Hope you enjoyed our discussion on polo last week. We’re still on shirts, and it’s T-shirts,sweaters, cardigans today.
There’s nothing sexier than a clean, nicely broken-in, cuddly white cotton crewneck T-shirt worn with jeans, a charismatic belt, and some loafers. If you buy some well-fitted, high quality T-shirts to wear alone or layer under other things; maybe three in white, three in black, and three in gray.
You know we agreed it doesn’t matter where you bought your shirts from or who designed them, once they are quality and well-fitting. Gap is fine though, Old Navy is fine. But it’s more important for you to ensure the shirt is hefty, a nice cotton with a well-constructed ribbed collar. Please note that the T-shirts here are different from underwear T-shirts sheer enough to show your nipples. Remember we addressed that some weeks back.
I’ve seen some good novelty shirts around; you may want to spice up your wardrobe with few of those. But be careful when a novelty shirt becomes like the viral ‘Ama Kip Kip’, remember? When everyone on the street wears the same vintage shirt, it’s no longer hip.
Can we say something about sweaters, please? Forget the heat, forget our weather, sweaters are an important part of any man’s wardrobe. A fine-gauge sweater is a great way to look dressed up without wearing a woven shirt or a sport coat. It’s perfect for dates.
Every man should have a few crewneck sweaters. The crewneck is versatile because it can look fantastic with a T-shirt or a dress shirt underneath.
You should also have one or two V-neck sweaters. They are essentially worn with a woven shirt with a collar. A T-shirt under a V-neck is a NO!
You’re feeling a little lively? Throw on a cardigan or a zip-up sweater. One important thing here is the fit. Your cardigan must be well-fitting. Someone once said, “An ill-fitting cardigan is the first step to homelessness”.
How can I forget the turtleneck? Every man should own at least one black turtleneck. They are slim, chic, and most of all versatile.
Before I go, and before you crucify me, let me say that when picking out sweaters, you should consider the climate in which you live and how much use you are going to get out of it. So, for my folks in Nigeria, you may not stuff up your wardrobe with sweater you won’t be having much use for; just get a few nice ones, and they’d serve you for years; good thing is they’ve been around for a while, and they don’t seem to be going away anytime soon.
Catch you next week!