In fielding all the reader questions for our resident Cool Guy Chris Black week after week, we’ve noticed that a lot of folks continue to ask for his sage advice about basic but essential clothes (and other products) that will do the job while still flexing your sense of style. So instead of asking him to repeat himself, we combed his columns to date to compile this Chris-approved list of 25 basics he swears by, from white T-shirts to jeans to deodorant to socks to backpack (which, spoiler alert, is not a backpack). Read on for all of the basics that, according to him, will make you appear anything but.
Thick-neck white T-shirt
A “THICC neck,” as Chris likes to call it, gives a white tee a bit of a sturdier, more put-together look. As for how to wear white tees, he says, “they look good under a hooded sweatshirt, a cardigan, or even a suit.”
Chris calls this long-sleeve tee, also by Gildan, one of his “wardrobe staples.” He adds: “A simple navy long-sleeved T-shirt looks good with almost anything.”
Fancier button-down shirt
When it comes to a basic suit, Chris again says that budget-friendly Uniqlo’s comfortable blazer and pants can’t be beat. “The ultralight Kando pants in navy are quite breathable and functional and look nice, too. The matching Kando blazer will dress the outfit up,” writes Chris, who notes that the jacket is equally lightweight, “so you won’t show up drenched in sweat.”