Menswear: 5 quality basics you need and where to buy them


Menswear: 5 quality basics you need and where to buy them

If you've been wearing the same jeans and sweater combo for longer than your relationship, it could be high time for a serious wardrobe update.

Shopping for quality basics can be daunting, but armed with this handy guide you'll be looking the part and ready to roll into spring with a fresh new pair of kicks and some too-cool denim to match in no time.

Now on to the list!

The perfect white tee

A classic, well cut t-shirt is a must-have. Wear it as is, underneath an open button-down shirt or tucked into chinos. This is one wardrobe staple that is hard to get wrong. Don’t forget, when it comes to nailing the basics, quality is a must. Opt for a thick, well-cut t-shirt, the kind that you can wash twelve times and still get back to crisp white, and won't fall apart in the dryer.

Academy Brand and Industrie Store at David Jones both do a great white tee that ticks all the boxes.

Pictured: Tommy Hilfiger from Myer.

Chinos in two colours

A solid pair of chinos will take you from wedding to backyard BBQ in an instant. These versatile trousers are a great way to steer away from your daily denim and step things up. Life tip: any dress code that reads ‘smart casual’ in fact translates to, ‘those Chinos your girlfriend bought you last Christmas’. You can’t go wrong with a neautral pair available at Rodd & Gunn, Myer, Academy Brand, Scotch & Soda, Country Road or Gazman.
If you want a good fit and fancy a few different colourways, try Scotch & Soda who have a range of different cuts and styles to suit.


Sneakers hold so much power when it comes to the making of a well-dressed man. A mean pair of kicks can add style to any outfit, and a sneaker is the perfect middle ground between a dress shoe and… junners. (Another life tip, don’t do jeans and runners, ever).

An all-white sneaker is a safe bet to start your sneaker journey and can be found at Hype DC and Platypus. If you are after something with a little more pizzazz, check out Vans available at rebel.

Pictured: Adidas

New jeans

A comfy pair of well-fitting jeans is a must for any wardrobe. For denim that can’t go wrong, check out NEUW or Levis at David Jones or the range at MYER. Dare to double denim? Pair jeans with a denim jacket from Cotton On. In a world where loungewear is the new norm, we recommend well-fitting, comfy denim to snap yourself out of couch time and into WFH mode.

Leather shoes

There are only a few basic shoes that a well-dressed man needs in his wardrobe. Runners, a stylish pair of sneakers and leather boots. A pair of leather boots is a great way to hit smart-casual on the head. If you’re searching for a ‘forever’ pair of boots, try R.M. Williams. These guys specialise in high quality boots that will last a lifetime. Be sure to also check out Aquila at MYER and Julius Marlowe at David Jones who always have new, in season styles.

Pictured: RM Williams

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