THANK YOU! I would love to say the same about your blog, but I am only left guessing. :”>)
What are the “must haves”? Well, if you are starting from complete scratch, then basic that look good 60 years ago and still look great today.
Topsiders (boat shoes), Penny Loafers, Bean Boots, Chinos and shorts, Tan & Blue (embroidered symbols of the “good life”), Oxford Shirts, Broad Cloth Blue and White, Cable Knit Sweaters; Crew, V or Turtleneck in Cotton, Wool or Cashmere. Argyle, weather it is socks, sweaters (vest). A classic blue blazer, tweed sport coat. And I would say save up and get a high end Classic Navy Suit. I paid $1,000 over 20 years ago and still to this day, people make comments about how good it looks. But you can find amazing suits for under $500.
For women, same blue blazer, but a classic black dress, classic cashmere items (every woman deserves cashmere) and sun dress is worth the investment. But like “Jake from State Farm” I too am a guy, so what do I know, expect what turns my head? Especially when Kelly wears it.
This is not the end all be all list but it is a start. Check back in my Tumblr and you see a few pictures of my closet, fully stocked :”>)
Brands: Barbour, Brooks Brothers, RL Polo, Vineyard Vines, J Crew, LL Bean, Dale of Norway, UGGs but not the basic boot you see everywhere, they make so many different styles and I believe a lot of people over look Lands End. I have also just found (in the past few years) the Fraternity Collection, Southern Proper, J Riley and KJP.
I shop the Web constantly and (you might laugh) but; EBAY- You can set emails to be automatically send you a notice if something you are after comes up for sale), 6PM.com is an awesome site.
Nordstrom, Macy’s, Lord & Taylor; their house brands are of good quality and the Stores of the Brands I mentioned, on-line and in person.
But keep an eye out for the end of season sales, I picked up a $425 Cashmere Cable Crew Neck on sale for less than $65 in April five years ago, and guess what? :”>O.. It still looks awesome today!
I hope this helps and I am happy to help out in any way!
All the best, Matt