The 133 Best Men’s Clothing Brands

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Whether you are looking for a new brand to try out, getting some ideas for style options, or even doing a  bit of research on men’s clothing – the scope of this guide is to be all-encompassing by assembling a table of all the most popular and best clothing brands for men of 2020.

Furthermore, if you are looking for advice on how to select clothes for your wardrobe with more confidence, we got you covered.  Immediately following the table below, we share some style tips that will be sure to help.

A Table of The Best Clothing Brands for Men

Here is a searchable and sortable table that you can use to find brands that interest you.  Here’s an explanation of each of the columns:

  • Brand: Simply the consumer marketed name the company goes by.
  • Headquarters: Where the major decisions are made pertaining to style, design, etc.  This does not indicate where the clothes are made.
  • Parent Company: Some brands may roll up into a parent organization.  Helpful when determining the quality and design differences between similar brands.
  • Year Founded: Year the company recognizes as it’s inception.
  • Site Visitors: An estimate of how many people visit the site each year.  Helpful in gauging the popularity of a particular clothing brand.  
  • Offerings: Various popular categories of clothing, accessories, or footwear found on the company site.
  • Genre: The general style or category of clothing that this brand makes.  This is highly subjective and is open to interpretation. 
BrandHeadquartersParent CompanyYear FoundedSite VisitorsOfferingsGenreAbout
ZaraArteixo, SpainInditex197530,958,142Clothing, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearGeneral, Trendy, Formal, Casual, Outerwear, AffordableThis Spanish based retailer is one of the most popular brands in the world.  They are known for their fast-fashion clothing lines that offer unique styles.  Their clothing lines are fairly trendy.
NikeBeaverton, OR, United StatesNIKE, Inc. 196427,625,269Clothing, Active, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearAthletic, Casual, Trendy, Big & TallAmerican sportswear company famous for their promotional collaborations with athletes and Olympians.
AsosLondon, EnglandASOS plc200022,593,409Clothing, Active, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearGeneral, Trendy, Formal, Casual, Outerwear, Affordable, Big & TallBritish online fashion retailer with a target demographic of young adults.
AdidasHerzogenaurach, GermanyAdidas AG19245,438,712Clothing, Active, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearAthletic, Casual, Trendy, Big & TallGerman sportswear company recognizable by their iconic three stripes. 
H&MStockholm, SwedenHennes & Mauritz AB19475,340,594Clothing, Active, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearGeneral, Trendy, Formal, Casual, Outerwear, Athletic, Affordable, Big & TallSwedish fast fashion retailer known for their affordable basics.
GucciFlorence, ItalyKering S.A.19212,799,536Clothing, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearGeneral, Trendy, Formal, LuxuryItalian luxury fashion house known for their use of the complimentary color pairing of green and red and their linking “G” logo.
LululemonVancouver, BC, Canadalululemon athletica inc.19982,601,103Clothing, Active, Basics, Accessories, OuterwearAthletic, Casual, TrendySportswear and athleisure company famous for their yoga clothing.
LL BeanFreeport, ME, United StatesL.L.Bean, Inc.19122,348,741Clothing, Active, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Affordable, Active, TallOuterwear and casual wear company that also contains a focus on outdoor equipment.
PatagoniaVentura, CA, United StatesPatagonia, Inc.19732,168,227Clothing, Active, Basics, Accessories, OuterwearAthletic, Casual, TrendyOutdoor clothing company famous for their comfortable jackets.
GapSan Francisco, CA, United StatesThe Gap, Inc.19691,528,642Clothing, Active, Basics, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Affordable, Athletic, Formal, OuterwearGlobal clothing retailer with a versatile fit of jeans and selection of accessories.
The North FaceAlameda, CA, United StatesVF Corporation19661,481,211Clothing, Active, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Athletic, OuterwearAmerican outdoor wear company commonly known for their jackets and outdoor equipment.
J.CrewNew York City, NY, United StatesJ.Crew Group, Inc.19471,457,372Clothing, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Trendy, Formal, OuterwearAmerican speciality clothing retailer with a clothing selection ranging from outdoor-wear to swimwear.
UggGoleta, CA, United StatesDeckers Brands19781,436,033Clothing, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, OuterwearFootwear company known for their sheepskin-lined boots.
Under ArmourBaltimore, MD, United StatesUnder Armour, Inc.19961,325,002Clothing, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Affordable, Athletic, OuterwearAmerican sportswear company that manufactures sports equipment and basics.
VansCosta Mesa, CA, United StatesVF Corporation19661,176,852Clothing, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Affordable, Athletic, Trendy, Outerwear, StreetwearStreet-and-skate-wear company known for their iconic shoes and on-brand apparel.
Ralph LaurenNew York City, NY, United StatesRalph Lauren Corporation19671,091,607Clothing, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Formal, Outerwear, Big & TallCasual and formal wear luxury fashion label known for their polos and designer apparel.
Levi’sSan Francisco, CA, United StatesLevi Strauss & Co.18731,039,427Clothing, Basics, Accessories, OuterwearCasual,Trendy, Big & Tall, OuterwearAll-American, eco-friendly clothing company that is known internationally for their jeans
HermèsParis, FranceHermès International S.A.18371,018,636Clothing, Accessories, Shoes, OuterwearTrendy, Formal, Outerwear, Designer/LuxuryFrench, high fashion luxury brand specializing in leather goods and accessories. 
Michael KorsLondon, EnglandCapri Holdings Limited1981841,251Clothing, Basics, Accessories, Shoes, OuterwearTrendy, Athletic, Casual, Formal, Outerwear, DesignerAmerican luxury fashion 
Off-WhiteMilan, ItalyNew Guards Group2012838,902Clothing, Active, Accessories, Shoes, Basics, OuterwearTrendy, Athletic, Casual, Outerwear, Designer, StreetwearItalian designer fashion company
ColumbiaPortland, OR, United StatesColumbia Sportswear Company1938837,001Clothing, Active, Accessories, Shoes, Basics, OuterwearBig & Tall, Outerwear, Athletic, AffordableSportswear company known for their outerwear and outdoor gear. 
BalenciagaParis, FranceKering S.A.1917812,633Clothing, Accessories, Shoes, OuterwearTrendy, Streetwear, Outerwear, DesignerSpanish high fashion luxury design label
EverlaneSan Francisco, CA, United StatesEverlane, Inc.2010806,202Clothing, Basics, Accessories, Active, Outerwear, ShoesCasual, Affordable, Athletic, Trendy, FormalAffordable American clothing company
MadewellNew York City, NY, United StatesJ.Crew Group, Inc.2006804,800Clothing, Accessories, Shoes, OuterwearCasual, Formal, OuterwearClothing retailer known for their jeans and tops
UNIQLOTokyo, JapanFast Retailing Co., LTD1949788,256Clothing, Active, Basics, Accessories, Shoes, OuterwearCasual, Outerwear, Athletic, AffordableJapanese casual wear clothing label
PradaMilan, ItalyPrada S.p.A.1913776,463Clothing, Accessories, Outerwear, ShoesTrendy, Formal, Outerwear, Designer/LuxuryItalian luxury fashion label specializing in leather goods and ready-to-wear looks.
PumaHerzogenaurach, GermanyPuma SE1948734,340Clothing, Active, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Athletic, Affordable, Outerwear, Big & TallGerman athletic apparel and third largest athletic brand in the world.
LacosteTroyes, FranceMaus Frères SA1933731,736Clothing, Active, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Outerwear, Athletic, FormalFrench company that is versatile and has products from sportswear to leather goods.
ReebokBoston, MA, United StatesAdidas AG1895690,463Clothing, Active, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Athletic, Affordable, OuterwearEnglish sportswear company that is a subsidiary of Adidas.
AeropostaleNew York City, NY, United StatesAuthentic Brands Group1987689,002Clothing, Accessories, Outerwear, BasicsCasual, Affordable, OuterwearCasual clothing retailer with a young target audience.
CarharttDearborn, MI, United StatesCarhartt, Inc.1889594,534Clothing, Accessories, Outerwear, ShoesCasual, Outerwear, TrendyU.S.-based company that specializes in work and hunting clothes.
Calvin KleinNew York City, NY, United StatesPVH Corp.1968586,375Clothing, Active, Basics, Outerwear, Shoes, AccessoriesCasual, Athletic, Trendy, Outerwear, DesignerAmerican fashion brand with commercial items as well as fashion lines.
GuessLos Angeles, CA, United StatesGuess, Inc.1981576,286Clothing, Basics, Outerwear, Accessories, ShoesCasual, Trendy, Formal, OuterwearAmerican clothing brand known for their triangle label.
VersaceMilan, ItalyCapri Holdings Limited1978545,839Clothing, Basics, Active, Accessories, Shoes, OuterwearCasual, Athletic, Trendy, Outerwear, DesignerItalian luxury fashion label known for their gold-on-black pattern
TimberlandStratham, NH, United StatesVF Corporation1952491,137Clothing, Basics, Accessories, Shoes, OuterwearCasual, Trendy, Formal, OuterwearFootwear company that specializes in outdoor wear.
A Bathing Ape (Bape)Tokyo, JapanI. T Group1993483,681Clothing, Outerwear, Accessories, ShoesTrendy, Outerwear, StreetwearJapanese fashion label specializing in street wear. 
BarbourSimonside, South Shields, EnglandJ. Barbour & Sons Ltd1894443,018Clothing, Basics, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Formal, OuterwearBritish luxury fashion label known for their ready-to-wear and outerwear lines.
TopmanLondon, EnglandArcadia Group1978409,423Clothing, Active, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Affordable, Athletic, Trendy, Formal, Outerwear, Streetwear, Big & TallBritish fashion retailer that is part of the popular clothing store: Topshop.
ChampionWinston-Salem, NC, United StatesHanesbrands Inc.1919398,128Clothing, Active, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Athletic, Trendy, Outerwear, Big & TallAthletic apparel and sportswear brand known for their popular “C” logo.
FendiRome, ItalyLVMH1925391,570Clothing, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearTrendy, Formal, Outerwear, StreetwearItalian luxury fashion label known for their leather and fur goods.
Charles TyrwhittLondon, EnglandCharles Tyrwhitt Shirts Ltd.1986364,157Clothing, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Formal, OuterwearCharles Tyrwhitt Shirts is a British formal wear and casual wear fashion retailer.
Brooks BrothersNew York City, NY, United StatesAuthentic Brands Group, SPARC Group1818359,093Clothing, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Formal, Big & Tall, OuterwearOldest clothing retailer in the United States (1818) known for their formal wear.
Ted BakerLondon, EnglandTed Baker plc1988351,289Clothing, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Formal. Luxury, OuterwearBritish luxury clothing retailer popular for their formal and casual wear. 
Tommy HilfigerAmsterdam, NetherlandsPVH Corp.1985329,713Clothing, Active, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Athletic, Trendy, OuterwearAmerican clothing brand famous for the Tommy Hilfiger logo and red, white, and blue colors
ValentinoMilan, ItalyQatar Mayhoola for Investments Spc1960329,694Clothing, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Trendy, Formal, Outerwear, Designer/LuxuryItalian clothing company known for their formal wear and luxury clothing.
G-Star RawAmsterdam, NetherlandsG-Star RAW1989309,426Clothing, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Trendy, Formal, Outerwear, Designer/LuxuryDutch designer clothing company known for their high quality clothing
SperryWaltham, MA, United StatesWolverine World Wide1935292,402Shoes, AccessoriesCasual, Affordable, FormalAmerican shoe company known for their casual boat shoes and nautical theme.
True ReligionManhattan Beach, CA, United StatesTrue Religion Brand Jeans2002282,294Clothing, Basics, Shoes, AccessoriesCasual, Trendy, StreetwearAmerican clothing company known for their denim jeans.
KITH NYCNew York City, NY, United StatesKITH NYC2011276,216Clothing, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Trendy, Formal, Designer, StreetwearAmerican streetwear company known for their trendy clothes and shoes.
Tom FordNew York City, NY, United StatesTom Ford2006262,926Clothing, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Trendy, Formal, Outerwear, DesignerAmerican fashion company that specializes in shoes, formal wear, and accessories.
DieselMolvena, ItalyOTB Group1978218,612Clothing, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Trendy, Outerwear, Designer, StreetwearItalian clothing retailer known for their denim and streetwear style.
WranglerGreensboro, NC, United StatesKontoor Brands1904211,251Clothing, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Affordable, Outerwear, Big & TallWrangler is an American clothing company known for their jeans and workwear.
American ApparelLos Angeles, CA, United StatesGildan Activewear Inc.1989203,563Clothing, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Affordable, OuterwearCompletely online fashion retailer known as one of the largest clothing retailers in North America.
Vineyard VinesStamford, CT, United StatesVineyard Vines1998200,795Clothing, Basics, Active, Accessories, Shoes, OuterwearCasual, Formal, OuterwearAmerican clothing company known for their pink whale logo.
AllSaintsLondon, EnglandAllSaints / Lion Captial LLP1994181,770Clothing, Accessories, Outerwear, ShoesCasual, Trendy, Outerwear, Designer, StreetwearBritish fashion retailer known for their footwear and streetwear. 
Cole HaanGreenland, NH, United StatesApax Partners LLP1928180,848Shoes, Outerwear, AccessoriesOuterwearAmerican footwear and outerwear brand.
Tommy BahamaSeattle, WA, United StatesOxford Industries1993174,487Clothing, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Formal, Outerwear, Big & TallCasual American clothing company known for their island theme.
NauticaNew York City, NY, United StatesAuthentic Brands Group1983168,273Clothing, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Affordable, Formal, Outerwear, Big & TallAmerican clothing company known for their nautical theme, casual wear, and accessories
VolcomCosta Mesa, CA, United StatesAuthentic Brands Group1991154,395Clothing, Active, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Affordable, Athletic, Outerwear, StreetwearLifestyle and streetwear brand targeted toward board-sports
GildanMontreal, Quebec, CanadaGildan Activewear Inc.1984141,218Clothing, Active, Basics, OuterwearCasual, Affordable, Athletic, OuterwearCanadian activewear company known for their basics.
BonobosNew York City, NY, United StatesWalmart2007140,602Clothing, Active, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Athletic, FormalSubsidiary of Walmart; completely online and designs and sells their own clothing lines.
ArmaniMilan, ItalyGiorgio Armani S.p.A.1975138,057Clothing, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Trendy, Formal, Outerwear, Designer/Luxury, StreetwearItalian luxury fashion label that distributes leather goods, ready-to-wear lines, and accessories
BurberryLondon, EnglandBurberry Group PLC1856136,418Clothing, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Outerwear, Designer/Luxury, StreetwearBritish luxury fashion label known for their iconic plaid pattern. 
Kenneth ColeNew York City, NY, United StatesKenneth Cole Productions, Inc. 1982134,789Clothing, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Formal, OuterwearAmerican fashion label known for their formal wear. 
FilsonSeattle, WA, United StatesBedrock Manufacturing Co.1897130,072Clothing, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Athletic, Trendy, StreetwearAmerican clothing manufacturer known for their outdoor wear and work wear. 
Hugo BossMetzingen, GermanyHugo Boss AG1924129,457Clothing, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Formal, DesignerGerman luxury fashion label known for their formal wear. 
Outdoor VoicesAustin, TX, United StatesOutdoor Voices Inc.2014118,945Clothing, Active, Basics, Accessories Casual, Athletic, StreetwearAmerican clothing label focused on athletic wear.
LeeGreensboro, NC, United StatesKontoor Brands1889110,064Clothing, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Outerwear, Big & TallClothing company known for their jeans
Alpha IndustriesKnoxville, TN, United StatesAlpha Industries Inc.1959109,442Clothing, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Trendy, OuterwearAmerican clothing company known for their military-influenced clothing.
Club MonacoToronto, ON, CanadaRalph Lauren Corporation1985107,713Clothing, Shoes, OuterwearCasual, Trendy, Formal, Designer/Luxury, OuterwearCanadian fashion label known for their casual wear. 
ObeyIrvine, CA, United StatesOBEY Clothing200198,543Clothing, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Affordable Trendy, StreetwearA streetwear brand that combines social justice, art, and clothing.
Paul SmithLondon, EnglandPaul Smith Group Holdings Ltd197098,122Clothing, Active, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Trendy, Designer, Outerwear, StreetwearDesigner fashion company known for their artistic and unique clothing.
Proper ClothNew York City, NY, United StatesProper Cloth200888,462Clothing, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Formal, OuterwearHigh-quality fashion label known for their custom made wear.
Rag & BoneNew York City, NY, United StatesRag & Bone Ltd200287,061Clothing, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Trendy, Formal, Outerwear, StreetwearCasual clothing retailer known for their streetwear and urban influence.
RVCACosta Mesa, CA, United StatesBoardriders, Inc.199978,514Clothing, Active, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Athletic, Formal, OuterwearVersatile clothing company with a Californian influence.
TheoryNew York City, NY, United StatesFast Retailing Co., LTD199764,882Clothing, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Formal, Outerwear, DesignerAmerican contemporary fashion label with a versatile range of clothes.
BurtonBurlington, VT, United StatesBurton Snowboards Inc.197764,804Clothing, Active, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Athletic, Outerwear, StreetwearKnown for manufacturing goods and accessories relating to snowboarding.
RothcoRonkonkoma, NY, United StatesRothco195359,812Clothing, Active, Accessories, Shoes, OuterwearAthletic, OuterwearKnown for supply of military, outdoor, and tactical gear
prAnaCarlsbad, CA, United StatesColumbia Sportswear Company199257,061Clothing, Active, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Athletic, OuterwearSustainable clothing for athletic use. 
SchottNew York City, NY, United StatesSchott NYC191356,934Clothing, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, OuterwearAmerican clothing company known for their Western-style clothes.
Billionaire Boys ClubNew York City, NY, United StatesBillionaire Boys Club Icecream200353,531Clothing, Active, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Athletic, Trendy, Outerwear, Designer, StreetwearDesigner fashion label known for their streetwear.
A.P.C.Paris, FranceA.P.C. Clothing198753,196Clothing, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Formal, Outerwear, DesignerFrench high fashion label known for minimalist designs. 
Marine LayerSan Francisco, CA, United StatesMarine Layer200953,018Clothing, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Trendy, Outerwear, StreetwearVintage-inspired casual wear clothing company. 
Reigning ChampVancouver, BC, CanadaCYC Design Corporation200751,349Clothing, Active, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Athletic, Trendy, Outerwear, Designer, StreetwearCanadian activewear company that manufactures streetwear and active wear. 
VinceNew York City, NY, United StatesVince Holding Corp.200250,362Clothing, Active, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Athletic, Trendy, DesignerDesigner clothing label known for their accessories. 
Norse ProjectsCopenhagen, DenmarkNorse Projects200444,720Clothing, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Formal, DesignerVersatile clothing company inspired by the countries of the Scandinavian peninsula. 
John VarvatosNew York City, NY, United StatesJohn Varvatos199943,179Clothing, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Formal, Outerwear, DesignerAmerican contemporary fashion label known for their casual and formal wear. 
Aimé Leon DoreNew York City, NY, United StatesAimé Leon Dore201442,659Clothing, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Formal, Outerwear, DesignerNew York-based contemporary fashion house.
Commes Des GarconsTokyo, JapanComme des Garçons Co., Ltd.196942,184Clothing, Shoes, AccessoriesCasual, Trendy, Designer, StreetwearJapanese designer of casual wear recognizable by their heart with eyes logo.
Taylor StitchSan Francisco, CA, United StatesTaylor Stitch Inc.200841,811Clothing, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Formal, OuterwearBoutique-style clothing for men that is sustainably produced
AG JeansLos Angeles, CA, United StatesAG Adriano Goldschmied Inc.200040,849Clothing, AccessoriesCasual, Formal, DesignerDesigner brand known for their excellent quality jeans
Peter ManningNew York City, NY, United StatesPeter Manning NYC201240,056Clothing, Active, Basics, Accessories, Shoes, OuterwearCasual, Athletic, Formal, Shorter MenKnown for both their upscale and casual clothing as well as their more recent venture into athletic wear.
Russell AthleticBowling Green, KY, United StatesFruit of the Loom190238,598Clothing, Active, Basics, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Affordable, Athletic, OuterwearAmerican clothing company known for their athletic wear.
VuoriCarlsbad, CA, United StatesVuori201536,309Clothing, Active, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Athletic, TrendyKnown for their performance-made athletic wear.
Taft ClothingSalt Lake City, UT, United StatesTaft Clothing LLC201536,296ShoesCasual, Athletic, Formal, DesignerUnique, handmade shoes of designer quality.
7 For All MankindSanta Monica, CA, United StatesDelta Galil Industries200036,053Clothing, Basics, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Formal, Outerwear, DesignerAmerican denim brand made popular by their high quality jeans.
Naked & FamousMontreal, Quebec, CanadaNaked & Famous200834,765Clothing, OuterwearCasual, Trendy, Outerwear, Designer, StreetwearRare and unique Japanese denim pieces fitted with tokens of pop culture like comic book characters.
Banana RepublicSan Francisco, CA, United StatesThe Gap, Inc.197834,061Clothing, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Formal, OuterwearAmerican clothing company that got its start in travel and safari clothes. Now owned by Gap and is popular for their casual and formal wear.
Alternative ApparelNorcross, GA, United StatesHanesbrands Inc.199533,785Clothing, Active, Basics, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Affordable, Athletic, Trendy, OuterwearAlternative Apparel gained popularity for their sustainably produced and unique clothing.
Tommy JohnNew York City, NY, United StatesTommy John201231,955Clothing, Active, Basics, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Athletic, Formal, OuterwearInnovative American clothing company known for their unique fit basics.
Helmut LangNew York City, NY, United StatesFast Retailing Co., LTD198631,346Clothing, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Athletic, Trendy, Designer, StreetwearNew York fashion label specializing in streetwear. 
Mott & BowNew York City, NY, United StatesMott & Bow201326,477Clothing, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Formal, Outerwear, DesignerKnown for their comfortable and versatile fit of jeans.
Southern MarshBaton Rouge, LA, United StatesSouthern Marsh Collection200826,173Clothing, Active, Basics, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Athletic, Formal, OuterwearAmerican clothing company that designs clothes for activities like fishing and hiking. Their collection also includes formal and loungewear. 
American TallMississauga, ON, CanadaAmerican Tall201526,032Clothing, Active, Basics, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Athletic, Formal, Outerwear, Tall MenFather and Son founded company with clothing specifically designed to fit the needs of a taller demographic. 
Mizzen+MainDallas, TX, United StatesMizzen+Main201222,424Clothing, Active, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Athletic, Formal, OuterwearAmerican clothing company known for their performance wear.
Joe’s JeansHollywood, CA, United StatesSequential Brands Group200122,016Clothing, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Trendy, Formal, DesignerDesigner American clothing company known for their high-quality jeans.
Cutter & BuckSeattle, WA, United StatesNew Wave Group AB199020,461Clothing, Active, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Athletic, Formal, Designer, Big & TallHigh-quality golf and formal wear. 
FahertyNew York City, NY, United StatesFaherty Brand201318,129Clothing, Active, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Athletic, Formal, OuterwearAmerican clothing company with a target demographic of those who enjoy a beach-lifestyle.
Rodd & GunnAuckland, New ZealandRodd & Gunn198717,455Clothing, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Formal, OuterwearNew Zealand clothing manufacturer popular for their essentials and occasion-wear. 
Arc’TeryxVancouver, BC, CanadaAmer Sports199115,553Clothing, Active, Basics, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Athletic, OuterwearHigh performance wear and outerwear company based in Births Columbia. 
Ministry of SupplyBoston, MA, United StatesMinistry of Supply201213,515Clothing, Active Basics, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Athletic, Formal, Outerwear, DesignerDesigner performance business wear.
Robert GrahamNew York City, NY, United StatesCentric Brands200113,421Clothing, Active, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Athletic, Trendy, Outerwear, Designer, Big & TallAmerican luxury fashion label famous for their collaborations with iconic pop culture influences like Marvel.
DSTLDLos Angeles, CA, United StatesDSTLD201413,002Clothing, OuterwearCasual, Formal, Outerwear, DesignerAmerican clothing company working mostly in denim-based wear. 
RancourtLewiston, ME, United StatesRancourt and Co. Shoe Crafters196411,845Shoes, AccessoriesCasual, Formal, DesignerLuxury shoe-crafters known for their high-quality leather shoes.
2TallAberdeen, Scotland2Tall20127,732Clothing, Active, Shoes, OuterwearCasual, Athletic, Formal, Outerwear, Big & TallClothes tailored specifically to tall and slim men.
Flag & AnthemNew York City, NY, United StatesFlag & Anthem20167,401Clothing, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Formal OuterwearFormal and causal wear company known for their rustic cabin aesthetic
The ArrivalsNew York City, NY, United StatesThe Arrivals NYC20147,370Clothing, Active, Basics, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Athletic, Trendy, Designer, Outerwear, StreetwearUnique outer-and-performance wear
Rogue TerritoryLos Angeles, CA, United StatesRogue Territory20086,887Clothing, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Formal, Outerwear, DesignerLargely works with denim materials. Known for their quality, design, and fit.
Flint & TinderSan Francisco, CA, United StatesHuckberry20116,812Clothing, Active, Basics, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Athletic, Trendy, Outerwear, DesignerOnline store focused on adventure-style clothing.
Ermenegildo ZegnaMilan, ItalyErmenegildo Zegna Holditalia S.p.A.19106,733Clothing, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearFormal, Outerwear, Designer/LuxuryItalian luxury fashion label and a world leader in menswear.
Under 510Cedarhurst, NY, United StatesUnder 5’1020176,197Clothing, Active, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Athletic, Formal, Outerwear, Shorter MenClothes specially tailored to fit men shorter than 5’ 10”.
Ash and ErieDetroit, MI, United StatesAsh & Erie20156,148Clothing, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Formal, Outerwear, Shorter MenClothes designed for men short than 5’ 8”
American EaglePittsburgh, PA, United StatesAmerican Eagle Outfitters, Inc.19773,962Clothing, Active, Basics, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Affordable, Athletic, OuterwearPopular men and women’s clothing and accessories brand.
GoodthreadsSeattle, WA, United StatesAmazon.com, Inc.3,360Clothing, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Affordable, Outerwear, Big & TallE-commerce store working mainly in casual wear. 
Koloa Surf CompanyLaguna Hills, CA, United StatesKoloa Surf Co20142,868Clothing, Active, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Affordable, Athletic, Outerwear, StreetwearA Hawaii-style brand specializing in clothes meant around the surfer-lifestyle.
ISAORANew York City, NY, United StatesISAORA20092,036Clothing, Active, OuterwearCasual, Athletic, Trendy, Formal, Outerwear, Designer/Luxury, StreetwearClothing designed for urban life and performance wear. 
34 HeritageNew York City, NY, United States34 Heritage20111,847ClothingCasual, Trendy, Formal, DesignerClothing company the designs pants and denim bottoms for comfort, fit, and style.
Maison KitsuneParis, FranceÅbäke20021,041Clothing, Shoes, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Trendy, Formal, Outerwear, Designer/Luxury, StreetwearFrench-Japanese record label and fashion label
Kato’Gardena, CA, United StatesKato Brand19991,025Clothing, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, Formal, Outerwear, DesignerJapanese imported denim and designer clothing.
RoarkLaguna Beach, CA, United StatesRoark2009901Clothing, Accessories, OuterwearCasual, StreetwearAdventure-inspired clothing line.
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Demystifying Men’s Clothing Brands

Trying to find a new brand to buy clothes from can be really difficult – especially when you are uncertain where to go in the first place.

When researching for this article, we wanted to nicely bucket clothing brands into particular styles, ages, prices, etc.  However, the cold hard truth is that you cannot do this, here’s why:

Take Levi’s for instance – if you visit the men’s department on their site, you see the following:

Younger men in super casual and borderline comfort clothing.

I would take a guess that most of these men are in their late teens or early 20s.

But here’s the kicker:

As you are keenly aware, Levi’s isn’t just for young men.  In fact, according to the research firm YouGov, Levi’s is most popular with Millenials AND Boomers (source) with the Boomers also being the most loyal…but as you see above, that’s not the demographic that Levi’s is targeting here.

The takeaway:

As tempting as it may be, you just simply can’t categorize most clothing brands into strict demographics – it is important to realize this.

Now many will think – Well, how do I find a clothing brand that’s right for me?

…and that’s completely fair…

…and honestly, I don’t have an exact answer for you…

…but I can share with you a few helpful tips that can help you navigate men’s fashion a bit easier and with more confidence.  

1. Shop Clothing Brands Based on Specialty

When considering all the different fashion brands, it is best to try and think of them not as a one-stop-shop for all of your wardrobe, but as specialty brands.

The reason is that their products for what they are known for are often well researched, stylish, and constructed better.

For example, while Nike sells polos, rain apparel, sunglasses, etc. their specialty lies particularly well in both footwear and sports clothing.  Their products in these lines are often well-reviewed among men.

As another example, Polo Ralph Lauren is primarily known for their polo shirts rather than their underwear or belts.  So if you want a new polo shirt, put them at the top of your consideration list over a brand like Nike.

Make sense?

Now if you are uncertain about what the brand specializes in, a good tip that works well is to either check out our table above or simply head to the retailer website and look at their navigational menu.

Carrying on with the examples from above, if we check out Nike, we see the following on their site when hovering over ‘Men’ in the menu:

Generally speaking, whatever is in the top left corner is always the most important and relevant offering for the company.

So we can confidently determine that Nike wants us to shop their New Releases and Shoes rather than their Nike FlyEase, Lacross, Hats, Vests, and Headbands (located bottom right).

You can also see this in action on the Polo Ralph Lauren site as well:

You can see just at a glance, that they are also pushing their New Arrivals (top left), and are least interested in pushing Sale items (bottom right).

If you were just learning what Ralph Lauren is as a brand, you can probably infer a few things about polo shirts as it’s mentioned several times (highlighted).  Furthermore, you can see in the clothing column, Polo Shirts are listed first (and it’s non-alphabetical).

In the end, the point that we want to stress here is that you shouldn’t get too tied up in brand loyalty.  Just because your favorite clothing brand makes a particular piece of clothing or accessory – doesn’t mean it will always be the best as there are likely better alternatives out there.

2. Clothes for All Scenarios

Us men often prefer multi-use products that can fill multiple voids.  Unfortunately, this utilitarian mindset can be a major barrier when clothes shopping.

Rather than trying to buy a button down that is worn for both the workplace and casual weekend wear – try to loosely put together outfits for specific scenarios.

When taking this approach, you will always know that certain clothes are intended for casual or semi-formal use.  Ultimately, it makes the decision process easier when expanding your wardrobe along with deciding what to wear for the day – truly a win-win.

3. Age Is Only A Number

As we touched on earlier, just because a brand only uses models of a certain demographic shouldn’t disqualify them from your consideration.

Instead, you should aim to get clothes that fit well and create a cohesive style.  Certain genres include casual, smart casual, technical, activewear, semi-formal, and formal.

Mix matching between styles, such as vintage clothing with formal wear, can create a jarring look that simply doesn’t work.

If uncertain about style, as it is highly subjective, check out a few popular forums that we shared below for looks that you can steal for your own wardrobe.

4. Don’t Overspend

Popular brands will pay an enormous amount of money to be at the top of your mind when it comes to purchasing decisions – don’t fall into this trap.

Just because a brand like Nike is world renown for its athletic shoes, doesn’t mean they are the best for you.  Try shopping around at other footwear retailers to find the right shoe for your feet.

Furthermore, quality and price don’t always correlate – especially when buying clothes from a big fashion house.  A $680 button down shirt from Gucci is not going to be significantly more durable or better than a $15 button down from H&M.

Brands and logos are superficial – so don’t get lured into this if you like to shop based on value or quality.

5. Don’t Turn To the Magazines

Popular men’s magazines appear to do a poor job in dressing the modern man (in my humble opinion). With aggressive cuts and bold styles, most clothes seen in these pages would put a lot of guys out of their comfort zone.  

While it is important to have confidence when buying and wearing clothes, you are better off turning to places that isn’t just models with a team of photoshop experts backing them up.

Over the years, I find that fashion chatter on popular forums to be the most helpful and trusted to determine ‘what’s in’ and what fashionable guys like to wear. 

Some that come to mind are the following:

Of course, these are all social forums – so if you have questions, or want to get advice on a particular look – don’t be shy!  Jump in and share your style to get ideas on what you could do differently or some constructive feedback.

6. Body Shape & Clothing

Companies are investing millions of dollars to try and find better fitting clothes for you (source) – and there are several reasons for this:

First, returns.

Around 30 to 40% of all online clothing and footwear purchases are returned (source).  That equates to about $400 billion worth of inventory – that’s insane!

Secondly, your body is really unique (hence the returns).  

This makes it often difficult to find the right fit.  It’s important to know that clothing brands rely on averages when it comes to certain areas (i.e. stomach or thigh circumference).

While they try to offset these averages with various cuts such as tailored, slim, athletic, etc. – it’s obviously not a perfect system.

The takeaway:

It’s okay to return – in fact, it’s almost expected to return nearly half of the clothes you buy.  Just because you like the brand or paid a lot of money doesn’t change the fact that the clothes don’t fit well.  

Prioritize fit over the brand name – always.  

7. Strive for a Toned Body

Beyond all the health benefits from an active lifestyle, working out can help to make more clothing brands fit better.  When not carrying a significant amount of weight in one area of your body (the midsection for most men), you can expect more shirts to fit better.

This is because clothes can drape easier and not account for as many curves. This is an effective way to help broaden the clothing brands you can pick from.

Of course, the opposite is also true.  Men that are muscular can have trouble finding clothes that fit well.

Here’s a few interesting discussions of how men reacted to weight change in relation to clothes that are worth a look:

At the end of the day – you win some and lose some – but a healthy and active lifestyle will always be a net win for your clothes shopping, but more importantly, for yourself.

8. Tailoring Is A Thing

Rarely does a piece of clothing you buy fits your body perfectly.  

Whether you are buying denim jeans, a button down, etc. there are usually some alterations that can be made to allow for a better fit.

You can find often find tailors at your local dry cleaner or just by searching for alterations in your area.

Depending on the article of clothing getting tailored, the price can range from a few bucks upwards to $20 – it largely depends on where you live, what needs to be tailored, and the amount of work involved.

What is really cool about tailoring is that you will begin to shop for clothes differently.  Rather by brand or size (to an extent), you can shop by fabric texture or design as you know that your tailor can get a specific piece of clothing to look perfect on your body.

In the end, it’s a cool and easy way to upgrade your wardrobe through better fitting outfits.

Wrapping it all Up

Try not to stress when buying clothes.  There are a ton of men’s clothing brands out there and many with very easy return policies.  You are already doing a great job doing your research by coming here – now go out and experiment and have fun!

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