Whether you want to spend $50 or $500, here are 5 heritage buys that are having a moment.
The pieces that we consider closet essentials today got that way because they’re pieces that are both built to last and actually look good on most guys. And more than a few of them are the types of “heritage” buys that have seen a resurgence over the last decade—long after menswear’s workwear love affair ended. We’re talking Levi’s 501 jeans, Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses, Barbour waxed cotton jackets, and let’s not forget about the MA-1 flight jacket, which has been reimagined by practically every menswear line. Birkenstock sandals, Adidas Stan Smith sneakers, and Red Wing boots have all been revisited recently too. So are there any OG buys left to unearth? Always. Here are five we’re into right now, and what your options are for adding them to your wardrobe.
1. Work Boots
It doesn’t get more rugged than a pair of work boots from Timberland, who first introduced its signature 6″ style to New England construction workers in 1973. While the hip-hop community has been wearing Timbs since the ’90s, fashion designers have recently adopted the style as their own, rethinking it for every type of guy out there.
The OG Buy: Timberland 6” Premium Boots, $209
The Designer Take: Visvim Zermatt Boots, $1,030
2. Breton Stripe Shirt
While most of today’s heritage favorites have a rugged, hyper-masculine feel, swankier brands like Saint Laurent and Gucci have been using Breton-stripe shirts on the runway under edgy jackets and slim jeans. Armor-Lux invented the look in the ’30s as a way for the French Navy to locate sailors who had fallen overboard. Today, they’re just as eye-catching.
The OG Buy: Armor-Lux Mariniere 2297 Heritage T-shirt, $59
The Designer Take: AMI Striped Cotton T-Shirt, $170
3. Heavy Hoodie
Thanks to the growth of the “athleisure” market and high-fashion’s infatuation with the hoodie, Champion’s heavy-duty Reverse Weave sweatshirt, first introduced in the ’30s, is seeing a resurgence right now. The durable design features side panels, a soft brushed interior, and reinforced rib-knit cuffs that provide warmth without trapping heat.
The OG Buy: Champion Reverse Weave Sweatshirt, $64
The Designer Take: Nonnative Dweller Hoody, $359
4. Twill Work Pants
Dickies has made utilitarian workwear since the ’20s and its famous 874 work pant, available in 117 sizes and 11 fabrics, is still a well-loved staple by skaters and workers alike. With baggier pants and construction worker-inspired clothing being popular right now, newer brands are riffing on the 874 pant in their own lines.
The OG Buy: Dickies 874 Work Pants, $62
The Designer Take: Noah Painter Work Pant, $168
5. Fleece Jacket
Patagonia’s signature Snap-T and Retro-X fleece jackets were first introduced in the ’70s but gained popularity as a fashion statement in the ’80s when the brand started making them in brighter colors. They’ve more or less remained a staple since then, with everyone from Louis Vuitton to Neighborhood and Saturdays NYC creating their own versions.
The OG Buy: Patagonia Classic Retro-X Pullover, $199
The Designer Take: Neighborhood Fleece Zip-Up Jacket, $315
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