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The 20 Best Style Basics for Men

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


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.

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The T-Shirt

You can never have enough tees.

Resin Crew Slub Tee by Buck Mason $28

Sojourn Tee by Outerknown $42

Slim-Fit T-Shirt by Alex Mill $55

Regular Tee by Velva Sheen $59

The Polo Shirt

Like your favorite tee, but dressed up.

Polo Shirt by Lacoste for J.Crew $98

Felix Polo Shirt by Orelebar Brown $120

Cotton-Piqué Polo Shirt by Maison Kitsuné $150

Riviera Polo Shirt by Sunspel $150

The Sweatshirt

For relaxed weekends and casual settings.

Classic Pocket Sweatshirt by Todd Snyder + Champion $98

Garment-Dyed Loopback Sweatshirt by Aspesi $140

Loopback Cotton-Jersey Sweatshirt by Reigning Champ $150

Freedom Sleeve Sweatshirt by The Real McCoy’s $159


A step up from Dockers and Dickies.

Connor Slim-Fit Chinos by Club Monaco $100

Gio by Unis $198

New Fisherman Cotton-Twill Chinos by Officine Generale $275

Slim-Fit Chinos by Incotex $335


Wear them in, and wear them for years.

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

1960 606 Jeans by Levi’s Vintage Clothing $225

Slim-Fit Stretch-Denim Jeans by AMI $245

107 Ivy League Slim Jean by Orslow $329

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