Best cheap men’s clothing that will stand the test of time

There is no need to clean up your bank account in the name of design greatness. The best cheap men’s clothing will keep your fashion crown securely on your head while keeping your wallet full. As the wise Swedish rapper Young Lin once said, “It is important to learn how to dress before you have money because if someone only handed you money, you would look like an idiot.” But where do you go for that wardrobe? We’ve rounded up a handful of menswear essentials to add to your wardrobe, each one as stylish and long-lasting as they are affordable. From classic blue jeans and layered underwear to loafers that fit everything, here are the best cheap men’s clothing you need.

Uniqlo long-sleeved shirt in super soft oversized fabric

Uniqlo is the obvious choice for affordable premium essentials. From polo shirts and jackets to down jackets, the huge Japanese retailer does it all with ingenious design at a good price. Their cufflinks and shirts combo will get you through a job interview or making a *second* appointment.

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Kirkland Men’s Signature Round Neck T-Shirt (6 Pack)

There is a mountain of simple white tees we can imagine, many of which are really affordable. You can’t go wrong with versions from Uniqlo, Hanes, or Gildan – but the Kirkalnd Signature Six Pack is our favorite. The fabric is not thin, and the cut is not too tight or too loose. And you actually don’t need a Costco membership to get it (whew). If this is something you will only buy one, we may suggest another option. But a simple white shirt is essential and you should have several shirts, so you can also slow down your drawer with these clothes.

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Dickie Jeans With Six Pockets Regular

Met Gala dressmakers, Dickies also wear a Canadian tuxedo.

Don’t misunderstand us – Levi’s 501 jean is the best jean ever, and it’s pretty cool. But if you want to save a few more bucks, the Dickies Six Pocket Regular Jeans are the jeans you should sneak into.

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adidas samba shoes

Sambas is making a comeback, along with an even bigger wave of football-infused menswear, and we’re all in favor of that.

Sportswear, slimming wear, streetwear – adidas does it all. But for now, they’ve made their Samba sneakers an absolutely essential sneaker. There may be a moment, but Samba has staying power thanks to its classic design. And you can find it consistently for around $50, depending on where you’re looking.

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Levi’s Trucker Jacket

All your favorite style icons have one thing in common – this jacket.

There are a lot of options for outerwear. Whether it’s a lightweight golf jacket, a roulette coat, or a bomber, you’re not making a wrong decision. The Levi’s Trucker Jacket is totally classic and always a great deal, considering whatever you get. Namely, hardy denim, perfect fit, and flattering grip.

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LLBean Wrinkle Free Double L Chino Pants

You probably have a pair of these in your dad’s closet by now, but don’t expect him to give them away. They’re cut from a crisp, wrinkle-free khaki cotton knit in a roomy old school fit that pairs well with your favorite hoodie or oversized shirt.

Everyone needs a good pair of chinos in their wardrobe. They’re next in line when blue jeans take a break, but that doesn’t mean they’re any less versatile. While J.Crew might first come to mind, these LL Bean joints are nearly as good, but about a third of the price.

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GH Bass & Co. “Larson” Wiggles Loafers

Bass Weejuns have been an icon since the 1930s, and when it comes to loafers – or any shoe really – you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better value.

Think of loafers like a magic shoe. It’s more dressy than a sneaker, but not as stifling as a proper shoe. It’s the Swiss Army boot knife, it does it all and you definitely need a pair. Specifically, Weejun loafer. It’s the best penny for your dollar and will solve any problem you come across.

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Champion LIFE Reverse Weave Trousers

These days, most people wear sweatpants due to stretching and lack of exercise. And you can do so much worse with Champion’s Reverse Weave sweatpants. It is thick but soft. Plus, they’re cut in the perfect relaxed fit that’s not sloppy and far from fitting for a skinny jogger.

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Dr. Martins 1461 Oxford

Giving someone a pair of shoes not only proves that you are aware of their taste, but also that you care enough for it. Remember the size of their foot.

It’s hard to get a shoe that doesn’t fit sneakers at an affordable price that doesn’t fall apart on you, eliminating the money you saved in the first place. Dr. Martens is the answer.

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Gold Toe Cotton Crew 656s Sports Socks (6 Pairs)

Those white tube socks your dad used to wear with sandals while running the grill every weekend? It’s now the hottest accessory on the runway at Paris Fashion Week and on stage at every music festival. Fortunately, that sudden jump in prestige didn’t affect its affordability at all.

If you’ve ever set foot in Target, Walmart, or any other big box store, you’ve probably seen the Gold Toe. The brand has been keeping your little guys dressed up for decades and they do what they do well. We included it in the Best Stuff Box for a reason. Choose the classic white sock for everyday wear or pair it with black if you need to pair it with some stylish shoes.

Calvin Klein cotton boxer shorts

Calvin Klein’s revolutionary boxers have prevailed for years. The cut is sexy on every man and the fabric has just the right stretch and softness. Although there are cheaper options we love, we can’t deny how good the CK is. So, since you’ll be buying lingerie in bulk anyway, you might as well get the mega package and increase the value you get for each pair.

Russell Athletic Dri-Power pullover sweater

For a hair over twenty dollars, Russell Athletic makes a better hoodie than most. It seems reasonable. They invented the hood, after all.

Are you looking for sportswear? Nike is the place to go. Their woven shorts are ubiquitous, causing tantrums on Twitter and prompting daily PR squats. Plus it looks good on everyone.

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