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The Best Men’s Wardrobe Basics
Regardless of taste, budget or fashion preferences, every man needs a solid set of style staples in his wardrobe. From plain white T-shirts to simple thrown-on jumpers, a good selection of basics will serve you well, day after day, year after year.
But with every brand and designer offering these core pieces these days, where should you start when looking to replenish your wardrobe cornerstones?
To guide you, we’ve rounded up ten of our favourite basics brands on the market.
Hailing from Japan, this fast fashion retailer has played a huge part in streamlining the modern wardrobe.
It now offers everything from cotton T-shirts and vests to linen shirts and cashmere knits in a wide range of colours, so you can make your collection of basics stand out or blend in as much as you like.
Plus, the brand’s extremely reasonable price points are tough to beat.
Available in stores and online at Uniqlo.com.
Swedish retailer H&M also plays its part in serving up affordable, good value basics, offering a range of in-house brands to suit your personal style.
Since arriving on the UK high street almost thirty years ago, this one-stop fashion shop has opened up over sixty stores in the country, making its brand of Scandinavian simplicity more accessible than ever.
Available in stores and online at hm.com.
As a relative newcomer to the UK market, American export J.Crew has proven itself to be a worthy contender when it comes to high quality, pared-back menswear.
It basics are plentiful and versatile, coming in a range of shades, cuts and fabrics, including a ‘Tall Shop’ for the larger gent.
Expect a premium finish and plenty of choice.
Available in stores and online at jcrew.com.
4. James Perse
This LA-based label is suave and simple, taking a laid-back West Coast approach to everything it does.
Its extensive, but not exhaustive, range of premium basics are crafted from the highest quality fabrics and come in simple blocked shades that make them ideal for seasonal layering.
Available at jamesperse.com and Mr Porter.
5. American Apparel
This American label describes its offering as “fashionable basics”, selling nothing but casual styles suitable for everyday wear.
You can pick up everything you need in one sweep at its stores – from underwear and T-shirts to casual jackets and knitwear – while each piece is made in the US with a dedication to sweatshop free production.
Plus, prices start at just £3.
Available in stores and online at americanapparel.co.uk.
6. Mango Man
Joining its well established womenswear department in 2008, Mango Man (previously H.E. by Mango) has since become a much-loved brand in its own right.
Its aesthetic is fresh, understated and effortlessly cool, which carries through to its range of reasonably-priced basics. We particularly like the brand’s wide range of chinos, which come in every shade, cut and fabric you can imagine.
Available in stores and online at mango.com.
This label may hail from Copenhagen, but NN.07 is dedicated to fashion with “no borders or boundaries” – the ‘NN’ part of its name even stands for ‘No Nationality’.
As a result, the brand’s range of basics is versatile and varied, providing everything you could ever need in your wardrobe, from simple striped tees to clean-cut chinos.
Available at nn07.com and Mr Porter.
When it comes to the world of e-tail, there are very few that match up to online fashion heavyweight ASOS.
Its extensive range of in-house basics also packs a punch, offering everything from plain T-shirt and underwear multi-packs to jeans and chinos in modern cuts – all at extremely accessible prices.
Whether it’s a longline top, denim jacket or summer vests you’re after, you’re guaranteed to find it here.
Available at ASOS.com.
9. Club Monaco
Canadian label Club Monaco first hit the UK in 2013 when it opened its flagship store on London’s Westbourne Grove, and has since garnered many adoring fans.
Owned by Polo Ralph Lauren, the preppy label knows its stuff when it comes to classic casual dressing. Its range of high quality, pared-back separates are ideal for building a timeless, versatile wardrobe that will transcend the seasons.
Available at clubmonaco.com and Mr Porter.
This British high street institution is renowned nationwide for its quality basics – we’re pretty sure everyone has owned some Marks and Spencer underwear in their lifetime.
Nowadays, the retailer continues to turn out affordable pieces that are built to last. Take its collaborative loungewear line with model David Gandy as proof that luxurious basics needn’t come with an extortionate price tag.
Available in stores and online at marksandspencer.com.