Hope! My fiancé recently told me she feels like I'm a child because she needs to dress me. Almost everyday before I leave for work, she forces me to change clothes. Do you recommend anything I could have in my closet so I can pass her dress code check?
Oh dear me. Well, at least your girl's got style, right?
If I could only recommend three essentials for your closet, I'd send you straight to J.Crew (or Banana Republic). I'm a firm believer that every man should own at least one - emphasis on the at least one - cashmere sweater. V-neck works best because you can style it for work and weekend. For work, wear a buttondown shirt underneath in a coordinating or contrasting colour, and pair with dress pants. For weekending, wear your favourite t-shirt underneath and sport the sweater with jeans and sneakers.
Second, I'd tell you to buy a few banker stripe shirts (if you don't already own one). J.Crew's secret wash button-down banker stripe shirt has a tailored fit and soft feel, so it's not only practical, it's comfortable too. Buy in blue and pink (if that's budget-friendly. Trust me, your GF will thank you for it).
Last (but not least), every man should own a good pair of slim-lined khakis. Before you speak up — shut up. Slim-lined doesn't mean tapered or skinny. In fact, it means just the opposite. Slim-lined khakis in a crisp cotton twill (like J.Crew's regular fit chinos) are completely classic and totally refined. You can wear them in an office casual environment, and you can wear them when you're off-duty. Win-win, my friend. If your budget affords it, buy them in khaki and grey.
As far as your shoes go, you need a classic pair of slip-on loafers in both black and brown. Italian leather will last forever. Casual shoes can mean Jack Purcell® sneakers, Sperry Top-Sider® boat shoes, or MacAlister boots.
Enough? I hope so. Don't dread getting dressed — it should be one of the most fun parts of your day! AND, be thankful you have a fiancé who cares about your appearance.
V-neck cashmere sweater, $79.99 and up, J.Crew
Secret wash button-down banker stripe shirt, $59.50, J.Crew
Essential chino in regular fit, $39.99 and up, J.Crew