5 Reasonably Priced Essentials – March 2014

Everyone and their dog has a list of their top five essential wardrobe pieces, and after I finished hanging my head in sadness at GQ Australia’s list for the week, I thought I would put together my own list every month until I get bored with it. Unlike GQ, you will never find anything with a camouflage pattern on one of my lists (unless it’s a list of things to avoid) and everything on my lists is guaranteed to never go out of style, because unlike the trendy items on GQ, style lasts forever. The items won’t be in any particular order, and, after this one, will usually be things that have caught my eye during the month.

No.5 – The Dress Shirt

Absolutely no wardrobe is complete without a plain white dress shirt, and my reasonably priced pick of the month is this one by Charles Tyrwhitt.

White Pinpoint Slim Fit Shirt – $59

CTShirt White

This is the perfect essential white dress shirt; it’s medium weight, so it will be perfect year round, and if you prefer not to have french cuffs, it also comes with plain button cuffs. It’s 100% cotton, and like all Tyrwhitt shirts, comes with brass collar stays; not the flimsy plastic ones like so many other brands. At $59 it is very reasonably priced, but even more so when you buy it as part of a 4 for $199 deal.

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No.4 – The Watch

I absolutely love the design of the Rolex Submariner, but I don’t have $10,000+ just lying around, so I have to go for the next best thing; in this case, the next best affordable thing is the Invicta Pro Diver range, specifically the 9204.

Invicta Men’s 9204 Pro Diver – $61.50

Invicta 9204

This absolutely gorgeous watch retails anywhere from $100 – $200, but can be found on Amazon for about  $54USD. It’s incredibly stylish, and is water resistant up to 200m, so you can wear it straight from your morning swim, right into the office, and out for drinks after work. For the price, it’s a watch that I definitely wouldn’t pass up, and will be adding to my personal collection in the near future. If you prefer mechanical watches over quartz, it’s automatic big brother, model 9094, costs about $85USD, still a very reasonable price for the piece. Between the two, I prefer the mechanical one, but to each his own.

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No.3 – The Jeans

Another wardrobe staple is a good pair of indigo jeans; dark enough that they can be dressed up with a shirt and blazer, but casual enough for a polo or t-shirt. My pick for the month are by Adamsville, a Target brand.

Dark Indigo Adamsville Straight Leg Jeans – $20

adamsville

These aren’t the best jeans in the world, but for $20 the quality is pretty good. They are very comfortable, and if you wash them properly then they aren’t likely to fade too quickly; it helps that I bought 4 pair and rotate through them. A perfect casual pair of jeans with a low enough price tag that you won’t feel bad about being a bit rough in them.

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No.2 – The Tie

I think that a black knit tie is an important part of a wardrobe, but if there was one tie that I couldn’t live without, it would be my solid navy tie. It doesn’t give off the same funeral vibe as a black tie, and it goes with virtually everything; my reasonably priced pick for this month is a solid navy by The Tie Bar.

Solid Midnight Navy Tie – $15

Navy Tie Bar

Check out my review of The Tie Bar here if you haven’t already, but the gist of it is that they make decent quality ties, all for just $15. At that price, this slightly textured silk navy tie is a steal; one that I highly recommend be a part of your wardrobe.

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No.1 – The Suit

Absolutely no working man’s wardrobe is complete without a suit; in this case, my recommendation is a made-to-measure suit by Black Lapel

Solid Charcoal Suit by Black Lapel – $450

Black Lapel Charcoal

For a made-to-measure suit, $450 is an excellent price, and you’d be hard pressed to find a negative review for Black Lapel. Not only will you get a better fitting suit for less than most off the peg suits, you get an incredibly versatile wardrobe piece. Not only can you wear it as a suit, you can pair the jacket with the jeans (with or without the tie) for a dressed up going out outfit, and you can pair the trousers with the dress shirt for your business casual attire.

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The total price for these essential, and permanently stylish pieces? $605.50. The price for the frankly ridiculously unstylish or overpriced items GQ suggests? $6311. I know, I’m comparing apples and oranges, but go check out the GQ list and decide for yourself what you think is worth the money.

Let me know in the comments which items you agree and disagree with, and if you have any suggestions for products to check out, let me know.

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