He’s My Mister: Updating Your Closet for a Stylish 2017

Posted on January 20, 2017, 9:00 am
5 mins


Everyone needs a closet refresh come January, right guys? Out with the old—especially the unworn and ill-fitting—and in with the new. Whether you need to revamp your denim selection or say goodbye to a few dated shirts, a fresh perspective in one’s closet makes dressing well much easier.

Once you’ve figured out what to toss or donate, it’s time to add something new. It is amazing how far a few classic and trendy pieces can go in updating your closet. Here are three distinct looks for inspiration to start 2017 in style.


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Traveling Man

Bonobos updates the wool trouser with relaxed looks and a slightly cropped hem. Wearing them with a pair of rag & bone black Spencer Chukka Boots keeps the look casual but pulled together. We noted more than a few denim shirts mixed and matched with different styles of trousers during Men’s Fashion Week. It is the quintessential masculine shirt that is a bit of a chameleon. Wearing a darker denim, like this Michael Kors version, gives a bit of an edge, while a lighter wash is more casual. Either way, wear it over a a crisp white t-shirt.

Also spotted on the streets: a lot of long trenches and topcoats. This Zara light grey wool coat looks cool with a knotted red “pop of color” scarf. A well made, classic laptop bag is always a good investment. This Prada Man black nylon and leather version is the perfect combination of strength and style.



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Weekend Warrior

Just because it’s the weekend doesn’t mean you should drop the ball on your style game. A night out with friends to watch a game or doing dinner is still a great opportunity to look cool while being comfortable.

My husband bought a pair of denim from the Brooklyn Denim Company when we were in NYC this past year and they rock. With old school vibes and modern styles, this company has a killer selection, no matter what your preference in denim. And let’s bring back the vest with denim, shall we? Combine this ASOS “skinny waistcoat” over a stretch oxford cloth shirt and you have one well dressed man. Dress it down a bit with a Gents Co. cashmere blend baseball cap. Also wearing uber cool kicks with this look is a no brainer, like a pair of Nike Lunar Force 1 Flyknit Workboot Sneakers.

As with the aforementioned laptop bag, an amazing coat is always a good investment. It doesn’t get any better than this Acne Studios Charles Coat. Wear it with a striped wool scarf for a little something extra.


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Modern Man

Classic must never mean boring. Some of the best new pieces out there often are a slight modification of something we all know and love. That is why when you find things like a new take on the classic Italian shoe, like these Santoni Tassel Loafers, you have to pounce. These are a loafter/sneaker combo that work well to dress up or dress down anything, including a pair of Officine Generale Slim-Fit Cotton Twill Trousers. Add a Man Jil Sanders polka dot shirt underneath a 70s-inspired suede jacket by Officine Generale. This cool coat is treated with a water-repellent coating so the outer shell won’t be bothered by a light rain. In other words, the perfect Seattle jacket. The Uri Minkoff Paul Backpack will keep you together in style. And of course, a vintage pocket watch is the least boring classic there is.

What are my favorite style rules for the well dressed man? Well made coats, well cared for shoes, and accessories that can stand the test of time. Updating your closet with a few well chosen, trendy pieces will give your investment pieces a long and happy life, for many new years to come.

Featured image courtesy of GQ

Lisa Cole is the fashion and style writer for Vanguard Seattle, and her work includes covering fashion news and events, runway shows and boutiques. She has her own fashion and lifestyle blog, www.westfultonstreet.com, and is a member of Independent Fashion Bloggers and Fashion Group International.