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These Upgraded Wardrobe Essentials Are Worth the Price

You invest in your car. Why not your clothes?


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

Fair Ends Green Shetland Ball Cap

Lands’ End Low Profile Washed Canvas Cap

White T-Shirt

Merz B. Schwanen Army Shirt

The Real McCoy’s Sea Island Cotton Pocket Tee

Everlane The Cotton Crew

Oxford Button Down

The Hill-Side Navy Warp Oxford Button-Down Shirt

Gitman Vintage Blue Oxford

Uniqlo Slim Fit Oxford

Blue Blazer

Canali Kei Unstructured Double-Faced Wool Blazer

Gant The Hopsack Blazer

Uniqlo Comfort Jacket


Unis Gio Vintage Khaki

Bills Kahakis Original Twill M3 Pant

Joe Fresh Men’s Slim Chino


Raleigh Jones Original Selvedge Raw

Industry of All Nations Clean Jeans

Levi’s 513 Blue Stone Slim-Straight Jean


QOR 3XDRY Denim Jean Short

Askov Finlayson Vermilion Short

H&M Shorts


Böle Tannery Wide Belt

Tanner Goods Black Dress Belt

Archival Clothing Web Belt


Zimmerli Pure Comfort Bozer Briefs

Icebreaker Anatomica Boxers

Jockey Classic Boxer Brief
$20, 5-pack


Falke No. 2 Ribbed Cashmere-Blend Socks

Pantherella Forster Wool-Blend Socks

Goldtoe Edinburgh Wool Crew Socks

Black Lace-Ups

Alden Perforated Wingtip Blucher

Crosby Square Cambridge Oxford Shoes

Zara Dressy Leather Oxford Shoes


Maison Margiela Bi-Color Sneakers

Common Projects High Tops

Greats The Bab Low

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