Investing in great clothing doesn’t just mean parting with some extra cash to get top quality stuff. Although you will never regret buying anything that looks awesome, makes you feel great and lasts a long time, investing in core pieces is really more about starting and nurturing a relationship with your clothes that will last for years, decades even. Think Cheers, but for your closet.
The best investment pieces are there for you season after season and can be styled up or down, for business or pleasure. To get you into the sartorial zone of the season, we’ve highlighted some key pieces for spring that are as versatile as they are stylish.
A LUXE LOAFER
Not only are they made from the caviar of leather (cordovan is one of the most coveted leathers in the entire world), handmade shell cordovan loafers perfectly split the difference between a high-end sneaker and a dressy lace-up. No other shoe can class up a casual look (faded jeans, cozy T-shirts) or dress down a more polished one (khaki suit, white shirt) than these bad boys. Have them polished once a quarter and re-soled once a year and you will be set for life.
A GROWN UP BOMBER
If you’ve been around any stylish dudes lately, you’ve probably noticed that bomber jackets are definitely a thing. For a grown up twist on this military-inspired classic, we recommend copping one in a luxe fabric like this snuff suede version from Epaulet. Not only will its texture and patina improve with age as you break it in, wearing a bomber in suede will make you look and feel like Robert Redford in his high flying prime.
A SLICK RAIN SLICKER
When it comes to protecting yourself from April showers, it’s best to go with a brand that’s been in the game for a long time, like Patagonia. We dig their “Alpine Houdini Jacket”, which blends critical features like breathable waterproof nylon and eco-friendly fibers with, you guessed it, the ability to “disappear” and stuff itself into a little neat pouch. And, unlike a lot of rain gear that’s technically sound but sartorially snoozy, this season’s models come in a range of cool retro-inspired color blocked styles.
A PROFRESSIONAL TRAVEL JACKET
A great travel jacket needs to offer a few key features. One, it has to have a ton of pockets for your various passports,tickets and boarding passes. Additionally, it’s gotta work in both an indoor and outdoor context, in that sweet spot between a blazer and a coat. Perhaps most important to our conversation, it’s gotta look sharp. This 60/30 jacket from technical kings Outlier ticks off all those boxes and then some. It’s gotta a little stretch, a lot of structure and comes in business-appropriate grey or navy.
A SWAGGY LINEN BLAZER
Nothing blends a Bond-like level of suaveness with cool insouciance like a linen blazer. Pair one with matching pants and you’ve got a deal closing suit perfect for summertime meetings. On the more casual tip, you can wear it as a separate with jeans and some crisp sneakers and look like a modern day Fellini hero. We love this super textured version from Italian menswear god Brunello Cucinelli, which has a nice rakish touch thanks to its peak lapels and impeccable silhouette. Wear yours a little loose to really get into the breezy spring/summer vibe.