure you take it to a tailor so that it's perfectly fitted to your body type. This helps clean up the look no matter how you decide to style it. A nice dinner or important work meeting will give you an excuse to wear your blazer. Another, more contemporary way to wear this essential piece is with a simple T-shirt, jeans, and boat shoes (or sneakers with no socks). You can even wear it over a hooded sweatshirt with a pair of khakis and combat boots. It's all dependent on your style and what you feel most comfortable wearing, but don't be afraid to pair a blazer with an outfit that might seem atypical. Before you know it, you'll be the trendsetter among all your friends.

5. Don't Catch a Cold

A men's sweater is important to incorporate into your most basic outfits. Of course, fall and winter seasons are the appropriate time to break out a sweater. However, you can also wear them on chillier spring and summer nights near campfires, or out on the boat where the winds blow stronger. They're great layering pieces when the temps outside are still warm but expected to drop in the evenings. Just carry a lightweight sweater with you and throw it right over a basic T-shirt. By the way, it's also a great replacement for a sport coat. If you're wearing a dress shirt and tie, and don't want a coat to add to the formality of your look, a sweater is a great alternative that helps strike the right balance between formal and casual.

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