As with cooking, so with style. The more you invest in quality ingredients, the better your final product. Flavoring and pairings give personality, context and place. A polo shirt with a linen shorts versus a denim western shirt and jeans; steak frites versus chicken-fried steak.

The maxim of “buy better, buy less” applies here. Match good taste with smart purchasing, and the two will coalesce naturally over a period of years. The summer wardrobe may change more over those years, but it is fundamentally rooted in classic basics that age well with years in the sun. To lay the baseline, we present the 30 best staples that are definitely worth the investment.

Shirts

New Derek Linen Shirt by NN07 $145
Black Watch Checked Oxford Shirt by Gitman Vintage $185
Western Shirt by Remi Relief $345
Camp-Collar Shirt by Dries Van Noten $345

Shorts

Slim-Fit Shorts by Mollusk $80
Evan Slub Cotton Shorts by Saturdays NYC $135
Linen Drawstring Shorts by Brunello Cucinelli $625

Pants

Fatigue Comfort Pants by Woolrich John Rich & Bros. $140
Light Vintage Wash Jeans by Our Legacy $250
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Basics

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FSC T-Shirt by Freemans Sporting Club $48
Piqué Polo in Navy by Todd Snyder + Champion $98
Our Navy T-Shirt by Lady White Co. $99 (two pack)
Slub Linen Polo Shirt by Massimo Alba $300

Knits

Merino Wool Zip-Up Hoodie by Officine Generale $350
Dégradé Cashmere Sweater by The Elder Statesman $960

Outerwear

Bay Meadows Sweatshirt by Levi’s Vintage Clothing $150
Washed Denim Jacket by OrSlow $435
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Dress Clothes

Striped Summer Shirt by AMI $270
Wool, Silk and Linen Blend Trousers by Canali $475
Woven Cotton Suit Jacket by MP Massimo Piombo $875
Grey Wool Suit by Thom Browne $2,500

Footwear

OG Classic LX Slip-On Sneakers by Vans $60
Arizona Sandals by Birkenstock $125
Achilles Sneakers by Common Projects $450
Slipper Black Calf Suede by Viberg $470
Suede Jodhpur Boots by Saint Laurent $895

Accessories

Jacquard-Knit Socks by Anonymous Ism $35
Light Indigo Denim Cap by AMI $125
Brown Woven Leather Belt by Dunhill $350
Livingston Tortoiseshell Sunglasses by Max Pittion $465
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