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The 19 Best Clothing Brands to Shop From in 2021

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We've put together some of 2021's best clothing brands - and don't worry fashion fanatics, we'll make sure to keep the list updated on a monthly basis. From top designer brands to more affordable fashion pieces, these lines are sure to amp up your wardrobe.

Joe Freshgoods

Joe Freshgoods has streetwear merch like no other. The popular clothing brand is named after its founder, who was born and raised in Chicago's west side. Freshgood's city upbringing inspires his popular clothes, along with a mix of other "historical and cultural references," per the designer's website.

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Since rising in the fashion world, Joe's work has appeared in the likes of Vogue and GQ. And don't even get us started on Freshgoods' endless collabs. The fashion brand partnered with New Balance in 2020. And in 2021, Joe dropped a line with ... wait for it ... 7-Eleven. The unique merch is inspired by the founder's childhood visits to the store.

Denim Tears

This top clothing brand entered the scene with a bang: Denim Tears' debut collection was a collab with Levi's and reflected on America's history of slavery. Tears' founder Tremaine Emory explained that his goal was to "inspire confidence in African-American people" by telling a story of Black history through the designs.

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And that's been a general theme in Tremaine Emory's famous clothing brand: telling stories through pieces that redefine African American history and inspire the Black community. So if Denim Tears' bomb designs weren't enough to get fashion lovers hooked, the line's special meanings and historical references just might be.

Rhude

Next on our list of this year's top clothing brands is Rhude. The famous fashion line produces some pricey - but worthwhile - button-downs, shorts, track pants, hoodies, and more. Not only does this popular brand have countless fire pieces, but they also have some big faces representing them.

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We're talking, of course, about their collab with Future; Rhude's first fashion campaign featured the High Off Life rapper. With the artist's face previously gracing Hollywood billboard ads, Rhude has since only gotten bigger and better. But don't take our word for it - check out their online store for yourself.

Stüssy

If you've yet to hear about Stüssy, then consider this your lucky day. The clothing brand lands a spot on our list of 2021's best, but it's been around much longer than we have. Stüssy has shaped the world of streetwear fashion for more than four decades since its Laguna Beach, California founding in 1980.

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So what can you expect while surfing their site for some stylish goodies? From logo hoodies and tees to unique sweaters, jackets, and blazers, Stüssy's got it all. And the top fashion brand has some legendary collabs up its sleeve, including partnering with Nike to relaunch its Air Huarache line.

Union Los Angeles

Next up, another good clothing brand crucial to the rise of streetwear. Founded in New York City in 1989, Union Los Angeles dominates the fashion scene and gets a place on our list. Their motto? "We walk the line of fashion and function," reads Union's website. "We like to offer functional clothing that has subtle fashion sensibilities."

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But don't let the word "subtle" fool you - wearers of Union Los Angeles are sure to turn heads with their pristine cuts and innovative looks. And like some other top designer brands on this list, the fashion house's collections are often inspired by Black history.

Fear of God

In need of some neutral-colored staples to add to the wardrobe? Then Fear of God might be the perfect place to search. "I grew up with Christ as the center of my household," brand founder Jerry Lorenzo explained of the name he chose for his famous clothing line. "It was intertwined with everything we did."

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During its 2013 beginnings, Lorenzo's designs were inspired by the few secular figures the creative knew about. Influenced by Kurt Cobain and The Breakfast Club's John Bender, early pieces were quite grunge. But the brand's latest collection is filled with sleek lines and a neutral aesthetic.

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This Amsterdam-based brand has flourished and received international popularity in recent years. And their interesting name is not without reason: the famous clothing brand actually began as a streetwear style blog that also featured a few T-shirts with the publication's logo. But those simpler times are long gone.

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Founders Jefferson Osei, Abderrahmane Trabsini, and Hussein Suleiman's designs are inspired by the trio's African roots and Dutch upbringings. The result? A range of stylish pieces from printed denim to pastel hoodies. And with prices starting at $55, it's arguably one of the more affordable popular streetwear brands out there.

Bricks and Wood

Looking for that Yeezy-sleek style without breaking the bank? Then this might be the perfect solution. Not to say that Bricks and Wood don't have their own personality. According to its website, the Los Angeles-based brand was founded in 2014 and "is focused on storytelling through manufacture, design, and collaborations."

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The site continues, "Our standard is a high-quality presentation of contemporary streetwear garments collaborated with everyday functional goods." Union Los Angeles's unisex sweatsuit sets, shirts, and hats are the epitome of comfort mixed with style. Their tees begin at around $30, while bigger items like hoddies start at $90.

Supreme

This legendary name has a net worth that's reportedly in the millions, if not billions, so it's hardly a shock that the famous clothing brand is one of 2021's best. Supreme probably needs no introduction, but we'll go ahead and give you some background anyway.

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The New York brand was started in 1994 by James Jebbia. Supreme was initially designed with mostly skater culture in mind. Today, it's an ode to both skateboarding and hip hop. With two collections released each year (but not all pieces at once), the popular brand's merchandise is almost guaranteed to sell out each time.

Telfar

With a motto like, "It's not for you - it's for everyone," Telfar immediately got our attention. This famous clothing brand was making genderless clothing cool before many of us even heard of the notion. Telfar is dedicated to being an inclusive brand that has beautiful pieces for every person.

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Proof of its success? Well, for starters, one of its handbags was on "Oprah's Favorite Things" holiday list; Queen RiRi once rocked a Telfar track jacket in ways only the Barbados babe could; the brand has partnered with the likes of Converse. Need any more reason to shop away?

Kith

Kith changed the world of streetwear when it first stepped into the scene in 2011. A decade later, we can't think of street style without the New York-based clothing brand coming to mind. It's most recent work that has us going wild? A whole collection inspired by the hit animated series The Simpsons.

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Kith has other impressive collections on its track record, including a collab in 2020 with the New York Knicks. Since then, they've gone international and opened stores in Japan and France. So if you're in need of some streetwear staples this year, Kith can help you up your wardrobe game.

Darryl Brown

With a unique history, it's no wonder Darryl Brown has become one of the more popular clothing lines this year. The founder, who reps the same name as his brand, is a former railroad engineer. That explains the workwear-inspired pieces. Need more reason to trust the man's designs? We have two words: Kanye West.

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Aside from having "engineer" on his resume, Darryl Brown also previously worked as Yeezy's lead stylist. So fashion-lovers in the mood for some quality pieces that'll help you look casually cool in your daily work life, this is the brand for you. From cargo pants to comfy tees, Brown's got all the essentials.

Post-Imperial

Next up on our list of 2021's top designer brands is Post-Imperial. Those who have never heard of them are in for a treat. The Harlem-based menswear line was established by Niyi Okuboyejo. Niyi was born in Lagos and raised in Texas, and you can bet his background inspires the brand's pieces.

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This brand is for the bolder fashion icons. While there are certainly plenty of calm earth tones involved, Post-Imperial's recent collections also involve some funky patterns and striking tie-dye bucket hats. If these pieces sound like they're guaranteed to turn some heads, that's because they are. But again, don't take our word for it; surf their online store yourself.

TIER

Let us introduce TIER, the clothing line giving streetwear a fresh take. The brand was founded in 2014 by friends and artists Nigeria Ealey, Victor James, and Esaie Jean-Simon. Since its beginnings, the designers have continued to bless us with stylish denim, essential tees, "Black excellence" merch, and more.

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But this rising brand lands a spot on our list for more than their on-point designs. TIER is leading the eco-conscious and social justice game with its sustainable and inclusive practices. With pieces starting at $35 and going up to the hundreds, the fashion brand has a little something for everyone.

Chrome Hearts

Remember when The Weeknd wrote (another) song about Bella Hadid and sang "She got Chrome Hearts hangin' from her neck" in Escape From LA? Well, if you didn't know, the Grammy-winner was referencing the famous clothing brand often repped by the supermodel. And Bella's not the only one loving Chrome Hearts merch.

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The brand has been around since the '80s and styled everyone from Rolling Stones members to Guns 'N Roses. But in recent years it has been breaking into the streetwear world with the likes of Drake and 21 Savage repping their pieces. Chrome Hearts makes unique designs and chunky jewelry that are sure to spice up your wardrobe.

Adidas Originals

This brand definitely needs no introduction. It might be much bigger than many of the smaller designer brands on this list, but Adidas Originals earns a spot as one of 2021's best clothing brands to shop from. The sportswear company has been around since 1949 but its more fashionable extension launched in the 2000s.

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Adidas Originals provides fashion and sports lovers alike with casual and stylish pieces - with a sporty feel, of course. But they're no strangers to branching out. The top clothing brand has previously partnered with Diesel for their "Originals Denim" collection. Shoppers can count on Originals for street style staples and sporty pieces.

Pyer Moss

The founder of this famous clothing brand was named the Council of Fashion Designers of America's 2020 American Menswear Designer of the Year. With that in mind, it's no wonder we've included Pyer Moss on this list of 2021's best lines. So what can fashion-enthusiasts expect from their trend-setting merch?

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The luxury streetwear brand has everything from perfectly fitted sweats to higher-end pieces (sported by none other than Vice President Kamala Harris at the U.S. inauguration). Founder and designer Kerby Jean uses his Haitian-American roots to challenge mainstream narratives of Black culture and history through fashion. Sound iconic? It is.

The Brooklyn Circus

With a dope name like Brooklyn Circus, we expected big things from this popular clothing brand even before actually getting a glimpse at their collections. But one look into Circus's merch did not disappoint. Designer Ouigi Theodore mixes city street style with retro vibes for one-of-a-kind creations. The goal behind it all?

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Theodore hopes to "refine the image of urban America" with his unique designs. The brand originated in 2006 in - you guessed it - Brooklyn. Today, Circus also has stores in San Francisco and Chicago. On their site, shoppers can find everything from well-fitted trousers to graphic tees with designs inspired by Black history.

Aimé Leon Dore

Want a new (and more dope) take on the classic New York Yankees cap? Or how about some colorful loafers? Famous clothing brand Aimé Leon Dore has all the bases covered. Their collections include everything from street style tees to fancy sweaters and moccasins. To top that off, they've welcomed some pretty impressive partnerships.

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Aimé Leon Dore collaborated and continues to work with, the likes of New Balance, Porsche, the Yankees, and other sports teams. It looks like there's nothing the popular brand can't handle. So go ahead and take a peak at their site to give your 2021 wardrobe a nice upgrade.