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January 2011

Men: 3 Easy Updates for Your New Year Wardrobe

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The start of a new year marks the perfect time to update your wardrobe. Before you get upset about spending a lot, remember that to update your look, you don’t need to buy a new wardrobe. Every item in your closet doesn’t need to be replaced; in fact, quite the opposite. Take stock of your closet: What items of clothing do you wear the most? What pants and shirts do you have on heavy rotation? Use this as your base for buying a few new pieces that will completely update your look. I’ve selected three items of clothing that will instantly update your look for less than one hundred dollars each, and these pieces will also carry you straight from winter into spring.


  1. End-on-end point collar dress shirt ($65, J.Crew): We’ve talked before about the importance of a crisp, white shirt, and today let’s consider the validity of a blue dress shirt. Generally speaking, this classic blue hue looks great on most complexions. Crisp and smooth (done in J.Crew’s extra-fine 120s cotton knit), this J.Crew point collar dress shirt is a shirt that you can wear day to night to weekend. Paired with anything from dress slacks to jeans, this shirt will update your wardrobe in a snap.
  2. Vintage straight cotton chinos ($59.50, Banana Republic): Before you let the slim styling scare you off, consider the fact that these chinos are as comfortable as they are fashionable. The dark granite colour will wear well for the rest of the winter, and into the spring and summer months. You can wear these khakis casual or work smart, whether your pair them with a sweater or sport coat.
  3. Cotton-cashmere v-neck sweater ($59.50, J.Crew): Nothing brightens up current clothing in your closet like a burst of colour. The vivid green of this J.Crew cotton-cashmere sweater will wear well with both items above, and also with other wardrobe essentials (wool pants, jeans, a white shirt, a basic t-shirt). Because of the cotton-cashmere blend, you’ll be safe styling this sweater into spring.


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