A man’s wardrobe is a very personal space. It holds all the accessories he needs to express himself, whether it be a favourite Star Wars t-shirt or that Armani suit kept for special occasions. There are, however, a few basics that make up the foundation of every successful wardrobe. We guarantee you can never go wrong with these 10 must-haves.

1. A White Button-Down

You can never go wrong with a white button-down shirt. Wear it under a suit or leave it untucked over chinos, it will be the most versatile piece of clothing in your wardrobe. Make sure to buy one that fits well and that’s cut from good quality cloth.

2. Slim-Fit Chinos

A good alternative when you want to be casual but still look sharp, chinos are great for the summer, can be paired with shirts, t-shirts, or polo shirts, and are extremely comfortable. Get a pair in beige or navy, and you’ll be set with endless options.

3. A Charcoal Single Breasted Suit

A suit is a must-have for every wardrobe. There will always come an occasion when you must dress your best, and a charcoal single breasted suit can be worn for official events, and with a few tweaks can work for that inevitable wedding as well.

4. Black Lace-Ups

No formal wear is complete without a good pair of shoes. A pair of chic black lace-ups will work with a suit or a tux, and will add that touch of elegance to your ensemble.

5. A Tie

Justin Timberlake was right. You should never underestimate the power of a good tie. It can transform your outfit from casual to runway model with the power of a single knot. Invest in something good and it will pay dividends.

6. Penny Loafers

Pair up some brown loafers with beige or cream coloured chinos and you have the perfect casual summer look that screams relaxed sophistication. Stick with invisible socks for this combination.

7. Blue Jeans

Absolutely everyone owns jeans, and that’s because they are so capable and versatile. A good pair should be slim, but not too tight and definitely not too baggy. They are versatile enough for both the workshop and the fashion runway.

8. A White T-shirt

A good quality white t-shirt will go with absolutely anything you own. It may be basic, but in a good way, providing you with a good, comfortable fallback for any occasion.

9. Black Sunglasses

Everyone needs a good pair of sunglasses in the perpetual summer that is Sri Lanka. Avoid the fancy colours and stick with a black pair that you can pair with any outfit. Protect your eyes and your fashion sense at the same time.

10. A Timepiece

A well-made, minimalist watch will complete any outfit of yours in style. You do not usually need much jewellery or accessories when a watch adds just the right amount of class to your get-up. Keep it simple but of high quality and people will be able to tell the difference.