All the Best Men’s Basics to Round-Out Your 2019 Wardrobe

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From tees to sweatshirts to slip-ons, we have the most basic of all basic menswear — but with an upgrade. Check out our favorite men’s basics and brands below for a few options to upgrade your wardrobe in 2019.

Socks

Pair of Thieves No-Show Socks – $10
Pair of Thieves No-Show Socks

A good pair of no-show socks is a requirement these days.

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Bombas Merino Dress Sock – $20
Bombas Merino Dress Sock

Merino wool is soft, supple, and breathable — a triple-threat when it comes to dress socks.

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Underwear

CDLP Boxer Brief – $29
CDLP Boxer Brief

If underwear could be described as creamy, CDLP would be just that. Wearing a pair of this Scandinavian brand’s skivvies feels like wearing nothing at all.

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Stance Wholester Butter Blend – $35
Stance Wholester Butter Blend

If underwear can be creamy, then this brand’s version is buttery soft. Don’t believe us? Check out this full review to convince you otherwise.

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T-Shirts

Unbound Merino Wool Crewneck – $65
Unbound Merino Wool Crewneck

Unbound’s merino wool crewneck t-shirt is one of the most comfortable and versatile we’ve ever worn. Wear it as a workout shirt or wear it to the office, dress it up or dress it down. Anyway way you wear it, you’ll love it.

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Saxx Undercover Crewneck – $34
Saxx Undercover Crewneck

Soft and stretchy, Saxx’s Undercover crewneck is the perfect piece to throw on with just a pair of jeans or under a bulky sweater.

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Shirts

Flint and Tinder Soft-Washed Oxford – $68
Flint and Tinder Soft-Washed Oxford

Made in Texas from lightweight Portuguese cotton, Flint and Tiner’s soft-washed Oxford not only stylish and comfortable, it’s affordable too.

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Mott & Bow Slim Button Down Kent – $69
Mott & Bow Slim Button Down Kent -

Slim fit but not too tight, Mott & Bow’s Kent shirt also features a shirt length that looks great both tucked and untucked, which isn’t something you find very often in Oxford shirts.

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Sweatshirts

Vast Splatter Pocket Crew – $60
Vast Splatter Pocket Crew

Be bold in this splatter patterned crewneck sweatshirt from Vast. This sweatshirt also scores bonus points for sporting two nearly invisible flat-seamed pockets.

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Todd Snyder + Champion Classic Pocket Sweatshirt – $98
Todd Snyder + Champion Classic Pocket Sweatshirt

Champion knows what’s up when it comes to sweatshirts and sweatpants so, when they partnered with Todd Snyder, we knew it was going to be good. Long story short, the pocket sweatshirt collab from these two well-known brands does not disappoint.

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Sweaters

Naadam Essential Cashmere Sweater – $75
best mens basics naadam tan cashmere sweater

If you don’t have a cashmere sweater in your closet, what are you even doing with your life? But seriously, cashmere is soft, warm, and wonderful. And at just $75, this sweater is a downright steal.

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Toad & Co. Strahlhorn Crew Sweater – $84
Toad & Co. Stalhorn Crew Sweater

Toad & Co.’s dedication to the environment is reflected in their Strahlhorn Crew Sweater, which is made from OEKO-TEX 100 certified fabric, which is a fancy way of saying that it’s free of any dangerous chemicals, dyes, and other materials. It also looks damn cool.

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Pants

Mission Workshop The Signal Pant – $225
Mission Workshop The Signal Pant

The Signal is a high-performance pant with DWR finish and 5-pocket stretch with a durable military-spec four-way stretch nylon fabric from the USA and it also happens to look handsome as hell in any of its colorways.

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Dockers Alpha Original Khaki – $55
Dockers Alpha Original Khaki

Every man needs a clean and simple pair of khaki pants. Let Dockers’ Alpha Original take care of that for you.

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Jeans

Outerknown Ambassador Slim Fit Jeans – $128
Outerknown Ambassador Slim Fit Jeans

Built entirely of organic cotton and guaranteed for life, if the jeans rip, break, or tear, you can send them back to Outerknown and they’ll get fixed right up.

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Buck Mason Slim Jean 3 Month Wash – $175
Buck Mason Slim Jean 3 Month Wash

Made in the USA out of denim with a little bit of stretch, the Buck Mason slim jean features copper rivets and nickel buttons. It’s the little things in life.

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Sweatpants

Brooklyn Cloth Cozy Knit Joggers – $40
Brooklyn Cloth Cozy Knit Joggers

If we could all live our lives in sweatpants, there’s a very good chance we would. And if that day magically occurs, we’ll choose Brooklyn Cloth’s cozy knit joggers to spend our days in.

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Olivers Apparel Transit Sweatpants – $148
Olivers Apparel Transit Sweatpants

Made from a super soft washable wool blend fabric, Olivers Transit sweatpants are odor resistant, thermoregulating, and perfect for everything from lounging on a Sunday to a late night run to the store.

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Shoes

Cole Haan Grand Pro Tennis Sneaker with Stitchlite – $60
Cole Haan Grand Pro Tennis Sneaker with Stitchlite

Lightweight, breathable, and designed with refined Cole Haan styling, the Gran Pro Tennis sneaker is a basic enough shoe to warrant inclusion in any man’s wardrobe.

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Koio Capri Triple White – $248
Koio Capri Triple White

You can’t go wrong with an all-white shoe and Koio’s Capri Triple White is far and away our favorite.

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Outerwear

Proof Field Jacket – $175
Proof Field Jacket

A midweight jacket with a water-resistant and breathable shell, the Field Jacket was designed to work in any weather, from a downpour to a windstorm.

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United By Blue Bison Utility Jacket – $188
United By Blue Bison Utility Jacket

Bison wool felt covers the upper portion of this jacket that also happens to be full of pockets and lined in flannel for extra warmth and structure.

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Bags

Mack Weldon GTX Commuter Bag – $128
Mack Weldon GTX Commuter Bag

While some men may object to carrying around a tote bag, those men have never tried Mack Weldon’s GTX Commuter bag. Made from water-resistant waxed canvas, the bag features a padded laptop pocket, eight other interior pockets, leather handles, and a top waterproof zipper closure to protect your EDC from the elements.

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SWIMS 24 Hour Holdall – $220
SWIMS 24 Hour Holdall

A good weekend bag makes packing for quick trips easy. By nature, the weekender’s small size prevents you from bringing anything you don’t need. And that’s why we love them. One of our favorites is SWIMS’ 24 Hour Holdall which can hold, you guessed it, enough stuff for 24 hours.

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