The Essentialist

Everyday Style Essentials Fit for Your Holiday Wish List

December 16, 2019 Buying Guides By
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You might be inundated with lists of gifts to get for all your loved ones. But has anyone ever stopped to think about you? We did. Whether you’re a style obsessive or not, we filled this list with the style essentials everyone should have. All you need to do is copy and paste this list to family and friends.

Nalukai Kapa Boot

Price: $130

These hearty boots from Olukai bring together water-resistant waxed canvas and a moisture-wicking microfiber lining to combat any nasty winter weather. The sneaker boot hybrid is the perfect urban do-anything shoe you need over the holiday season. The Nalukai is relaxed yet refined and deserves a place on your holiday wish list.

1. Uniqlo U Crew Neck Short-Sleeve Shirt

Price: $15

T-shirts may be relegated to the basics category, but that doesn’t mean a t-shirt has to be an afterthought. It can be this one, designed by Cristophe Lemaire.

2. American Trench Silver Crew Socks

Price: $17

Treat your feet right. These socks from American Trench are knit with a touch of silver, which itself has anti-microbial properties.(read: no more smelly feet).

3. Calvin Klein Boxer Briefs

Price: $25

We all need a good support system. Calvin Klein is part of ours.

4. L.L. Bean Boat and Tote

Price: $30

Your everyday carry doesn’t add up to 500 pounds. If it did, though, L.L. Bean’s legendary Boat and Tote could handle it.

5. Levi’s 501

Price: $33+

If you’re gonna have a single blue jean in your closet, the Levi’s 501 is the one to get.

Gear Patrol Magazine Subscription

Price: $39

Gear Patrol Magazine is a deep dive into product culture. Inside each issue, you’ll find seasonal buying guides, rich maker profiles and long-form dispatches from the front lines of product design. Get four print magazines — delivered quarterly — with an annual subscription.

6. Lee Denim Jacket

Price: $37+

It’s hard to overstate the need for a classic denim jacket. But God knows we’ll try. The whole reason you have a torso in the first place is so that you can put a denim jacket on it.

7. Filson Watch Cap Beanie

Price: $45

A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Better keep it warm through winter with one of these Filson beanies, made from 100-percent virgin wool.

8. Outerknown Sojourn Pocket Tee

Price: $48

Maybe you’ve sojourned from t-shirt to t-shirt trying to find the perfect one. Outerknown’s Sojourn Pocket Tee ends the search.

9. Noah Core Logo Water-Repellent 6-Panel Hat

Price: $48

Look up from your dang phone and look at how many people have a dad hat on. This one from Noah has a shape that’s just right as well as water-repellent cotton so you can block the sun and the rain.

10. Everlane French Terry Crew

Price: $50

Everlane’s sweatshirt is classic with a capital ‘C’ and is made from 100-percent organic-cotton French terry fabric that’s been wear-tested to death. It also comes with a 365-day guarantee, somehow. We don’t know why, but we’re glad to throw one on. You know, for testing purposes.

11. J.Crew Classic Leather Belt

Price: $65

Wear this snazzy belt with that Kamakura button up and you’ll definitely nail that job interview (assuming you also wear pants and shoes with it).

12. Converse Chuck Taylor ’70 Hi Top

Price: $70

The Chuck ’70 started as a redux of an archival sneaker. Better canvas, a thicker rubber sole, a comfier insole and an arguably better shape made it the best $15 upgrade ever.

13. J.Crew 484 Stretch Chino

Price: $75

Give your jeans a break.

14. Naadam Essential $75 Cashmere Sweater

Price: $75

Naming your sweater the ‘essential sweater’ won’t automatically get you on this list. Making it from luxe, sustainably-sourced hand-combed cashmere will.

15. Kamakura Vintage Ivy Oxford Button Down Shirt

Price: $99

The best Ivy-inspired shirt comes from Japan. How about that?

16. Alex Mill Natural Dye Waffle Henley

Price: $145

Waffles and berries sounds like a natural combo, even when it’s a waffle henley in a ‘botanical berry’ color. Alex Mill gave a handful of its overstock henleys a second life, enlisting NYC artist Maddie Provost to dye them using madder root. The result is a naturally-dyed shirt that will only get better with age.

17. Blundstone 510 Boots

Price: $145

Whether you’re tending to your garden or tending to a bar, Blundstone’s are a go-to boot that’ll get you to point B in style. We’re not gonna say it’s the Chuck Taylor of boots. But, like…maybe.

18. Reigning Champ Mid Weight Terry Pullover Hoodie

Price: $145

Reigning Champ’s made a name for themselves knitting some of the best sweatshirts this side of anywhere. Their hoodie features a combination inset-raglan sleeve with flatlock stitching throughout, all made in its Canadian factory.

19. Persol Sunglasses

Price: $146

Originally engineered for pilots and racecar drivers, Persol sunglasses are now worn by the stylish pedestrians the world over. They’re made in Italy with premium acetate and their signature Meflecto stems give them a comfortable fit.

20. Carhartt WIP OG Chore Coat

Price: $298

We’re all a work in progress. Carhartt WIP’s Chore Coat, however, is a final product that has nothing left to improve.

The Dark Knot Livingston Navy Knitted Silk Tie

Price: $65

A woven silk tie is a staple in any wardrobe. Whether he’s dressing up jeans and an oxford, or adding texture to a more formal ensemble, handmade silk ties from The Dark Knot are a great choice. While coming in a range of colors and patterns, a simple navy knit tie will go with most of his looks and will blend in effortlessly with other wardrobe go-tos.

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