10 Best Men’s Clothing Brands to Upgrade Your Wardrobe in 2022

By Beau Hayhoe  |  Updated August 24, 2022

10 Best Men’s Clothing Brands to Upgrade Your Wardrobe in 2022
 

If you set out to build your ideal wardrobe–never an easy task, and one that’s always in flux–by cutting corners from time to time, the results are, sadly, going to be less than stellar. That’s a tough pill to swallow, but there’s a better way to build a wardrobe packed with clothes you love to wear: Shopping brands that are on-trend and quality-driven.

It sounds simple enough, but as with most menswear essentials—even something as simple as one of the best plain white T-shirts, for example–there’s always more than meets the eye. What qualifies a brand as one of the best clothing brands for men, especially in such a crowded market? It’s simple, really: The best brands fill an essential need by doing one thing–or several things–well, and they always tend to go above and beyond in every category. 

And by that, we’re talking about everything from quality fabrics to careful production processes to a focus on stylish, functional designs that stand the test of time. Sure, functionality is going to mean different things to different brands–it’s the difference between the best tailoring brand and the best workout brand, for instance–but one thing remains constant: A lot of extra effort goes into crafting one of the best clothing brands. To start your menswear journey off the right way, these are the men’s clothing brands we can’t live without.





Taylor Stitch



For the guy who wants a true one-stop shop—everything from rugged outerwear to essential, office-ready shirting to well-made basics, denim and chinos – San Francisco’s Taylor Stitch is truly a revelation. Founded on the idea of making the perfect button-down shirt, the brand does so much more than that—they now make everything from cardigans to waxed field jackets to selvedge denim and chinos, for starters. They do so with a design ethos that’s on-trend and modern but not over the top – these are clothes every guy can look good wearing.






Vuori Clothing



Sure, a guy needs reliable everyday staples for the office and for days around town, but for more active pursuits and daily workouts, there’s a worthwhile upgrade out there. Ditch the college logo tee and those old gym shorts in favor of durable, moisture-wicking gear from Vuori, be it one of the brand’s super-soft tees or tailored joggers. Its shorts are some of the best on the market for workouts and lounging in equal measure, and it doesn’t hurt that each piece is made with quality and durability in mind – all the better for stocking your closet with Vuori gear to meet every challenge, every workout and every laidback day at home.

Dive deeper into Vuori with our Vuori buying guide





Flint and Tinder



The spirit of adventure and the spirit of dressing well and being ready for any situation – from sunrise to sunset – fuels the design work being done by famed San Francisco and Austin retailer Huckberry. The company stocks and sells gear from an astonishing array of rugged-meets-refined brands, but none is better than one of its own in-house creations, Flint and Tinder. The all-American brand is best known for its iconic Waxed Trucker Jacket, but creations like the all-day, every day 365 Pants and Shorts, plus super-comfortable T-shirts and henleys, drive home what Huckberry is all about.






Todd Snyder



If you’re familiar with brands like J.Crew and want to take your menswear game up a notch, consider lauded American designer Todd Snyder. He’s a favorite of ours at WERD, best known for collaborating with iconic U.S. brands like Timex, P.F. Flyers and Champion. Under Snyder’s watchful eye, the namesake brand has perfected the crewneck sweatshirt (with Champion), designed retro sweater polos and selvedge denim, and turned the art of dressing “casual yet cool” into one worth studying. These pieces are a bit of a splurge, mind you, but worth it all the same.






Filson



There’s no shortage of rugged, outdoor-minded brands on the market, but few can lay claim to, well, the entire market quite like famed Pacific Northwest heritage outfitter Filson. The brand’s roots dig down deep, dating back more than a century to a time when they produced hard-wearing gear for loggers and explorers. Today, its insanely durable waxed jackets, tough-as-nails waxed bags and super-warm flannel shirts are perfect for the most extreme conditions – and equally perfect to wear during a casual weekend coffee outing. You’ll have any Filson piece you buy for years and years.






Thursday Boots



Perhaps your closet is already well-stocked with a pair or two from Thursday Boots – but what’s the harm in giving the brand another shot? Thursday Boots shot to fame with a packed lineup of the best men’s boots under $200, and they’ve since expanded into dress shoes, sneakers and even super-cool leather jackets. You might think of them almost like a one-stop shop, or certainly, like a reliable brand to pair up with your Filson henley and Todd Snyder selvedge denim, for instance. You can’t go wrong with hard-wearing leather lace-up boots from Thursday Boots – trust us on that.






New Republic



A relative newcomer to the scene, New Republic is perhaps best known for its highly affordable, super-stylish Chelsea boots and sneakers, but the company is diving into the menswear world with brands like Five Four. You’ll find everything from blazers to Oxford shirts to lounge shorts on sale – often at insanely low prices – and you can stock up on footwear and accessories for good measure, too. Think of New Republic like an alternative to Nordstrom Rack, with versatile, affordable designs across a wide array of categories.






Buck Mason



As you scour the market for the best men’s clothing brands, keep a watchful eye on companies that do things just a bit differently – companies that prioritize old-school designs paired with soft, modern fabrics, for one, just as Buck Mason does. Its T-shirts, often featuring a curved hem and available in a massive range of super-soft fabrics, are the best on the market, and the rest of its stylish, timeless staples – from washed denim to rugged cardigans and waxed outerwear – are about as well-made as any you’ll find.






J.Crew



Look closely at the most stylish guys you know, and there’s a good chance that they very well might be wearing a piece or two from J.Crew - or at least, they’re emulating the brand’s everyman, modern-meets-classic style. Under the guidance of new creative director Brendon Babenzien, J.Crew is freshening things up in a big way while paying attention to its illustrious history through the years. While some of those pieces are overly trendy, the rest of the brand’s classics – especially its chambray shirts and its famed Ludlow Suit – are A-plus, modern menswear winners.






Patagonia



While we think plenty of our picks for the best men’s clothing brands would do well when venturing off the beaten path, it’s tough to top the work that Patagonia has done over the decades to establish itself the clear leader in the outdoor category. The brand makes durable gear fit for on and off the trail, be it hiking pants, well-made rain jackets or moisture-wicking T-shirts, and they do so with a focus on sustainability and eco-conscious designs.




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