In the spirit of Valet's "31 Days," I thought I'd start out 2011 with recommendations on what a guy should have in his wardrobe in the coming year. Using the old trick to remember which buttons to fasten on a three-button jacket ("sometimes, always, never"), we're suggesting new items you can work into your daily wear, the classic items you should already have and the ones you should get rid of.
White jeans, like old school white sneakers, can be worn all year round and will always make you look good. $65, by Gap
A dark pair of classic straight legs (think a 501 fit).
Skinny jeans that your girlfriend can fit into or a boot cut (unless you're a cowboy).
A double breasted suit. Keep it simple in a medium shade of grey and wear the jacket separately, with crisp jeans or tailored khakis and you'll look super sharp. Brunello Cucinelli suit, $2,316 at Bluefly
Navy, grey and black.
Too skinny a suit. You shouldn't look like you're wearing your kid brother's hand-me-ups.
A suede double monk strap. Mark McNairy monk straps, $350 at Unionmade
Any of the classics: wing tips, loafers and lace-ups.
Square toes and those sneaker/shoe hybrids suffering from an identity crisis.
A small pattern. Camouflage isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Camo button down, $225 by Hamilton 1883
Plaid, bengal stripes and light colored solids.
Those multi-colored, multi-width 'going out' shirts from a few years back.
A bat wing style bow tie. $115, by David Hart
Knit ties and patterns like repp stripes and plaids.
Super skinny ties. Use them as shoelaces instead.
A short-sleeved henley. It's a T-shirt with a good personality. Pima cotton henley, $58 by Vince
V-Necks in white, grey and navy.
Anything with studs, rhinestones or metallics.
A tie bar. $15, at The Tie Bar
Diamonds (even if they're black. That doesn't make them any more rugged or masculine).
Want more tips for 2011? Valet's 3rd annual "31 Days" series.