Do you care about looking hip? If you’re trying to look cool but don’t want to spend too much money it’s best to stick to stuff that never goes out of style. I’m certainly not a design expert but I can tell you a few items that are always cool no matter what decade you are currently living in.
1. Beards. Grow a super manly mountain man beard and you’ll save lots of money on overpriced razors. Goatees, mustaches, and sideburns have all had their phases. Sometimes they are interesting and fun (it’s the mustaches turn right now) but beards on the other hand – always cool. So save your time and energy. Let those facial follicles loose. Your face will thank you for it. By the way, if you’ve gone to the about page on my site and seen my cleanly shaven face, it’s not that I don’t want to grow a beard. I’m just at a facial hair disadvantage.
2. Converse All Stars – AKA Chuck Taylors. First produced in 1917, Converse All Stars have been the classic American shoe for almost 100 years now. You can pair them with jeans, khakis, shorts, or even a suit. They always look good. If someone tries to convince you otherwise don’t believe them. I actually wore chucks with suit at my wedding. True story.
3. The Western Shirt. One of the great mainstays of fashion. Two pockets interestingly cut out and awesome pearl snaps to boot. This shirt provides a little sizzle to your wardrobe and provides some extra storage space too. The western shirt is a much better option than the cargo short in that regard. If you don’t need the extra pizazz or storage space then opting for a general plaid is always a solid bet. There’s flannel, regular cotton plaid, gingham, and more. What a gloriously diverse fabric. Plaid will never die!
4. Straight Leg Jeans. The skinny, boot cut, and bell bottoms will all have their day. Stick with classic straight leg denim and you’ll be fine. What’s more American than denim? Ok, you got me, apple pie.
5. Wayfarer style sunglasses. I know they seem to be all the rage now. But trust me, they are a classic style move. Ray Ban invented them in the 50’s and they’ve made it through thick and thin. To save money though don’t buy the name brand.
6. White dress shirts. This one’s for you dressier types. Colors will come and go. Remember when salmon was in back in ’04? I sure do. But the white dress shirt remains a staple. Just make sure it fits well. A baggy one can make you look sloppy as opposed to put together.
Adding things that will never go out of style to your fashion routine will save you from the wasted time, effort, and money that it costs you to keep up with the latest fashion trends. You can still go pick up a pair of skinny jeans if you want, but these staples will help you balance out that wardrobe.
Are there any classic wardrobe staples I’ve missed? Who’s heading out this weekend to pick up an 8 pack of off brand white t shirts?