What are you wearing right now?
No, we’re not trying to sound like a phone sex operator. But honestly, we can probably guess. Unless you’re an essential worker (shout-out to those who are), you’re most likely working from home (or applying for jobs from home), and you’re probably not wearing typical office attire. Sure, you might throw on a button-up shirt and tie for that Zoom business call, but once the meeting ends, it’s back into sweats and a t-shirt for you.
But the best men’s t-shirts don’t exist purely for lounging. They can be a great way to show off your personality and serve as a workout staple. And basic plain tees are a versatile outfit essential that can go with just about anything. Even if you are just rocking a plain tee without an accompanying sweater or jacket, there are some simple styling techniques that help to instantly tailor and elevate your look, such as rolling the sleeves or tucking in the front part of the shirt (a.k.a. the French tuck).
It’s possible to create a perfectly presentable and stylish outfit with nothing but a solid-color t-shirt, your favorite jeans and a pair of sneakers. Of course, not all men’s t-shirts are the same, and some brands make particularly stylish and comfortable tees.
How We Chose the Best T-Shirts for Men
Regardless of how you style your tee, the most comfortable men’s t-shirts are typically made from one of the following materials:
- Supima cotton (premium cotton)
- Traditional 100% cotton
- Polyester/cotton blends
- Spandex/cotton blends
- Viscose or Rayon
On top of that, the best men’s t-shirts aren’t just comfortable, versatile and easy to style, but also super affordable. When it comes to shelling out big bucks for your wardrobe, your basic solid tee shouldn’t be setting you back as much as a spring jacket. While it’s possible to spend $200 on a designer t-shirt, there’s really no good reason to.
To help guys find the best, most comfortable t-shirts, we ranked our favorite options from a variety of menswear brands. For the purposes of this list, we didn’t include any graphic t-shirts (although you can find our favorite graphic t-shirts here), which are in a category all their own. We also tried to include a variety of cuts, as elongated and slim-fit t-shirts are very much in fashion right now while V-necks are becoming harder to find.
From long-length cuts and muscle tees to a classic fit, they’re all here. Check out our selects for the best t-shirts for men in 2021 below.
1. J.Crew Broken-In T-Shirts
Does J.Crew make the world’s best t-shirts? Not quite. So why are they ranked #1 in our list of the best men’s shirts? Because while brands like Buck Mason and Cuts Clothing make perfectly engineered t-shirts with buttery smooth fabrics and excellent colors, we never feel quite right spending more than $50 on a t-shirt. If you don’t share that particular hangup, you’ll find plenty of super-cozy t-shirts for men below. However, for under $35, J.Crew offers the perfect blend of comfort and value with their Broken-In T-shirts, which come in over a dozen stylish colors. No matter the color, these shirts are made with a soft organic cotton that will hold up well to repeated trips through the washing machine.
2. Robert Barakett Georgia Crewneck T-Shirt
When it comes to picking the basics — t-shirts, socks, boxer briefs, shorts — you don’t want to have to put a lot of thought into your shopping. And that’s exactly why Robert Barakett’s Georgie Crewneck tee is one of the best t-shirts for men available right now. The crew neck cotton tee features a timeless and comfortable design that will never go out of style, plus it’s available in a slew of colors.
Most importantly, Robert Barakett’s tees are super comfortable. And while the dollar amount might make you throw up in your mouth a little bit, note that it’s well worth the price. There’s a reason why it is the most top-rated men’s tee on Nordstrom with almost 500 raving reviews.
3. Buck Mason Slub Curved Hem Tee
We’re big fans of Buck Mason here at SPY, and the LA-based men’s clothing brand makes some of the most comfortable men’s t-shirts in the world. At $35, they’re definitely a little more expensive than your average tee, but they’re made from a loose-knit and light slub cotton that feels great against your skin. The modern curved hem pairs great with shorts and denim, and these relaxed shirts are available in almost fifteen neutral colors.
4. Cuts Clothing Crew Curve-Hem
Cuts Clothing is a new brand offering men’s t-shirts and polos. The brand sent us some t-shirts to try on, and we were quite impressed with the quality and materials. Cuts Clothing offers three different styles of hems and a range of handsome color options, which makes it really easy for guys to find the perfect fit for their body and fashion sense. The shirts are definitely on the slimmer side, so order a size up if you’re in doubt. Thanks to the super soft, super stretchy PYCA tri-blended fabric, these premium men’s t-shirts are on the pricier side. However, we sweat by Cuts so much, we even named their polo the Best Polo of 2020 in our SPY Man Awards. Trust us — you’ll never regret the purchase.
5. H&M Regular Fit Crew Neck Men’s T-Shirts
The classic cut of this 100% cotton crew neck tee makes grabbing one for yourself a no brainer. Plus, at $6.99 per shirt, and with seven color options to choose from, it’s easy to pick up a few of these if you’re in need. We know that a lot of guys want to avoid fast fashion, but if you’re looking to stock up on the best men’s t-shirts, that’s going to be tough to do if you want to stay below $30. For affordable and comfortable t-shirts, H&M shirts are a great basic to keep in your drawer.
6. Everlane Organic Cotton V-Neck Tees
THE PERFECT V
There is a fine line when it comes to V-neck tees for guys because if the V cuts too low, you run the risk of showing off too much chest. The perfect V-neck, like this one from Everlane, is noticeable yet subtle — not showing too much or too little. The comfy organic cotton tee is available in eight different colors, ranging from darker shades, like navy and black, to lighter options, including sage green or burnt sienna orange. Everlane t-shirts are on the thicker side without being too thick. Pair them with your favorite pair of jeans and you have the perfect casual outfit.
7. Hanes 5-Pack Comfort Blend Crew Neck
The Hanes tee is a classic in the world of men’s undershirts. The tag-less fabric is crafted out of 60% rayon and 40% polyester — making for a silky soft combination that won’t itch or irritate your skin. And for just under $20, you can score an entire five-pack, one for each (work)day of the week. They aren’t the nicest quality per se, but hey, they’re undershirts. What were you expecting?
8. Goodthreads Perfect Crewneck T-Shirt
BEST FROM AMAZON
If you’re still unfamiliar with Amazon’s Goodthreads line, you’re probably living under a rock. Goodthreads is an Amazon-run store that contains various affordable clothing options for men and women that are surprisingly great quality. Specifically speaking, we’re obsessed with the Perfect Crewneck tee because it is, well, perfect. It comes in numerous fashionable colors, has the right amount of stretch and is of great quality. At just $12, it’s a price we can’t hate on either.
9. Uniqlo Supima Cotton Crew Neck T-Shirt
MOST COMFORTABLE TEE
This Uniqlo Crew Neck T-Shirt features a looser fit and is crafted from 100% Supima cotton for optimal comfort. Sizes range from XXS-3XL, and there are 11 different color options to choose from, so there is bound to be a size/color combo for you. Uniqlo t-shirts tend to fall on the thinner side, just one step up from an undershirt, so keep that in mind if you prefer a thicker fabric.
10. Banana Republic Supima Cotton Crew Neck T-Shirt
BEST CLASSIC CUT
Supima cotton makes for some of the most comfortable t-shirts (it’s our preferred fabric for boxers for the same reason). Wearing Supima cotton is like wrapping your skin in a cloud, which is why this classic crew neck tee from Banana Republic lands on our list of the best t-shirts for men. Made from 100% Supima cotton, the short-sleeve tee is available in four essential colors (black, white, navy and heather gray) that will go with just about anything. The cut of the regular size tee hits right at the waist, but don’t worry if you need a little extra length on the bottom, it’s available in tall sizes as well.
11. ASOS 5-Pack Organic Muscle Fit T-Shirt
BEST MUSCLE FIT
If you work hard at the gym, why not find a low-key way to show it off? This muscle shirt five-pack will allow you to show off those biceps in a multitude of different colors. Not to mention, the snug cut and soft jersey fabric, made from 94% organic cotton and 6% elastane, provides just the right amount of stretch to hug your sculpted biceps and chest — just what a classic muscle tee calls for. This t-shirt comes from the ASOS house line of clothing, with sizes available for big and tall guys as well.
12. Topman Scotty Longline T-Shirt
BEST LONGLINE TEE
Those looking for extra length, look no further than the Topman Scotty Longline T-Shirt. The extended curved hem on the bottom front and back sides of the tee adds a couple of extra inches of coverage. The elongated slim fit top is available in this grey color as well as black and white, plus it’s made from a super soft 50/50 blend of polyester and viscose.
13. vuori Strato Slim Fit Crewneck T-Shirt
BEST FOR EXERCISE
There are lots of guys out there that head to the gym in any old tee. You know, the kind that isn’t necessarily made for working out. Ditch that raggedy, sweat-stained piece of garbage for this breathable slim-fit crewneck from vuori that will change the way you work out. It’s made from a moisture-wicking mainly polyester material (with 4% spandex) that performs well on the treadmill as well as the trails. If you’re planning on doing any exercise this autumn, this is the tee to do it in.
14. Entireworld Organic Cotton Boxy T
A little frump never hurt anybody. Check out this organic cotton tee from Entireworld that drapes the body on the boxier side. It has just the right amount of slouch to keep you both comfortable and comfortable-looking without having it look like this is the tee you rolled out of bed in. This winter, pair this abrupt, candy-colored lilac option with your favorite pair of ripped light wash jeans will have you ready for spring in no time. We also suggest you throw on your favorite faux fur-lined jean jacket too, because, you know, it’s still cold out.
15. Express Luxe Comfort Knit T-Shirt
BEST PREMIUM TEE
Want a tee that’ll go great underneath a blazer for a night out on the town? Meet the Express Luxe Comfort Knit. This super comfy cotton/polyester blend creates a performance knit with moisture-wicking properties, so it’ll keep you cool all night long. Available in regular or tall sizes and in four different colors (including the sharp-looking “pitch black” as pictured below), this is one of the most expensive items on this list. You honestly shouldn’t be paying anything more than this for a basic solid tee. The bottom hem on this shirt comes just above the waist, so check out options from Cuts Clothing or TOPMAN if you prefer a longer cut.
16. Urban Outfitters Keith Haring Heart Embroidered Tee
BEST GRAPHIC TEE
Graphic tees don’t always need to be printed, nor, do they need to be as eye-catching as you might think. Just check out this Keith Haring-inspired tee, featuring a Haring-esque heart embroidered right on the chest. The tee is made from classic cotton and is a total standout amongst every other tee at Urban Outfitters due to the artistic homage and bold red-on-black contrast.
17. Bombas Pima Cotton T-Shirt
BEST GIVE-BACK SHIRT
Bombas is better known for comfy socks, but the company also makes one heck of a t-shirt. As you can probably tell, we love a good Supima cotton t-shirt, and this Bombas Supima Cotton Tee has everything we’re looking for in a t-shirt. It costs under $50, it’s made from our favorite fabric and it comes in a variety of neutral colors that can form the base of casual outfits. Plus, with every purchase, Bombas will give a t-shirt to someone in need.
18. Cotton On Loose Fit Washed Pocket Tee
BEST VINTAGE-LOOKING TEE
Cotton On isn’t very well known in the States, but this mega Australian retailer makes some high-quality men’s t-shirts. The roomier design of this crew neck tee features a pocket on the chest and is made of heavier-weight cotton. But make no mistake here, durability doesn’t negate comfort. The vintage style tee is available in a variety of washed-out color tones: khaki, gravel stone (pictured below), dirty clay, black, light smoke, and dusty denim.
19. Madewell Garment Dyed Allday Crewneck T-Shirt
BEST FADED TEE
What’s a garment-dyed t-shirt? This dyeing technique results in a slightly textured and faded look, which results in a tee that appears well-loved. Madewell’s garment-dyed men’s tees are wildly soft and comfortable, and you can choose from a range of attractive colors. If you’re looking for comfortable tees to wear under your favorite flannel or zip-up jacket this fall, look no further than these stellar options from Madewell. You won’t be disappointed.
20. Target Original Use Tie-Dye Short Sleeve T-Shirt
Tie-dye made a major come back in summer 2020 and ever since, the trend hasn’t gone anywhere. While you still can, snag a couple of tie-dye must-haves before summer 2021 so you’re looking snazzy the second it gets warm outside. This blue tie-dye shirt from Target looks like a multitude of sloshing waves to keep you looking as cool as the ocean. And, for just $10? It doesn’t get any better than that.
21. Everlane Organic Crew
BEST PLAIN WHITE T-SHIRT
Everlane’s organic crew is part of the brand’s “Uniform” line of clothing, meaning it’s back by a 365-day guarantee. The tee is available in dozens of colors, however, we especially like the organic white t-shirt, which is weighty enough to be worn on its own without feeling underdressed. Pair this white tee with denim, a flannel overshirt and your favorite white sneakers — you’ll have a killer look that’s perfect for fall 2020. So while you can barely see it in the picture below, this is a classic white tee every guy should have on-hand.
22. Goodthreads Striped Pocket Tee
Our favorite striped t-shirt for men is none other than a pocket tee from Amazon’s Goodthreads brand, but don’t act so surprised. Goodthreads is a stellar and reliable clothing option for dudes to rep right now and you’ll understand why the second you throw this shirt on. It’s effortlessly handsome and will match just about any look you put together.