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    19 Menswear Basics From J.Crew That Reviewers Truly Love

    Because if we're looking good, we're feeling good.

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    1. A "1994" crewneck T-shirt made from durable, heavyweight cotton that still manages to offer a relaxed fit after all these years. While '94 was a great year for music and celebrity car chases, it was apparently an even greater year for tees.

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    Promising review: "Huge, huge fan of these T-shirts. They are a bit thicker and not overly soft, but they are sturdy and hold their shape and they just feel like good quality. I think they run pretty true to size, maybe a little bit on the looser side, but I really like how it fits. I'm 6-foot-1, 205 pounds and I prefer the large, although I could get away with a medium (but I couldn't put it in the dryer, which is annoying, so I much prefer the large so I can dry it). Please keep making these with as many colors as possible." —Jimmy from Georgia

    Get it from J. Crew for $45 (available in sizes XS-XXL, classic and tall fits, and seven colors).

    2. A four-pocket, trucker-style denim jacket, which won't require a commercial driver's license to own and operate. Wear it behind the wheel, wear it walking, wear it anywhere.

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    Promising review: "This jacket fits the way a denim jacket should fit and so happy available in XS. Bought the classic color, The denim is a little thinner than previous denim jackets J.Crew had in the past but still well worth the money if you catch it on sale, it’s sure to be a staple in my wardrobe for some time." —Paul from Iowa

    Get it from J. Crew for $58 (available in sizes XS-XXL and two colors).

    3. A pair of slightly-stretchy, straight-fit chino pants you can just as easily call khakis, no one will mind. A total J. Crew classic to be sure. If you're ever confused about what pants to wear, these are the pants. See, they're doing that whole, "comfortable but stylish" thing.

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    Promising review: "I am leery trying anything listed w/ 'stretch' as I've had bad experiences w/ materials that are made to stretch and ultimately holding their shape. In this case, J.Crew has the answer. This most recent purchase was my third color in this line of pants, due to the first two pairs being exceptional. I'll probably add more colors as my older pants wear. The stretch on these is slight and despite numerous washes and wears, they hold their shape very, very well. Buy your regular size and expect that they will stay that way for some time to come. Though I've only had this pair upon which I review for a week, I bought them due to my experience with this style, which has been excellent." —Bosco from Grand Rapids, MI

    Get it from J. Crew for $22.99+ (available in sizes 28/32-44/32 and 20 colors).

    4. A garment-dyed slub cotton polo shirt with just the right amount of fade to give that worn-in look that never feels worn out. (Note: wash separately, wear with similar or darker shades, dyed colors might run onto lighter clothes).

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    Promising review: "Great cut, comfortable cotton. Bought one in every color. Shrinks just a little after washing but probably not enough to purchase the next size up." —Ryan from Atlanta

    Get it from J. Crew for $22.50 (available in sizes XS-XXL, three fits, and eight colors).

    5. A vintage-style French terry hoodie that, yes, is in fact made of a variation of terry cloth for an extra well-constructed but equally comfortable fit. Wear it over a T-shirt, under a light jacket or blazer, or tie it around your waist if it gets too damn hot. You've got options.

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    Promising review: "It's a great piece to have in your wardrobe, nice and heavyweight for a hoodie and the elastic at the cuffs and waist holds its shape very nicely." —Carlos from New Jersey

    Get it from J. Crew for $79.50 (available in sizes XS–XXL and two fits).

    6. A pair of washed canvas sneakers offset by hiking boot laces which could certainly qualify as your "dress Vans" for those times when slip-ons are a bit too casual. Also a J. Crew exclusive, so go treat your feet.

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    Promising review: "Great looking shoe. Classic Vans craftsmanship. The off-white sole coupled with the different laces make these stand out from regular Vans. These features give the shoe a more refined, elevated look. I pretty much only wear Vans, but these are my 'nice' shoes. Highly recommended ... so much so I ordered the blue pair too." —Greg from Dallas, TX

    Get it from J. Crew for $60 (available in sizes 5-13 and three colors).

    7. A pair of "weather-beaten" shorts with a 5-inch inseam that officially qualifies them as "short-shorts." If you can believe it, these were designed with a little extra stretch for slightly more athletic endeavors than standing around with a drink in your hand.

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    Promising review: "These shorts fit a bit snug, and I'm not talking the waist...but other than that they are an absolutely great pop of color to any outfit and the length is perfect for average height/slightly shorter guys like me (5-foot-8)." —Ryan from Washington, DC

    Get it from J. Crew for $34 (available in sizes 28-40 and six colors).

    8. A simple, garment-dyed cotton baseball cap for those times when you don't want to sport a big old logo atop your dome. The adjustable buckle and leather strap at the back should accommodate most head sizes.

    Promising review: "You can’t really go wrong with this hat. I don’t particularly love any sports teams that I feel like I want to rep on my hat... but sometimes I still want to wear one. Great materials, stylish enough. Nice one J. Crew." —Josh from Darnestown, MD

    Get it from J. Crew for $39.50 (available in one size and six colors).

    9. A lightweight, "everyday" bomber jacket that you most certainly don't have to wear every day but will probably want to. It goes with almost anything that would qualify as casual. They've even removed the standard ribbed waist (in lieu of a more sleek and straight hem) for a slightly looser fit.

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    Promising review: "Overall satisfied with this Bomber Jacket. I am a 5-foot-11-inch, 190 lb male of average build and the jacket fits perfectly. It is not too tapered and has enough room for mobility. Torso might run too short for some but I like it. You might be able to fit a heavy shirt and or light sweater underneath." —Angel from Los Angeles

    Get it from J. Crew for $58 (available in sizes XS-XXL and two colors).

    10. A pair of "stretch-on-demand" water-resistant "tech" pants with mesh pockets and a zip back pocket. Bonus: the fabric has a UPF rating of 50+ for any outdoor activities under the sun.

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    Promising review: "Love the cut/silhouette of the 484s. They are my everyday work pants and can be dressed up with a button-down and boots, or dressed down with a T-shirt and slippers. The material is great – has the appearance of khakis, but feels comfortable and light with its four-way stretch. I currently rotate four pairs of this style and hope to get more if more colors are available." —Ryan from the Bay Area, CA

    Get it from J. Crew for $39.50 (available in sizes 28/30-44/32 and five colors).

    11. A linen shirt which looks better when it's a little wrinkled. The ideal collared shirt for keeping cool during the warm weather months. Hand wash only, please.

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    Promising review: "Nice fit. I'm an XXL so it's not easy to find shirts my size let alone ones that fit nicely. This shirt is generously cut without being too baggy and the quality and construction are above average. The linen is soft but not too thin as is sometimes the case with linen. Very happy with my purchase." —Michael from California

    Get it from J. Crew for $89.50 (available in sizes XS-XXL, four fits, and six colors).

    12. A retro-inspired, slim-fit Lacoste/J.Crew collab polo shirt that is basically the blueprint for all other polo shirts. Plus when you see that crocodile logo come out from hibernation, you know that summer has unofficially started.

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    Promising review: "Have always loved the Lacoste Polo, and with the updated tailoring it provides a better fit. I typically wear a large but had to size up to an XL because it was tight in the bicep. The overall quality is very high." —Garrett from Boston

    Get it from J. Crew for $59.50 (available in sizes XS-XL and nine colors).

    13. A rugged shirt-jacket in a durable duck canvas which still manages to have a little stretch. Also, "duck canvas" has nothing to do with waterfowl. It actually comes from the Dutch word "doek," which was the linen canvas used in their 18th-century naval uniforms.

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    Promising review: "I started off with the tan colored one and never felt more comfortable and ready for the day. The material and the overall quality of this shirt jacket is unreal, especially for the price. I love that I can use it as either just a shirt or an added layer with a nice knitted sweater underneath, which lately I’ve been very into. I got so many compliments the day I wore it, that two days later I went and bought the green and blue to have all three." —NeyRoy69 from New York, NY

    Get it from J. Crew for $49 (available in sizes XS-XXL and three colors).

    14. A collarless "1984" retro-inspired rugby crewneck with a chest stripe and a little extra fabric hanging from that back tail. Since it is constructed from heavy, durable cotton you could conceivably play some rugby in it.

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    Promising review: "Found this item to be as advertised, great fit and the material feels great. I can truly recommend this product as a comfortable sweatshirt. Looks great and did receive many compliments." —Booker from California

    Get it from J. Crew for $27.50 (available in sizes XS-XXL).

    15. A stretch, chambray workshirt made from organic cotton that does, in fact, do all the work while you get to hang out looking super stylish. At least by the shirt a round when you're out, after all it's done for you.

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    Promising review: "I really like this shirt. The cut isn’t terribly slim fitting but just enough. The fabric seems high quality and I’ve worn it several times. It’s survived the first couple of washes without any complaints. So, so far, so good." —Phil from St. Louis

    Get it from J. Crew for $48 (available in sizes XS-XXL and three fits).

    16. A pair of suede and leather Nike Killshot 2 sneakers which sound a lot more badass than they actually look. But you're not going for B.A. You're going to the store, or to work, or out for the evening, all of which you can do while wearing these.

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    Promising review: "This is my third pair of Nike Killshot's and it's one of my favorite sneakers. I still have and wear the first two pairs, but purchased another just because they've gotten dirty and needed a crisp pair. They are perfect for the summer and pretty much go with everything. I always get compliments on them too." —BAP2 from Atlanta, GA

    Get it from J. Crew for $90 (available in sizes 8-12 and two colors).

    17. A pair of skinny-fit, stretch jeans in dark worn-in wash that are "slim but not too tight." While they're constructed with fabric from Japan's oldest selvedge mill (established in 1888), these jeans aren't so set in their ways because they will, in fact, "stretch on demand."

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    Promising review: "The wash is just right. Not too much whiskering, just the right amount of natural-looking distress. Fit and comfort are just right, although the 32-inch inseam is slightly longer and I have to cuff them. I don’t mind because the cuff fits the look with a good pair of boots." —Ken K from Pittsburgh, PA

    Get it from J. Crew for $98 (available in sizes 28/30-36/34).

    18. A garment-dyed slub cotton short-sleeve henley, which is the perfect shirt for those who can't decide between a crewneck or a V-neck. Well, now you can have both!

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    Promising review: "I bought one of each color and they are sure to become a staple in my wardrobe this summer. Buy with confidence, these are fantastic shirts!" —ZeusABJ from Texas

    Get it from J. Crew for $22.50 (available in sizes XS-XXL, two fits, and nine colors).

    19. An organic cotton (with a little elastane thrown in there) gingham shirt, that while yes, seemingly every guy owns in navy blue, you can at least put your own spin on with a few more fun color combos.

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    Promising review: "I love this shirt, so much so that I have three in different colors. They look great with jeans but can be worn as a dressier option too" —Michael from Virginia

    Get it from J. Crew for $37.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXXL, four fits, and six colors).

    Listen, you're going to look good but just know that you're never going to look NBA-Finals-Lebron-in-suit-shorts kind of good. And that's OK.

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