With the 2020s upon us, it’s time to leave your old fashion sense behind. You got through the 2010s in the same baggy jeans, hoodie, and canvas sneakers, but now it’s time to step it up with some next-level wardrobe essentials. Step into the new decade looking fresh, fly, and fashionable. Whether you’re trying to snag that promotion at work, impress the ladies at the club, or just feel a bit more like your best self, a slick set of wardrobe basics can boost your chances. Read on to find out what must-have items you need to boost your fashion game in 2020.
Bomb bomber jacket
It’s no secret that bomber jackets are all the rage. It’s easy to see why: they are slick, stylish, can easily be dressed up for a night out or dressed down for game day, and they’re super comfy. Dudes just look good in bomber jackets, and if you’re hoping to quickly boost your overall look, this is an easy way to do it. Thrown on over a regular outfit, a sweet bomber jacket can elevate it to an on-trend masterpiece. Plus, with bombers, you have a few great options:
Sherpa-lined for unmatched warmth and coziness
Packed with zippers for a utility-forward look
Options for a pop of color to stand out in a crowd
Plain and simple jackets for a minimalist fit that is clean and understated
Once you’re suited up and ready to fly in your bomber, you’ll want to think about accessories.
A man’s watch
Leave those boys’ watches behind you in the 2010s where they belong. A man needs a watch fit for a man, so treat yourself to a watch that will earn some respect. Cool watches have long been considered a symbol of status. When you roll up on that critical client meeting your promotion depends on, you want to be wearing an elegant watch.
Plus, they’re killer on dates: you reach across the table to hold your date’s hand and your sleeve moves up to show off your watch. This projects that you have the purchasing power to spend money on a nice watch, and it also shows that you’re responsible and care what time it is. Your date will swoon when they see your timepiece – it’s just a fact of nature. You know how important having the star on the top of a Christmas tree is? Watches are pretty much that for your outfit.
Can there be any fabric more versatile, pairable, and just downright cool than denim? Of course, not all denim is equal. Those jeans you picked up at the bargain mart have been good for sitting on the couch and playing video games, but if you’re trying to step up your wardrobe game, you’ll need to seek out the jeans to match that style. Here are some quick hacks for finding the right pair:
Go for a slim or slim-straight fit – skinnies are for teens, and you don’t want to be wearing baggy uncle jeans
Get a dark indigo wash: they look awesome brand-new, and as they wear-in, the dye will naturally age to look amazing without being shabby
Be sure they fall comfortably at your ankle, and don’t look too high-water or leave you with stacks on stacks of rumpled denim around your ankles
A pair of jeans will get you where you need to go, but not without its beloved companion.
Flannel, Oxford cotton, denim, chambray – these are just a few of the myriad materials the classic men’s button-up comes in. They look great, they feel great, and they make you look like a serious adult. Be sure that you find at least 5 to keep your wardrobe flexible. Some quick notes on sizing? Be sure the bottom of the shirt doesn’t fall past the bottom of your zipper, or above the top of it, and ensure the shoulders lay flat without bumping up.
You can’t have a cool outfit without a cool pair of shoes. Don’t ask us why; we don’t make the rules. If you are still wearing some frumpy dad-ready beat up trainers, it’s time to move up in the world. What are some good staples?
Oxford shoes for nicer occasions
Some street-wear inspired kicks for chilling on the weekends
White canvas shoes as a staple