12 Wardrobe Items That Will Never Go Out of Style

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12 Wardrobe Items That Will Never Go Out of Style
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If you’re like most men, you have a closet full of wardrobe pieces picked up throughout your high school, college and early career days. From colorful cords to pastel polos, these trendy-today-gone-tomorrow items are fine to hold on to -- as long as you have all of your wardrobe basics covered. To pack as much sartorial punch into your clothes as possible, every man should own 12 wardrobe essentials -- like actor Chris Hemsworth's navy suit and blue dress shirt -- that are sure to stay in style forever.

White and Blue Dress Shirts
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White and Blue Dress Shirts

Colors and patterns are fun, but when it comes to style essentials that are versatile and long lasting, a set of white and blue dress shirts is the way to go. “These staple pieces provide the foundation for adding accessories and ties, pocket squares, shoes and belts that help you get more life out of those items,” said Craig Schroeder, owner of Philadelphia-based wardrobe agency Commonwealth Proper. You can even dress them down with jeans and sneakers, like actor Joshua Jackson does here at an event in Santa Monica, California.

Craig Schroeder, Owner of Commonwealth Proper

Navy Suit
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Navy Suit

Suits are a fact of life for any professional man, but not all colors and patterns are created equally. To cover the basics, Schroeder suggested every man own a versatile navy suit, like the one actor Colin Egglesfield shows off at an event in West Hollywood, California. “You can wear it to so many different things: business interviews, weddings, funerals.” You can even wear the pieces separately, he added. Use the jacket as a blazer with denim or throw on the pants with a button-down.

Charcoal Suit
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Charcoal Suit

The navy suit may be versatile, but one suit option isn’t enough for the stylish working man. That's why he should have a charcoal version in his arsenal, too, like the one actor Taylor Lautner wears here at an event in Los Angeles. Pair the jacket with your favorite dark denim for a business-casual look, or wear an open-collar gingham shirt with the trousers for a relaxed-but-professional vibe. Since gray is a neutral, it goes with nearly any color, added Jimmy Au, a clothing designer based in Beverly Hills, California.

Brown Leather Loafers
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Brown Leather Loafers

Accessories really make an outfit, and the right shoes make you look sharp no matter the ensemble or occasion. Whether they’re paired with your trusty navy suit, khakis, your favorite shorts or denim, brown leather loafers -- like the pair seen here on actor and comedian Aziz Ansari at an event in New York -- add a classic touch that pulls together every outfit. To get the most bang for your buck, Schroeder suggested a slip-on version with a leather sole because they'll last longer than a rubber bottom.

Black Lace-Up Oxfords
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Black Lace-Up Oxfords

For the occasions when brown loafers just don't cut it, a pair of black lace-up oxfords -- like those seen on actor Hugh Jackman at the 2013 Directors Guild of America Awards -- do the trick. Wear them with a charcoal or black suit or even a tuxedo to lend a bit of elegance to your look. Schroeder suggested choosing a pair that’s neither too square nor too pointed at the toe. “The more timeless style is a little bit in between. It’s more rounded than pointy or square.”

Dark Denim
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Dark Denim

Forget the acid-washed and distressed jeans of yore: Dark denim is a wardrobe staple that’s here to stay. A consistent, medium-to-dark wash -- seen here on fashion designer Joseph Altuzarra at an event in Los Angeles -- is perfect for a casual vibe when paired with a polo, button-down or sweater and can be dressed up with a suit coat and loafers for a more elegant look. Keep the color vibrant by dry-cleaning your denim when necessary because washing can cause them to fade, Schroeder noted.

Tailored Topcoat
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Tailored Topcoat

A suit coat or fleece won't keep you warm all winter, so be sure to have a tailored topcoat in your closet to keep you both on-trend and toasty when the weather cools down. Schroeder suggested investing in a cashmere- or alpaca-blend topcoat that hits slightly above the knee, like the one actor and musician Jared Leto wears here to the 2012 Gotham Independent Film Awards. This length not only provides greater mobility for guys on the move, but also lends a youthful and modern edge to the wardrobe staple.

V-Neck Sweater
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V-Neck Sweater

Worn solo, under a cardigan or over a button-down, a classic V-neck sweater is a must-have piece that gets you through fall and winter in style. Opting for a timeless color like gray or navy -- seen here on actor Colin Farrell at a movie screening in New York -- means you can mix and match it with any outfit. To ensure the longest wear possible, Schroeder suggested sticking with a cashmere blend rather than a 100 percent cashmere sweater, which wears more quickly.

Khaki Pants
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Khaki Pants

The perfect middle ground between dress pants and denim, a sturdy pair of khakis is your wardrobe's saving grace for occasions like weekend brunch or a casual wedding. "Press them for a clean, dressier look or just keep them a little wrinkled for a more casual look," Au suggested. For fall and winter, go for a pair that's a little darker, like the version actor Zac Efron dons here at a movie premiere in Madrid. For warmer weather, stick with a pair that's lighter in fabric and color, Au said.

Watch
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Watch

Make sure time and style are always on your side by rocking one of the most timeless accessories out there: a watch. Play it safe with a classy silver- or gold-linked version or express your fashion sense by opting for a brown leather or shiny black timepiece, like the one NFL player Victor Cruz shows off here at a charity event in New York. Steer clear of trendy options like jewel-encrusted faces or colored bands, especially if you'll be wearing your watch in a professional setting.

Cashmere Scarf
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Cashmere Scarf

When winter rolls around and you’re scrambling for ways to warm up, having a cashmere scarf in your closet is key to both warmth and style. Wear it loosely around your neck with the ends hanging down -- like actor Jeremy Renner does at a movie premiere in Sydney -- or loop it through once for a more European look. To keep it professional, stick with basic colors like black or gray, Schroeder suggested, or use it as a pop of color with jewel tones like burgundy or cobalt blue.

Tuxedo
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Tuxedo

You may only wear it once every few years, but a tuxedo -- like the one seen here on actor Matt Bomer at an event in Washington -- is a wardrobe staple every man should own at some point in his life, Schroeder said. “It’s something you’ll wear the least out of anything in your wardrobe, but when you’re wearing a tuxedo, it’s probably one of the most important events of your life." Fit is key, so have your tuxedo tailored or custom made.

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