19 Clothing Items Every Man Should Own Before He Turns 30

So you’ve reached the big 3-0 or you’re fast approaching it. You got your life kind of figured out but not really or maybe you do, hey I don’t know you. But one things for sure, not many 30 year old guys were taught the tenants of men’s fashion and how important it can be to your self-image and in the work place, dating scene, whatever your goals are for improving your wardrobe.

You’re at a weird crossroads, you still probably got a lot of stuff you wore in college, but it’s looking outdated and a little childish, so maybe you’re looking to upgrade your wardrobe to adulthood. We’ve got you covered man, here’s 19 clothing items you probably should have or work towards getting. We’ve even given you some recommendation for a few. Enjoy!

1. A Well Fitting Suit Tailored To Your Body

Let’s start with the most obvious! If you’re in your 30’s you’ve most likely got a career path you’re following and a well fitting suit is a must have for a young professional such as yourself. Preferably in the colors Navy or Gray.

2. A Casual Blazer

Let’s be honest, the average work fashion is becoming less and less formal so rocking a suit every day might make you stick out like a sore thumb. Blazers are the perfect choice for when you want to keep it office appropriate but not overwhelm people with a fully fitted tailored suit.

$: Men’s Voyager Travel Blazer

$: Slim Fit Casual Blazer

3. Classy and Expensive Watch

Ok it doesn’t have to be SUPER SUPER expensive, but a watch you can whip out on special occasions is important to have. The watch industry has come a long way you can get some amazing pieces for very reasonable prices, and it’s cool to have something to pass down the generations.

4. Quality Leather Dress Shoes

Having at least one pair of quality dress shoes in either black or brown is a worthwhile investment you will not regret. These bad boys will last you decades and with so many quality craftsmen producing amazing hand crafted dress shoes your options are pretty wide.

$: Kenneth Cole Leather Dress Shoes

$: Allen Edmonds Cap Toe Oxford

5. Quality Pair of Boots

A sturdy pair of men’s boots is great to have for casual wear when you’re just walking around town or doing some gritty work. Boots have become a staple for many guys during the winter and fall season, get yourself a pair that will last you for years to come!

6. The Perfect White Shoe For The Summer

Ah Summer. As you bask in the warmth of the sun you also yourself want to shine and look bright. No better way to do that than to own a quality pair of white shoes. So many options for any price point, you can’t go wrong here!

$: Common Projects Achilles Low

$: Converse Men’s Chuck Taylor Low

7. An Actual Warm Winter Coat

There’s a time to look stylish and there’s a time to be functional. This is a time to be both. In the dead of winter when the snow is blowing and it feels like icicles on your cheeks, you need a puffy winter coat that will actually keep you warm!

8. A Dressy Winter Coat

Longcoats, overcoats, whatever you call em, have at least one pair handy for days where it’s cold but it’s not cold cold to the point you need to bust out your heavy winter artillery.

$: Italian Wool Blend Overcoat

$: DKNY Men’s Overcoat

9. An Actual Duffel Bag

Alright, you’re 30 now, considered an adult by most people’s standards. It’s time to get a real duffel bag and stop using your old college stuff to lug everything around!

10. A Pair of Dark Jeans You Love

A pair of dark men’s jeans that fit perfectly, you’ve had em for a bit so they’ve molded to your body and it just looks perfect and feels perfect too. You’ll have these jeans for years to come.

$: Uniqlo Men’s Selvedge Jeans

11. A Daily Casual Jacket

You know on the days you’re not rocking full suits and tuxedos? (Which isn’t everyday I hope). You need to have your casual clothing on point. Get yourself a trusty jacket that you can throw on for the more mundane days of our lives.

$: Express Men’s Souvenir Jacket

$: Men’s Reversible Bomber Jacket

12. A Healthy Amount of Casual Shirts

Henley’s, ox-fords, button downs, whatever you prefer, get yourself a healthy amount of em and make it your signature look.

13. Vintage Leather Jacket

Is there anything in the world that looks cooler than an old vintage leather jacket with some slight tears and a bit of dust on it? Yeah, didn’t think so. Don’t get yourself a shiny looking plastic one, go for real leather and real vintage.

14. The Perfect T-Shirt

By now, I hope you know what kind of t-shirts work for you and your body type. The materials you prefer, the cut you prefer, etc. It’s important as the t-shirt is the foundation of every guy’s wardrobe. Have a good amount of your perfect tee in your closet at all times!

$: Uniqlo Men’s Crew neck T-Shirt

$: Uniqlo Striped Men’s Casual Tee

15. Tuxedo

Ok, maybe you’ll wear this a lot, maybe you’ll wear it once a year or two, regardless, you’ll never be unprepared for a fancy party again!

16. A well Fitting Casual Hoodie

If you’re like me, you love hoodies. The material, the comfort, just lounging around on a lazy Sunday in your cozy hoodie, or walking to the gym. Whatever you like to do with your hoodie, have some quality ones on deck that fit you well.

$: Champion Reverse Weave Hoodie

$: Uniqlo Black Pull-Over Hoodie

17. A Quality Leather Wallet

Alright guys, it’s time to put away your Transformers wallet you got at Wal-Mart (although it is pretty damn cool) you’ll look pretty silly when whipping it out to pay for a clients meal.

18. A Real Work Bag

Please tell me you don’t take a backpack to work. Please. Get yourself a REAL work bag.

19. Shorts You Wont Be Embarrassed To Wear

Men usually fall into two categories, guys that never wear shorts and guys that wear shorts….everywhere…no matter what. We can start something new, be the guy that wears proper fitting shorts on occasions that call for it! Look amazing in the spring and summer time, and please, no shorts that come down to your ankles.

$: Express Classic Slim-Fit Men’s Shorts

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