Part of UNIQLO’s inimitable popularity is down to its cultural reach. Perhaps you check the site when there’s a high-profile collaboration like, say, JW Anderson, Jil Sander, or Christophe Lemaire. Maybe you’re in it for function, frequenting the Heattech aisle or the seamless down section. Or maybe, like us, you’ve realized that when it comes to wardrobe essentials, few can match the no-frills precision of UNIQLO.

We’ve long sung the praises of wardrobe essentials, from the plain white tee through to basic outerwear. These pieces get little praise for the hard work they perform on a daily basis, forming the strong foundations to all our fits, from loungewear to sharp formality. So, in honor of wardrobe essentials, and above all, UNIQLO essentials, we’ve rounded up the cream of the crop.

Shop the best wardrobe essentials from UNIQLO below.

UNIQLO Flannel Long Sleeve Pajamas

Flannel Long Sleeve Pajamas

Flannel Long Sleeve Pajamas

$30

UNIQLO

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Who said sleepwear wasn’t essential? We’d argue that a good set of soft, warm flannel pajamas is as essential as they come and if you haven't realized that after a year like 2020 then you never will.

UNIQLO Sweat Full-Zip Hoodie

Sweat Full Zip Hoodie

Sweat Full Zip Hoodie

$40

UNIQLO

Buy at uniqlo

Natural tone hoodies go such a long way for the modern wardrobe. Complementing all color palettes, this piece is a secret weapon when it comes to styling.

UNIQLO Seamless Down Parka

Seamless Down Parka

Seamless Down Parka

$130

UNIQLO

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Light, warm, and windproof, UNIQLO’s seamless down jackets are a relatively new arrival but have already made their mark with a matte, water-repellent coating which makes them suitable for all occasions.

UNIQLO Heattech Knitted Hat

Heattech Knitted Hat

Heattech Knitted Hat

$15

UNIQLO

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Keep your head warm and your body will follow. A good beanie is central to a comfortable winter and this cable-knit number incorporates Heattech fleece for unrivaled warmth.

UNIQLO Sweatpants

Sweatpants

Sweatpants

$30

UNIQLO

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2020 has been the year of the sweatpants and, whether we like it or not, their time has not come to an end yet. So, make the most of it with this pair of tapered, heavyweight sweats inspired by vintage styles.

UNIQLO Stretch Flannel Easy Pants

Stretch Flannel Easy Pants

Stretch Flannel Easy Pants

$20

UNIQLO

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This pair of flannel pants perfectly intersects comfort and style. While most pants opt for one or the other, this pair combines a subtle tartan pattern for visual elevation with features like the elasticated waistband and a hint of stretch.

UNIQLO Long-Sleeve Sweatshirt

Long-Sleeve Sweatshirt

Long-Sleeve Sweatshirt

$30

UNIQLO

Buy at uniqlo

The answer is no, you cannot have too many plain crewneck sweaters. In the world of men’s wardrobe essentials, the basic crewneck reigns supreme. We’re loving earth tones this season because of their styling ease.

UNIQLO U Crew Neck T-Shirt

U Crew Neck T-Shirt

U Crew Neck T-Shirt

$15

UNIQLO

Buy at uniqlo

Christophe Lemaire’s UNIQLO U line returns each season to a ferociously supportive crowd and so it should. This tee exemplifies the pared-back versatility of the collection as well as the slightly oversized fit that characterizes it.

UNIQLO Ultra Light Down Vest

Ultra Light Down Vest

Ultra Light Down Vest

$30

UNIQLO

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UNIQLO’s Ultra-light down collection is one of the brand’s biggest pulls. This vest boasts a down filling and water-repellent coating alongside the fact it’s light enough to be worn as a mid-layer, too. The perfect vest doesn’t exist, but if it did…

UNIQLO Washed Jersey Work Jacket

Washed Jersey Work Jacket

Washed Jersey Work Jacket

$40

UNIQLO

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Standing as one of the original workwear garments, the chore jacket has been a wardrobe essential for men for around a century. This classic jersey iteration follows the traditional template with two patch pockets to the waist and one to the chest.

UNIQLO U Heattech Crew Neck

U Heattech Crew Neck

U Heattech Crew Neck

$25

UNIQLO

Buy at uniqlo

Two of our favorite UNIQLO factions — Heattech & UNIQLO U — join forces for this flawless crewneck. A medium-weight fleece lining complements the lightweight cotton construction, resulting in a piece that can be worn against the skin, between layers, or as a sweater.

UNIQLO U Recycled Down Jacket

U Recycled Down Jacket

U Recycled Down Jacket

$90

UNIQLO

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By removing the collar of this recycled down jacket, Lemaire ensures that it can be worn as a liner jacket underneath an overcoat without interfering with any collars that may be there, as well as a top layer, leaving room for a jumper or hoodie underneath. Simple but effective.

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