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  • Photography by Mr Mark Sanders
  • Styling by Mr Tony Cook, Junior Fashion Editor, MR PORTER
  • Words by Mr Mansel Fletcher, Features Editor, MR PORTER

Everything you need, nothing that you don't. That's the idea behind MR PORTER's Essentials, the clothes that are always in style. Most of the items on the list were essential half a century ago; we expect they'll still be relevant in 50 year's time. Naturally the list includes Levi's 501s, Ray-Ban aviators, a Burberry trench coat, Oxford cotton shirts and white Sunspel boxer shorts; these are the keystones of masculine style.

So whether a man's looking to create an impeccable working wardrobe, or he's just got an eye for classic style, The Essentials contains the necessary building blocks. These are not the clothes for a 21st-century dandy, but for a man who values cool sartorial perfection over vivid self-expression. Thanks to a timeless range of colours - navy blue, white, grey, black and khaki - the items will remain modern and appropriate for years to come.

There are suits for the office, blazers for dinner and jeans for the weekend, as well as swim shorts and polo shirts for the holidays, and a bag in which to put them all. Aside from its perpetual elegance the other great advantage of this minimal wardrobe is that all the clothes work together. The simple colour palette ensures there will be no unfortunate clashes, just harmonious, sophisticated combinations. This makes it much easier to get dressed when you're rushing in the morning.

The Essentials provides a style short cut, an intense edit of everything that a man needs. Some things are forever.

Click through the slides, above, to see a selection of effortless looks made from some of the items in The Essentials.

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