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How do you build a well-balanced wardrobe?

3 Apr 2017

Simons’ team of men’s stylists has taken on the task of finding the answer for you! And gentlemen, here’s what they’ve found. First and foremost, they suggest you think of your wardrobe like a food pyramid, in which each category is ranked according to its importance. If you apply the pyramid rule to your wardrobe, they guarantee that your closet will become much more balanced and that you’ll find all of your everyday essentials. 

Learn what the clothing categories are and their appropriate ratios so you can build a fully functional men’s wardrobe. 



They play a vital role in the make-up of your closet! Think of them as the foundation of every outfit, since they're what allow you to build a balanced look.

This season's essentials according to our stylists:

  • Neutral tees: Black, white, grey, V-necks, crew necks
  • Tees with stripes, micro-prints, and accent pockets
  • Jeans: Sleek skinny fits, dark indigo washes, and styles that hit above the ankle
  • Chinos: Neutral beige or pastel shades  

The Simons stylists all agree that the majority of people spend most of their time at work. That's why it's crucial to place just as much importance on career clothes as on casual wear.

Well-cut suits in basic colours (black, grey, and navy) should be at the centre of your wardrobe, because they can be worn multiple ways. To complete your dress wardrobe this year, it wouldn't be a bad idea to pick up a floral shirt and cropped pants.

Even if you aren't required to dress up for the office, it's good to be prepared. You never know when a special event might sneak up on you!

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T-shirts, sweaters, casual shirts, shorts, pants—but be careful! While you should have a considerable quantity of these items in your closet, it's important to remember that you can generally only wear them in the evening and on the weekends. 

Modern men place a great deal of importance on indoor and outdoor sports. With that in mind, it's essential to have technical clothing that makes physical activity easier and helps you take your sports performance to the next level.

Athleisure is a top trend right now. Have fun skillfully teaming your technical sweats with an urban bomber to score major style points!

Why spend so much time fine-tuning your outfit if you’re just going to ruin it when you put on your coat? Make sure to have an appropriate coat for every occasion:

  • A coat you can wear everywhere: The aviator bomber is the perfect versatile piece.
  • A technical coat for your athletic activities: Quilted styles get you on the right track.
  • A dress coat: The beige trench coat is a timeless classic that will keep you from making any fashion faux pas.

The polo, the polo, the polo! This season, the versatility of this popular piece is stealing the spotlight. Also, straight and boxy retro shirts, patched jeans, and embroidered jackets are quickly becoming in-demand items. These trendier pieces let you put a new spin on your style.

Pay attention to the details. A chic suit can instantly lose its lustre when worn with the wrong shoes. On the other hand, choosing a funky pair of socks can add a dynamic feel to a more traditional suit.

Make sure you invest in key accessories like a sharp messenger bag, white kicks, and a classic watch. After all, they can make all the difference between a sought-after look and one that’s more basic. 

Of course, you can adapt these ratios to your own closet according to your lifestyle. The pyramid is just a reference and a visual guide that illustrates the strategic thought behind building a functional wardrobe.

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