14 Things Guys Owe It To Themselves To Have In Their Closet
Comfort and style don't have to be mutually exclusive.
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At over $30 a pop, they're not cheap, but their breathability, light texture, and defining hem make them worth every penny. I bought one last spring, wore it once, and then went back to the store and bought five more in different earthy colors.
Get them from Buck Mason for
$32 (available in sizes XS–XXL and in 17 colors).
Turns out, work pants don't have to be uncomfortable, boxy,
or boring. Bonobos washed chinos are made with 2% Lycra, giving them ample stretch; have a curved waistband that conforms to your body; and are incredibly customizable, coming in 33 colors, 11 waist sizes and six lengths, and five fits.
Get them from Bonobos for
$68.60 (available in waist sizes 28"–40", five fit styles, six lengths, and 33 colors).
black bomber jacket from Topman that makes whatever you're wearing under it look immediately 75% cooler.
Throw it on over a T-shirt or sweater and, voilà, you're ready to roll. I've had mine for a full five years, and it's still my go-to when I'm in a hurry and need a quick way to jazz up whatever I'm wearing.
Get it from Topman for
$48.75 (originally $65, available in sizes S–XL).
I'm a pretty casual guy, and I wear jeans a lot. Or at least I used to until I bought my first pair of Lululemon's ABC (anti-ball crushing) pants. While they do
look like jeans, if not a little more sleek, they feel like anything but: Made with polyester Warpstreme fabric, they've got the perfect amount of stretch so that you don't dream of ripping them off the minute you get home from work.
Get them from Lululemon for
$128 (available in 28"–40" waist sizes, 32" and 34" lengths with free hemming, and six colors).
J.Crew's untucked chambray shirt that's softer and more versatile than it has any right to be.
Like denim, but lighter, this chambray shirt looks
so spiffy, but feels so incredibly comfortable. Easily dressed up or down, it'll quickly become the first button-up you reach for no matter where you're headed. Bonus: It's machine-washable and gets softer with each wash.
Get it from J.Crew for
$47.70 (available in sizes XS–XL in four fits).
lounge shorts that are slim enough to wear as boxers, but substantial enough to wear around the house — and even the neighborhood.
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From approximately May to September, I change into my Nice Laundry lounge shorts every single day when I get home from work — they're
that comfortable. As another customer put it, "Let's say they took a cloud, turned it into a fabric, [and] made that fabric into shorts — that’s what these are."
Get them from Nice Laundry for
$28 (available in sizes S–XL in five colors).
Madewell skinny jeans that are skinny, yes, but not too skinny (i.e. they don't cut off your circulation).
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It's been a little over a year since Madewell's menswear launch, and since then, I've worn Madewell skinny jeans approximately every other day (when I'm not wearing the ABC pant). Unlike other skinny jeans, which do their best to cut off circulation throughout the day, these have the slightest bit more room for added comfort.
Get them from Madewell for
$128 (available in 28"–36" waist sizes and 30", 32", and 34" lengths).
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This review sums it up perfectly: "This jacket is the perfect wash of denim and has minor distressing which does not distract, but makes it look worn in." —
Basically, you'll look like you've had it for years the first day you wear it, which is exactly what you want in a jean jacket.
Get it from Madewell for
$128 (available in sizes XS–XL).
Allbirds' sustainably sourced, minimally branded
wool sneakers you can wear just about anywhere.
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One day soon, people are going to wake up and realize those chunky sneakers everyone's wearing don't look so great after all. Enter Allbirds, which exist at the complete opposite end of the sneaker spectrum. Their wool runners, which have gained a cult-like following these last few years, are "
lightweight, soft, and snug" and also just, like, really aesthetically pleasing.
Get them from Allbirds for
$95 (available in whole sizes 8–14 and in 13 colors).
Super-soft, tapered "
sweatpants" that will undoubtedly become your weekend uniform.
Made with 6% Spandex, Outdoor Voices' CloudKnit sweatpants are unquestionably the softest sweatpants I've ever worn. My coworker Peggy loves them, too, because "they aren't really thick and fleecy the way
sweatpants normally are."
Get them from Outdoor Voices for
$85 (available in sizes XS–XL in four colors).
wool sweaters you can miraculously wash at home instead of getting dry cleaned.
I love sweater weather. What I don't love, though, is spending money getting sweaters dry-cleaned all winter long. Luckily that's not a concern with Bonobos' easy-care merino sweater: Just pop it in the washer and it's good to go all over again. I have it in three different colors and honestly can't imagine buying a dry-clean–only sweater ever again.
Get it from Bonobos for
$61.60 (available in sizes XS–XXL, two fits, and 12 colors).
Ankle zip pants that are 50% trousers, 50% sweatpants, and 100% comfortable.
My go-to plane pants, the Seth Zip Trousers from Club Monaco are also perfect for casual Fridays, weekend errands, and just about everything in between. Elastane gives them the perfect amount of stretch, while their tapered fit elevates them beyond your typical sweatpants or joggers.
Get them from Club Monaco for
$97.49 (available in two colors and in sizes 28–38; some sizes currently unavailable).
Good Man Brand henley whose jersey knit fabric makes it feel extra casual, but whose slim fit makes it look extra chic.
Henleys, by their very nature, aren't super dressy, but this one from Good Man Brand manages to elevate itself due to its sophisticated fit. I've even worn mine out under a sport coat before!
Get it from Nordstrom Rack for
$39.97 (originally $88, available in sizes S–XXL and in three colors).
And finally, a
wrinkle-resistant suit you can wear right out of the box — no tailoring necessary.
The No. 1 rule of buying a suit (which tends to be expensive) is that you need to get it tailored before wearing it (which requires spending more money). The Bonobos Daily Grind suit, however, is neither incredibly expensive nor in need of tailoring. The blazer comes in 17 different sizes and four fits, and the pants come in 11 waist sizes, 4 fits, and 5 lengths, meaning it's ready-to-wear the day it arrives in the mail.
Get it from Bonobos for
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