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Today’s question comes from Rob: “Peter, I have way too many clothes. How can I put together a minimal wardrobe that’s versatile for a bunch of situations? What’s the least amount of clothes I can get away with?” Great question. But before I answer it, let’s address why you can have a hard time finding something to wear even if you have a closet packed with clothes. Head’s up! I put together a FREE bonus for this post: A minimalist wardrobe shopping list showing you EXACTLY what I bought for my own wardrobe, complete with links. Just click below to download it.  GET MY FREE BONUS: THE MINIMALIST WARDROBE SHOPPING LIST HOW MOST MEN’S WARDROBES END UP A MESS Does this sound familiar? You wake up and need to get ready for work. You jump in the shower, then head to your bedroom and open your closet. It’s full of clothes. You…

Let’s be real. Every blog now is doing a gift guide. And sure, a lot of them can be useful, but most are glorified Amazon wish lists that are more fun to look at than to use. They also tend to neglect the most important person in your life: you. So this year, I’m going to do something different. I put together a gift guide for the most important person in your life, you. One that’s going to make you look better, smell better, think sharper. Improving yourself is the best gift you can give to your friends and family. Like those safety cards everyone ignores on planes say: Put on your oxygen mask first before attempting to help others with theirs. Here are some of my favorite things you should pick up this holiday season for yourself: THE MOST COMFORTABLE BOOTS I’VE EVER WORN Thursday Boot Company “Captain Boots” $199…

Last week in a business Facebook group, someone posted asking people to share their favorite buys that cost $100 or less. It quickly became one of my favorite threads online, ever. People were sharing knives they bought, grill starters, plants that won’t die, sunlight light bulbs. I loved the idea so much that I wanted to do something similar for The Essential Man, concentrating on style, of course. So today I’m sharing with you some of my favorite $100 or less buys, from a gadget that will make laundry day easier, to jeans for guys with big legs, to a cologne my girlfriend goes crazy for.  MY EVERYDAY SNEAKER Adidas Stan Smith $75 via Mr. Porter Every wardrobe needs a minimal white sneaker, and when it comes to my everyday beater, Adidas Stan Smiths are my shoe of choice. Dress codes have shifted, and it’s now even more acceptable to…

After releasing my free guide last week, “7 Common Style Mistakes (And How To Fix Them)”, I got a lot of emails from guys asking where I personally shop. I don’t know why the hell it never crossed my mind to share specific shops I buy my clothes at, so I’m doing that today. A few things that might surprise you: 1. I don’t really get clothes custom made – A lot of style sites love telling you you should go custom. I’ve worked in fashion for over 10 years, most of the most stylish people I know buy clothes off the rack. Custom can sometimes be overkill and unnecessary. It takes longer to make and cost more. Custom, bespoke stuff is nice and makes sense for some occasions (like if you are reeaaallly short or reaaallly tall, or, you know, your wedding). But for the most part, you can…