It’s a sad fact of life, but there comes a time for every kid who grew up on streetwear to retire their crazy Supreme tees and embrace something more age-appropriate. Fortunately, we’ve selected some choice items that’ll make the transition from all-over-logos to classic steez a painless one.
Of course, we’re not telling you to put the statement pieces we’ve been advising you to cop for the last 13 years in storage. But there are some key purchases to have in your arsenal when it comes to creating more refined looks.
Focussing on luxe fabrics, paying less attention to hype drops, and looking for slicker fits when it comes to your apparel are all good rules to start out with. Here, we’ve sourced some initial product swaps for bolder streetwear fiends who are struggling to let go. Drawing on adult-friendly collections available at our favorite luxury retailers, we’ve covered staples such as an investment timepiece, signature scent, wool pants, and luxury leather boots.
So, if you’re looking to cop pieces to grow old with rather than next season’s old news, check out our full selection below.
A Grown-Up Wallet
There’s no place for velcro or nylon in a sophisticated wardrobe. A quality leather wallet with some steezy but low-key branding is a mark of adulthood that will let waiters, cashiers, and the rest of the bar know exactly what’s up. This Tom Ford number is made from premium full-grain leather with gold TF branding, constructed in a way that fits comfortably in your pocket without causing unwanted trouser bulk.
Luxe Wool Pants
Speaking of trousers, every stylish grown-up should own something a little smarter than cargo pants or washed-out jeans. A good pair of wool pants are a must for fall/winter ’fits, and these black ones from Devaux are both refined and contemporary, accented with exposed white topstitching to set them apart.
A Proper Shirt
A plain white shirt is one of the most versatile pieces in any sophisticated man’s wardrobe, with the ability to dress-up with a suit or rock casually with rolled-up sleeves. HUGO’s cotton poplin shirt is understated but stands out from your average business-district fodder with a modified flip compartment patch chest pocket.
A Well-Fitting Pair of Jeans
For classic denim that’ll look good no matter which streetwear decade you hail from, you’ll need a fit that hits the sweet spot between wide AF and obscenely skinny. This being the case, Acne Studios should be your go-to. Denim is arguably what the Swedish brand does best, originally prioritizing jeans when it started over 20 years ago. This slim-fitting mid-blue pair is faded throughout and will put in all the legwork when it comes to your new grown-up aesthetic, whatever you’re wearing up top.
Sleek White Sneakers
Dadcore sneakers and Birkenstocks aren’t the only next step for hypebeasts who no longer pull off custom Air Force. A pair of sleek white sneakers are timeless, and one of our favorite pairs comes from Maison Margiela. The classic silhouette of the Margiela Replica sneaker has seen many colorways, but the white pair is perfect for your grown-up wardrobe thanks to its versatility, premium leather and suede upper, and its gum sole.
A Roll Neck Sweater
While your hoodie rotation will keep you going for much of fall, a neutral-toned, super-cozy wool roll neck is a grown-up staple. Boasting the ability to smarten up or pair down with some luxury sweatpants, invest in quality materials and this timeless roll neck style will be a go-to for years to come. Holiday Boileau’s pretty much meets every criterion in our eyes.
A Quality Leather Jacket
Investing in a quality leather jacket in a timeless style (and caring for it right) is one of those life purchases that will never have to be replaced. Add a shearling lining to the mix and the piece becomes your best friend during chillier winter months. We’re really digging this aviator jacket from luxe retailer MR PORTER’s own line, Mr P., which comes with panels of suede for a timeless, retro feel.
Some occasions are simply no kicks zones, which is where some luxury leather boots step up to the plate. An Italian fashion house is always a good place to start your search, and in terms of FW18 output, it’s pretty hard to beat Prada’s crackle-effect leather Chelsea boots. They set off any fashion-forward look while also offering a smart and steezy option at grown-up events.
A Good Suitcase
Any old duty-free carry-on or TNF duffel bag won’t cut it when it comes to feeling like a baller at the luggage belt. The luxury suitcase offering has never been stronger, and while you could opt for some OFF-WHITE or Supreme hype piece, this classic by Mercedes-Benz is built to the highest standards with calfskin leather and superb attention to detailing.
A Signature Scent
Here’s another cop whereby the airport departures lounge becomes off-limits after a certain point. Your signature scent needs careful thought, and should not be purchased for reasons including the model in the advert, the shape of the bottle, or the discount on the bargain shelf. Might we recommend Maison Margiela’s Jazz Club for the season ahead? It wafts liquory notes and coppery tones for a suave, sensual aesthetic.
A Classic Belt
Your days of baggy jeans and underwear exposure are over — we can’t endorse anything more than a peep of the strap. This being the case, investing in a classic belt will cover most bases when it comes to not getting caught with your pants down on the grown-up style front. Forget about flashy Gucci double-G hardware or OFF-WHITE-emblazoned polyester hype, it doesn’t get suaver than ami’s buffed leather offering.
A Grooming Regime
The likelihood is that if you’re copping from this round-up, the fresh face that once graced the Supreme queue of a Thursday morning now needs a little extra care. Aesop’s Sway grooming kit has all bases covered with two cleansers and two rich moisturizers, primed for a breezy daily routine. Meanwhile, it’s also worth ditching disposable drug-store razors in place of something that looks that bit swisher on your bathroom counter.
A $1,000+ Watch
It takes a certain kind of person to pull off a retro Casio or flashy Rolex timepiece past a certain age. That said, an investment piece of horology is an essential coming-of-age buy for any man who takes his style seriously. In watch terms, this NOMOS Glashütte Tangente Datum is a drop in the ocean for a wrist accessory that boasts expert German craftsmanship and timeless appeal.
A Suit for Every Occasion
People who know their tailoring will see through a cheap suit faster than they’ll see through a RIMOWA x OFF-WHITE suitcase. That’s why your signature dapper two-piece also needs to be an investment from a fashion house that knows what it’s doing. We spotted this Prada number in the Farfetch summer sale happening right now with 40 percent off. It may well be the sale piece that stays with you for life.
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- Curated by: Rhianna Matthews