We're grown-ups now. It's time to put down childish things. Your PlayStation is no longer your most prized possession. Air Jordan's have moved from everyday attire to casual wear. Most of all, you've started doing things for yourself. That means you require a list of necessities, and that's where we come in. We've done the leg work. Some items you might have already and others might be on your wishlist. But here's a rundown of everything a man like you needs.9 Best Fall Jackets >>>Win a One-Year Subscription to BirchBox Man>>>
1. A tailored suit
As a matter of both utility and principle, every man needs at least one suit in his closet. But do it right. Make sure the suit is tailored to fit your body and show off the hard work you’ve done in the gym, and in the kitchen. Go for a neutral color, like navy, grey or black.5 Style Mistakes You're Making>>>
2. Brown and black dress shoes
A nice pair of shoes can upgrade any outfit. If you're going to choose one, go with a brown pair that you can mix in with any look. In terms of style, an oxford loafer is like the universal shoe for your wardrobe. They work with jeans, khakis, and slacks.10 Best Shoes for Men>>>
3. Shoe polish
You wash, dry, dry-clean, and iron your clothes. Are you giving your shoes the same attention? Because the same principle applies: A little effort goes a long way.
4. A leather belt
Here's a general man-law: If your pants have belt loops, wear a belt. Another tip: Always match your belt with your shoes.
5. A sports jacket
A sports jacket or blazer can upgrade just about any outfit. Whether you’re wearing a T-shirt and jeans or a dress shirt and pants, a sports jacket will stamp some maturity on it.
Here's something you already know: Women like a man who smells good. If you're just starting out picking a fragrance, find one scent you like. Then build on that. Just don't bathe in it. Spray a little on your chest and the base of your throat.Cologne Buying Guide>>>
7. A wallet
We're all too old now to just shove things in our pockets. Just remember, this isn't your father's giant, bulging leather wallet that protrudes from his back pocket. Go for a thinner version or use a simple card holder.
8. A travel bag
You've graduated from backpacks and gym bags. Toss your things into a more respectable carrying case that's perfect for a weekend getaway or business trip.The Best Bags Every Man Needs>>>
9. A nice watch
Yes, you could check the time on your cell phone or your tablet, or your laptop or the positioning of the sun. But a nice watch says a lot about your taste. Consider it the grandfather of all accessories.How To Start a Watch Collection>>>
You don't really need an entire knife set unless you want it for decoration. If you're going to buy one kitchen knife, make it a chef's knife. Don't let the price tag scare you off. It's better to have one knife that can do five things than five different knives that you barely use.
12. A cast iron skillet
It's non-stick, easy to clean, and you can use it on the stove and in the oven at any temperature. Plus, it's sturdy, doesn't scratch, and can probably last you a lifetime.81 Ways to Be a Better Chef >>>
13. A passport
It's your bus pass to see the world. Get a passport. Get some stamps in it.
14. An iron and an ironing board
Yes, it's easier to take all your clothes to the cleaners, but that's not always practical. You never want to leave home looking like you slept in your clothes. And you've passed the stage where it's okay to iron your shirt on the kitchen counter.
15. A lint roller
Having a lint roller can be a life saver. It's usually more effective and easier on fabric than a lint brush.
16. A pair of sunglasses
Find a pair that compliments your face. Aviators and wayfarers are safe bets if you're looking to add a little flair.
17. A recipe book
Read this carefully: Women. Love. A. Man. Who. Cooks. Whether it's a do-it-yourself date night dinner or you've got the choice of either cooking or ordering Chinese, it's time you learned to fend for yourself.
18. A toolbox
We're not saying that you should become Bob the Handyman, but you should have easy access to a hammer, wrench, and screwdriver at all times.
19. A universal remote
The family of remote controls sitting by the television—one for the TV, one for the cable, and another for the DVD player—they have to go. Make your life easier.