In honor of 2009's approaching halfway mark, we're making a list every day this week detailing our favorites of the year... so far. So far we've dropped a list of The 10 Best Albums and The 10 Best Sneakers, and today we've chosen The Best Style Essentials that have dropped this year. From the sickest sunglasses to hottest denim, we've got something for everybody, whether you're ballin' or living on a recession budget. Check out our picks below...
THE BEST HATS:
Click here to Buy It Now at Burberry, $175
Click here to Buy It Now at HUF, $32
Plaid is back, but you already knew that. Whether it's on your shorts, shoes or shirt, you can't go wrong with a checked-out piece of clothing. Keeping the trend moving along, these two form-fitting hats—one an updated newsboy, the other a five panel—nicely employ plaid and offer an alternative to the over-sized, Papoose style of fitteds.
THE BEST SUNGLASSES:
Click here to Buy It Now at Oliver Peoples, $325
Click here to Buy It Now at Oak NYC, $178
So far this year there has been one accessory that's been co-signed by everyone from rockers and rappers to red-carpet walkers: plastic framed sunglasses b.k.a. nerd-style sunglasses. Hopefully you hopped on the wave early, but if you haven't, take it from us: This is the look for the summer. It's too late in the game to get a regular pair of black plastic frames, so stand out from the other bar-crawlers with either an Ombre or grey pair.
THE BEST JACKETS:
Click here to Buy It Now at Stüssy Deluxe, $200
Click here to Buy It Now at Karmaloop, $88
The M65 military jacket has come a long way since Bobby De Niro rocked one while talking to himself in Taxi Driver. Originally designed for the U.S. Army in 1965, the M65 can now be found in a number of different fabrics so you can look battle-ready no matter the season. Two of our favorites from Stüssy and KR3W show just how diverse the silhouette has become. De Niro probably can't pull one off anymore, but we're sure you can.
THE BEST CARDIGANS:
Click here to Buy It Now at S|Sense, $430
Click here to Buy It Now at Blackbird Ballard, $204
Cardigans are magical. As soon you throw one on, you automatically seem as if you got a couple more dollars in your pocket. This wardrobe must-have can be worn with absolutely anything—button-ups, T-shirts, khakis, jeans, it doesn't matter. And when you're at some roof deck party or BBQ that goes late into the night this summer, a cardigan is the perfect accessory to keep the chills at bay. Fun fact: Cop one in cashmere and the women will stroke you.
THE BEST SHIRTS:
Click here to Buy It Now at Context Clothing, $260
Click here to Buy It Now at 10.Deep, $80
We already put you up on the best chambray shirts on the market, but there's much more in the workwear world than just those. Designers and brands have all turned their attention to the resurgence of the classic ruggedness of men's workwear and the Nom De Guerre Officers Dessert Corp Shirt as well as the 10.DEEP Park Front Convertible Shirt exemplify the trend. Even if you're as soft as Lil Fizz, a good workman shirt will give you a little edge. Well, maybe.
THE BEST DENIM:
Click here to Buy It Now at Acne Studios, $239
Click here to Buy It Now at Urban Outfitters, $50
Yeah, yeah, Jay-Z took aim at tight jeans, but don't go getting any ideas. Your denim doesn't have to be ball-huggingly tight, but they should be nice and straight-fitting. Avoid artificially frayed jeans scene and cop yourself a pair of raw denim. They might bleed on your sneakers during a downpour, but Acne's Stay Starch Blue and Cheap Monday's Tight Medium Darks will look fresh for way longer than pre-washed denim, and unless you're Hov, you're gonna need them to last a little while.
THE BEST BAGS:
Click here to Buy It Now at Oak NYC, $338
Click here to Buy It Now at TopMan, $60
Every man should own at least one good bag, something to throw a whole bunch of stuff in and still look cool with. Y-3's Weekender bag may be a little pricey, but for the build quality, space and compartments, as well as the cachet that comes along with having a bag that looks better than 90% of all the luggage in the airport, it's a bargain. On the other hand, Topman's Canvas Holdall is only $60 and does just what its name implies—holds all. Maybe it's time you give up that Jansport.
THE BEST WALLETS:
Click here to Buy It Now at J.Lindeberg USA, $139
Click here to Buy It Now at Revolve Clothing, $59
Slimming down the bulge in your back pocket isn't always a bad thing. If you're wallet looks like a drunk sorority girl after a rager, throwing up everything, it's time to organize your wallet—or it might just be time for a new paper-holder altogether. These two zippered wallets keeps your cash and cards in check all in a slim package. Besides, shouldn't you be putting some of those credit cards on ice right about now?
THE BEST WATCHES:
Click here to Buy It Now at Nixon, $1,400
Click here to Buy It Now at Opening Ceremony, $50
Feeling like another brick in the wall when rockin' your G-Shock? Nah, didn't think so. But contrary to Pharrell and Kanye they're not the only one making plastic and rubber watches. Both Timex's Grey Ash piece and Nixon's The Ceramic Player are beautifully simple and can pretty much go with anything.
THE BEST SHOES:
Click here to Buy It Now at A.P.C., $270
Click here to Buy It Now at Sperry Top-Sider, $75
Yes, we are still co-signing the boat shoe. Don't act like you don't want a pair. This year, designers have tweaked the hell out of the classic design, but the original still reigns supreme. The A.P.C. Boat Shoes are so comfortable you'll want to wear them around the crib, and for $270, we would too. But if you want something a little less pricey but just as exclusive, look no further than the boat shoe OG's Sperry Top-Sider.