Most VERSATILE Clothing In Your Wardrobe? 10 Items You Can Dress Up & Dress Down

Most VERSATILE Clothing In Your Wardrobe? 10 Items You Can Dress Up & Dress Down


Most VERSATILE Clothing In Your Wardrobe
[0:00:00] Black Balmoral Oxfords, I love them, but they’re
not versatile. Because of the color because of the style,
they belong in your formal wardrobe. In today’s video, I’ve got ten items that
can be dressed up, can be dressed down, are incredibly versatile. What are they? Guys, find out in today’s video. [Music]
First up, we’ve got the lightweight V-neck sweaters. You can see I’m wearing one right now. And that’s what I love about a lightweight
V-neck sweater is it’s lightweight, it can be layered in with other pieces. It can be dressed up whenever I wanted to
wear this with a jacket. I could have dressed this down, simply have
left the jacket and just worn the sweater in of by itself. Now, color. A lot of you guys I know you’re hesitant
to bring in too much color. Well, then, look at gray, a very easy way
to be able to bring in a lightweight V-neck sweater and the V-neck. It draws attention to the chest area, it makes
you look stronger, and it also draws attention to the face and the eyes. Next up, we’ve got dark-colored denim. You can dress it up, you can dress it down. I can wear it with a t-shirt, I can wear this
with a sports jacket, I can wear it with a V-neck sweater we were just talking about. Guys, denim is incredibly versatile, but,
again, dark-colored indigo jeans and what you want to go for no distressed, you want
to make sure the fit is spot on. So, the next three items I’m going to talk
about, they’re all shoes. Let’s talk about the styles of footwear
that you can dress up and you can dress down. First up, I’ve got the dress boot. Now, I love this right here, a very simple
elegant design. The dark brown is going to work with almost
anything in my wardrobe. Again, I can wear these with these versatile
jeans right here. I can dress this up with a sports jacket this
combination right here. Everything you see here would work together
or I can dress it down with a t-shirt with the boots, I think is actually a great-looking
combination. Now, the dress boots, great option, but if
I want to dress it up a bit more, I’m going to bring in a brogue. A brogue is a particular type of dress shoe
that actually it’s going to be not as formal as a Balmoral Oxford which I showed at the
very beginning, therefore it’s got a bit more play in which it can go up and down in
dress. Now, this is something I could wear with a
blue business suit even a medium gray business suit, maybe even charcoal gray. Now, I can actually wear this with the jean
combination, but I think that this is going to look at more home with the variety of different
trousers options like gray flannels or something like that. Now, if I wanted to get more casual, the third
option I want to talk about with men shoe style right here, we’ve got a loafer design,
this one a penny loafer. What’s great about this, you’re traveling
you can slip them on and off when you’re going through airport security, but this is
also something you wear with a casual suit or I could even wear it with jeans. I can even wear this with a nice pair of shorts,
no-show socks, I think that combination is perfectly fine. Now, all the shoes I just showed you guys
are coming from Thursday Boots, the paid sponsor of today’s video. And, guys, I’ve talked about this company
tons of times, I’ve been to New York, I know the founders. These guys are the real deal bringing you
amazing shoes at an amazing price. And this pair of boots, gentlemen, I’ve
had for over three years. They’re about to go through their fourth
winter and I can tell you that I am hard on my boots. I run them through the slush, through the
snow, I try to take care of them, but, guys, like you I’m incredibly busy and I want
something that is going to be able to stand up to the elements. They use a tier one level upper, so that means
that basically it’s a great leather that they’re using right here on the upper part. Now, when I look at the build quality, they
use a stack leather right here in the heel, that to me, attention to detail. And, gents, if you haven’t been to the website
for awhile and you want to get over there, new styles, new colors, they’ve got new
boots coming out. And, again, they have a lot more than just
boots. They’ve got belts, they’ve got bags, they’ve
got shoes, and I can tell you all Goodyear welted high quality designs and look at some
of their older designs. This one, the suede, if you have a pair of
Thursdays in suedes, you’re really missing out because their suede by the way is weather
protected, so little details like that. I absolutely love this company because they
deliver to you a superior product at a fair price. Go check them out, guys. I’m linking to them down in the description. Next up, we’ve got the simple and elegant
metal dress watch. This is going to be made from stainless steel,
maybe made from gold, made from white gold, made from silver, maybe made from platinum. At the end of the day, we have a very simple
face and we’ve got a full metal band. Now, I know that many of you guys are going
to say, Antonio, that’s not a dress watch. A dress watch has to have a leather band and
then a very simple face. And I agree, but this is a modern classic
and I find that watches like this can be dressed down can be dressed up, I can wear this to
the pool, I can wear this with a full business suit. Next up, let’s talk about the most versatile
shades a man can own. That’s going to be classic aviators. Now, when I say classic aviators, we’re
going with a non-reflective lens, we’re going maybe with a silver or a gold type of
metal frame. Now, if you want one with a reflective lens,
I’m not saying it’s bad, but it is going to draw a little bit more attention to the
face and I think they’re a little bit less versatile, but those are pretty good. What you want to avoid though are going to
be the sporty wraps. These are great when you’re out riding your
bike you’re going for a run, but these are not going to be something that are going to
be able to dressed up. And that’s the issue with most sunglasses,
even though I love wayfarers, this is with a high-end suit, it’s just not going to
work as well. Now, if you’re a rock star, you can definitely
pull it up. In that case, you might as well go full wayfarer,
but something like this just screams for attention and to me is more casual. [0:05:09]
Next up, let’s talk about the simple white button-down. The difference between a button-down and a
dress shirt, it really is tiny and that’s why I’m saying that this white button-down
here made from a broad cloth which is a basket weave a very simple weave that can be dressed
up can be worn as a dress shirt or can be dressed down. I could roll the sleeves and even wear this
with a pair of shorts. Now, what are you not looking for? What’s going to make a shirt less versatile? So, the buttons right here on the collar by
definition this makes this shirt casual. The shirt now cannot be dressed up. Other things you’re going to look for if
you’ve got a white shirt, but let’s say it’s got epaulettes, it’s got the double
breast pockets, it’s made from linen, this is going to be a more casual shirt. It’s great to have in your wardrobe, but
it’s not going to be the most versatile shirt in your wardrobe. Now, this shirt right here, this has a twill
weave. This is a dress shirt and this one right here
another thing, notice, it’s got the French cuffs. So, things like that are going to make this
a very formal shirt, but this isn’t a shirt that you can actually dress down. Next, let’s talk about the versatility of
the blue suit. I’m going blue, personal preference. I find it works with more items in most men’s
wardrobe. Some of you guys may want to go with gray,
but when it comes down to it, the solid or semi solid – semi solid meaning that there’s
a little bit of a pattern here, but from a distance it looks like a solid. This is one of the most underutilized items
in a man’s wardrobe when it comes to versatility because we all know how to dress it up. Yes, wear it with a power red necktie with
a white shirt with black Balmoral oxfords. Boom! You’ve got great interview attire. But, how do you dress this down? So, one of the things a lot of guys don’t
do is they don’t separate the two pieces and I’m not saying you should do that if
it’s your only suit, but if you own multiple suits, then go ahead. I know, I do this, I wear this jackets oftentimes
as a sports jacket especially if you’ve got maybe a contrasting button right there. So, that button right there makes it look
a little bit more casual. This has a slight pattern in it and all of
a sudden this is a jacket that I can wear as a sports jacket. When you’re doing this, remember, if you’re
going to send this off to the cleaners, send the trousers and the jacket together off to
the cleaners. Now, when it comes to versatility, dressing
it down, it’s something with a jacket like this. With a jacket like this, you could simply
bring in a shirt that you wouldn’t normally wear a necktie with, something that maybe
has a fun pattern maybe a floral pattern in it. But, remember you can also change up the shoes
as well. Go for that light-colored loafers, those penny
loafers I showed you earlier. Guys, right there you’re going to be able
to have a lot more fun with a suit be able to dress it up dress it down and it could
become a versatile piece of your wardrobe. Now, moving on from suits, let’s talk about
what I think is the most versatile color when it comes to a sports jacket. So, some guys are going to think it is blue,
I actually think it’s brown. But, when I say brown, I’m not only talking
about the darker color brown, I’m talking about the tans, I’m talking about the golds,
I’m talking about combinations with patterns. Now, I am saying that you can dress this up,
I wear it with a pair of slacks like this tropical weight wool, I wear it with a knit
tie, a light-colored shirt, that’s a great combination, maybe with some of those brogues
that I showed you earlier. Now, if I wanted to dress this down, I can
wear it with blue jeans, I can wear it with those dress boots I was showing you, I can
go with a shirt that’s maybe a little bit more louder, something I would not wear with
a necktie, but to me, brown sports jackets can easily be dressed up and dressed down. Now, we’re talking about versatile outerwear
pieces. So, I’ve got three pieces right here, but
notice the colors, nothing is outlandish nothing is going to really grab attention. It’s going to work with almost anything
in your wardrobe. We’ve got gray, charcoal gray over here,
we’ve got a medium gray over here, and then right here we’ve got navy. Now, each of these are classic designs and
depending where you’re at in the world you’re going to want to go with a design that suits
your purposes. If you live in a big city, you want to go
with a classic overcoat. A classic overcoat, you can actually wear
with pretty casual clothing maybe just a sweater and a pair of jeans, nice boots, throw that
overcoat over it’s going to look great. Or you could go with a pea coat. The pea coat is going to be more casual than
the classic overcoat and actually has a military heritage. I think it’s great for younger men. Now, the pea coat, the design is not going
to be very long, so if you’re a shorter guy, pea coats look great or you’re a taller
guy, make sure you get a pea coat that fits you correctly. Now, when it comes to classic rain jacket,
the Mackintosh, you want to make sure maybe you’re out in Seattle you’re in an area
that it rains a lot you get a lot of crazy weather. This is going to be lighter weight that’s
great because you can layer. I can wear it over what I’m wearing right
now, it’s going to work for that combination. But, you want to make sure whatever piece
you go with is going to actually work for the elements in the environment you’re in
right now. All right, gents, so I know on this list I
could have probably added gray flannel trousers, I could have gone with white sneakers, but
I want to hear from you guys down in the comments what did I miss? What would you have added to this list? And, guys, go check out Thursday Boots, I
absolutely love this company. And Thursday Boots is so much more than just
boots. They’ve got these brogues right here are
amazing and they’ve got a Goodyear welt. Look at their prices, guys. It’s a steal. So, if you have not been to their website
lately, you want to go check out all the new styles all the new designs, they are just
killing it with the look of the boots, the overall feel the quality. I love this company. I’m linking to them down in the description. [0:10:06]
And, in case you’re curious about boots, Antonio, why should I wear boots? Because they’re going to make you more attractive. I’ve got the research right here, guys. Go check out this video of why boots are going
to make you more attractive. I actually got five reasons and I talk about
boots and how to wear them and why they should be in every man’s wardrobe. [Bleeping sound]
Did you guys here all that noise? I’ve literally got construction going on
outside. I had to walk out and say, hey, stop it. I’m trying to film a video. No, I didn’t say that. They were just looking at. I did ask them when they were going to be
finished, but, yeah, throughout this video, we had a little bit of construction over there. So, I’m wondering, did you guys hear it
at all? Let me know in the comments. [Music]
[0:10:45] End of Audio

100 Replies to “Most VERSATILE Clothing In Your Wardrobe? 10 Items You Can Dress Up & Dress Down”

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    Video Summary:

    Lightweight V-neck Sweater – 0:23

    Dark Colored Denim – 0:56
    Dress Boots – 1:21
    Brogue Shoes – 1:46
    Loafer Shoes – 2:21
    Simple Metal Dress Watch – 3:54
    White Button-Up Shirt – 5:10
    Navy Blue Suit – 6:11
    Brown Sports Jacket – 7:39
    Outerwear – 8:20

  2. You’ve inspired me, Antonio. The first outfit – button down shirt, with a v-neck sweater, with a sports coat, and dark jeans is actually what I’m wearing today

  3. i am new on this channel . but i am a beginner can some one help me please ! i cannot found foundation on this channel for clothing my self and personality development . thanks

  4. Nice video, agreed with every item on the list. Might consider getting a pair of Thursday loafers for summer down in Aus.

  5. hey Antonio,

    you have military background, yes?
    could you share what are the values that you still hold dear from the military?

  6. Very nice video, I have been trying to get a balance between casual and formal in my daily wear. So far, I have improved a lot. Also, my favourite suits are double breasted in grey or blue.

  7. I totally disagree about Clubmasters and Wayfarers not being dressy, especially if you go tortoiseshell. I cannot wear aviators due to having a small, round face. My tortoiseshell and gold Clubmasters with brown lenses look great on a blue suit, IMO. I agree with all the other points though

  8. When talking about a white shirt the weave is as important as the actual length of the shirt with respect to versatility. With your arms at your sides, if the untucked shirt comes past your wrists (with maybe an inch to spare) then it is not meant to be worn untucked. Also if shirt tails are pretty "deep" (the arch that is on the side of the shirt that separates the front shirt tails for the rear shirt tail) than it is not meant to be untucked. All in all, shirts that are meant to be untucked can be diverse because there is the flexibility of wearing them tucked in with no one noticing, while still looking sharp.

  9. Hey Antonio, thanks for the video. I want to throw a question out to you and the other guys here. When layering a sweater under a sports jacket is it normal and desirable to have the sleeves of the sweater show beyond the sleeve of the jacket like a shirt cuff normally would? If not, do you have any solutions to fix the problem?

  10. Solid video. Per your request, I would add the following:

    1. A great steel watch can also be dressed up or down simply by changing the band/strap. As an example, two of my classic dress watches are a Rolex Sea Dweller and Omega Speedmaster. Both come with a steel band; however, I will make both casual by swapping out a rubber band on the Rolex and nato straps for my Speedy (yes – straps with an "s". I have a solid dozen I play around with).
    2. With regard to the white button down shirt, I believe a shirt is either casual or formal. Casual white shirts you want a shorter drop – too many guys wear dress shirts that hang too low. Conversely, a dress shirt should hang lower as to be tucked in more effectively.
    3. Regarding dress shoes, a great way to make them more casual… colored laces! I have a few non-descript dress shoes that, after adding say a red pair of laces, I have since received many compliments on.

  11. Great stuff! Thanks for showing us the best mix and match for style. I wore black and dark gray denims with traditional white Oxford shirts and Tweed jackets as casual dress for years, with several pairs of cowboy boots: nubuck, dress black and cordovan brown. I was accused of "dressing up too much" by my boss. ??? I flat out told him off one day, to quit shopping for polyester crap and dress like a man. No, it didn't go well, but I hired on some where else with better pay and Bennie's. Just goes to show how much you can do with a few well made pieces if you want to work with it!
    Thanks again for your time and help!!

  12. Wow, you are the man!! I just want to thank you for your immense dedication and inspiration to all of us, thanks to you I gain confidence and started on my passion, I started working harder, I also created my youtube channel, it would be an honor if you could see it. Thank you so much for all your videos, for all the hard work and dedication. I'm one of your biggest fans!

  13. Antonio, I get the straight collar is a dress shirt but many of the executives and politicians I saw in DC when I was stationed there wore a button-down with a suit and tie. Maybe not as formal but I think it has become a"dress shirt" as well. I'm also still waiting for you to do some of your videos at the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, I think many would enjoy it and you could also talk about how the experience shaped you. As always a great job on giving advise. Semper Fi!

  14. OOohhhh My kind of videos, the gray V neck was one of the things i bought when i started, very versatile and you don't have to worry about the color too.

  15. Somehow i dont feel comfortable when i wear my suede loafers with long pants (chinos/jeans) and long socks… i only wear it in summer with shorts. Any solutions?

  16. I love versatility in my wear-drop because it allow me to get more wears out of my clothes which means getting my money out of it. Thanks Antonio for being AMAZING!

  17. I think hats can actually help dress up/down an outfit. Just today I wore a "gambler's" felt, black hat with oxblood dress shoes, black slacks, black turtle neck, and dark "wine" colored sports jacket and black leather overcoat. I had numerous comments from men and women alike as I was speaking at an event at a casino (hence "gambler* hat) 😉

  18. 7:46, wow you look like the man. Your wife should take a screenshot and put it on her phone. I promise you will be a closer family becuase of it.

  19. Waistcoats/vests

    A brown or black vest can go with damn near anything. Jeans, 3 button henley or polo, any of the shoes mentioned in this video, and a brown or black vest definitely work. Throw in a pocket watch if you're a hipster, and you're good to go.

  20. Antonio can you give some advice to a man in his late 60's who is attempting to become a bit more fashionable after being a blue collar worker his whole life?

  21. I haven’t been on your channel for a little while. Nice to see you switched up your hairstyle a bit. Makes you look a little younger.

  22. You never run out of ideas! Love the content!

    If anyone's looking for weekly articles focusing on style for young men, check out my blog! Here's last week's blog post: https://dapperworksblog.wordpress.com/2018/11/08/bags-a-guide-for-young-men/

  23. Great stuff again, Antonio! Appreciate the work you do for us fellas! Personally, when I get my suits made I usually go 3-piece. That way, I can swap out different suits of different colors with the waistcoat! A wardrobe navy, charcoal, and burgundy/black suits can give you dozens of slick combinations!

  24. Hey, Antonio. I'm not sure if you can help me, but I was wondering about a certain outfit. Dark blue jeans, a button-down shirt of white or grey color, a brown v-neck sweater, a dark gray sports jacket, and a long scarf. Oh! And a flat cap.
    I know it's specific, but I've been experimenting ever since I found your channel and I want to know I'm on the right track.
    Thanks!

  25. RMRS inspired but with a nerdy twist aka love dragonball z watch Fall 2018 shoot . Sneak peak with DBZ perfect cell theme https://youtu.be/Rv8L8GyNwp0

  26. Hello Antonio, I'm a new follower and I lov your videos. I work in a business environment but I have to wear a long sleeved Royal blue button down dress shirt. I put on trousers black, light grey, and dark grey. Any ideas please help me out it would be greatly appreciated? Thank you in advance Antonio! Your new follower ~ Starr

  27. Could you do a top 5 affordable suit/blazer companies? Would love to know your recommendations. Great content btw. Love the emphasis on style over fashion. Thanks.

  28. I live in the UK, and a classic trenchcoat is a must!

    I have a classic stone knee-length Burberry double-breasted coat, a shorter navy single-breasted version and a single-breasted knee-length 100% wool tweed coat. These three cover most of my autumn/winter needs.

  29. When pushing Thursday, you really should always include their outstanding customer service and their EASY return/exchange service. Boot sizes are finicky and I have had to exchange everything I have ever purchased from them, some more than once to get just the right size. They are understanding and very accommodating for an on-line retailer. You owe it to Thursday and your viewers to highlight their fantastic return/exchange service.

  30. I would not buy Thursday boots. These guys that advertise don’t even wear them. Fork over the extra 100 bucks and buy Allen Edmonds. It’s not a great leather, their leather is subpar at most and the cork blows out quickly which the mark of any quality boot.

  31. I know its a bit off topic but love your hair in this video! Love your content, you provide genuine information thats useful without bombarding good information with loads of crappy sponsorships

  32. Aviator sunglasses — I recommend the aviator's from Randolph Engineering, which is the only metal eyeglass frame maker in the US, and supplies the US military and NASA. The style I have is: https://www.randolphusa.com/men/aviator/?attribute_pa_frame=bright-chrome&attribute_pa_lens-features=non-polarized&attribute_pa_lens=gray-glass&attribute_pa_temple=bayonet&attribute_pa_size=55mm

    The lens shape is squarer than the tear-drop aviators, but I think it's more authentic and cooler looking. I have these with grey lenses and gunmetal grey frames, and the blade temples, which are easier to put on and take off when wearing a hat, but are still secure.

  33. A wedding ring. You can put it on, goes with everything. If you want to attract ladies you can take it off and rub some chocolate into the untanned part of the finger.

  34. I would also add a "walking shoe" akin to the ones that New Balance manufactures in black leather that I've been able to mix well (and get shined) in both dress and business casual (work) situations, especially if you find the dress shoes unworkable for your feet or mobility (issues or demands).

  35. Great vid! Only minor nitpick is please don't forget titanium in watches! So underrated and great if you hate heavy watches like I do

  36. Thanks for all the videos, Antonio. I've been here since 2017 and I still remember your advice on communicating honestly with my barber in order to get the best cut. If it wasn't for you I would probably still wear insanely long slacks and square toes that look like duck bills 🤮

  37. A nice pair of flat front, no cuffed khakis with a little taper around the calf will work with almost anything from balmoral oxfords to white sneakers.

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