With these in your closet,
you’ll never come up short

by Jacob Sigala
Is there an absolute way of
having everything you need, for every occasion, in your closet? Maybe not
everything, but it is definitely possible to have a well-equipped wardrobe. A
basic wardrobe is capable of getting you through most days, in and out of work
and through the weekend. We’re not claiming to guide you through the end-all
be-all of wardrobes. However, with these items in your arsenal, you won’t be
left wondering what to wear tomorrow. Not to mention that it will give you a
great place to start from to build your personal style.



You’ll need enough shirts to
get through the work week at least once through. The solid shirts will work
well with basically any tie/jacket combination that you can throw at it, while
the patterned shirts allow for some character.

  • 2 White Shirts
  • 1 Pink Shirt
  • 1 Light Blue Shirt
  • 2 Checkered Shirts

We doubt that, unless you’re
Barney Stinson, you’ll be wearing dress shirts 7 days a week. Oxfords are a
great go-to for any not-so-business occasions. And, for more casual days you
could always do with some henleys or a t-shirt.

  • 3 Oxford Shirts
  • 2 Henleys
  • 4 T-Shirts
Sport Coat

The easiest way to make
practically any outfit look that much better? A sport coat. They have the
ability to bring your outfits together like no other. Throw one over your
favorite outfit to instantly class it up.

  • Navy Sport Coat
  • Charcoal/Grey Sport Coat

When the weather cools down
(or if you just love to layer) jackets and sweaters are a must for your closet.
A light pull-over sweater or cardigan will complete any fall/winter outfit (and
keep you warm, too). A jacket will do the same plus give you the added benefits
of protection from the elements.

  • Peacoat
  • Bomber Jacket
  • A cardigan
  • 1 V-Neck and 1 Crewneck
  • Hoodie
  • Bottoms

You can’t not wear pants.
Well, you can, but that wouldn’t be very gentleman-like. A good collection of
pants will be a solid foundation for the rest of your wardrobe and for any occasion,
be it casual, business, or in-between.

  • Blue Slacks
  • Charcoal Slacks
  • Chinos – khaki, olive green,
    and dark khaki
  • Jeans – dark and light wash

Sometimes, the weather is just
so unbearable that pants are a bad idea. Fine. We get it. For those very
occasions, there’s shorts. We believe the ideal length is about an inch above
the knee, and a few different colors and fabrics will give you a range of
options to explore.

  • Chambray Shorts
  • Linen Shorts
  • Chino Shorts

Your shoes say a lot about
you. They are among one of the first things people notice about you. Though you
could probably get away with having one pair of dress shoes and one casual
pair, it’s more efficient to have a few to cycle through. On top of having more
outfit options, cycling through shoes will extend their life.

  • Oxfords
  • Chukkas
  • Lace-up Dress boots
  • Trainers

Building a suit wardrobe is a whole
other story. However, it is important to mention that having one suit that can
work in any occasion will be very beneficial to you. A charcoal or gray suit
will do just that. Consider investing in a tailored one, rather than something
off the rack. If you do choose to go off the rack, make sure to tailor it, as
fit is king when it comes to suits.
Everything Else


You can never have enough
ties, but you have to start somewhere. We like to think that any occasion is a
tie occasion. Much like our friend from the Sharper Me has proven, you can even
rock one at the beach.

  • Black Textured Tie
  • Seersucker Tie
  • Wool Plaid Tie
  • Checkered Tie
  • Polka Dot Tie

Socks are often underrated.
They hide under your pant legs and are usually only really exposed when you sit
down. This doesn’t mean you should forget about them! Socks are subtle way to
add understated flare to your outfit. Consider a shorter pant break or cuffs to
show those puppies off!

  • Solid Colored Socks
  • Argyle Socks
  • Polka Dot Socks
  • No-Show Socks
  • Stripe Socks
  • Athletic Socks

Belts aren’t always necessary.
The lack of one implies that you are sporting perfectly tailored pants.
However, when you do need one, a belt can provide a nice break between your
shirt and pants, not to mention that it can complement your shoes.

  • Brown Leather Belt
  • Black Leather Belt
  • Casual Woven Belt
We know that building a proper
wardrobe can be an expensive process. Because of that, we recommend slowly
developing it. Start off with the items mentioned above. As you experiment with
the different combinations of each (of which there are plenty!), you can start
to develop a more extended wardrobe; one with a more personal style, that
is.  Before you know it, you’ll become
the example of sartorial excellence that you were striving for!
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.