Shopping is a chore. Especially when it entails parking decks, dressing rooms and, you know, people.
Which is why a smart fella invests intelligently — read: selvedge denim, Goodyear welt shoes — and replenishes sparingly.
Your socks, tees and undies, however, require the occasional (dare we say frequent?) re-up.
Good news: we know seven new companies that’ll mail all that garb straight to your door. Just point, click, et voila: better, cleaner, crispier you.
A newcomer to the basics scene, Related Garments sells its undies and socks in matching sets. You get boxer briefs, one pair of dress socks and a pair of booties, which come in handy when the mercury starts pushing three digits.
Y Athletics stepped onto the scene a few years ago with their silver-stitched workout gear (silver is a natural odor repellent), and they now have a pair of similarly constructed undies they say will never smell bad. They’re a godsend for traveling.
Workout gear is always in need of a re-up. Rhone’s gear is the silver-standard of athletic wear, and their running shorts have a lining that feels like silk and never rides up.
Mack Weldon makes mesh polos and tees out of pima and merino, both of which are heaven in the heat. Plus: you can order in packs.
Dyer and Jenkins
These guys started out with American Heritage-style denim but have since branched out into basics. Their tees fit just below the belt, are soft on the hand and come in simple colors — white, black, natural and navy. And they’re on sale.
Richer or Poorer
Richer or Poorer started out with playful accent socks but has since branched out into undies and tees, which they offer in two-packs in ultra soft solids sans logos. They also offer a subscription service.
Buck Mason’s Venice Wash Cotton Slub tee is considered one of the best T-shirts out there because it’s small-batch cotton is gently loomed so it maintains its shape and feel over time. The fit is great, just below the belt, and it’s rounded at the bottom seam for guys who like to tuck.
Makers of best-in-class dress shirts for their price, Combatant Gentleman just opened a store in downtown Santa Monica. New job? You can restock your entire closet without breaking the bank.