Men’s Best Clothing Guide – Updated Frequently
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Our Best Men’s Best Clothing Picks – A quick guide
We have three different choices of picks: The We Tried It Pick, the best Overall and the best inexpensive pick. All we would (and typically do) wear.
- The We Tried It Pick: this is what we choose to wear the most. It’s not always the most or least expensive but the best for the money.
- The best overall pick: if money is no object, this would be our pick.
- The best inexpensive pick: a good choice that is still worth it, if you’re trying to save some money.
There may be a pick (like best Dress Shirt, for example), that only has 1 pick. This is our We Tried It Pick, Best Overall AND we wouldn’t waste money on a cheaper option.
Who are we and why does our opinion even matter?
We’re 2 self-proclaimed lifehackers with two kiddos looking to get the most from spending the least. Before we started WeTried.It, we were always trying all the newest things (like Tovala and Mizzen + Main Main) and people would ask us for our honest opinion. So, we decided to create this website to give you our honest takes on the newest products.
Best Dress Shirt – Mizzen + Main
This one is pretty easy and clear cut for us: It’s, hands-down Mizzen + Main. Their dress shirts don’t look like Under Armour Clothes, but they act like it. They don’t get wrinkles, are machine washable and very breathable. I’ve walked through the streets of New York City in the middle of the summer and you would never know that I was sweating out of my own skin.
The only thing we don’t love? They can be expensive (around $100). However, if you factor in no dry cleaning, the savings add pretty quickly. It will be your go-to shirt for work and travel. We promise. Read our full Mizzen + Main Review, also see our Mizzen + Main Flannel Review and Mizzen + Main Chino Review.
Also, check out the best men’s performance dress shirts, too.
Pro Tip: The Trim fit is VERY trim. I typically wear a size Medium in everything, but I wear a Small Standard or Medium Trim in everything Mizzen + Main. If you are unsure of sizes, order two sizes – they have a great return policy. Also, check out their Last Chance page for great deals.
Be sure to check out our Best Performance Dress Shirt post.
Best Polo Shirt
Polo Shirts have been the rage with the new Work From Home Culture. They are not t-shirts but they aren’t dress shirts easier. The happy medium is certainly Polo Shirts. They look dressy but not-too-dressy. They feel like a T-Shirt.
For the Best Polo Shirt, the choice isn’t as clear-cut as the best dress shirt.
Polo Shirts: What we are looking for
One quick pet peeve on polo shirts: the collars. Now that I mention it, you’ll notice that the collars on many polo shirts curl after several washes.
Best Polo Shirt: We Tried It Pick – Mizzen + Main
When Mizzen + Main Polos came out, they were almost $100 – way too much. But since then, they’ve come down in price – about $50. Under Armour Polos were our number one pick, but for about $5 more, you can get a Mizzen + Main Polo, which is much better!
Pro Tip: The Mizzen + Main Polo is a little on the baggy side (it was designed to golf in), if you want something a little more trim, check out the Oliver’s District Polo Review.
Both shirts don’t have collars that curl and are lightweight and comfortable. The Mizzen + Main Polo Shirts are REALLY lightweight, but are made of 100% Polyester. They have the Polyester Shine to them, while the Olivers District Polo is mostly cotton, with Polyester Woven in. I like the way the Olivers shirt looks, however hair (dog and human) stick to it easily.
Best Inexpensive Polo – Everlane Performance Polo
If more than $50 is not your cup of tea, I get it it. If you want the best inexpensive polo, the Everlane Performance Polo is the best choice. The good part is that you get polo that is mostly cotton – similar to the pique cotton used in the Olivers District Polo. But it is 93% cotton and only 7% Elastane – a form of spandex. Read our full Everlane Performance Polo Review.
You’ll still get the small hairs sticking on the polo without the performance aspects of the Under Armour or Olivers promo. But you can buy several Everlane Performance Polos for the price of 1 District Polo.
Best Men’s T-Shirt
There have been a ton of T-shirt companies coming out of the woodwork recently: from subscription t-shirt companies to super expensive ones.
We like t-shirts that fit well, are comfortable, soft and last a long time. We tend to like crew necks or v-necks and also really like shirts with a curved hem – the bottom of the shirt where it is longer in the front and back and comes back up on the sides. It gives the shirt a bit more of a polished look without looking long and boxy.
Best T-Shirt: We Tried It Pick – Buck Mason
Buck Mason makes several t-shirts that we love but we love anything made from their vintage tri-blend cotton. It comes in several shades of black, grey and blue – and you can’t go wrong with any of them.
Best T-Shirt: runner up: Fresh Clean Tees
For just over $12, you can own some incredibly high quality t-shirts. They even have a subscription service to keep your tees, well, fresh. See our full Fresh Clean Tees Review and use our Fresh Clean Tees Promo Code. Also, check out our comparison: Fresh Clean Tees vs. True Classic Tees.
We still SLIGHTLY like Buck Mason’s Tees, but these are about half the price.
Best Inexpensive Pick: Hanes Performance Tees from Wal-Mart
You don’t win any fashion awards with these shirts, but you will have a full wallet – these are perfect shirts for mowing the lawn – or just sleeping in. You can’t go wrong. They’ve lasted a surprisingly long time, too! You can get the Hanes Performance Tee at Wal-Mart.
Best Men’s Jeans
Jeans are tough because everyone has a different cut they like and different fits. We like a pair that can be worn with nice shoes and a dress shirt, but still super comfortable. Read our full Best Mens Jeans review.
Another must have: no bleeding when you first get the pants!!! This freaked my doctor out when I wore a new pair of jeans to a doctor appointment. She thought I had Raynaud’s syndrome.
Best Jeans: We Tried It pick – Perfect Jean
Super stretchy, soft, comfortable jeans for about $60? Yes, please! You simply can’t beat the stretch and price of this Jean company. Use our Perfect Jean Promo Code found in our Perfect Jean Review to save more.
Best Jeans – Best Overall – Duer Jeans
We’ve tried many different brands (and have several more on the way), ranging from brands you’ve heard (like Levi’s) to ones you haven’t, like Duer.
Duer’s Jeans are available in a ton of different styles and colors. I loved their Performance Denim and loved it. They are the jeans I wear most often, however, they are 2x as expensive as the Perfect Jean.
Read our full Duer Jean Review.
Best Jeans: Runner Up – Bluffworks Departure Jeans
I also really like these jeans, especially for traveling. They are incredibly high quality and have a ton of hidden pockets. This worked out really well for traveling to Mexico. I kept our passports in the hidden pockets of the Bluffworks Jeans.
Check out our full Bluffworks Review, too.
Best Jean Alternative
There are several categories that could fall here, but I simply call these Jean Alternatives. Some are more of a Chino-style, others are more 5-pocket style actual Jean alternatives. We like pants here that don’t wrinkle easy, are lightweight, stretchy and can be worn with nice shoes and a dress shirt – or a t-shirt and some Allbirds, for example. See our mega jean alternative review for me and our best mens pants review, too.
Best Jean Alternative – We Tried It Pick: Lululemon ABC pants + Myles Tour Pants
This is one of the closest between all the other categories. We love the Lululemon ABC Pants, especially the commission pants (read our full ABC Pants Review) The Commission Pants are more chino style while the Myles Tour Pants are more Jean style – but we really like the fabric of the Tour Pants. They are awesome, very lightweight and super stretchy.
If you want more Chino style pants, go with the Lululemon Commission. If you want more Jean style (5 pocket), go with the Myles Tour pants. You can’t go wrong with either.
Best Jean alternative – best inexpensive option
As we covered in our Jean alternative roundup, we were very pleasantly surprised with the English Laundry pants we found at Costco (and on Amazon, too). These are a super inexpensive option if you want to try something new. They are also incredibly comfortable.
Best Everyday Shorts
When we say everyday shorts, we mean shorts that you would wear out and about – not shorts you’d wear around the house, as much. I know these days there is a lot less wearing clothes out and about.
Best Everyday Short – Lululemon Commission Shorts
These are the perfect balance between form and function. They look like more traditional Chino shorts but have some technical abilities.
Be sure to also check out our Olivers Capital Short Review.
Best Workout Shorts
I like lightweight shorts that don’t really look like workout shorts. Sure, the material has to be stretchy, but that doesn’t mean the shorts should look like Champion basketball shorts from the 90s.
Best Workout Shorts – We Tried It Pick – Myles Everyday Short or Olivers All Over Short
There are many different options here, but we keep on coming back to both of these shorts. We really like the second generation Myles Everyday Short, (read our Myles Everyday Short review) especially because it has the back pocket. It’s also lighter weight and makes less noise than the previous generation.
We previously said the competition was close. However, Olivers added an ugly logo on the front pant leg of these pants, and we can no longer recommend them.
But the addition of the back pocket on the Myles short puts it over the edge.
Check out our full Olivers Shorts vs. Myles Shorts Comparison.
Best Men’s Suit
Suits are also difficult, a lot of people have a lot of opinions about what is the best suit. We were looking for something that was comfortable, good-looking, and didn’t have to be dry cleaned. Yes, it’s possible…
No matter what suit you get make sure to get the suit tailored. That makes all the difference. It makes a not-so-expensive suit look way more expensive.
Best Suit: We Tried It Pick: Bluffworks
The Bluffworks Suit is a great combo of versatility, comfort and features. All for a fair price.
Best Dress Pants
Best Dress Pants – We Tried It Pick – Mizzen + Main Baron Chinos
These are a newcomer in the Chino space, but we really love them. They are comfortable, stretch, but not too stretchy and – most importantly – don’t look like athletic pants.
Best Dress Shoes
This one used to be Zerogrand (read our full Zerogrand Review). However, Zerogrand has become a bit too popular (and a bit too noticeable) recently. We recently had the chance to try Amberjack Shoes and we love them! Check out our full Amberjack Review and buy Amberjack shoes here.
Best Workout Shoes
Allbirds Tree Dasher
I reviewed a ton of sandals to come down to my final two picks: Rainbow Sandals and Hari Mari Sandals. You simply can’t go wrong with either one. We wrote a full comparison of Rainbow Sandals vs. Hari Mari Sandals.
Other Great Shoes
We’ve also had the chance to review some other great shoe brands.
Vest Waterproof Shoes
What Vessi accomplished with these waterproof shoes is nothing short of remarkable. Lightweight, comfortable shoes that are both waterproof AND breathable. Those two things usually don't go hand in hand. However, they aren't for everyone.
They are the PERFECT shoes for camping or soggy days (snow AND rain), but we wish the styling was a little more in line with our taste.
The best thing of all, they are also very breathable. Check out our full Vessi Shoes Review for more information.
We kept on seeing Sauvs Shoes around social media and had to give them a shot.
They are a little more “sock-y” than shoe – but it makes them very lightweight and very comfortable. Read our full Suavs Shoes Review.
Best Sleep Wear
You can wear a lot of different types of clothes to wear to sleep. But this is an easy option for me. I only have 1 pick here: these super inexpensive sleep shorts from Amazon. They are only $19.99 for a 2 pack!
Sunglasses are another tough one, simply because they are one of the few items that we actually care about name brands. It’s not logical, but it’s true.
Best Sunglasses: We Tried It Pick – Ray Ban Wayfarer
These are my go-to sunglasses, all the time, except when I’m doing something super active outside. They can be on the expensive side, but they will last forever
Best Sunglasses: Budget Pick
Honestly, when you are wearing sunglasses, you can’t tell the difference between Knockarounds and Ray-Bans. If you get the polarized lenses, at most the Knockarounds will cost about $30. Use our Knockaround Promo code to get them even cheaper and read our full Knockaround Review to learn more.
I hate wearing belts, simply because they never seem to be the right size, even between holes. I don’t know why. So, I like customized belts where you can make them EXACTLY the size you need them to be.
Best Belt: We Tried It Pick: Grip6 Ninja Belt
Made in the USA and a great overall belt. It has a little bit of overall stretch, but not enough to not hold you pants up. The only dig is that it isn’t super fancy and doesn’t look great dressed up
Best Belt: Fancier pick – Nordstrom Belts
If you need a fancier belt, the best advice we have is to take the shoes you are trying to match into your nearest Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack. This will help you match your shoes exactly – sometimes doing it online is more difficult.
Best Socks for Men
We’ve wrote about our love for Bombas Socks before in our Bombas Sock Review (also check out our Bombas Promo Code, too). But our favorite men’s pair of socks is actually from Myles Apparel. The Myles Wool Socks are incredible (about $25/pair). Read more about the Best Wool Socks.
On their website they say, “The first pair you’ll grab after laundry day,” and it’s 100% true. I don’t wear socks that often (because I’m usually in Allbirds), but they are my first option when I DO have to wear socks.
Men’s Best Clothes Guide: What are we missing?
Are we missing something (besides the coat review, that’s coming soon!)? Is there anything else you’d wish we would provide our recommendation on? Send us your suggestions in the comments below!