If there’s more than one coming-apart-at-the-seams piece of clothing in your wardrobe rotation, a slight revamp for fall is in order. For this roundup of key pieces for men, we’ve kept all items under $50 and offered lots of variety for WFH (work from home) looks, durable stuff for those who work outside, and easy pieces for lounging.
TEES, SWEATERS AND BUTTON-DOWN SHIRTS
There’s no such thing as having too many white T-shirts (or grey, or black, or blue). These classic Fruit of the Loom crew neck shirts comes in a pack of four, with seven different colour options and sizes S-3XL. Available on Amazon.
Next up is a Henley, a casual staple that softens with wear and wash. First, choose a fit (slim fit, classic or big and tall) and find a colour that works on its own, or layer it under another shirt. Old Navy has a smart striped version (pictured) currently on sale for $12.
Half-zip sweaters are everywhere right now because they are both comfortable and polished enough for the office — there are 18 different colours to choose from here, from basic grey to a punchy blue. Available on Amazon.
Want to step it up a little from a Henley shirt but don’t want to make the leap right to a button-down dress shirt? Polo shirts fall right in between, with a collar (a must for some office environments) and two buttons. You can tuck it into dress pants or wear it loose with jeans. The white is crisp and stylish and the taupe is very on-trend (but not too trendy) for 2021. Available at the Gap.
Roll-neck sweaters are just the right amount of preppy; this one comes in three colours (sage, grey and soft orange, pictured). Pairs well with khakis, jeans or tapered sweatpants. Available at Old Navy.
There’s no escaping a plaid shirt in Canada, so we’re embracing it with this classic from Mark’s. If the standard red/black check is a little too on the nose, the burgundy/black option (pictured) is a great colour combo. Available at Mark’s.
If basics are feeling a too predictable, step away from the black/white/grey/navy shades. Keep the cut classic (like this long-sleeve tee) and opt for some colour (like hot pink or bright blue) or a print, like green or purple tie dye. Available at the Gap.
DENIM, SLACKS AND SWEATPANTS
Dickie’s is the go-to name in sturdy outdoor wear — Walmart has a selection of Genuine Dickies (made specifically for big-box retailers at a lower price point) like these work pants. Available at Walmart.
Coffee runs, WFH and lounging with friends are all reasons to slip into something a little more comfortable (we mean sweatpants, obviously). This pair has a subtle camo print, drawstring, pockets and a tapered leg. Available at Joe Fresh.
VESTS AND COATS
Sometimes a chill in the air requires a little more than a long sleeve shirt but a little less than a coat — we’re pretty sure that’s why vests were invented. This puffer is ready to be layered over a new shirt. Available at Old Navy.
That being said, there’s simply no escaping a rain coat here. If a name brand logo isn’t a concern, this no-fuss rain jacket with a detachable hood does the trick. Available on Amazon in four different colours (for slightly over $50).
SNEAKERS AND BOOTS
Sneakers should be worn until they fall apart (so comfort over trendy is the key). These Adidas NMD_R1 have the standard three-strip design in grey, with just a pop of orange and grey. (This is the only colour combo on sale for under $40.) Available at Sport Check.
These Zoo York boots take notes from high-end designer lines with the all-black construction, rubber toe and shearling lining. They look a lot more expensive than the price tag ($42). Available at West49.
For a mix of a boot and a sneaker, these ankle hiking boots work with sweats, jeans and cords. Comes in three different colour combos (we’re partial to the black/grey). On sale and selling fast at Mountain Warehouse.
UNDERWEAR, GLOVES AND TOQUES
Double up on thick socks with this two-pack of moisture guard thermal boot socks. The blend of wool, copper, polyester, nylon and spandex wicks away moisture to keep feet dry and the arch support can help with long days in work boots. Available at Mark's.
If you are already a devotee of Vancouver underwear brand SAXX (or have been wanting to try out a pair,) go for the boxer shorts (currently on sale) or a popular boxer brief with a very unique print. Available at SAXX.
This base set (long-sleeve shirt and compression long johns) is made for outdoor work (or skiing, hiking, jogging, etc.). The fabric is stretchy and wicks away moisture without adding any bulk. Available on Amazon.