Here Are 10 Basic Wardrobe Essentials For College Guys

Most guys have a complete wardrobe of gym clothes and basketball shoes, so this article will focus on “the rest of your wardrobe.” Yes, guys: your wardrobe must extend beyond gym shorts and printed T-shirts.

The whole point of attending college is to get a good job – and that means dressing for success. Stop walking around all day in gym shorts, sweatpants and  T-shirts the whole four years!! It is tacky and unappealing.

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So, here are 10 essential clothing items to help you start building a wardrobe beyond the gym and playing field.

  1. Nice jeans – Jeans come in numerous styles and colours. Find at least one pair of jeans that has a dark wash, no holes, and fits nicely in the hips and seat. Jeans like this can be worn in a casual work environment and will look good when you go out on a date. 
  1. Flat-front khaki pants – The colour of the khaki pants is up to you. You could go for conservative, neutral colours like tan, brown, or black. Or maybe you might go for a more daring bright colour.
  1. Nice shorts – Cargo shorts look great, but you’ll also want to have a dressier pair of shorts on hand for different occasions. Select a neutral colour like tan or grey so you can mix and match your clothes.
  1. Polo shirts / Crew or V-neck T-shirts – Polo shirts offer great versatility; you can wear them with jeans, Khakis or shorts to expand your wardrobe. Since most guys wear a T-shirt under a polo or long-sleeved shirt, add a bit of colour to the layering pieces. Along with your standard white ones, consider black, royal blue or red
  1. Casual long-sleeved shirts – You can’t go wrong with a long-sleeved, button-down shirt. Roll the sleeves on warm days, and add a T-shirt underneath or sweater over it on cold days. This pairs nicely with jeans, or shorts.
  1. Casual shoes – Different occasions call for different shoes, so if the budget allows, pick up some light-weight boots, loafers, and canvas slip-on. Be sure to select colours that complement your clothes. When in doubt, call your mom/sister/girlfriend for help with matching.
  1. Sweaters- You might often wear sweaters to meetings, dates, etc. A classic V-neck sweater is a good choice because you can add a long-sleeved shirt or coloured T-shirt underneath. Quarter-zip, crew neck are also good options.

  1. Suit/ tie/ button-down shirt – You never know when you’ll need a suit, but eventually, you will. It might be for a wedding, a funeral or a formal interview. Ask the professionals in the men’s department to help you find a conservative suit with a flattering cut for your frame, as well as a shirt and tie. If you get a second interview, buy a second dress shirt and tie to make your suit look totally different.
  1. Dress shoes/ belt/ dress socks — While you’re in the men’s department, ask for help buying dress shoes, matching belt and dress socks to go with your suit. Keep your shoes polished and clean for a smart look.
  1. Nice jacket – Add a nice blazer to your wardrobe. Sweatshirts are fine for hanging out, but not when you are going to your internship or attending an important meeting.

Now that you have insight into the basic essentials for your wardrobe,  go out and look for sales and find clothes that you can mix and match.


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