Style Tip : Getting To Know YOUR Style Basics

Being in the menswear blogosphere, I’ve read and created many features where I talk about, “You Gotta Know The Style Basics”. Knowing “THE” basics can often put the average guy in a limiting box of someone else’s ideas. By no means am I telling you to stop reading Men’s Style Pro (thanks for all the reader support), but, I’m telling you to start thinking about what “YOUR” basics are. 

Sabir in Hugh & Crye Sal OCBD

 The Sal Button Down Shirt – Hugh & Crye | Grey Cotton Double Breasted Jacket – Sottono (shop similar here) | Photographer White Pants – Express | Red & Blue Cotton Loafers – Rivieras| White Pocket Square with Blue Edge – The Tie Bar | Gold-Tone WatchPeugeotRibbon Belt – Frank & Oak (similar here) | 502 Gray Fade – TVR Optus 


After visiting Italy last year for the menswear tradeshow, Pitti Uomo, I took many style notes from my Italian friends as we all peacocked around the #PittiWall. One thing that most of these style juggernauts all preached to me was to get to know what you are most comfortable in and what’s your uniform. Since I’m often fully suited, but, have more of an active lifestyle, I tend to lean toward a tailored casual style. As I honed in on that specific side of my style, it was apparent that a few things are “my” basics (which may not be the same for all guys). Below is a break down of my basics;

  • The Button Down Collar Shirt: The shirt featured in this post is called “The Sal” by Hugh & CryeThe button down shirt has become my staple because of its practicality. Bridging workwear & casual wear, the button down shirt has gotten me out of few jams (waking up late in the morning for work). 
  • White Pants : If you’ve been following the site for some time, you’ll see that I wear white pants a lot. For the average guy white pants are a no. For me, white pants are an essential piece of my wardrobe because I wear them all year. During the Spring, Summer & Fall I’m either wearing chinos or a cotton twill (like the ones featured here from Express) and switch to white denim in the late-fall and winter months. There’s a simplicity to wearing white pants that suits my personality and lends itself to my tailored and sporty sides. 
  • The Loafer: To be honest, I’m pretty sure that I own more shoes without laces than with. Ranging from structured Italian leather to these cotton kicks by Riverias, loafers have become one of my staples because they have an inherent casualness but the respect of lace up.
  • Double Breasted Blazers: I fell into the Double Breasted Blazer illuminati trap and I’m happy that I did. DB’s give off a level of confidence that I find intriguing and suitable to my personality. I’ll rock them as a straight piece of outerwear, layered with a puffer vest or as a suit separate. 
  • Sunglasses: Yeah, I wear them all the time. Mostly for sun protection, but, partially for style purpose, sunglasses have always been a part that “extra 10% percent”. During a recent photo shoot, I was fortunate enough to be gifted a pair of  TVR Optus sunglasses by the brands creative director Chun-Kai Shih (aka Chunky). 

This is just a small glimpse into my style basics. No matter what your basics might be,take some time out to have your pieces properly tailored to fit your body. Once you’ve locked down the proper fit your basics won’t look so basic. 

Below i’ve added a SHOP THIS LOOK Section with pieces from the feature and similar items, so be sure to check it out.

Sabir in Hugh & Crye Sal OCBD

Sabir in Hugh & Crye Sal OCBD

Sabir in Hugh & Crye Sal OCBD

Sabir in Hugh & Crye Sal OCBD

Rivieras Blue & Red Cotton Loafer

 SHOP THE LOOK (Similar & Actual Items From The Post)

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Photo Credit: Marina T. Peele @Cantwinklefty

Best,

Sabir

 

Sabir M Peele

Founder & Creative Director

Founder & Creative Director of Men's Style Pro, Sabir has a deep passion for menswear and all things manly. Selected as one of the "5 Best Dressed Men In America" by Esquire Magazine in 2010 & as #GQFall 2013 Best Dressed Man. As of 2014, Sabir serves as a freelance brand ambassador & executive stylist for GQ Magazine & GQ Report. Outside of that partnership, Sabir serves as an independent brand consultant as well. Reach me directly at SABIR@MENSSTYLEPRO.COM

  • Ryan N

    That blazer is just nails, man. You’re right – it fits “you” perfectly. Nice writeup.

    • Sabir M. Peele

      Hi Ryan,

      Thanks for dropping in!

      The blazer was a lucky find for about $40 off the rack too!

      Best,

      Sabir

      • Ryan N

        What! That’s incredible, great find.

  • uzo opurum

    I’m looking for a nice pair of white slim jeans for an athletic build. Suggestions?

    • Sabir M. Peele

      Hi Uzo,

      Check Levi’s 508’s, J.Crew and Tommy Hilfiger. You’ll want some regular fit with a taper.

      – Sabir

  • The most impressive thing about this post is how much personal wardrobe wisdom you got across referencing one outfit only. Looking forward to future posts in same vein. I could see you getting into personal favorites in terms of fabrics, colors and textures in more detail.

    For instance, I just realized that I personally almost never wear any of my plain silk ties as I’m always gravitating towards either one of the few chunky knits or fuzzy wools in the current collection. New personal style rule = buy only ties with texture from now on, which also allows one to focus in on fewer items of greater quality that you really will love and wear more often.

    Lastly, Finally bought some white 514’s thanks in part to your continued examples. Keep it up…

    • Sabir M. Peele

      Hey Chad,

      Thanks for dropping in and for the continued support! When I came up with the theme for this feature, I realized that I never put together a feature of this nature.

      It’s funny that you mention the silk tie issue. I really don’t wear flat silk ties, even thought I have them. Primarily, I’m rocking knit ties, textured wool, cotton and raw silk.

      I’m all about my levi’s. When the 521’s went of the racks I was stressed, but, the 508s were the great replacement. I’ll hopefully keep producing the solid work.

      Best,

      Sabir

      • The 514’s needed a decent amount of tapering, but the result is solid. I’ve got the athletic build issue as well. Conrad Wu raw silk is the next tie up on my list…

  • Dominic

    Great feature. Love the look Sabir

    • Sabir M. Peele

      Hey Dominic,

      Thanks for the kind words and for dropping in!

      Best,

      Sabir

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