Long gone are the days when you could just grab any old tee out of your drawer — or heck, off the sale rack at a local retailer — and call it a day. And the days of wearing an old athletic or well-worn college logo tee in a casual style situation are also long gone — even the most spirited among us might agree that there are much better T-shirt options for men out there, and that’s why we’re here today.
The best T-shirt brands for men take a razor-sharp focus to that most casual and classic of style staples. T-shirts arguably weren’t a major part of American style until they started popping up on the big screen as worn by devil-may-care icons like Brando and James Dean — and then, everything changed. These days, T-shirt brands put as much care and focus into crafting the humble T-shirt as other brands might use when crafting a beautiful suit or the perfect dress shirt.
It’s refreshing to see, and that means you’ve got plenty of shopping options available when it comes to stocking up on tees. To get you started, and to kick off your summer in style, we rounded up our favorite T-shirt brands — classic style is just a few clicks away.
No conversation about men’s T-shirt brands can possibly start without talking about Buck Mason. Inspired by classic American style staples and that can-do spirit so often found in the States, the brand focuses on expert takes on traditional, iconic pieces — the end result is a line of T-shirts with soft fabric, pleasingly muted color options and neat details like a curved hem. For the best t-shirt to rock solo, sans even a jacket, you want Buck Mason.
Recently launched by our friends at Huckberry, Forty Five takes a single-minded approach to crafting men’s T-shirts. That is to say, like the iconic 45RPM single record, with one hit song on it, Forty Five is all about one thing: The perfect men’s T-shirt. We love the expertly faded colorways, the agreeable price and the sharp-as-can-be fit that only Huckberry knows how to perfect. If you want a new casual tee, you want one (or more) of these.
When Taylor Stitch sees an opportunity to take a traditional men’s style essential and improve it in a big way, they get to work — and the results sure are impressive. Take the Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag line, a full set of zero-waste tees made from upcycled cotton and recycled polyester in both long-sleeve and short-sleeve iterations (plus some seriously cool henleys). The Heavy Bag Collection offers up plenty of chances to snag your new favorite T-shirt — act accordingly.
Plenty of brands are finding ways to make stylish T-shirts, but few (if any) are doing it quite like Wellen. Another in-house brand at Huckberry that we seriously love, Wellen specializes in the kind of gear (T-shirts included) that would fit right in at the beach or lake house. The brand’s tees are made from hemp and organic cotton for sustainability and style in equal measure — the fact that you can wear a Wellen Hemp Tee with garment-dyed chinos or light wash denim is just icing on the cake.
Lest we forget, your workout T-shirt could use an upgrade, and there are brands aplenty making the best workout tees in an efficient and performance-minded manner. Such is the case with Rhone, a favorite of ours here at GearMoose. Made with fabric like the nylon-poly-jersey blend found in the Reign Short-Sleeve Tee, Rhone does as fine a job as any brand at making a workout tee that’s durable and yet stylish.
One of America’s foremost menswear designers just so happens to have a whole set of stylish T-shirts that makes for one of the best T-shirt brands for men. From the Todd Snyder x Champion line of basic jersey tees to the exceptional Made-in-L.A. Pocket Tees (with that instantly recognizable button pocket), there’s no excuse for not having a Todd Snyder T-shirt in your wardrobe.
Successful T-shirt brands often start with the little things — the right fabric blends, for one. The proper balance and selection of fabric can be the difference between a buttery-soft tee and one that doesn’t actually go the distance. Luckily, Mack Weldon has the right formula dialed in when it comes to churning out quality T-shirts, season after season. Available in a bright array of colors and in fabrics ranging from classic Pima cotton to the performance-focused AIRKNITx, there’s no way to go wrong with a Mack Weldon tee.
It’s amazing what a great T-shirt can do to upgrade one’s wardrobe, especially during the warmer months. Which brings us to our next point: If you want a T-shirt that’s sustainable and stylish, one that gives back beyond just its looks, you want a T-shirt from Outerknown. With options running the gamut from the striped Rewind Tee (organic cotton and recycled polyester) to the aptly named Groovy Pocket Tee (100 percent organic cotton), Outerknown has a stylish tee for everyone — yes, everyone.
It only makes sense that we include Everlane on this list — the humble T-shirt is the kind of essential basic that Everlane excels at making. We’ve been fans of Everlane T-shirts since the early days, all owing to their affordability, winning style and transparent production. Pick up the Organic Cotton Pocket Tee in a three-pack to get your new favorite everyday tee.
Flint and Tinder
The entire Flint and Tinder line is so well-executed across the board, it’s hard not to want a full wardrobe of F & T gear. That includes the brand’s array of T-shirts, from the expertly crafted Slub Pocket Tee to the lightweight and super-soft Supima Air Knit Tee. Get either option in as many colors as possible.
Mott & Bow
What’s more classic than a T-shirt and jeans? Not a whole lot these days — and the great news, you can get both those indispensable men’s style staples at the same place, thanks to ongoing efforts by Mott & Bow to ramp up its T-shirt offerings. With breezy fabric and classic silhouettes, these tees (particularly the Driggs Crew) belong on your seasonal shopping list ASAP.
Ever come across a T-shirt that you can wear day after day … after day? It’s a high bar to clear, but Proof might have just cracked the code. The brand blends performance fabric with serious style points. Specifically, the Proof 72-Hour Merino Tee is as clear a winner in our book as any, using merino wool to wick away moisture and fight odor.
If you haven’t caught on by now, these men’s t-shirt brands are as versatile as it gets, and well-suited for time on the trail or time at home. Vuori knows this, harnessing the power of technology to deliver some of the most dependable T-shirts on the market. Take the Strato Tech Tee, made with soft moisture-wicking fabric and a mobile cut. As the brand says, you can wear it for travel or to the gym — we think you can also wear it hanging at home, coffee in hand.
What does one pair with expertly fitted Bonobos chinos? To us, that’s simple — the brand also takes great care in making some of the most comfortable T-shirts for men. They do so using fabrics both casual (the 100 percent cotton Soft Everyday Tee) and refined (the Jetsetter Tee, made with Peruvian cotton and REFIBRA lyocell for a smooth hand feel).
Standard Issue Tees
With a name like Standard Issue, it’s not hard to believe that the company is one t-shirt brand you’ll want to try this year. The Standard Tee is simple and straightforward, but far from boring, made from 100 percent ring spun cotton that’s garment-dyed for a soft finish.
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