There comes a time in a young man’s life, right around the age of 30, when he should a handful of key items in his wardrobe. Whether small and subtle like a wristwatch or more noticeable like a tailored suit, these pieces are viewed as a reflection of you and where you are in life. They say, “I’ve got things together” even if you really don’t (which is perfectly fine because seriously, who does?). Here’s a list of the essential clothing items and accessories every man should own by the time he turns 30.
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With job interviews and weddings, there’s a good chance that you have a tailored suit already. And if you don’t, it’s time to invest in one. We love to see guys outfitted in cool patterns and colors, but stick to classic navy or grey for your first suit. J.Crew’s suit shop has great options like the Ludlow suit jacket with double breast vent in Italian wool.
An expensive wristwatch
There are limited options for a guy when it comes to accessories, which is why having a nice wristwatch is so important. Choose a watch that is classic and timeless in style and can be easily worn with both casual and formal attire. You can’t go wrong with Bulova and we love this chronograph stainless steel bracelet watch.
High-quality leather dress shoes
One of those items that you get what you pay for, dress shoes should be well made and of high-quality materials. Buy a pair in black and in brown. Do your research about the brand’s history and thorough check to make sure they fit the shape of your feet well. This way you’ll have them for years to come. We love these Shaw Italian leather oxfords from Banana Republic.
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A nice-fitting blazer is a versatile item that every man should have in his closet. A blazer adds just enough polish to an outfit without coming across as too formal. Look for one in a classic color like this Ludlow blazer in herringbone English tweed from J.Crew.
A nice winter coat
Winter is not too far off. It’s time to invest in a nice coat to have for special occasions when your favorite parka will come across as underdressed. Look for a wool or cashmere blend coat in classic colors like this London Fog signature wool-blend overcoat in camel.
A sharp bag for work
At 30, you’ve past the days of carrying around your laptop in a backpack or canvas bag with the logo of your favorite record store. Start acting like the professional you are and get a sharp bag for work. Check out the Cole Haan Barrington Messenger Bag.
Men's fashion experts agree that white sneakers are now a must-have staple in your wardrobe. White sneakers are incredibly versatile and can be worn with jeans or a suit. And it’s not a bad idea to have a pair in leather and in canvas. Check out the Adidas ‘Stan Smith Eco’ Sneaker.
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A pair of lace-up boots are a wardrobe essential, especially during the winter months. Take the time to find boots that are of high-quality, classic in style, and fit well, and you may never have to buy another pair again. We love the Red Wing ‘Iron Ranger’ boot.
The classic t-shirt
You are proud of the collection of vintage and graphic tees you’ve accumulated over the years. That’s great, but you should start investing in solid color t-shirts in classic styles now that your nearing 30. Know that not every t-shirt is the same – find the brand that looks best on you and stick with it. Check out the essential crewneck t-shirt from Gap.
The Oxford shirt
A crisp white oxford shirt looks good on anyone and is a easy way to polish off a look. Just like the t-shirt, look for a brand and style that looks good on you and buy it in multiples. Check out the white oxford shirt slim fit from Uniqlo.
A casual jacket
This key clothing item is important because it can help pull together your everyday look. Choose a casual jacket that reflects your personal style, but isn’t too trendy. The military look is a classic now and we love this military field jacket from Banana Republic.
During your 20s, you got away with being foolish, drinking and eating whatever you wanted, and not giving too much thought to clothes. Your 30s are different – you wise up and start taking better care of yourself (hopefully). Some refer to it as becoming an adult. And your wardrobe should reflect these changes.