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Five Wardrobe Essentials Every Modern Man Needs

“If people turn to look at you on the street, you are not well dressed, but either too stiff, too tight, or too fashionable.”
– Beau Brummel… I love this quote, especially when it comes to men’s fashions. For most guys, it’s almost uncool to be too fashionable – guys don’t want their friends making fun of a nice new shirt, a new haircut that’s too perfect, or a new accessory piece. And since most of they men I know let their wives or partners do the majority of their clothes shopping, it’s important to remember that what looks “cute” to us, might be a total deal-breaker for a guy. I used to work in retail as a personal shopper for years, and while men LOVE to get a woman’s opinion on the gear that they buy, trust me – they do NOT want to hear how “cute” the new shirt you bought them is. Ever. So, when you’re in need of affordable style that’s fashionable without being over the top trendy, a great place to start is the Merona line at Target.

Five Wardrobe Essentials Every Modern Man Needs

These are my 5 must-have picks for fall-into-winter for men. Add in a couple of nice pairs of jeans, a few nice tee shirts, and you’ve got the perfect mix-and-match pieces that your mister can use for just about any occasion. Chino pants are a total classic, and can be dressed up with a tailored shirt and a blazer – or swap the blazer for the puffer vest and you have a whole different casual look. Here are a couple of ideas on how to mix up these pieces in new ways…

Men's Fashion Weekend Look

I love this – It’s mostly basic colors, with just a pop of the bright orange to give it more character. I see this as a great weekend outfit, something to wear for a day out with the family to visit the Farmer’s Market or the Pumpkin Patch. I seriously picked up several of these great basics to add to Mike’s fall wardrobe, I just love ’em. To get links to each individual piece in this outfit, check it out on Polyvore. My favorite thing about this look is that every single item is super affordable – they average out to about $20 each. And if you’ve ever worn the Merona collection yourself, you know the quality is incredible for the price.

Rugged Dressy Look for Modern Men

On this one, you can again click through to my Polyvore board to get links and prices to shop each of the Merona pieces in this outfit. This is a great option for the guy who needs to dress up, but doesn’t like to get too “fancy” – You know, like most guys, lol. It pairs the Classic Chino with the Traditional Blazer – but then mixes in a plaid shirt instead of a plain dress shirt, and adds in a few rugged accessory pieces to keep it down to earth.

Merona Fall Fashions at Target

See how the Target Fall Collection is designed to take you through a season of stylish looks at

 Let’s Chat: What are your go-to fashion pieces when shopping for the man in your life? Leave some comments sharing your fave shopping tips….

{Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.}



  1. I think this time of year men look very chic and handsome in wool jackets too!

  2. I am so saving this post and showing my hubby.
    I love that I could literally have this post on my phone, take it to the store and get him to try combos on. So glad I popped over from Triberr ;)

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