It is a truth universally accepted that clothing maketh the man. As you approach your thirtieth birthday, therefore, you should preen into your life and reminisce at the distance run. Thirty is also the age at which every man ought to spruce up their look – particularly with regards to dress code, accessories, and grooming habits.
To check if you are on the right path, open your closet and go through each item of clothing you find in there. If you are not happy with what you see, this post will help you effect the changes that will make you happier.
Read on to learn more:
What You Wear Matters
As a 30-year old, you are no longer allowed to dress sloppily or slovenly. In fact, you are at a crucial point in your life where what you choose to wear will be judged by everyone you meet – friends, dates, potential mates, colleagues, or even your soon-to-be new boss/business partner.
The same allowance life has given you with respect to aging gracefully should be given to your wardrobe. Even though there are certain strings of gear that might not have seemed relevant in your 20s, you will soon land upon the discovery that these same pieces of clothing and accessories will turn into solid foundational pieces for your future look.
Hopefully, most of the men’s clothing listed here are already stashed somewhere in your closet. Regardless, below are the essential clothing items every man MUST own by the time they clock 30:
- Tailored, Fitting Suit
Everyone assumes that by the time a man clocks 30 their finances are in order. This financial stability ought to reflect in your dressing.
More specifically, you must to toss out “suits” that aren’t form-fitting or body flattering. Where possible, get a full suit that fits well. Of course, it would help if you got the suit specifically tailored for your body.
Recommendation: Get your suit tailored in gray or navy.
- A Nice Blazer
With the perfect blazer, you’ll always have something to throw on when you need to dress for a special occasion. Whether you are headed out to brunch with your colleagues or you are meeting a date/your SO for evening drinks, a blazer will speak volumes about your maturity, sense of style, and levels of confidence.
What is more, a cute blazer will help you look smart and outstanding without going overboard – which would happen if you chose to show up in a full suit.
- A Mature Wristwatch
Nothing quite makes a man look significant and mature than a nice timepiece. As a man in the prime of life, therefore, you might want to splurge a little on a watch that will mark you out on special occasions.
Even if you are not particularly enthusiastic about having something on your wrist, turning 30 means you are evolving into a world of conformity. The social circles you frequent, therefore, will expect you to be dressed up.
To this end, don’t be scared to spend some of your money on a pricey watch. Somewhere down the road, you’ll be glad you did.
- Black and Brown Leather Dress Shoes
It is also imperative that you improve the quality of your footwear by the time you hit 30. Dress shoes, in particular, are worth more than their value in cash.
To keep up with your age, therefore, set yourself up with two suave pairs – one in black and the other in brown.
- Fitting Chino Shorts
What will happen when you get invited out on a yacht, and you have nothing to wear? This is where a pair of fitting chino shorts will come into play. Although your age doesn’t really allow you to go out in shorts (cargo shorts to be more specific), you never know when you’ll need a pair.
- Sturdy Boots
The higher the quality of the boots you invest in, the better it will be for you over the long haul. Boots are essential, especially for fall and winter – or when the weather is too wet for your regular dress shoes. Further, the right pair will last you a lifetime – only if you take good care of them, of course.
- Proper Summer Shoes
Whether it’s a pair of trusty moccasins or crisp white sneakers, you’ll never go wrong with the right summer shoes. If you can, get a couple of pairs to form the base of your distinctly personalized signature look for summer.
- Warm Winter Coat
For most 30-year-olds, winter comes with a wide variety of events where you need to dress up before you rush out. Since the weather will be freezing, you need something to keep you cozy and warm without killing your style. This is where a winter coat comes in.
- Stylish Winter Coat
Apart from having something warm for winter, you need another coat that will turn you from a regular Joe into an elegant gentleman – a stylish winter coat.
Although you have the option of carrying a collapsible everywhere you go, a proper umbrella will earn you major style marks after you clock 30.
- Duffel Bag
Whether you choose to invest in a leather carry-all or you decide to go for a fabric duffel bag, it is imperative that you have something that looks grown-up.
- Work Bag
Never ever show up anywhere with a backpack. It will look tacky on a 30-year-old. Instead, get a proper work bag or briefcase for your computer and work accessories.
- Leather Wallet
Are you still holding on to your college wallet? Toss it into the trash and invest in a proper gentleman’s leather wallet.
If you can, get a reversible belt with black on one side and brown on the other. Remember, the higher the quality of your belt, the fewer the times you are going to be forced to shop for a new one.
- Proper Tux
When you get to 30, you should say goodbye to your neighborhood tux rental shop. Instead, get your own tuxedo – preferable from a renowned professional tailor. This way, you’ll never have to think twice when you receive an invitation to attend a purely black-tie event.
- Denim Jeans
Ever pair of denims you buy from hereon should be dark and go on your body like a fitted glove on Lady Windermere’s fanning hand.
- The Perfect Tee
Toss out or donate every unsightly t-shirt you are still holding onto, and a couple of perfect tees to your closet instead.
- Casual Jacket
Get something that you are going to love wearing when you go out. The style doesn’t really matter as long as the jacket is the right fit.
- Signature Shirt
Look for a casual albeit attractive shirt, buy it, and proceed to use it as part of your signature look. It might be an Oxford button-down, a Henley, or a sweatshirt. Whatever the choice, people will start spotting you the moment they colors hit their eyes.
Similarly, look for a pair of swimming trunks that makes you look grown up at the beach or swimming pool without leaving you feeling self-conscious.
Get a couple of ties that suit your tastes and preferences.
The eyewear you choose should not only make you look more intelligent and introspective, they should also fit your face structure correctly.
So, there you have it – the 22 clothing items that every man needs to have in their closet and on their bodies. Invest in these basics, and you’ll always look stylish and genteel from 30 onwards.