Lest you underestimate the humble men’s T-shirt, just know that there’s more to life than wearing athletic logo tees or the type of old, ratty tees you likely had in college or high school (sentimental value aside, naturally). No sir, the best men’s T-shirts to buy right now are all in a class of their own, made with rugged quality, classic styling potential and the sort of chops you’d be hard-pressed to find in your old-school athletic T-shirts.
A plain T-shirt is in fact perhaps the simplest item in a guy’s closet, but when worn the right way and made the right way, the standard tee can really become so much more. A T-shirt can be worn naturally on it’s own (pairings include dark denim and high-top sneakers, or else light wash jeans and suede chukka boots), or else in ways more casual and cool (think a navy cotton blazer and tan chinos).
The key, as with plenty of gear picks we recommend, comes down to fabric, fit and design details — and luckily for all parties involved, our list of the best men’s T-shirts shown here ace each of those categories with flying colors, to say the very least. Don’t sleep — you need at least one of these tees in your wardrobe, if not more. Simple as can be.
Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Tee
There’s perhaps no better T-shirt to lead off our than the Taylor Stitch Heavy Bag Tee, a dependably made T-shirt that checks all the right boxes, from the use of upcycled cotton in its construction to the range of seasonally friendly colors (our personal favorite has to be the Washed Rust iteration). Snap one or multiple up for $45 at Huckberry — the fit and fabric is mighty pleasing, making the Heavy Bag Tee a shirt that you should feel inclined to wear all on its own (tan chinos not included).
Todd Snyder Made In L.A. Jersey T-Shirt
Los Angeles is a hotbed of activity when it comes to producing men’s T-shirts, not to mention items like denim — and the Todd Snyder Made in L.A. Jersey T-Shirt is a fine example of just what can be done when you work with the best in the business. Made with remarkable garment-dyed jersey cotton for a feel that just works right out of the box, this is a plain T-shirt that’s a cut above.
Proof 72-Hour Merino Tee
We think each tee on this list of the best men’s T-shirts has something special, but that might particularly be the case with the Proof 72-Hour Merino Tee. It’s a performance-minded tee in a wide range of colors that can really be worn for 72 hours — merino might be the most functional fabric on the planet when translated into a travel-ready, moisture-wicking, odor-resisting tee like this one. For long haul flights and long days of exploration, it’s what you need.
Buck Mason Slub Curved Hem Tee
When you put on a T-shirt that’s better than the rest (to wit: One of the best men’s tees on the market), we’d argue that you know right away. Such is the case with the drape and construction of the Buck Mason Slub Curved Hem Tee, the type of T-shirt that stands out thanks to its beautiful fabric and its unique curved hem. This is a T-shirt that’ll retain its shape and fit, and it’ll even break in more over time. Plus, when you pick up the online-exclusive shade of Graphite, you’re getting a tee that’s even more rare — and thus worth investing in. Pair it with Buck Mason denim, and you’re good to go.
Outerknown Sojourn Pocket Tee
When we first laid eyes on the Sojourn Pocket Tee from Outerknown, we knew we had to have it — it’s made sustainably from organic Peruvian cotton, some of the best in the world, and it’s fairly priced for the extra quality and comfort that a tee like this brings to the table (and your wardrobe). The ribbed trim at the chest pocket, the neck and sleeves also sets this tee apart subtly and stylishly.
Wellen Hemp Tee
We keep turning back toward the Wellen brand (a new in-house line at Huckberry) owing to the unique use of sustainable fabrics like hemp, plus the engaging summer colors like Seafoam Green (which would stand out handsomely against tan chinos or field shorts, plus white canvas sneakers). Wellen takes great care to make products that help, not detract from, the environment, including organic cotton.
Rhone Athletic Short Sleeve T-Shirt
Rhone’s gear is made to move, seamlessly blending performance elements with straightforward-yet-minimal style for the guy on the go (that’d be you). Raglan sleeve construction, plus moisture-wicking technology and anti-odor functionality, makes this tee essential for both trips to the gym and long cross-country flights — it’s more polished and yet gym-ready than any other tee in your wardrobe.
Everlane Air Crew Tee
We’ve long appreciated Everlane’s approach to what the brand calls “radical transparency,” offering up details on fabric and construction with an eye toward sustainability — that’s what makes the Everlane Air Crew Tee so critical (and worthy of inclusion on this list). It’s made with an incredibly lightweight slub cotton and available in a range of classic Everlane colors, perfect for pairing with the brand’s slim denim or chinos.
Flint and Tinder Supima Air Knit Tee
If you thought that Flint and Tinder already made a plethora of stylish T-shirts and couldn’t possibly make any more, well, think again — the Flint and Tinder Supima AirKnit Tee is the latest iteration from the in-house brand at Huckberry that we absolutely love. Pick up three for $75 in multiple colors, and then wear each tee any way you please (but especially with dark denim on a casual weekend day).
Banks Journal Primary Classic Tee
The best part about finding a new favorite T-shirt? The chance to make that tee all your own, like the pleasingly broken-in Banks Journal Primary Classic Tee. This T-shirt is proof that T-shirts don’t need to be boring — in fact, even in a straightforward color like black, they can be interesting enough to be worn all on their own (or else, under an indigo denim jacket).
Robert Barakett Georgia Crewneck T-Shirt
Every guy needs — and every guy can find a way to wear — a classic plain-colored T-shirt, especially this trim and tailored T-shirt from Robert Barakett. It’s the kind of crisp and clean tee you should wear with a khaki cotton blazer and light wash denim, plus leather loafers. There’s no wrong way to wear it, but just know that it’s highly versatile and suited for whatever combo you dream up.
J.Crew Slim-Fit Garment-Dyed Slub Cotton T-Shirt
If ever there was a brand that could turn the simple T-shirt into something more than just a tee, it’s J. Crew. The same expertise that allowed the brand to transform the way men wear and shop for suits has been translated into the Slim-Fit Garment-Dyed Slub Cotton T-Shirt, made from a textured and lived-in fabric in a surprisingly rich Charcoal color. Wear this tee with black jeans to your next rock concert.
ATM Crewneck T-Shirt
For every crisp, clean white tee, you sometimes want a tee with a bit more character and laidback style appeal, especially during the dog days of summer. This ATM Crewneck T-Shirt, with a wider collar and a slubby texture, is the one to buy in that case, available in pleasingly washed out colors that should pair nicely with natural selvedge denim or off-white chinos (throw in suede chukka boots or loafers, naturally).
Standard Issue Tee
Among our list of the best men’s T-shirts, there are certain tees that go above and beyond when it comes to checking all the right boxes — like the Standard Issue Tee, for instance. This is an aptly named tee made right in California from ringspun cotton in a classic shade of black. It’s the kind of tee you can throw on and not think twice about — or else, you can pack it within its reusable zip bag for travel or storage.
Banana Republic Soft Wash Crew-Neck T-Shirt
If there’s one thing we’ve learned to expect from Banana Republic, it’s that the brand doesn’t compromise on luxurious fabric quality, even in items as seemingly simple as T-shirts. Take the Soft Wash Crewneck T-Shirt, a perfectly built tee in a slubby gray texture that just so happens to be surprisingly refined. It’s the ideal complement to the brand’s Rapid Movement Chinos, for instance.
Best Made Co. 165 GSM Merino Tee
Best Made Co. says that “under every good adventure lies merino,” and that seems to be the case when one considers the 165 GSM Merino Tee. It’s the type of rare T-shirt that stands apart from the crowd for its combination of both classic style and modern innovation. We’re big fans of the textured 100 percent Merino fabric and the rich color options, each of which would wear handsomely with classic Best Made Co. chinos.
Mack Weldon Silver Crew Neck T-Shirt
We love Mack Weldon’s boxer briefs and socks, and it should come as no surprise in this case that the brand puts that same level of care and attention to detail in other basics — a la its Silver Crew Neck T-Shirt. The real kicker here is the use of silver in the fabric blend, which gives it unique anti-microbial and moisture-wicking properties. That’s more than worthy of being on this list.
Line Of Trade Pocket Tee
You likely know Line of Trade for the brand’s essential, well-crafted leather goods and accessories, so you’d certainly do well to check out this wildly affordable pocket tee available via Bespoke Post. Made from a cotton blend in a classic navy color, this tee is both durable and lightweight, with a full taped shoulder seam and made-in-San-Francisco construction, to boot.
J.Crew Garment-Dyed Slub Cotton Crewneck T-Shirt
For just under $30, you can get one of the best men’s T-shirts on the market, and it comes from a name you likely recognize — that’d be J. Crew, of course. The Dark Eucalyptus shade seen here on this Garment-Dyed Slub Cotton Crewneck makes it the perfect T-shirt to wear underneath an indigo denim jacket with light tan or stone chinos — they’re might not be a better T-shirt-and-jeans combo on the market.
Bonobos Jetsetter Tee
We’re of the opinion that the best brands for men offer up a crucial combination of versatility and dependability — as in, the sort of brands like Bonobos, where you know what you’re going to get … every single time. That’s as true with the Jetsetter Tee (one of our favorite new tees) as it is with the brand’s lauded chinos, and when we talk about versatility, it’s a given that you can pair both those pieces together any day of the week — trust us.
Flint and Tinder Slub Pocket Tee
Can the good folks at Huckberry do any wrong? In our mind, not really. The Flint and Tinder brand, the stylish in-house offering at Huckberry, is as fine an example of that approach as any, and that can be said for everything from the brand’s durable chinos & henleys to this easygoing-yet-essential pocket tee. It’s available in a plethora of colors, enough where you’re going to want to buy one for each day of the week (at least).
Filson 210G Merino Wool Short Sleeve Crew Shirt
We appreciate a brand that consistently gets what its consumers want, and then sets out to constantly improve upon that aim. That’s what Filson has been doing for decades, and although the brand made a name for itself with tough, Pacific Northwest-ready outerwear, they’ve not been one to shy away from innovation. Take this stylish, rugged and functional merino T-shirt — that Filson quality makes it one of the best men’s T-shirts to buy now.
Huckberry Pocket Tee
Yes, folks — Huckberry makes its own line of Huckberry-branded gear & goods, and these basics are anything but basic or boring. You can be sure the Huckberry team wouldn’t put its stamp on anything that wasn’t of the highest quality and construction, and this pocket tee, although seemingly simple, more than takes care of business the next time you need a stylish tee.
Todd Snyder Heather T-Shirt
The best men’s brands separate themselves from the pack by the way they do all the little things well — case in point, crafting one of the best men’s T-shirts. The tee is a menswear classic done even better in this instance by American menswear designer Todd Snyder. We love the heathered fabric & versatile fit, plus the easygoing wearability on its own or with a denim jacket.
Rhone Element Tee
The best men’s T-shirts offer up a degree of durability, performance and style that other brands simply can’t deliver. Take the Rhône Element Tee, as dependable & performance-minded an offering as it gets. Made to deliver on-the-go functionality and comfort, it’s the rare performance tee that doesn’t let that get in the way of style points. It’s the T-shirt you need right now (to say the least).
Public Rec Go-To Tee
When a brand launches with a focus on only a few key products, you can be sure the results of that focus are going to be next-level in terms of quality and style. In the case of Public Rex, that means staple pieces like the Go-To Tee, a focus since the brand’s early days, are absurdly going to be the way to go if you need one of the best men’s T-shirts (and you do — trust us). Simple, effective, stylish … get this tee ASAP.
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