In the world of men’s basics, few items are as perfect for the spring and fall as the long sleeve t-shirt. Whether worn without an outer layer or thrown on under a denim jacket or sweater – they make for a comfortable and casual look that any guy can pull off.
While these menswear items are categorized as ‘basics,’ that doesn’t mean that they’re all created equal. Far from it, in fact. There are lots of pieces out there that fall short, whether it is in terms of fabric used, quality of stitching, or the cut. In our minds, the best way to build out your basics is to choose a few really high quality pieces that you can stick to. We’ve rounded up what we think are the best long sleeve shirts for men on this list using that exact criteria. Scan through yourself and see if any of them stand out as a shirt you’d want to throw in the rotation for those cooler days.
J.Crew Broken-in Long Sleeve Pocket T-Shirt
At this point, is it ok to call J.Crew’s broken-in line classic? After over a decade of popularity, we think so. This long sleeve shirt, like most of their pieces, is washed for softness and fits true to size. The quality build combined with the attractive price on this piece makes it hard to pass up.
American Giant Premium Crew
American Giant knows basics. In fact, the San Francisco based clothing brand has built their entire business off of their ability to put out quality American made clothing. This long sleeve tee is no exception. Made with a custom developed slub fabric and cut for a regular fit, it’s an instant classic.
Frank And Oak Plush Finish Henley
Henleys are a great option when it comes to looking for long sleeve shirts. They can be worn over a tee on chillier days, or simply worn as a base layer. This one from Frank and Oak is made from a cotton poly blend, features three buttons along the collar, and a rounded hem along the bottom of the shirt.
Buck Mason Venice Wash Shirt
This Los Angeles based brand made their name producing incredibly well-made basics. Not only are their cuts superb, but the material the brand uses has always been unique and comfortable. For instance, their American made long sleeve tee uses a pure cotton fabric with what they call a “venice wash” that softens the shirt up – making this offering perfect for cool days at the beach.
Everlane Breton Striped Pull Over Tee
It would be hard to write a post on best long sleeve shirts for men and not include at least one horizontally striped shirt. This one from Everlane is made with pure cotton, features ribbed cuffs, and has a simple straight fit.
Bonobos Yarn Spun Long Sleeve Tee
It is hard to beat the raglan tee. It’s as classic as it is comfortable, which makes it an easy pick no matter what time of year. This one from Bonobos is made from a cotton poly blend (96% to 4% respectively) that has an attractive marled look to it.
Reigning Champ Raglan Tee
Like most everything from Reigning Champ, this shirt keeps it simple but has a bit of attitude to top it off. Featuring a classic raglan cut and a 100% cotton fabric, this classic piece of athletic menswear is cut for a simple straight fit and goes perfectly well with a pair of chinos.
Metal Vent Tech Long Sleeve
For the guy looking for something a little bit more dynamic for daily wear, the Metal Vent Tech long sleeve is an ideal pick. Featuring a seamless construction, anti-stink technology, and a breathable mesh fabric – it is just as good for daily wear around the city as it is for hitting the gym.
Aether Fragment Long Sleeve Tee
For colder climates, sometimes you need a bit more substantial picks. The Fragment long sleeve tee from Aether is exactly that. Made from a lightweight French Terry fabric and featuring a subtle pieced detail along the chest, this American made shirt is a sophisticated stand-out shirt.
Taylor Stitch Merino Henley in Army
Made in California with 100% merino wool, this henley from Taylor Stitch may be as good as it gets. Not only is it attractively cut with three Japanese urea cats eye buttons down the front, but the merino fabric will keep you warm and naturally regulate body temperature.
Apolis Transit Issue Merino Henley
Featuring a thin merino fabric, a high contrast two button collar, and a button-up breast pocket, this henley from Apolis is a real stand out.
Todd Snyder Heather Double Knit Long Sleeve
A chilly weather tee that is lighter than a sweatshirt but heavier than your common long sleeve. Made with a heather melange double knit and overlooking seams, this mid-weight shirt is perfect for crisp spring days.
Olivers Porter Crewneck
San Francisco based apparel company Olivers knows how to make versatile basics better than anyone else. Their porter crewneck made from a mix of Australian Merino and Spandex is both fantastic at regulating body temperature, wicking sweat, and responding to whatever kind of dynamic movement you can throw at it. Whether running to catch the subway or heading in to the gym – it is a top-of-the-line pick.
James Perse Slim-Fit Henley Tee
A soft and lightweight henley made in Japan with a fine cotton blend. Perfect to throw into more casual outfits as a base layer or a lightweight mid.
Thom Browne Slim Fit Cotton Jersey T-Shirt
A smart, simple cotton shirt with a sharp lined across the left breast pocket and interior crew neck collar.