Back to Basics: 10 Best T-Shirts For Men

May 3, 2017

Category: Style

Originating out of the 19th century, the T-shirt first evolved from common undergarments of the time, initially utilized as convenient covering for miners in the latter part of the 1800s. From here, these buttonless garments were then issued by the U.S. Navy sometime in the early 20th century as a crew-necked and short sleeve white cotton undershirt that was meant to be worn under the uniform. It wasn’t long after when workers in other labor-intensive industries began wearing these easily cleaned and inexpensive garments for coverage in hot environments. Soon enough, from farm hands during the Great Depression to greasers in their local 50’s diners, the men’s basic t-shirt became a poignant staple of every man’s wardrobe.

Today, it’s safe to say that just about every guy owns a t-shirt. But with such popularity and utility coinciding with convenience, you really can’t have enough of these. And if loud graphic t-shirts aren’t your thing then the solid color basic t-shirt is a prized possession. These days, thanks to forward-fashion and materials, these offerings can be extraordinarily comfortable and look good in the process. So with Spring now sprung across the nation, and warmer months ahead, it’s time to up the wardrobe with a new collection of basic t-shirts. This list should get you started.

Everlane Cotton Crew

Everlane Cotton Crew

It doesn’t get more iconic than a classic white tee with clean lines a crew neck. It’s where it all began and, with Everlane, it’s where the tradition will continue to hold strong. This pick is made from 100 percent cotton, is pre-shrunk, made in LA, and boasts a slim fit.

Purchase: $16

J. Crew Broken-In

J. Crew Broken-In

With a broken-in appearance, this offering from J.Crew is bound to be your go-to t-shirt from the start. It features a rib trim at the neck, a cotton jersey look, and a slim fit for a smooth silhouette while out on the town.

Purchase: $25

Buck Mason Slub Tee

Buck Mason Slub Tee

Built from 100 percent slub cotton, the easy breathing t-shirt is made right here in the USA and sewn in Los Angeles. It’ll function both as an undershirt and as a solo venture for those warmer afternoons. A must-have for any t-shirt collection.

Purchase: $28

Outerknown Sojourn

Outerknown Sojourn

Made from 100% Organic Peruvian Prima Cotton that’s widely considered some of the softest cotton in the world, the Sojourn is built for both comfort and adventure along with signature bite stitch detailing at the hem, a slightly more relaxed neckline, and a lived-in feel.

Purchase: $42

Carhartt Military Tee

Carhartt Military Tee

Saluting the original, Carhartt’s Military Tee is an all-cotton ribbed crewneck t-shirt that’s positioned to be a crucial element to any wardrobe. It’s made from a soft cotton jersey and also boasts a woven logo patch as well.

Purchase: $45

Reigning Champ Set In Tee

Reigning Champ Set In Tee

Handcrafted in Canada this piece includes signature fabrics in its composition and quality finishings to produce a comfortable wear. The Set-In also features flatlocked seams, a bound collar, is made from 100 percent cotton, and hosts set-in sleeves for good measure.

Purchase: $55

Norse Projects Niels Basic SS

Norse Projects Niels Basic SS

Made from 100 percent cotton and featuring a cotton herringbone tape detail on the inside collar, this regular fit t-shirt from Norse Projects is a perfect addition to the summer wardrobe. It’s designed in Denmark, made in Portugal and ready to tackle any warm weather adventures you have in mind.

Purchase: $60

Jungmaven Ten Ounce Baja

Jungmaven Ten Ounce Baja

Sometimes everything is in a name. In this case, it’s a 10-ounce blend of Hemp and Organic Cotton that makes this durable t-shirt a rugged choice for years to come. It boasts a classic fit, comes is several colorways and made in the USA with locally sourced materials.

Purchase: $65

Levi’s 1930’s Bay Meadow

Levi’s 1930’s Bay Meadow

No doubt about it, Levi’s is just classic. And this Bay Meadow white t-shirt is here to prove it. The piece features the original Bay Meadows racehorse label, is made from 100 percent cotton and host a classic fit for anyone looking for the perfect basic tee.

Purchase: $88

James Perse Clear Jersey Crew

James Perse Clear Jersey Crew

With fabric sourced from Japan and a shirt that’s made right here in the USA, it’s hard to deny the craftsmanship that went into producing this clean 100 percent cotton Clear Jersey Crew. It also features a slightly rounded hem, all-over coverlock stitch detail, and a rounded hem. A solid choice that’s for sure.

Purchase: $90

Meet In The Middle With These Raglan Tees

Torn between short sleeves and long sleeves? No need to be. Just check out this list of the best raglan shirts for men that’s certain to satisfy your indecisive mind.

More From Style

FUELL Takes Assisted Cycling To A New Level With The Fluid-1S Prime

Bringing years of applicable experience to the world of bicycle design.

Posted By Chris West

Partner
Featured Image

Mission Workshop’s Jeans Are Now Stretchy & Water-Repellant

Taking the indigo icon in an entirely new direction.

Posted By

Aug 16, 2019

Featured Image

Outlier’s Experimental Popover Shirt Is Stretchy & Weatherproof

Made with a unique DWR-coated four-way twill.

Posted By

Aug 15, 2019

Featured Image

The 20 Best Sunglasses For Men

The ultimate list of timeless shades.

Posted By

Aug 14, 2019

Featured Image

The 18 Best Chinos For Men

The legwear staple that bridges the gap between casual and competent.

Posted By

Aug 14, 2019

Featured Image

These Stylish Sneakers Were 3D-Printed From Recycled Water Bottles

Helping reduce waste one step at a time.

Posted By

Aug 14, 2019