Build the Basic Wardrobe: Part 2 – The Rugged Look

This is the second installment of our basic fashion series, which will feature ten essential pieces if you’re going for a more rugged look, a.k.a. the “heritage” look.

(If you haven’t read the first part of this series, check it out here!) You’ll notice that there’s a lot of overlap, and that’s because the most basic pieces are also the most versatile!

The ten essential items

  • Dark Wash Jeans – It’s back! This staple can be dressed up or dressed down. Clean, dark wash jeans are fantastic. If you’re willing to spend a bit more money, you can get a pair of entry-level selvedge denim jeans for around $70 from JCrew Factory or Combatant Gentlemen.
  • Distressed medium washed jeans – These are the more casual counterpart to your clean wash denim. Throw a flannel on top and you’re all set. You can go the denim-head route and get some raw denim that will grow to you, or get pre-distressed denim like the rest of the population. You can read about raw and selvedge denim here.
  • Brown leather belt – You’ve gotta keep your pants up somehow! For the rugged style, however, it is less important that you also have a black belt as this style leans heavily on earthtones, so brown should work well unless you’re wearing non-brown shoes.
  • Black T-Shirt – Versatile, especially with all the flannels you’re expected to have as a lumberjack.
  • Grey oxford shirt – Pairs great with denim and a multitude of looks.
  • Flannel plaid shirt – The most rugged type of shirt there is, these are warm, soft, and overall amazing. Get a couple in earth tones (maroons, deep greens, navy, etc.)
  • Another flannel plaid shirt – Specifically, red buffalo plaid. The classic lumberjack shirt, go for a medium-to-small print to keep the element of style in check.
  • Chambray workshirt – The second most rugged type of shirt, and one of my favorites. They look snazzy worn with a casual tie, but equally awesome untucked over your favorite jeans.
  • Denim jacket – Yes, denim on denim does work! This can be dressed up in a similar manner to a blazer, giving a more formal look a rugged twist. Wear with a shirt and tie, or open over a flannel or graphic tee. You can learn how to pull off a double denim look here.
  • Work boots – Having a good set of leather boots is essential for this look. The high function, high style boots will be pricier, but can give you a good idea of what to look for when you’re shopping around. Brands like Red Wing, Wolverine, Timberland, Eastland, and Oak Street Bootmakers all make top notch products. If you’re looking for something more inexpensive (<100), check out the Crevo Buck boot, and read my review here. Search the clearance of DSW and Zappos and you might just find a great deal! Right now, Jack Threads is having a sale on boots under $100.

Some inspiration:

Build the Basic Wardrobe: Part 2 – The Rugged Look

Chambray and denim

Build the Basic Wardrobe: Part 2 – The Rugged Look

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Build the Basic Wardrobe: Part 2 – The Rugged Look

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Build the Basic Wardrobe: Part 2 – The Rugged Look

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