Each weekend I try to explore a different area of this big city I'm calling home for the time being. This week I headed out with some friends and shot around the Brooklyn Bridge area.
I've started to simplify my wardrobe over the last few months, and returning to the basics. I made the common mistake when first building my wardrobe of buying a lot of accent pieces, but neglected the everyday basics that make up a solid closet. Over Christmas I bought three colors of this Banana Republic sweater. The fit is perfect, and it is easy to layer with a suit, or just wear with jeans.
Pairing the sweater with a classic gingham shirt from Brooks Brothers Red Fleece collection adds a pop of subtle color/pattern without overpowering the rest of the outfit. The chinos (also from Brooks Brothers Red Fleece collection) are staple in my wardrobe and something I have gotten a lot of diversity out of. The slim, but not skinny fit works well with a casual outfit like this, or a blazer on date night.
To finish off the look I threw in a navy wool overcoat by Banana Republic, and a pair of sheepskin penny loafers by Johnston and Murphy. Both pieces are incredibly versatile, and I have gotten a lot of mileage out of them over the past few months.
Overall this is a really great look, and something you could wear most days of the week. Truth be told, I've discovered as a guy I dress better when I have fewer options, that fit great and mix and match easily. Most of my wardrobe consists of navy, and grey simply because they go so well together. Figuring out what colors work best on you makes the process of creating a wardrobe much easier.