I read somewhere most men only wear 20% of what’s in their closet.
We pass on the majority and return to the faithful few because it’s what we feel most comfortable wearing. Jeans that fit perfectly, a jacket that’s broken-in just the right way, a shirt that seems to get softer with every wash. You feel great wearing clothes that fit well and are comfortable.
When I go shopping, I sometimes make allowances to nab a bargain. I’m sure you do too. A shirt might not fit perfectly, but when it’s 40% off and a steal, how can you NOT get it?
But then I’m stuck with a shirt that I sort of like and doesn’t fit perfectly. Why?!?
I mean, I could have it tailored…. but it’s just a shirt. Realistically, you can’t have your entire closet tailored.
Don’t get me wrong, tailors are vital to any man’s wardrobe, but prioritize suits, blazers and pants. Everything else should fit correctly off the rack. Spend what you would at a tailor to supplement a full price shirt that fits properly. You’ll wear it for years rather than few times a year.
As you can see, I love and have worn down these jeans. Denim is my go-to when I'm “just throwing something on”. These are from Uniqlo and although I love selvedge denim, broken-in jeans with a little stretch are way more comfortable!
The rest of the look is pieces I know I will have years from now: a denim jacket (never goes out of style), a sturdy henley and a thick vest (because it’s way too warm this year for an actual Winter coat).
So what’s in your 20%??