No clothing collection would be complete with those staple styles that underpin almost every outfit choice. Those essential pieces can form the very foundation of your collection, offering year-round looks that can be worn over and over and styled in new ways. It’s important that those staple styles in your collection offer a solution for each season, with a go-to design that doesn’t go out of style.

If you’re hoping to build a menswear collection this year, there are some styles that you simply can’t afford to miss out. Whispering Smith offers its advice on the top 4 staple styles for men.


Jeans are a must-have no matter the season or the weather. For a menswear collection, jeans are the perfect addition as they go with so many other styles. With variation in finishing detail, such as distressed patches, zips, pockets and colour, you can include an array of jeans for men that will no doubt become best sellers.

With spring and summer around the corner, white jeans and light blue jeans will be a solid investment when building your new collection. Consider modern slim fit designs or unique cargo-inspired styles to keep your collection fresh.



Whether it’s winter or summer, a tracksuit is always popular for that casual, off-duty look. Thanks to the last 12 months of lockdown and restrictions, loungewear has grown in popularity which means tracksuits are now a staple part of an everyday uniform. An easy way to add some athleisure style to your collection, matching tracksuits are an ideal solution for comfortable, everyday wear.

Think seasonal colours and added detail like side stripes for an effortless way to add some street style to your menswear range.


Printed t-shirt

Add some extra detail to your collection and upgrade your t-shirt range by incorporating seasonal, eye-catching prints. Printed t-shirts are an essential way of adding something familiar to your collection but with a twist. For the upcoming season, think paisley prints, checks or stripes.

If you’re not quite brave enough to choose bold prints, look for subtle detail like contrasting cuffs and neckline or chest embroidery detailing for something a little different.



A modern take on an overshirt, the shacket will come into its own for spring and summer. An easy-to-style piece, the shacket is a great alternative to a jacket when the weather improves. Not only does this give your buyers more choice, but the shacket is a versatile design that can be worn on its own, over a t-shirt, with smart trousers or tracksuit bottoms.

Keep it simple with colours like navy and grey, with button closure and collar. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, incorporate a check print or pocket detailing for an eye-catching finish.

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