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 created equally, 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 below.
1. Best T-Shirts Overall: J.Crew Washed Jersey Tee
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 the J.Crew Washed Jersey 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 three different fits — classic, tall and slim. Not to mention, it’s available in a variety of color options regardless of the cut you choose.
Most importantly, J.Crew’s washed tees are super comfortable. And while some men’s apparel companies are selling premium tees for $50 or $60, you can buy the t-shirt below for just $15. (It’s also important to note that prices do bump up depending on the cut and color, but it’s not by much.)
2. Buck Mason Pima Classic Men’s T-Shirts
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 lightweight and soft pima cotton that feels great against your skin. The traditional straight hem pairs great with shorts and denim, and these relaxed shirts are available in four neutral colors.
3. ASOS Muscle Fit Organic T-Shirt
BEST MUSCLE FIT
If you work hard at the gym, why not find a low-key way to show it off? The muscle shirt has pre-rolled sleeves, which takes the work out of styling your tee. Not to mention, the snug cut and soft jersey fabric, made from 94% organic cotton and 6% spandex, provides just the right amount of stretch to hug your sculpted biceps and chest — just what a classic muscle tee calls for. It also has a more modern elongated design. This t-shirt comes from the ASOS house line of clothing, with sizes available for big and tall guys as well.
Image courtesy of ASOS
4. 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 over a dozen 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.
5. 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.
6. 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 favorably 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, if you’re looking for the best men’s t-shirts for casual outfits or WFH comfort, check out the brand’s summer line.
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.
8. 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.
9. Topman Longline T-Shirt
BEST LONGLINE TEE
Those looking for extra length, look no further than the Topman Longline T-Shirt. The extended curved hem on the bottom front and back sides of the tee adds a couple extra inches of coverage. The elongated slim fit top is available in green in all sizes and other colors in select sizes, plus it’s made from a super soft 50/50 blend of polyester and viscose.
10. Uniqlo Supima Cotton Crew Neck T-Shirt for Men
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 are on the thin side, just one step up from an undershirt, so keep that in mind if you prefer a thicker fabric.
11. Express Luxe Comfort Knit Men’s T-Shirts
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.
12. Cotton On Loose Fit Washed Pocket Tee
BEST VINTAGE 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.
13. Everlane Tie-Dye Premium-Weight Crew
BEST TIE-DYE T-SHIRT
Tie-dye is back in a big way. From graphic tees to everyday basics, some of the best t-shirts for men feature a classic tie-dye pattern. While you can always create a DIY tie-dye shirt that’s 100% unique to you, there are some stylish options available online as well. But when you’re styling tie-dye, be careful — a lot of tie-dye shirts are extremely tacky. However, there’s nothing tacky about Everlane’s premium tye-dye shirt. Like other shirts from the brand, the 100% cotten fabric is on the thick side. It’s a shirt that’s comfortable, stylish and long-lasting, with an awesome blue tie-dye pattern that’s perfectly on-trend for summer 2020.
14. J.Crew Garment Dyed Men’s T-Shirts
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. J.Crew’s garment-tyed men’s t-shirts are incredibly soft and comfortable, and you can choose from a range of attractive colors. You can also choose between class, slim and tall fits. If you’re looking for comfortable t-shirts for summer, J.Crew is always a great option.
15. Everlane Premium-Weight Crew
BEST PLAIN WHITE T-SHIRT
Everlane’s premium-weight crews are on the thicker side compared to most t-shirts on this list. Sometimes, even “premium” tees can feel more like undershirts, which is why we’re fans of this t-shirt line, available in dozens of colors. However, we especially like the premium-weight white t-shirt, which is weighty enough to be worn on its own without feeling underdressed. Pair this white tee with denim and your favorite white sneakers and you have a killer look that’s perfect for summer 2020. So white you can barely see it in the picture below, this is a classic white tee every guy should have on-hand.