The t-shirt is one of the most beloved style items for modern men around the world. It’s lightweight, breathable, and a hell of a lot less cumbersome than its button-laden counterparts. And it’s a multi-seasonal item. Even in the dead of winter, you’ll find people sporting their favorite t-shirt beneath that thick parka. Because, at some point, you’re going to be inside someplace too warm for that coat and you’re going to want to look and feel good – that is, so long as you don’t call an ice-fishing shack home.
The point is, t-shirts are universally loved for their simplicity and comfort. So how does one improve upon something so nearly perfect? Well, one way is to inject it with some style. But you don’t have to rock an outrageous bedazzled eye-sore with a massive logo to add a little flair to your outfit. You can show off some individuality with something much more subtle: a pocket. And while a pocket tee doesn’t have to be anything more than a fashion choice, it can also offer up a bit of functional utility – as it does, after all, have a pocket. The following round-up is our 15 picks for the best pocket tees available for men right now.
Frank + Oak Loose Fit Pocket Tee
If you like your t-shirts both super soft and with a relaxed fit, you can’t do much better than this tee by Frank + Oak. Made from 100% cotton, this monochromatic loose fitting pocket tee is so lightweight and comfortable, you might actually forget that you’re wearing a shirt at all. But never fear, your favorite food joints won’t feel the need to exercise their right to refuse you service.
Vans Piñata Pocket T-shirt
This 100% combed ringspun – a process by which the fibers are softened and straightened as a means to refine them and then combed to remove impurities, making for a more comfortable overall feel – cotton t-shirt features a simple crew neck, a custom fit, and is machine washable. And the colorful print, which even includes a piñata version of the Vans logo, makes the pocket pop against the black t-shirt, for just enough of an impression of summertime leisure.
Rip Curl Glory Pocket Tee
For those who like a little color contrast in their attire, check out this pocket tee by Rip Curl. Made from 100% cotton, this imported machine-washable crew neck tee promises to get softer in every cycle. And the tropical print patterned pocket stands out as a splash of diversity against the disparate background color of the garment on which it is sewn.
Iron & Resin Prospect S/S Henley
As proof that unique shirt design is not relegated to pattern prints, we submit to you this American-made Henley pocket tee from Iron & Resin. By simply matching the color of the sleeves and ringer-style buttoned collar to the pocket, this custom pre-washed shirt stands out as both uncommon and exclusive. And the inclusion of a small patch on the pocket denotes the brand without overstating it.
Roark Revival Fear The Sea Pocket Tee
Originally released in their Volume 3 collection – coincidentally as west coast brand Roark was “beaten down by a winter’s storm” – the design of this 100% cotton tee, featuring a small screen-printed image on the pocket, serves as a small and subtle reminder of the dangers the oceans pose to landlubbers and sailors alike. But you don’t have to brave the cold grip of Poseidon to get one for yourself.
Buck Mason White Slub Pocket Tee
No wardrobe is complete without a solid white t-shirt, and Buck Mason’s offering fits the bill perfectly. Each of these 100% slub cotton crew neck pocket tees – which promise both ridiculous comfort and breathability – are made in the USA and sewn in Los Angeles, California. They’re great on their own but work well as undershirts, too.
Saturdays Randall Pocket Tee
This pocket tee, with its outside-the-lines screen print, may seem a bit avant-garde, but so is the idea of opening a surf shop in New York City. And that’s exactly what Saturdays is. So it is unsurprising that this refreshingly odd t-shirt came from such a singular brand. And the 100% cotton construction and rib-necked collar still offer great comfort and airflow.
HippyTree Lowball Pocket Tee
Proof that something as seemingly simple as a pocket tee can still have an individual and singular style, this pocket tee by HippyTree features a dual chromatic color blocked design with a stripe patterned attached pocket hosting a very small stitched brand logo. This machine-washable, crew neck, short-sleeved tee promises both flair and comfort.
Apolis Standard Issue Organic Pocket Tee
An example of their ‘Global Citizen’ brand philosophy, this tee by Apolis is sewn in Peru following a strict adherence to high social and environmental standards. And, inspired by American military issue undershirts, it’s made from organic cotton and features a slim band collar and durable taped finish along the shoulders.
Jungmaven Hemp Pocket Tee
Made from a 7-ounce heavyweight organic blend of cotton and hemp – a very durable fiber made from the cannabis plant that has ties to the founding of the USA and the men and women who helped build it – this super-soft and durable tee is made in the USA from globally sourced materials and will last you for between five to ten years of normal wear. By the way, hemp is one of the most environmentally friendly fabric materials, if that’s important to you.
Taylor Stitch Sea Washed Pocket Tee
Designed to age well and fade beautifully over time, this exceedingly soft 100% cotton pocket tee by San Francisco brand Taylor Stitch comes pre-washed, shrunk, and tailored to size – that means you’ll want to buy a size up if you prefer a looser fit. And it is made proudly in California, so you can be sure it is of the utmost in quality and crafted with care.
Bonobos Short Sleeve Henley
The one thing that can compromise the comfort of an almost perfect t-shirt is a scratchy tag. Not the case with this Henley pocket tee by Bonobos, as this one comes sans tag. And the combination of the 100% cotton construction and the button-up henley collar guarantees top-notch breathability, which is perfect for warmer days.
Todd Snyder Pocket V-Neck
If the prospect of a crewneck seems overly constrictive, but you don’t want to be left out of the pocket tee club, check out this v-neck from Todd Snyder. As comfortable as your average t-shirt, but with the added perk of an alternative collar style, this shirt – from Iowa native Todd Snyder – looks as good as it feels.
Aether S/S Slub Crew W/ Pocket
Made out of cotton from Supina – a non-profit organization, whose name is a derivation of ‘superior pima,’ geared toward promoting Pima American cotton around the globe – this incredibly soft pocket tee from Aether is made in the USA, features a slightly tapered fit, and is contrastingly chain stitched for a unique look.
Outerknown Intervals Pocket Tee
Between its construction out of a blend of 55% hemp and 45% cotton; rib trim on the sleeves, neck, and pocket; and signature bite stitch detailing at the hem, this might be both the most comfortable and the most uniquely styled shirt of the bunch. And the tag included with this Outerknown tee is made from water soluble, 100% biodegradable, compostable, recyclable, environmentally friendly, and non-toxic. When you pick up this shirt, you can see for yourself.