T-shirts are quintessential for any wardrobe. Whether you're searching for something stretchy and moisture-wicking to work out in, comfortable for lounging at home, or cheap to stock up on, you'll find plenty of options from nearly every clothing company. I've selected nine of the best T-shirts out of the many brands I've personally tested or bought over the years.
It's worth noting that while all the T-shirts listed below are in men's sizing, anyone can wear them. If you're unsure of which size fits you best, check each brand's size chart for more details. Men's T-shirts tend to be boxier, broader, and longer than tees that were made for women. If you're looking for something shorter and more fitted, check out our guide to the best women's T-shirts.
Buck Mason, one of our favorite menswear brands, produces high-caliber quality staples that are truly built to last. Good thing the brand is all about timeless style too since you'll be wearing their clothes for years. Case in point: the Field Spec Heavy Cotton Tee. It's made from rugby-weight cotton for a super-sturdy shirt that drapes nicely and is cut so it's not clingy but not super boxy either. It's the perfect tee for transitional weather. Considering its heft, I was surprised at how soft it was, with a lived-in feel straight out of the package.
Everlane's Organic Cotton Crew, part of the brand's Uniform Collection, is appropriately named since T-shirts and jeans have become the go-to outfit for many of us. Everlane ups the game with a big dose of sustainability by using organic cotton and ethically sourcing its production. Another big part of the sustainability puzzle is longevity. Cheaply made garments quickly end up in landfills. The brand, when designing the shirt, ran it through more than two dozen washes and other tests to make sure this tee would last. Plus. it's a soft, super comfortable T-shirt that's available in more than a dozen core and seasonal colorways and comes in at $35. You can read more about Everlane's Uniform Collection in Amir Ismael's full review here.
Tom Patterson couldn't find an undershirt that wouldn't bunch up under his dress shirts, so he set out to create one. He and his wife Erin Fujimoto started Tommy John in 2008 with undershirts designed to stay in place and not be bulky or bunchy. And while the brand has since expanded into everything from underwear to loungewear, their undershirts remain a brand staple. The Second Skin Crewneck Underhsirt fits close to the body but isn't constricting, stays tucked into your pants, and lays flat against your skin for a neat and trim appearance under your dress shirts. Just because Tommy John designed it to be worn as an undershirt doesn't mean you can't wear it solo, especially if you want to show off those gains. Here's Insider Review's extensive look at the brand.
Tomorrow's Laundry is a young subscription box service for lovers of high-quality tees and other basics. The brand offers a $75-per-month plan in which you'll receive T-shirts or one hoodie. You can skip months and cancel anytime. You don't have to be a member to shop at the site. The tees start at $55, but with the plan, you save about 35% on all orders, and the shipping's free. The brand's Modern Pocket Tee is a handsome oversized T-shirt (1.5 inches longer than the standard) that's cut for a modern boxy fit and features a single chest pocket. A high stitch count for longer life, sustainable production practices, and ultra-touchable cotton fabric from Peru that comes in some unusual colors make this the perfect oversized tee. You can read Amir Ismael's full review of the brand's T-shirts here.
We use real-world testing, including wearing and washing the shirts multiple times, along with pouring over hundreds of customer comments, in combination with our own years of industry experience to bring you reviews you can trust. Beyond fabrics, cuts, and craftsmanship, we also look at areas like sustainability and value when determining what makes it into our guides.
I hate to admit it, but Skims has become my wardrobe essentials secret weapon. The white T-shirts are super soft (almost feels like I'm not wearing anything at all), and I love that these have a slightly sheer finish that makes the closet basic feel seductively cool.
I absolutely love everything from Eterne, especially their white baby t-shirt. The fit is slightly cropped, which allows it to look effortless with a pair of trousers or higher-waist jeans. The quality is also incredible - I've worn mine countless times and it looks just as good as the day I got it.
They may be humble wardrobe essentials, but the best T-shirts for women don't take a backseat in the styling department. Whether you need a breezy crop top for wearing shorts, a midweight tee for pairing with trousers, or a baggy shirt for pairing with your comfiest sweatpants and white sneakers, tees vibe with practically any outfit and occasion.
After scouring reviews at pretty much every retailer you can imagine, we found 27 of the absolute best T-shirts for women that are actually worth adding to your everyday-wear lineup. From classic crewnecks to baggy, comfort-forward options, your next favorite T-shirt is waiting for you somewhere in this list.
Though some of the other shirts we like, including the J.Crew, come in a smattering of cuts, lengths, and styles, the Bonobos shirt lets you mix and match more than any other shirt we found. For sizes smaller than XXL, you can pick a combination of crew neck or V-neck, pocket or no pocket, Slim or Standard, and regular or short, which is more options than for any other brand we recommend.
The Bonobos tee felt of a higher quality than many T-shirts we tested, and on a par with the J.Crew, which costs about $10 more. The Bonobos has a close-knit cotton weave that is opaque and feels smooth against your skin, with solid stitching. After washing and drying it, the size M Bonobos shirt shrank 1 inches total, the least of any white T-shirt we tested.
In addition to these white T-shirts, which we tested and dismissed, we dismissed more than 90 other T-shirt contenders without testing them for a variety of reasons, from their having an abundance of negative customer reviews to ugly logos to reports of severe shrinkage.
Old Navy Moisture-Wicking Crew-Neck T-Shirt ran too long, about 2 inches longer than any of the white T-shirts we recommend here. Although you could easily tuck it in, we prefer recommending something you can also wear untucked.
Once a Second World War uniform regulation, the white T-shirt has an illustrious history. Starting life as an undergarment way back in the medieval period before eventually becoming a part of the British naval uniform, it wasn't until the turn of the 20th-century that brands such as Fruit Of The Loom began manufacturing white T-shirts in bulk. Picked up later by the likes of Chanel in the 1920s, it soon became a fast-fashion staple. After all, what Chanel does, others will copy.
A tighter fit could prove flattering for musclier men, so you might consider buying lighter-weight cotton T-shirts that cling to the body better, à la James Dean. Alternatively you can accentuate a svelte physique by going a size down in a heavier cotton. For looser fits, look for a T-shirt on which the seams fall below the shoulder. Otherwise, hit a happy menswear middle ground by coveting a seam that sits perfectly on the shoulder.
White T-shirts can be particularly prone to stains, be it a clumsy spill or discolouration under the pits (our guide to the best men's deodorants should soak some of that up, though). The important thing to remember is to keep whites separate to colours in your washes and though hot is better, stick to what the label says to avoid shrinkage. A good whites detergent, such as that of The Laundress (15.50 for a litre. At Selfridges. selfridges.com) will do its bit to keep your white T-shirts pristine.
Fruit of the Loom is as cheap and cheerful as white T-shirts get, but that's not to say it's without its share of hyped appeal, too. The brands basics have attracted collaborators from high places, including The Conveni and Fragment Design. Signified only by its fruit bowl label to the inner collar, at only 3.99, you'd do well to stock up. 3.99. At amazon.co.uk
The beauty of a white T-shirt is its versatility, and no one handles versatility like Oliver Spencer. Having become synonymous with a relaxed, modern style with tinges of formality, the brand has an intrinsic focus on quality, which feeds down into even its most everyday pieces. 55. At oliverspencer.co.uk
Promising the perfect fit for your unique body type, Son Of A Tailor has engineered a quick and easy algorithm to generate your own custom size for everything from shirts to sweaters to plain old white tees. Once you've entered your details, every garment is made to order in Portugal and comes with a free remake guarantee if something's not quite to your liking. We say, lean into the smarter side of the service with its 3cm crew neckline that'll add a little extra flair to smart-casual dress codes. 55. sonofatailor.com
There's more to long-sleeve T-shirts than having a little more fabric around your forearms, you know. Lending a streetwise vibe to summer 'fits, the long-sleeve tee is more impactful than one might think, and can cater to aesthetics from skater-chic to classic and preppy.
If you're a t-shirt connoisseur, you'll scour the web looking for the perfect tee. Graphic t-shirts are a great way to express your interest in a geeky video game, show your love for your favorite TV series, or attract attention with other beautiful, cute, or hilarious designs.
Redbubble is home to some unique graphic t-shirts for men and women on the web. The site has shirts related to specific bands, movies, shows, and video games, making it a one-stop shop for geeky tees. Independent artists design every t-shirt, guaranteeing that you'll find something you've never seen before. 59ce067264