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The 20 Best Style Basics for Men

T-shirts, polos, sweatshirts, chinos and jeans.

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The foundation of any man’s wardrobe is rooted in basics: tees, sweatshirts, jeans, chinos. Versatile and functional, they are your daily go-to. Even better, they get better with age — we all have our favorite tee or worn-in jeans. For contemporary inspiration, look to these current, must-have basics.

Additional contribution by Grant Tillery.

The T-Shirt


You can never have enough tees.


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Resin Crew Slub Tee by Buck Mason $28

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Sojourn Tee by Outerknown $42

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Slim-Fit T-Shirt by Alex Mill $55

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Regular Tee by Velva Sheen $59

The Polo Shirt


Like your favorite tee, but dressed up.


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Polo Shirt by Lacoste for J.Crew $98

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Felix Polo Shirt by Orelebar Brown $120

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Cotton-Piqué Polo Shirt by Maison Kitsuné $150

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Riviera Polo Shirt by Sunspel $150

The Sweatshirt


For relaxed weekends and casual settings.


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Classic Pocket Sweatshirt by Todd Snyder + Champion $98

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Garment-Dyed Loopback Sweatshirt by Aspesi $140

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Loopback Cotton-Jersey Sweatshirt by Reigning Champ $150

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Freedom Sleeve Sweatshirt by The Real McCoy’s $159

Chinos


A step up from Dockers and Dickies.


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Connor Slim-Fit Chinos by Club Monaco $100

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Gio by Unis $198

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New Fisherman Cotton-Twill Chinos by Officine Generale $275

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Slim-Fit Chinos by Incotex $335

Jeans


Wear them in, and wear them for years.


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Petit New Standard Jeans by A.P.C. $195

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1960 606 Jeans by Levi’s Vintage Clothing $225

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Slim-Fit Stretch-Denim Jeans by AMI $245

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107 Ivy League Slim Jean by Orslow $329

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