The Best Outfit Combinations For Men

A modern man must be familiar with the staple outfit combinations befitting every setting in order to have a fully fledged fashion sense. Before you worry about styling, you need to make sure you have a strong foundation of essentials in your wardrobe. With growing awareness of fashion and trends, men increasingly pay attention to their appearance, but with so many options available, it can be tough to know where to start. Let’s explore an array of go-to outfits that are regarded as in vogue, so that in times of need you have the perfect combo to lean on. As I detail these looks, consider how you might alter them to your liking.




Dressing well for a date makes all the difference in how you feel and how you’re perceived by your partner. Planning a dinner date can be exciting, but choosing the right outfit is a stressful make or break moment. After all, you want to make a good impression and show your date that you take care of your appearance. Regardless of the setting, it's always better to be overdressed than underdressed. Depending on the extent of the fine dining experience, I recommend you opt for a classic tailored suit, a timeless choice that you can dress up or down accordingly. It exudes confidence, elegance, and sophistication. Choose a light gray suit, and pair it with a black tee and white sneakers to dress down, or a light-colored dress shirt for a more polished look. Incorporate elements that reflect your taste and individuality, whether it's a patterned tie, a tasteful pocket square, or a signature accessory. Who knows, maybe you’ll get a love at first sight connection.



Job Interview

When it comes to job interviews, your appearance is critical. If you're interviewing for a job in a creative or tech field, you typically have a little more leeway when it comes to outfit choices, as opposed to a more business casual environment. Regardless, there is a certain combination that is befitting of either setting: the iconic sweater and button-down shirt. It provides a blueprint for a put-together, sophisticated, first-impression look. The most popular of which would be the black sweater paired with a white button-down, complete with chinos and oxfords. Add a tie under the sweater for a stylish pop that shows attention to detail and a watch to make sure you’re right on time. A wool or cashmere sweater is perfect for colder weather, while a cotton sweater is perfect for milder weather. You can still look professional while showing off your personal style by adding subtle patterns, or colors for personal flair, but try to keep it subtle. Presentation could be the deciding factor between you and a peer with identical experience—you always want to make sure you're the best dressed candidate.




The classic chino short provides an elevated foundation to any casual look. Perfect for a spring/summer outfit, pair a khaki chino short with a light blue button-up, in either short or long sleeve. Choose a well-structured, lightweight fabric such as cotton or linen to keep cool during warm weather. The right choice of footwear can enhance your overall outfit when wearing chino shorts.You can’t go wrong with loafers or minimalist sneakers. Consider adding a stylish belt that complements the color of your shorts. You can also incorporate a watch, sunglasses, or a woven bracelet for a touch of individuality. However, keep it minimal and avoid overwhelming the simplicity of the chino shorts.



Smart Casual

The smart casual aesthetic binds comfort with a sleek appearance. It’s a look that is perfect for most day-to-day settings, making it necessary for a man to master. One of the most classic and chic options is through a play on neutral color blocking. Pair gray jeans with a crisp white shirt, then topping off with a gray jacket or blazer. Complete this ensemble with a pair of color-coordinating white sneakers, perfectly rounding off the color blocking, with an added touch of modernity. This look results in a visually appealing contrast, as the matching gray hues establish a monochromatic foundation, which the timeless white blends into a cohesive palette.


Whether you’re in need of staple essentials or a holistic look, curated cohesively and personally for you, we here at Stately will do right by your needs. Build a strong foundation of these essentials to confidently navigate any setting. Whether it's dressing for a dinner date, a job interview, or a casual outing, remember that fashion is a form of self-expression, so don't be afraid to modify these looks to your style and personality. If you’re still stumped about curating detailed looks yourself, refer to the “Style Your Look” section on our website. You will find an assortment of our pre-curated looks that feature more of the best outfit combinations.






Elliot Russ
Stately stylist & writer based in Los Angeles, CA