Burgundy Utility Shirt Outfit

Men’s Outfit Guide

The fundamentals of great casual outfits

The Essential Guide to Matching Men's Clothes

If you can build a strong foundation, of basic attire, building your wardrobe becomes easier. From the basics, you can add in novelty or simply stick to the classics. Nailing the basics is easy, allow us to help guide you. This is a basic outfit guide for the modern man, it does not include suits and stiff business dressing. Once you have decided on your favorite shirt and pant styles (or fits) it is just a matter of putting the outfits together. Below is a simple guide to pairing the pieces.

Solid Same Color

A great under-used style option. This combo elongates the body making you appear taller and thinner by not cutting the body in half visually. Because it is a clean look, it is a great way to highlight favorite accessories like shoes or a great belt.

STYLE TIP – Stick with blues and neutrals while building your wardrobe foundation. You will have more outfitting options and the versatility will make you more confident when the time comes to add in color and pattern.

Same Color Dressing Navy Collarless Shirt
Navy Solid Same Color Outfit Collarless Shirt
Blue Solid Same Color Outfit Collarless Shirt
Grey Solid Same Color Outfit Collarless Shirt

Tone-on-tone

Tone-on-tone outfits are a great version of solid color outfits. The slight amount of difference in the color between a top and bottom can make a huge difference in the feeling of the outfit. Navy pants with a light blue shirt is a classic example of a tone-on-tone outfit. The options are endless, but shades of grey make for a very modern look.

STYLE TIP – Make sure the hue matches, for example all colors can have a warm or cool flare. If you wear blue make sure both blues are warm or both blues are cool (a cool blue will have a green or yellow cast and a warm blue will have a red, orange, pink or purple cast).

Tone-on-tone Dressing Blue Oxford Casual Shirt
Grey Tone-on-tone Outfit Casual Shirt
Navy Tone-on-tone Outfit Casual Shirt
Blue Tone-on-tone Outfit Casual Shirt

Neutral Bottom, Color Top

The easiest way to add color into your style. And by “color” we advise blue, olive, and burgundy. No neons or other colors you may be questioning.

STYLE TIP – Wear dark colors for a serious style – Deep jewel tones are great all year for men. Kings wore robes dyed in dark rich colors because they were rare and projected a sense of prestige. Today rich colors are not as rare but they still create the same sense of prestige.

Neutral Bottom Color Top Green Utility Shirt Outfit
Neutral Bottom Color Top Green Utility Shirt Outfit
Neutral Bottom Color Top Blue Utility Shirt Outfit
Neutral Bottom Color Top Burgundy Utility Shirt Outfit

Color Bottom, Neutral Top

The opposite of above, best done with jeans or classic colors. Olive green pants make a great option for this outfit, olive can be treated as a neutral.

STYLE TIP – Keep color grounded back to neutrals. This means wearing color on the top (shirt) and bottom (pants) can look busy or simply messy and uncoordinated if not done properly. It is best to match color tops to neutral bottoms, or color bottoms to neutral tops.

Color Bottom White Utility Shirt Outfit
Light Jeans Bottom Neutral Top Utility Shirt Outfit
Burgundy Jeans Bottom Neutral Top Utility Shirt Outfit
Army Green Bottom Neutral Top Utility Shirt Outfit

Neutral Top, Neutral Bottom

Often under-used, an example includes light chinos with a dark khaki top. Shades of grey can be a modern look that provokes a strong sense of style.

STYLE TIP – Dark wash and regular wash denim can be used as a neutral for most occasions – modern men have accepted denim into their daily routine. The more often we can naturally fit items into our lives, the more classic it becomes.

Neutrals Outfit Light Grey Utility Shirt
Neutral Top Neutral Bottom Light Grey Utility Shirt Outfit
Neutral Top Neutral Bottom Grey Utility Shirt Outfit
Neutral Top Neutral Bottom Black Utility Shirt Outfit

Back to White

Similar to neutral combos, white is so versatile and classic it deserves its own category. This should be a staple look in every guys wardrobe. Be careful of white with black bottoms as the service industry has adopted this as their uniform. That is not to say you can not pull it off for more formal occasions or with a very casual look (e.g. white t-shirt or henley with black chinos).

STYLE TIP – Wear light colors for a happier, lighter attitude. The power of the solid white shirt may never truly be understood. Paired back to light color chinos or denim, a white shirt is one of the best-positive-attitude outfits the modern man can create.

White Outfit with White Oxford Button Down Shirt
White Casual Button Down Shirt Outfit with Jeans
White Casual Button Down Shirt Outfit with Jeans
White Casual Button Down Shirt Outfit with Jeans

Back to Black

Black goes with everything – or so they say. Often under-used is the black on top outfit. This is a must for every man, skin, and body type, you really can’t go wrong.

STYLE TIP – Pair black back to lighter color pants to not have as formal of a look.

Black Outfit with Black Utility Shirt
Black Utility Shirt Outfit with Grey Jeans
Black Utility Shirt Outfit with Blue Jeans
Black Utility Shirt Outfit with Khakis

Pattern on Top

This is a primer for the next level of dressing, which adds in the novelty and interest. Often your accessories, like, watches and belts, will do this task. When you need to step it up a notch pattern is a simple solution. Remember to start with the classics and then branch out. A simple dot is a great choice for this.

STYLE TIP – Stay away from plaid. This is a hard concept for most guys to grasp. Plaid is a trend and it is on a down cycle, overused and on it’s way out. It is better to invest your money in prints or patterns; which have more options to create your own style and do not look dated. (you will thank us in a few years when your old plaid shirt is sitting with your cargo pockets at the donation store)

Pattern On Top Outfit Navy Pindot Shirt
Pattern Button Down Shirt Outfit with Dark Jeans
Pattern Button Down Shirt Outfit with White Jeans
Pattern Button Down Shirt Outfit with Khakis