With the weather beginning to get colder, the leaves turning, and the skies becoming a little more gray, so comes the time to start adjusting your wardrobe accordingly. But that doesn’t mean you can just swap all your short sleeves in favor of heavy woolen flannels. We’re still going to have days here and there that are more suited to dressing down than bundling up, even if they are a little chillier than your average day in July. And now that October is right around the corner and the world series is fast approaching, what better way to get into the fall spirit than with a shirt widely popularized through America’s pastime?
A raglan, which is often referred to alternatively as a ‘baseball tee,’ most frequently has 3/4 length sleeves which contrast in color to the torso of the shirt, although this composition is not expressly required. The only absolutely necessary element, in fact, is that the sleeves have to continue – in one piece – up the the garment to the collar, as indicated by a distinctive shoulder seam. For fans of brisk weather clothes, peanuts and crackerjacks alike, we’ve wrangled up 15 of the best raglan shirts for men out there right now.
Champion Baseball T-Shirt
If you played sports as a kid, you probably owned something made by Champion at some point in your childhood. Even if you didn’t partake in any athletics, there’s still a decent chance you at least owned a pair of their socks. Well, the ubiquitous staple of budget sports attire is still around today and, wouldn’t you know it, they make a raglan. Made mostly from cotton and just a bit of polyester, these tagless shirts are sure to be a comfortable and reliable wear.
New Era Baseball T-Shirt
Another staple brand in the world of athletic style clothing, the New Era Cap Company is perhaps most famous for being the official hat brand of the MLB. So it makes sense that the Buffalo, New York-based company would dive head-first into making other baseball related attire. Their raglan is made from 100% cotton and features classic color blocked 3/4 length sleeves, a subtle lapel logo, and a branded tag on the lower right of the torso.
Columbia Thistletown Park Raglan
One of the more technical shirts on our list comes, unsurprisingly, from the folks at lauded outdoor outfitters, Columbia. Made from their omni-wick fabric – a combination of 67% polyester and 33% cotton – this long-sleeved raglan offers a UPF sun protection rating of 15 and will keep you cool and dry on your adventures. And, once you get home, you can just toss it in with the rest of your laundry, as it is washer safe.
Iron & Resin Garvey Tee
If you like your raglans with short sleeves, then this offering from Iron & Resin is probably more up your alley. This custom pre-washed tee is USA-made and features cover stitching on the sleeve seams and hem. And, if you look closely enough, you’ll see that theres a very subtle Iron & Resin anchor piston logo embroidered on the left chest, for an added bit of flair to an already superb shirt.
American Apparel 50/50 Raglan
Made from a poly-cotton blend – 50% cotton and 50% polyester, hence the 50/50 in the name – this lightweight shirt is American Apparel’s modern take on a classic baseball tee. With 33 different color combinations offered, there is almost certainly going to be one that fits your individual style – or, you know, many. Just remember that this brand’s clothes tend to run on the smaller side, so unless you want a skin-tight fit, you may want to order a little big.
Howlin’ Jules Baseball Shirt
Seeking to produce ageless and enjoyable products that are simultaneously of craftsman-level quality, Howlin’ makes individually produced, hand-finished apparel that’s both comfortable and stylish. This 100% cotton raglan, which features a classic baseball silhouette, is no exception. Made in their Antwerp, Belgium facility, this classic color-blocked tee promises to be both incredibly comfortable and versatile enough to wear at virtually any time of year.
Vans Louisville Long Sleeve Tee
Not even remotely shying away from the association between baseball and raglan shirts, Vans offers this long sleeved version that looks like something you might’ve seen out on the diamond in a time long gone. Even the name is a callback to the “Slugger” bat manufacturing brand. Made from a blend of 60% cotton and 40% polyester, this especially comfortable shirt features a henley style button up collar and a small branded patch on the upper left chest.
American Giant Tri-Blend Raglan
If you like your raglans a little more subtle than the classic color-blocked baseball style, it’s worth giving American Giant’s Tri-Blend a gander. This subtle, heather fabric, long-sleeve is perfect on its own or for layering when the weather takes a colder turn. Made from a lightweight blended fabric, this raglan features a comfortable tailored fit that’s breathable, but not drafty – making for a very versatile garment.
Frank + Oak Color Block Raglan
Probably the most unique iteration of a raglan that we have ever seen, Frank + Oak have managed to take the color-blocked style of a classic baseball tee and applied it to a more refined look by transforming it into a collared button-up. Made from 100% poplin cotton fabric, this shirt – which somehow feels fitting for both casual and formal occasions – is certainly a comfortable wear, whether you throw it on for a low-key get together or a company meeting.
Todd Snyder Short Sleeved Pleated Raglan
In a collaboration with Champion – in case you couldn’t gather that from the large block print across the chest – Todd Snyder has designed this short-sleeved raglan for your wearing pleasure. Made from a blend of cotton and viscose (a semi-synthetic fiber), this shirt is both incredibly comfortable and has just the right amount of sheen without sacrificing any durability. Pick up this shirt and you’ll likely end up wanting to purchase a few more to add into the rotation.
Orvis drirelease Long-Sleeved Raglan
Orvis, America’s oldest mail-order outfitter and longest-running fly-fishing retailer, has repurposed their proprietary drirelease fabric – made with a technology designed to keep anglers cool in the hot sun – for casual everyday wear. And thanks to its inclusion, this raglan is quick drying, moisture wicking, odor resistant, and incredibly comfortable. Made from a poly-cotton blend, this shirt is machine washable and features a relaxed and comfortable fit.
The North Face Copperwood Crew
This medium weight raglan long-sleeved shirt is perfect for weather that’s not quite jacket worthy, yet is still too cool for your average short-sleeved t-shirt. And that’s the kind of well-thought-out product we’d expect from a brand that specializes in outdoor-style gear and apparel. Featuring a crew neck, flat lock stitching, and a relaxed fit, this raglan is machine washable and will be a comfortable companion whether you are hitting the trails with a pack on or just lounging around the house.
Jungmaven Yarn Dyed Stones Raglan
You might be looking for something a little edgier and more unique than a standard color-blocked raglan. Or maybe you just like the Beetlejuice black and white stripes look. Either way, this 3/4 sleeve shirt from Jungmaven is the right one for you. Inspired by an old Rolling Stones concert shirt, this lightweight garment is made from a durable hemp blend – the Jungmaven signature – of 45% cotton and 55% hemp. It also features a slim fit, so you’ll want to order slightly larger than your size if you don’t want a snug fit. This shirt is also made right here in the USA.
Reigning Champ Raglan Tee
This might look like your standard t-shirt, but it features some subtle styling and hallmarks of quality craftsmanship that really bump it up to the next level. For starters, though the garment is one solid color, the reverse flatlock seamed raglan sleeves still manage to stand out. And, at the base of the shirt, there’s an edge stitched scalloped hem for a more rounded baseball style torso. And this 100% cotton shirt is handmade in Canada.
NonNative Dweller Two-Tone Cotton-Jersey
A classic look that will do you no wrong, this monochromatic color-blocked baseball tee from Tokyo’s Nonnative is made from 100% cotton in Japan and features a raw hem for a more authentic “well-worn” look. So you can don this shirt and go out and hit the sandlot with your buddies without looking like you play ball like a girl. Pair it with your PF Flyers, a Dodgers cap, and some cuffed jeans for the complete Benny Rodriguez look.
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