The Best Affordable Men’s Basics


The Best Affordable Men’s Basics

There’s been an age long debate about who makes the perfect t shirt, or jeans or shorts. Ofcourse there are a handful of premium names synonymous with wardrobe staples that can always be turned to but most of these don’t come cheap.


Brands now offer excellent alternatives to the big hitters that focus just as much on quality. So, if you’re looking to stock up on essentials but find yourself a little light of pocket, follow this hit list of the best affordable Men’s Basics.




The Japanese fast fashion king offers a wealth of styles – from long- and short-sleeved to V-necks and crew necks – in a spectrum of colors that will slot into any wardrobe.

Uniqlo’s soft handle Supima cotton and breathable ‘Dry Technology’ T-shirts are well known for their ability to stand up against even the most expensive options available.

Men's Basics



Marks & Spencer: Over the years, Marks & Spencer has built a reputation as a go-to for functional wardrobe men’s basics that go the distance.

With its new line-up of pure cotton T-shirts come packing features such as StayNEW technology, which is designed to reduce bobbling and colour loss.







Not just top for T-shirts, Uniqlo also turns out excellent denim, too. Offering first-in-class quality at an affordable price, the retailer’s selvedge jeans are crafted from premium Japanese denim.



Topman: Countless guys swear by Topman jeans, and it’s easy to see why. The retailer has always got its finger placed firmly on the pulse, evident by the breadth of washes, colors and design details that continues to grow season after season.






When it comes to preppy pieces like the Oxford shirt, The retailer pairs a classic cut with modern details such as flap-closure pockets and all shirts come pre-washed for a broken-in feel with added softness.





John Lewis: It’s the kind of essential style staple that should be readily available: a plain, textured Oxford shirt, complete with a proper button-down collar and cut to the right length, so you don’t have to tuck it in.





If it’s unrivalled choice at an unrivalled price you’re after, then menswear e-tailer BoohooMan should be your first port of call.


H&M: Having built a business on fuss-free, throw-on-and-go staples, Swedish chain H&M is pretty adept when it comes to sweats, as well as Men’s Basics.






John Lewis

When it comes to chinos the approach is no different, packing a hardy cotton twill with a slight stretch and premium hardware into a number of everyday shades.



If you’re looking to buy some chinos, you may as well find a pair crafted by the experts.



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Guys often hear words like ‘merino’ and ‘cashmere’ and instantly think of high-ticket items. While that may be true some of the time, not at M&S and not when it comes to the retailer’s polo shirts.



A decade or so ago, the polo shirt would have been the piece most likely to sport a logo. Now, though, brands and retailers have cottoned on to a want for plain, brand-free styles.

Men's Basic Polo Shirts - Burton





In amongst a sea of wacky patterns and cartoon characters, ASOS also offers a handful of pared-back socks that are ideal for the everyday.

Men's Basic Socks - ASOS



Marks & Spencer
Marks & Spencer is and always will be a big hitter when it comes to men’s skivvies. With everything from FreshFeet versions made using antibacterial silver particles to simple trainer liners, its selection really is unbeatable and worth the extra few naira.

Men's Basic Socks and Underwear - Marks & Spencer

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