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5 classic items every man should own



Men’s fashion blogger Marcus Jaye, AKA TheChicGeek shares the menswear pieces you need in your wardrobe for SS17 and beyond…

The thing about a ‘classic’ menswear item is it needs a slight update and readjustment every so often. Nothing radical, just knowing when to change the lapel on a jacket or the shape of a trouser to make it contemporary and keep you looking your best. But, gentlemen, not to panic, it’s always an evolution rather than a revolution and you can slowly replace these items in your wardrobe as you update and buy new things, as and when.

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The Plain Sweatshirt
There isn’t an easier way to add a layer than put a sweatshirt on. Inspired by traditional sportswear, it’s a youthful addition to any man’s wardrobe. Team under a bomber or go double sports and layer under a tracksuit top. Ideal for those cooler British summer nights or a spring transitional piece.
Try: Levi’s Original Crew Sweatshirt, £55, Levi’s

The Black Jean
Bin the skinny and breathe a sigh of relief. Look for something dark and slightly tapered like a classic black jean.
Try: Buster 0669F tapered jeans, £110, Diesel, John Lewis

The Chelsea Boot
The streamlined and handsome Chelsea boot keeps things simple and masculine – it’ll be the best thing you’ll purchase all year. Experiment with colour and finishes. Many styles are pre-distressed to give your boots that loved and lived-in look.
Try: Bertie Maple Brown, £100, Dune

The White T-Shirt
Crisp, clean and fresh, use the classic white T-shirt as a base layer. It’s time to go slightly oversized, you can easily roll the sleeves to reveal those guns. Go simple and stick to a crew neck with regular length sleeves and look for an element of stretch for comfort.
Try: Plain slim-fit t-shirt in cotton ‘Tessler 51-WS’, £59, Hugo Boss, John Lewis

The Knitted Polo
Rethink the traditional polo in a flattering knitted finish. Just make sure it is clinging to all the right places.
Try: Polo shirt, £8.99, H&M

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