Best Clothing & Apparel in 2020 (July Reviews)

Choosing the best clothing and apparel could mean the difference between well-fitting clothes or a tight-fitting wrist choker and lost circulation. Our evaluation focused on comfort/fit, design, utility, construction, and aesthetics, applying these metrics across a wide variety of clothing types.

After more than 16 hours of research and testing, our top pick goes to the ARW Carbon Fiber Wallet. It offers minimalist styling and is deceptively sized, holding up to 15 cards despite being only 3.4″ by 2.2″ 0.3″, fitting comfortably in any back pocket. It also holds RFID blocking technology to prevent your card data from getting stolen by data thieves. Keep reading to learn about the ARW Carbon Fiber Wallet and six others that met our strict grading criteria.

Top 7 Best Clothing and Apparel

 #1  ARW Carbon Fiber Wallet

Award: TOP PICK

WHY WE LIKE IT: This minimalist wallet is super slim and lightweight with enough space to store up to 15 credit cards and is RFID blocking, making it a great choice for front or back pocket wear.


Pros

  • Ultra-compact profile
  • RFID blocking to prevent data theft
  • Fits comfortably in any pocket

Cons

  • Flimsy money clip
  • Back is not scratch resistant
  • Screwdriver needed to remove money clip


This aluminum and 304 stainless steel carbon fiber wallet is practically invisible, measuring only 3.4″ by 2.2″ by 0.3″ and weighing less than 2.5 ounces. This makes it fit well in the slimmest and tightest of back pockets. Despite its small size, it’s good for up to 15 credit cards and includes a V and C-shaped design to easily pull out cash or credit cards. A separate money clip and elastic band also hold cash and cards outside of the wallet for easy access.

Kudos for this wallet’s security features. A US GOVT. FIPS 201-approved RFID ( Radio Frequency Identification Devices) blocking layer helps block frequencies used by card skimming devices. This helps prevent identity theft. Our only knock is that its back portion is not scratch resistant.

 #2  ASICS Men’s Gel Venture Running Shoe

Award: HONORABLE MENTION

WHY WE LIKE IT: This is one of the best running shoes thanks to its lightweight EVA midsole and rear-foot gel cushioning, which provides great support and traction for runners at all levels.


Pros

  • Superb support, cushioning and feel
  • More than 12 color combinations
  • Very lightweight (303g for men; 247g for women)

Cons

  • Not waterproof
  • Hard to wipe dirt off mesh fabric
  • Interior fabric behind ankle could be better stitched


This running shoe is super comfortable, featuring a lightweight EVA midsole and gel cushioning system that supports the rear foot, helping to absorb impact on smooth and rough terrain alike. Bottom shoe lugs also provide outstanding traction even on wet surfaces. An upper also consists of very breathable, tightly woven mesh, preventing sweat and odor while remaining flexible enough to pivot and turn sharply without pinging.

Thanks to the choice of more than 12 tri-color combinations, this running shoe fits virtually anyone. Styles range from the more universal silver/light grey and royal color to more exotic light grey, graphite, and red combinations. This makes it a winner in our book. These are easily among the best mens/womens running shoes.

 #3  Gildan Men’s Crew T-Shirt Multipack

Award: BEST UNDER GARMENT

WHY WE LIKE IT: This is the best crew t-shirt for men, thanks to a 100% cotton construction and moisture-wicking fabric that helps wearers stay dry and avoid body odor.


Pros

  • Excellent sweat absorption
  • Very comfortable fit and collar
  • Tear-resistant covered shoulder seams

Cons

  • Occasional loose threads may be seen
  • Not pre-shrunk, so shrinking may occur with high heat


This crew t-shirt is made using 90% cotton and 10% polyester for its sport grey color and 100% cotton for solid colors, each being manufactured with an ultra-breathable fabric that absorbs moisture well. It is also moisture-wicking, which uses a specialized fabric that draws sweat away from the skin and onto the shirt’s top layer. This helps prevent body odor, so we equally like this as a casual dress shirt or undershirt.

Thanks to this t-shirts crew neck design, it is great for layering below a dress shirt. Kudos for coming in a multi-pack of 12 for all-white tees and 5 or 6-packs for single or assorted colors. We like having the flexibility to seek a shirt for virtually any occasion. This shirt’s comfort will make it multifunctional, you’ll definitely be packing it with your best camping/hiking gear on your next outdoor adventure.

 #4  SoundBot SB210 HD Winter Bluetooth Hat

Award: BEST FOR WINTER

WHY WE LIKE IT: This soft kit Bluetooth beanie is a great gift for audiophiles with a built-in microphone and Bluetooth 4.1 to listen to music and hands-free calling.


Pros

  • Warm and stretchable, comfortable fabric
  • Up to 7 hours of hands-free calling
  • One size fits all & more than 15 color options

Cons

  • Not exactly studio-quality audio


Comfort and fit for this soft knit beanie is very plush and stretchable. A one-size-fits-all design fit accommodates most sized heads. An included Bluetooth headset is easily positioned using hook and loop fasteners, concealed within the fabric and enclosed using velcro with a zipper. It is very easy to remove the headset when it is time to wash.

We love this Bluetooth beanie’s longevity, good for up to five hours of music listening and seven hours of hands-free calling using a rechargeable battery. Sound quality is pretty balanced, not too bass or treble heavy. Kudos for coming in more than 15 different colors, from the basic black to indie pink, with enough options to suit all types of personalities. This beanie will come in handy once you’re pulling our your best winter boots.

 #5  Powerlix Compression Socks

Award: BEST FOR FEET

WHY WE LIKE IT: These compression socks are great for athletes and pregnant women, providing temporary relief to sore muscles and joints with 20-30mm Hg of compression.


Pros

  • Helps alleviate muscle and joint pain
  • Soft and well-cushioned blend
  • Very comfortable to wear

Cons

  • Limited color options
  • Not the most breathable fabric
  • Some people may find top of sock band too tight


These Powerlix compression socks provide a snug and comfortable fit, made using 80% nylon and 20% spandex. It is good enough for 20-30mmHg of compression so it doesn’t restrict movement too much. While wearing them it felt neither too tight nor too loose – just right to notice an immediate difference. We like it for helping with poor blood circulation in the calves and alleviating joint pressure pain, especially with pregnant women.

Although these compression socks are comfortable to wear, our only knock is that there is a limited color selection with black and gray as base colors. Consider this more of a utility sock and less of a fashion statement. These are among the best compression socks that we have tried.

 #6  Hanes Men’s Pullover Ecosmart Fleece Hooded Sweatshirt

Award: BEST OUTWEAR

WHY WE LIKE IT: This is the best men’s hooded sweatshirt, thanks to its ultra-comfortable 50% cotton/50% polyester blend and a durable high stitch density fabric.


Pros

  • Breathable and lightweight
  • Comfortable and snug fit
  • Comes in 12+ color options

Cons

  • Does not come in a multi-pack
  • Maybe too baggy for some body types


This pullover hoodie fits comfortably in all of the right places, with ribbed cuffs and a loose waistband that fits neither too snug nor too tight. A large front pouch pocket also makes it easy to stow smaller items and keep hands warm.

This hooded sweatshirt is made using 50% cotton and 50% polyester. Although its 9.7 oz fleece is heavy, it is breathable enough not to sweat profusely underneath, even in normal room temperature. Kudos for coming in more than 12 color options from simple blacks and whites to yellows and pale blues, complementing most pants, especially jeans.

 #7  Brooks Men’s Adrenaline GTS 18

Award: BEST FOR RUNNING

WHY WE LIKE IT: This is one of the best pairs of running shoes thanks to an ultra-lightweight construction and BioMoGo DNA midsole foam for improved stability while running.


Pros

  • Well-cushioned midsole
  • Some users reported 200KM+ of run time with no durability issues
  • Made in the U.S.A.

Cons

  • Relatively high cost
  • Grooves attract pebbles and other debris
  • Only seven color schemes


This pair of running shoes has really strong support, starting with a BioMoGo DNA midsole foam and sock liner that does an excellent job of cushioning, placing less stress on the joints. Its sole also uses hard carbon rubber, which creates a more springy step. We were very impressed with the overall fit, especially at the heel and midfoot.

Like our #2 pick ASICS Men’s GEL running shoes, this pair of running shoes come in seven different color combinations, including a bold black/gold/red combo and a more subdued navy, grey, and black scheme. These colors offer a nice and sharp contrast to bright and neutral colored running shorts. If you’re taking these on your next hike, don’t forget your best tactical pants.

How We Decided

In determining the best clothes apparel to buy, we explored comfort/fit, design, utility/reusability, construction, and aesthetics. Fit and number of available sizes should conform to most body types. The #4 pick SoundBot SB210 HD is a shining example with its one-size-fits-all sizing. All sweatshirts and regular t-shirts are also available in most sizes.

Design is very important. Every little detail counts, such as the ASICS Men’s Gel running shoes breathable upper mesh to help prevent overheating and the Soundbot SB210 HD’s hook and loop fastening system to position its Bluetooth headset for an optimal listening angle.

Even rubbed cuffs like the Hanes Men’s Pullover EcoSmart sweatshirt makes all of the difference in producing a snug fit.

Another consideration is utility/reusability. Two of the picks on our list are running shoes that have been thoroughly pounded in hundreds and hundreds of miles of road work without breaking. The #3 pick Gildan Men’s Crew t-shirt also comes in a multi-pack, which can last for years of use without having to replace them.

Lastly, we looked into aesthetics. In addition to looking and feeling good, we like clothing and apparel options that come with multiple colorways and design schemes which makes it good for mixing and matching with as many varied styles of clothing as possible.

Best Clothing and Apparel Buyer’s Guide

The Most Important Features to Consider

  1. Comfort/Fit
    The best clothing and apparel should wrap to your body like a glove, either by design or by a good number of available sizes. Kudos for products like the #4 pick SoundBot SB210 HD Bluetooth beanie, which offers one-six-fits-all styling.
  2. Design & Aesthetics
    Good clothing and apparel design is reflected in the details. One shining example is the Brooks Men’s Adrenaline Running shoes with its ingenuous BioMoGo DNA midsole foam, which provides ample cushioning and support. Kudos for coming in several color options, like the ASIC Men’s Gel Running Shoes which has more than 10 different colorways, where anyone, regardless of personality, is bound to find a match.
  3. Utility/Reusability
    The more a product can be reused, the better. Our recommended running shoes have been rigorously tested to work well on all types of terrain and other pieces of clothing like our #1 pick ARW Carbon Fiber Wallet is made of scratch and wear-proof carbon fiber, offering exceptional value over time.

Clothing and Apparel FAQs

What are the best pieces of clothing and apparel?

The best pieces of clothing and apparel depending on your situation. If you are looking for arch support and extra cushioning, our #7 pick Brooks Men's Adrenaline GTS 18 may be a good fit. If you are an avid goer with occasional lower calf muscle soreness, a pair of quality compression socks can do wonders.

Who are the best clothing and apparel manufacturers?

The best clothing and apparel manufacturers depending on the type of apparel. For running shoes, Nike, Brooks, and ASICS have continually nailed top place rankings in several different categories. They are also widely respected with a massive fan base. For undergarments, Hanes is also very popular, in part thanks to Michael Jordan and a three-decade-long partnership.

What types of clothing do I need?

We consider the following to be essential clothing: t-shirts, pants, dress shoes, running shoes, undergarments (undershirts, socks,.and underwear), and a jacket/coat. Everything else is arguably an accessory or 'extra' such as compression socks.

What brands of clothing are the most popular?

There are so many brands of clothing that it is very hard to decide. However, each industry has its stalwarts. Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Versace dominate the fashion industry. Nike, Reebok, and Adidas are responsible for leading athletic shoe sales. For casual everyday wear, you can't go wrong with Polo, Levi Strauss for jeans, and the North Face for jackets.

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