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Darren Kennedy: Men's style essentials

36 things every man should own by the age of 36

Published 17/04/2016 | 02:30

Darren Kennedy has assembled a must-have list of fashion items for men.
Darren Kennedy has assembled a must-have list of fashion items for men.
Burberry Trench
Aesop Cleanser
Clark's Desert Boots
Wear-with- anything scarf - Cos Stores.

Men hit their 'style peak' at the ripe old age of 36, according to a new report. Here, I've selected everything the 36-year-old bloke should have at his disposal.

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1 Jeans I'm stating the obvious here - every man needs a good pair of jeans. Say no to bootcut and flares, and wave goodbye to spray-on skinny.

2 The perfect white shirt Whether you're wearing it under a three-piece suit or rolling the sleeves up and pairing it with jeans, the classic white shirt will be your best friend.

3 A good shoe Your footwear choice can make or break an outfit, so it's wise to spend some time and money sourcing the ideal option.

4 A trench coat Donning a trench is the easiest way to inject some serious old-school style into any outfit - it's an ageless classic. Take inspiration from Burberry.


5 A grey suit Personally, I think a grey suit is the most versatile thing a man can have in his wardrobe. It looks really good when worn as separates as well.

6 A double-breasted blazer One of these should take pride of place in any man's wardrobe.

7 The desert boot When it comes to the desert boot, no one does it better than the brand credited with skyrocketing its popularity - Clark's. Their black suede shoe is a wardrobe must-have.


8 A raincoat This is an unquestionable, definite must-have. But that doesn't mean you have to break out a mac-in-a-pac when it's bucketing down. Try Swedish label Stutterheim.

9 A weekend bag There's no point having a tightly edited wardrobe if you're going to throw your carefully-selected garments into any old hold-all.

10 White runners Box-fresh white trainers are the perfect way to deconstruct a formal outfit. Try classic Adidas Stan Smiths.

11 A card-holder Nothing ruins the line of a suit more than a bulging wallet. Keep your cards in check with a slim leather card-holder.

12 The peacoat The power of the peacoat is not to be underestimated. Whether you're seven or 70, this is a style that doesn't date. Opt for navy and wear with an all-black ensemble for a high-fashion, low-maintenance look.

13 The white tee This one goes without saying, but I'm saying it anyway: a white T-shirt can form the base for a whole plethora of sartorial choices. Think slim-fit, but not Geordie Shore-style tight!

14 Sunglasses A style statement that hides a multitude. If you've an early morning after a late night, a killer pair of shades are essential to cover those puffy eyes.

15 A chambray shirt The chambray shirt has long been a wardrobe staple for both men and women. See the updated versions from J. Crew, which give a modern twist with double pocket detail and contrasting white stitching.

16 Decent sandals Flip flops should only ever be worn at the beach or by a pool, so think about going to a brand such as Birkenstock who have enjoyed a major resurgence in popularity in recent years.

17 Swimming shorts As with everything you wear, fit is crucial, so think about getting a pair with waist adjusters or side fasteners.

18 A denim jacket Without doubt an essential wardrobe item but doubling up your denim can be tricky. If in doubt, style your denim jacket with black jeans or chinos.

19 A wear-with- anything scarf A classic style like this wool-blend number from COS (below) is a failsafe - it's functional and not overly fussy - and it's big enough to layer around yourself several times!


20 The watch When it comes to timepieces, my viewpoint is to keep it as streamlined and uncomplicated as possible. Long gone are the days of the big, brash diamond-encrusted face made famous by over-paid footballers.

21 A bomber jacket The perfect transitional wardrobe staple - light enough for the oncoming spring months and always great for layering.

22 Breton stripes Make like a Parisian in a timeless Breton stripe top. Consider wearing them a little loose on the body.

23 A backpack No longer the preserve of the student, the backpack is back with a bang. David Beckham is regularly pictured wearing one, so it's perfectly acceptable to carry them into your 30s and 40s!

24 Chelsea boots No self-respecting man should ever be without a pair of go-to black Chelsea boots.

25 A slim black belt Investing in a simple black belt will pay off tenfold.

26 A plain sweatshirt This is always a handy item to have in your wardrobe when you have to rush out the door at a minute's notice. You can always jazz it up by throwing a denim shirt underneath.

27 A go-to sweater When a casual sweatshirt just won't do, having a back-up option is a good idea and this is where the classic crew-neck sweater comes in. Opt for a neutral colour such as navy, grey and black which go with any outfit.

28 A casual blazer Alongside your suit, there should be a casual blazer of some sort. When the dress-code is smart-casual, it can always be a tricky one to navigate, but if you have a more relaxed blazer, it's the perfect way to create a deconstructed formal look.

29 A grandfather collar shirt This style of shirt may have been around for years, but it has recently enjoyed a major resurgence in popularity. And with good reason! Head to Dries Van Noten for their sharp take on the collarless style.

30 The Overcoat Choose carefully and you'll have a solid wardrobe investment here.

31 Cufflinks A good pair of cufflinks give your formalwear that extra lift. My advice is to keep them minimalist and unfussy.

32 A wash bag Don't let yourself down with a grubby old wash bag. Choose one that opens out to reveal a host of hidden pockets to separately store all of your grooming supplies.

33 A good razor There's some equation to be made between investing in a good razor and reaching maturity.

34 Kiehl's Facial Fuel  I swear by this stuff and the great thing about this moisturiser is that it is caffeine and vitamin-enriched in a non-oily formula, so it simultaneously invigorates the skin whilst preventing shine.

35 Lioele BB cream If the whole 'male makeup' thing is a little bit frightening for you, then let me introduce you to the wonders of this blemish balm. Developed for male skin, it'll soon become the most important item in your wash bag. A little goes a long way to cover dark circles, even out skintone and conceal blemishes.

36 Aesop cleanser Australian brand Aesop have come up trumps with this cleanser, which works as a foaming gel - perfect for sensitive skin.


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