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These Upgraded Wardrobe Essentials Are Worth the Price

You invest in your car. Why not your clothes?

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The voice of reason inside your head might tell you not to drop $1,500 on a blazer, $500 on sneakers or $140 on a single white tee. But before you scoff at the fact that people actually buy such things, consider this: your wardrobe staples are not the stuff of fashion, garments dictated by trends and seasons — ergo, disposable. We’re talking about your fallbacks and your favorites, which form the lasting framework of your style. If you’re looking to elevate your wardrobe as a whole, start here: at the basics. And give yourself a break for wanting nice things. Isn’t it sensible, perhaps even wise, to invest in a quality foundation?

If that voice of reason remains unconvinced, fret not; our editors have you covered with stylish alternatives at affordable price points, too. But if you’re ready to climb the ladder into everyday luxury, here are the best clothes that money can buy.


Baseball Cap

Winwel Cashmere and Wool Baseball Cap
$125

Fair Ends Green Shetland Ball Cap
$48

Lands’ End Low Profile Washed Canvas Cap
$13


White T-Shirt

Merz B. Schwanen Army Shirt
$140

The Real McCoy’s Sea Island Cotton Pocket Tee
$110

Everlane The Cotton Crew
$15


Oxford Button Down

The Hill-Side Navy Warp Oxford Button-Down Shirt
$177

Gitman Vintage Blue Oxford
$165

Uniqlo Slim Fit Oxford
$30


Blue Blazer

Canali Kei Unstructured Double-Faced Wool Blazer
$1,590

Gant The Hopsack Blazer
$650

Uniqlo Comfort Jacket
$70


Khakis

Unis Gio Vintage Khaki
$198

Bills Kahakis Original Twill M3 Pant
$145

Joe Fresh Men’s Slim Chino
$49


Jeans

Raleigh Jones Original Selvedge Raw
$285

Industry of All Nations Clean Jeans
$240

Levi’s 513 Blue Stone Slim-Straight Jean
$49


Shorts

QOR 3XDRY Denim Jean Short
$168

Askov Finlayson Vermilion Short
$168

H&M Shorts
$13


Belt

Böle Tannery Wide Belt
~$334

Tanner Goods Black Dress Belt
$150

Archival Clothing Web Belt
$34


Underwear

Zimmerli Pure Comfort Bozer Briefs
$85

Icebreaker Anatomica Boxers
$40

Jockey Classic Boxer Brief
$20, 5-pack


Socks

Falke No. 2 Ribbed Cashmere-Blend Socks
$140

Pantherella Forster Wool-Blend Socks
$40

Goldtoe Edinburgh Wool Crew Socks
$7


Black Lace-Ups

Alden Perforated Wingtip Blucher
$665

Crosby Square Cambridge Oxford Shoes
$395

Zara Dressy Leather Oxford Shoes
$99


Sneakers

Maison Margiela Bi-Color Sneakers
$470

Common Projects High Tops
$421

Greats The Bab Low
$49

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