Even though you aren’t in middle school anymore, it doesn’t mean you don’t need a few new things to help you get your head in the game for fall (a.k.a. put-your-head-down-at-work season). And just because you’re a grownup, doesn’t mean those things necessarily need to be four times as expensive or all dressed up. (In 2018, it’s more likely that your office dress code permits hoodies than demands suits.) A pair of new sneakers, some T-shirts, a sweater, a backpack are still, even today, exactly what you should be bringing home from the mall—or ordering online. Here, 15 back-to-work buys, some boyish, some on-trend, some dressed up, all for under $200.
Owning one “I tried” coat is key. It’ll save you on days when all you want to wear is black jeans and a black T-shirt.
Zara plaid topcoatBuy Now
Here’s how to wear your favorite ancient T-shirts to work: tuck them into dress pants and add leather boots.
Topman muscle fit check pants (was $120, 10% off)Buy Now
Your Sunday football shirt also works well as a casual Friday flex.
Armor-Lux rugby shirtBuy Now
Yes, you can wear Vans to work. Especially if they’re done in pristine gray suede instead of checkered canvas.
Vault by Vans epoch sport LX sneakersBuy Now
Here’s what you wear over your T-shirt. Boom. Now just add chinos or jeans and you're basically Ryan Reynolds.
J.Crew everyday cashmere cardiganBuy Now
If you skip the gym after work like it’s your job, this bag might just be the motivation you need.
Everlane mover packBuy Now
Buy now, wear later—or now, if you’re the guy who has to sit under the air conditioning vent.
Alex Mill alpaca sweaterBuy Now
Show them who’s boss.
Icon Brand signet ringBuy Now
You can—and should—wear white after Labor Day.
Club Monaco slim-fit chinosBuy Now
The chukka boot is the new Chelsea boot.
Grenson Oscar chukka boot (was $269, 35% off)Buy Now
Wear this just-weird-enough shirt under your suits or tucked into trousers when you have plans after work.
Saturdays NYC Marco button-down shirtBuy Now
The swankiest and least embarrassing dress watch $199 can buy.
Timex Marlin blackout watchBuy Now
If your summer T-shirts are stretched and stained, buy a fresh set for layering up at work.
Buck Mason vintage T-shirtBuy Now
The polo shirt doesn’t have to be boxy, big, boring. Fred Perry does the slimmer, cooler version best, in every color you can imagine.
Fred Perry twin tipped polo shirtBuy Now
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